When you have been scrapbooking as long as I have (16 years feels like a long time), you hear a lot of people’s reasons why they document their everyday. If you are a newlywed, you might document your wedding. As a new mom, you might start writing about your baby’s first year. If you have kids, you might write about all of those adventures during their growing up years. In those 16 years I have also heard about why people don’t document their lives. I hear things like:
“I don’t have kids.”
“I am retired.”
“I am disabled and stay home most days.”
“I don’t do anything exciting. Pretty much I do the same thing everyday.”
Each one of these reasons saddens me because since when do our kids define who we are as a person? They can just add to your already amazing personality – right?! A lot of people I know do not have kids and have fun filled lives and document in their planners or scrapbooks! Are you documenting your life for you or to pass down to someone. If you want to have your albums pass down to someone, there a many people that love you that would love your legacy. Also, I have heard that if you are retired your life is just beginning! My father-in-law and neighbor are retired and I am telling you, they are more busy now than when they were working! So many adventures on the road or at home in their garden! My neighbor can’t stop making things and sharing his stories with others! If you are disabled, how much more would a hobby enlighten your life?!
Today I am going to talk about the most common reason I hear why someone doesn’t start planning or scrapbooking. “I don’t do anything exciting. Pretty much I do the same thing everyday.” Last week my family was sick. I made sure to continue my planner with photos just like I do normally even though it was a “sick week.”
So, here are 5 things you can do to add to your planner on those days when you don’t feel like you have anything to write about.
Add Favorite Photos
Since I was limited on photos for the week, I made sure to add favorites I had taken of the season. In fact, for the 21st, I went out to my front yard barefoot and took that picture of my trees while the kids were resting in their beds.
Nothing to say? Add a Sticker
Hey, maybe you were sick! Sometimes a sticker makes it all better. Pretty much this sticker for the 19th summed up my week.
Share a Funny Story
Even if it is one funny or memorable story, write it down. If it didn’t happen that week, it’s ok! Just tell a story. If you go back to read this week in your planner later, you will hopefully laugh and not remember how hard the week really was! For my story, I told about how we found out my son was sick in the first place. It might seem kind of gross then, but I am already starting to laugh about it, lol.
Share Multiple Photos for 1 Event
Since we spent 3 days doing the same thing, I went ahead and added photos of the process. I kind of want to forget the hours of chopping 36 pounds of tomatoes, so I didn’t go into details. lol! I am, however, grateful for the soup in the freezer and the cans in the pantry so these process photos will help me remember the reward!
Tell a Story on a Different Day
On the 23rd I added a photo of a party I hadn’t shared on a previous page. I decided to add it here to this day to fill in for another day of cutting tomatoes. This way, this story still gets told!
I hope this inspires you to start memory keeping if you haven’t. If you do plan, I hope this encourages you to capture your joy no matter what life throws at you.