Today I am thankful for Ali Edwards.
Back (way back) when I first discovered scrapbooking, I had no idea who Ali was....and she was a BIG name in scrapbooking. I had some online buddies convince me to attend a scrapbooking weekend conference thingy (as I called it) to do some classes with Ali, Donna Downey and I can't remember who else. I had no idea who these people were at the time, much to the amusement of my 'buddies'.
But Ali changed my life. Not my scrapbooking life, my LIFE. She threw out a few of her catch-phrases during her classes that just sang to me.
I became Ali-obsessed. I started reading her Blog religiously. I could tell you what was happening in her life on a day-to-day basis. I was in love with this lady.
Over the years I still scrapbook the way that I used do (I've never been an obsessive scrapbooker), and I still read blogs, although not as religiously as I used to, and I certainly don't follow every aspect of Ali's life. But those few catch-phrases stick in my head and sometimes just help me get through.
"it is ok"
"Find Your Voice"
and the kicker for me....
"don't make it more complicated than it needs to be"
These simple little sentences can be put to use in your scrapbooking, your art, your life.
Every now and again I find myself writing notes to myself. Little affirmations. I sometimes come across them when cleaning up my desk, or write them without really realising I'm doing it. It's become a habit, but a good one I think. They make me smile when I find them, so it must be good.
I thought of Ali this afternoon as I scribbled on a Post-it and stuck it to my computer, and I thought of how thankful I am to have met her, and to hear her utter these little words. They get me through most days.