January is traditionally a time of taking stock and making adjustments. As we usher in a new year, we are inclined to reflect, reassess, and refine.
For those of us who record the stories of our lives in words and pictures (scrapbookers, art journalers, photo book makers, bloggers...) that means taking a look at what memories we did and did not succeed in chronicling over the past year, and setting goals for what we want to accomplish with our memory-keeping in the coming year.
For me, 2009 was a year of particular personal enlightenment about what I choose to photograph and scrapbook, and why. I don't know if it's because my forties are making me more practical (or possibly more lazy), or because my kids are growing up, or because my life just keeps getting busier, or because Library of Memories has brought out my scrapbooking Zen, or because I have eleventy-seven thousand photos and albums in my house from 12 years of scrapbooking.
Whatever the reasons, there has been a steady decline over the past couple of years in how many pictures I take and which pages I make the time to create. I no longer have the patience for pages I feel like I "should" make. Instead, I have been focusing on the memories that truly inspire me.
Is it just me, or have your priorities been evolving, too? Leave me a comment and let me know what your memory-keeping goals are for the coming year. I will choose a name on Friday morning to receive a free download of A Year in the Life from the Write.Click.Scrapbook collective and Ella Publishing. Chock full of inspiring layouts and ideas, this eBook offers "a creative and doable way to highlight the challenges and joys of an entire year in just 24 layouts." Definitely something I could use...how 'bout you?