You've probably noticed these one-page pages I've been posted recently with a one-word title. I subscribe to Ali Edwards' Just Write subscription and receive two, one-word prompts each month with journaling ideas to get you started to - writing. Sometimes I follow Ali's suggestions and other times I go my own way. Sometimes, I am journaling about what is currently happening in my life and sometimes I am digging back into my life, and telling those stories that maybe I have never told. I'm telling my story through these prompts, and - well - through all the other pages I have created.
I write because I want to 'own my own story' - Ali Edwards
I write because 'I will either walk inside my own story or stand outside my story and hustle for my worthiness.' - Brené Brown
'My life is my story; write it well, edit it often.'
With every story I am finding my story telling voice.
I have always had a lot of friends but never really close friends, as in best friends. I still don't really. I have always wondered if it is me, my introvertness, or if it is something else altogether. The phrase you have to be a friend to have a friend has always struck me as something I furiously assess. Right now I have two girl friends who I met through church, who are probably my closest friends right now.
We are each other's confidants for everything relational, personal and spiritual. They are both younger than me and in different life seasons yet we get along so well and who I've had the most connection with in a long time. While we, generally, only see each other about once a week we are communicating most regularly throughout the week. What I also appreciate with these two friends is they both offer differing levels, and kinds, of kinship. Over the years I have figured out that no one person can be everything for us. And, that it is most often, the many, that can fill in the pieces of friendship we as a people need.
I have moved in to an age that - well, in reality - has been for many years - my friendships are heavy mentorship friendships. Where women are like daughters, even. It's a beautiful relationship. I believe even those types of friendships fill a need. They fill the need in me to nurture.
Anyways, I created a page on Friends, of my two current, closest friends using Ali Edwards' Story kit FRIENDS and using the digital kit (because the physical product has arrived yet). I adore how it turned out.
I recently participated in a self-portrait photo journey project created by my scrapbooking hero and friend, Ali Edwards, called Pieces of Us at #aepiecesofus on Instagram. The idea: to document us - ourselves. To get ourselves in the story. While I haven't had to much trouble over the past couple of years - I mean I did create an All About Me album - but, I know in the past I am usually the one behind the camera catching my husband, my kids, and my grandkids.
Another reason for the project was to help us develop our own voice. With my All About Me album I think I've been doing that all along. For me, this project was a great way to catch up on me. It was fun!
I used a 6 x 12 template from my Ali Edwards' stash and using pastels as my go-to for each page (I didn't plan it that way originally but after the second page turned out using pastels I went with that theme for the remaining pages). I used the project to tell about ME.