It's been just over a year since I lost my Jim... It's been a year of loss, confusion, grieving and struggling...combined with hard work, resolution, determination and healing. One thing I know for sure...it's time to dust myself off and move on.
With the intention of relocating to a beautiful warm place where people my age are having fun, the arrow on the spinner pointed to Miami...Coral Gables to be precise, where I found exactly that.
Here's the layout I created in anticipation of my move. (Made before my art supplies ended up in crates & boxes.)
The paper was purchased at a great privately-owned scrapbook store called "Right at Home Scrapbooking" that my wonderful scrapping buddy Evelyn & I went to on her birthday (surely I'll be making a layout of that wonderful day soon).
It was wonderful to make this layout because it gave life to my intentions. Once it was down on paper and posted on Let's Scrap's website (I used their sketch,of course), there was no backing out...only looking forward. I loved this graphic on the paper (so sorry I can't remember what company this was from -if you know, please mention it in the comments)-
I imagined myself being that happy-go-lucky girl, waving flirtatiously under the palm tree with her bright umbrella...
Evelyn can vouch for the fact that the first things packed were my art supplies. They were about half-packed when I created this layout, as represented by the upper left-hand corner. (Never be afraid to "borrow" appropriate lyrics from a favorite song. It makes the piece relateable & puts a song in the viewer's head while they enjoy your work.)
Journaling was placed on the upper right, with fun graphic-paper clouds sending my dreamy message into the universe...
Which brings me to my favorite part...the title! "Miami or Bust" had been my motto since I made my decision to move there in late August.
I love the colors of the embellishments and the layout says "fun" to me. Now, in late December, with the first stage of my move finally complete, I look back on the hardships of the last four years, and the painful challenges of the last four months of this move, and guess what? My intentions have become a reality. I live in a gorgeous warm place:
(Our spectacular pool built from "bricks" of coral!!!!)
(The front entrance to the main house.)
And I'm surrounded by people my age who love having fun:
(This photo taken on Miami's South Beach on Christmas Day!)
So I urge you to start the New Year by recording your intentions for 2014...whether in writing, a scrapbook layout, or on an inspiration board...those intentions may just turn into your reality!
HAPPY NEW YEAR to my fabulous blogging and scrapbooking friends and loyal readers of my Playhouse!