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Today is one of my dearest friends birthday. It would normally be a day of celebration, but I can’t help but feeling rather sad today. You see, she passed away unexpectedly a little over a month ago. So today I’m not going to say much really, but I do want to share with you a digital scrapbooking layout I made to honor her.
As some of you may know, besides blogging I am a graphic designer who has a large emphasis on creating digital scrapbooking products. This is how Valerie entered my life 8 years ago – I began working with her, so it seemed appropriate in my eyes to also honor her this way. I’ve made hundreds of pages and layouts, but not one was ever this hard for me to complete. But I sucked it up because I wanted to share with her family just how much she meant to me and my family.
The post-it in the above layout I found randomly a few days after she passed. It was stuck to something she sent me.
It seems only appropriate to honor V in this medium since digital scrapbooking is what brought her into my life 8 years ago. From the very start she saw something in me that did not know I even possessed. She saw an artist. I will forever be grateful for her belief in me when I doubted myself. Not only in my art, but in life.
Besides being my mentor, she was my friend. She loved my family like her own, and they loved her right back.
We were alike in so many ways that it was often uncanny. Our colour of choice for clothing was black. We were both raised by military fathers, we both lived in Japan as children and always held a certain affinity for Japan. We liked the same food. Both potty mouths and smart asses …. I could go on and on. And although our likenesses could fill volumes; I could only hope to one day be as graceful, forgiving, creative, wise, and kind as Valerie.
No matter what tribulation I was faced with, V would always calmly remind me in her sweet voice, “It will always work out. Things will happen they way they are suppose to”.
And while I have many deeply personal memories to hold onto – just as precious to me are the the stupid silly moments we shared. Her laughing at me jumping on her bed, eating pizza, getting lost on a drive. The little doodads we would ship each other back and forth simply to say, “Hey this reminded me of you.” Or the txt messages she would send me trying to alert me to the position of my lost phone.
I will miss her every day. I will cherish every memory big, small, and every vibrant laugh I can still hear of hers echoing through my ears and my heart. My life lost a little color the day I lost her. Love you V.
PS: I also forgot to post this originally. I created this little diddy the day after or so I had learned of her passing. It was something she said once when asked what her ambition was in life. I always think her words will always remain more beautiful and powerful than my own.
Since I had mentioned my friend passing away the other day – I’ve bee having a hard time getting caught up with the blog and life in general it seems. I’ve been having more than a few overly sad days. I certainly don’t need the need to “apologize” for them, but I do just want to let people know what’s going on behind the scenes so to speak. Not there’s really a behind the scenes here. I’m known to over share
Saturday night le hubs and I went to see Reel Big Fish and drank some green beer. Brought me back to some high school for sure. It was a grand time although I found myself at the UofL campus Mcdonalds wearing a UK sweatshirt and getting dirty looks from some college kids. Whatever kiddos, this gal had to pee like crazy. I was beginning to think that the old guy we encountered wearing the diaper almost had the right idea … Almost
Today I broke open this beautiful mess of sharpie highlighters to get some notes organized and thoughts sorted out. Nothing like a rainbow of goodness to help the organization and to-do list making easier and more colorful of course.
My husband often gives me a hard time about my list making and color coding shenanigans, but he certainly wasn’t making fun of my lists that included some recipes I had been testing out last week. I’ll be sharing those as I’m continuing to play catch up.
I did also manage to get caught up some Easter goodies I released in my digital scrapbooking store. I admit, I’m already sick and tired of seeing Easter Candy and I haven’t bought any yet.
Ok, well except these Carrot Cake M&Ms. Darn I love Carrot Cake. I’m not fond of these M&Ms though, not a white chocolate girl. But I never pass up the chance to try a new flavor and my 9 year old son doesn’t like chocolate, so it’s always nice to get him these seasonal flavors when they come around.
Gee. A kid that does’t like chocolate?! I guess someone should have him that when we found him once upon a time like this:
What’s your favorite Easter Candy?
Do You like M&M’s?
What’s the last concert you went to?
Normally here is where I would insert a small apology about the blog looking a tad bare the last week – except I’m actually not going to apologize. Oops. Of course it was a holiday week, so I’ve been busy, and although I’ve been trying to remember to be more thankful in my life everyday – I still wanted to write a post about what I’ve been up to the last week and reflect on some of that thankfulness.
My daughter made me possibly the best Thanksgiving card ever. She also made other family members cards that she gave to them at our family Thanksgiving get together.
I scored some great Project Life scrapbooking finds for 50% off.
I had some alphabets to add to my family’s soup last night. Seriously the most exciting food find for me lately. My kiddos thought they were pretty swell too.
Some non documented happenings included: going to see catching fire (woot!), having some great workouts, eating some good food, and just living life. You may notice I was pretty mia from twitter and instagram too. And no, I’m not sorry for those either.
I felt the downtime was needed and much earned. Not that anyone missed me ;). And of course I’m still working on reminding myself to tbe thankful regardless of the season, or what holiday dictates what. With that I leave you with an old scrapbooking layout made with my Gratitude Collection.
How was your holiday? Do you find the need to remind yourself to be thankful every once in awhile too? What are you currently thankful for?
I’d love to update you all today and tell you how much better I feel after my last post, but unfortunately this is life – and it’s far from perfect. Yesterday after my workout I was feeling even worse than my last post. I sat down and had a talk with my husband about the possibility of taking Sunday off from workouts.
No really, this needed a sit down talk with my husband. Because it’s serious. Because I can’t even recall the last time I have not worked out on a day that wasn’t my normal “rest day” (which is Thursdays for me by the way.) It has been years since a Sunday has gone by that I haven’t done a workout. I have only recently finally gotten over the fact of not working out twice on Sundays, read about that here.
Yes, I have issues, and I know it. And this was one I was not going to get through on my own. I figured that we could spend the day doing highly family oriented things all day, and run a few errands. Meaning, the more I kept busy away from home the more likely I was going to be able to get through this day without squeezing a workout in.
I have been pestering my husband lately to take me apple picking, so I figured that would be something we could all enjoy. It’s something I’ve never done before, and although we left with some lovely apples, it didn’t go as planned. Life what can I say. My youngest son has very bad allergies, extreme enough that we have to have an epi pen with us at all times – and of course there were bees everywhere. The owner even commented that she had never had so many bees ever around her trees. So, for my kiddos safety me and the two youngest went back to the van. My oldest and le hubs stayed behind to pick us some apples. But, the kids do seem happy with the haul, so I guess that’s all that matters.
Although crap, it would’ve just been so much more fabulous if it had gone down something like this:
So I spent some time with my family, read a book, and even though the day didn’t go as planned, it went. It’s nearing the end of my day and I have not melted into a pool of nothingness because I didn’t workout. Am I still feeling an icky feeling in the pit of my stomach about it? Yes. But I also know that my body is severely needing this. I hope tomorrow I can appreciate the fact that I’ve done this for myself when I’m hopefully feeling a little better.
But more than anything, I’m reinforcing with myself this:
One day at at time.
Good or bad, it’s all I can do. And I know I’ve posted this before, but I felt I needed to see it again myself, so I’ve made a printable version for others out there that may find it useful as well.
Hope you all had a great weekend, and hope at least some of you had a badass workout even when I couldn’t.