Thursday, October 2, 2008

Give Yourself A Present!

Yes, today. I have read this blog and this blog today (I read them often - they are on my Google Reader, which is a wonderful thing by the way). Yesterday a great challenge was given and begun by Stacy Julian. Here is the challenge:

• Snap ten or twelve photos of your life right now. Or find recent photos that you've already taken.
• Compile these photos in a little album.
• Keep or carry this album with you, tucked in your purse or desk drawer for one full year.
• Promise to glance through the album every time you stumble upon it or pull it out.
• On October 1st, 2009, create a scrapbook page about your experience.

I am really busy with cleaning and various other work and personal projects today, and actually scheduled myself pretty well. However, when I read this challenge, it touched me. In light of today's current events and family issues which I am completely consumed with, I decided this was a good challenge for me. Who knows what a year will bring? Won't it be interested in one year to see what is different? I haven't scrapbooked much at all lately, but it is time do to a fun project to remind me of my blessings.

I am sure many of you attended the LDS Church's RS Broadcast last Saturday (if not, click here). President Dieter F. Uchtdorf said this about creativity:

The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before...Everyone can create. You don’t need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty.

Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty—and I am not talking about the process of cleaning the rooms of your teenage children...

...If that is how you feel, think again, and remember that you are spirit daughters of the most creative Being in the universe. Isn’t it remarkable to think that your very spirits are fashioned by an endlessly creative and eternally compassionate God? Think about it—your spirit body is a masterpiece, created with a beauty, function, and capacity beyond imagination.

In light of the world's challenges at this very moment, I believe that creativity will begin to mean even more to us as women and daughters of God. That is why I took the challenge. I snapped some photos and will post some soon. I will have to buy me a little mini album tonight or tomorrow to put them in.

Let me know if you decide to stop everything today (OR tomorrow, or even the NEXT day!) and give yourself a present.


  1. That is such a great idea! I loved the little book she created, too. I have a little book that would be perfect for that! I want to start scapping on regular basis, it is very theraputic for me!

  2. That is a wonderful idea. And yes, I want to see your pictures! Its been so nice to look through here and see old friends. Hope you are doing well. We miss you!

  3. Glad you are doing it, too, Aileen. Jul - great to hear from you! We miss you, too!

  4. This is a very intriguing idea, I may just give it a try. Thanks for the good idea.

    Didn't you just love Pres. Uchtdorf's talk? I need a boost like that once a week or so!


A little note from you? Thanks!