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What's Your Perspective?
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Perspective... It's All How We Look at It
It's that age-old question: Is the glass half empty or half full? On a bad day, I would say it's half empty, but I'm hoping that the majority of the time it's half full. Our capacity to look at something in two completely different ways is amazing - if we can just take that all important step back and look at it from a different perspective.
Everyday we're given these wonderful opportunities to put our best foot forward, and I'm striving to do this. I would just like to be wearing my favorite shoes when I show off that best foot.
When I came to America I left a world where I was comfortable. I had family, friends, a fully furnished home, a successful job, and I was living in what is considered by many to be a beautiful country. Life was plodding along nicely for me. Since living in America, I can't count the amount of times people have asked me how I could have left everything behind. I answer without even thinking about it, and since the explanation seemed to cover exactly how I felt, I've used the same one ever since.
My response? I don't see my move as leaving anything behind. I see it as coming toward my everything. I didn't hesitate to move to a foreign country halfway around the world because my life wouldn't be complete without the love of my life beside me.
Since my husband is active duty military, we move a lot – 10 years in America, seven moves. After our first major move, I started to get a little down about the whole process of making friends and then being uprooted and leaving those friends behind, only to have to turn around and make even more friends. I got rather depressed about the whole thing. Another approach was needed - I took a step back and looked at it from a different perspective, actually several different ones.
Now I see that not only do I get to meet new friends, I get to keep in touch with friends from previous assignments. I get to travel all over America and get to see this amazingly huge country that I am proud to call my home. I get to move into a new home which means I get to house hunt (now who doesn't like to look at other people's houses?). I can sort through my household goods and get rid of stuff that seems to have built up – as long as I can get it past my husband's all inquisitive, pack-rat nose that is! I get to change my home phone number which effectively gets rid of many unwanted solicitation calls.
I was talking to a friend the other day who was lamenting her upcoming move, a long car drive with children, leaving behind the friends she's made here, having to unpack boxes when they finally find a house. I imparted my view on moving. She left my house with a new lease on her new move, and I hope that made things a little easier on her and her family.
The reason for this particular topic? My husband is TDY for a while (military term for Temporary Duty – meaning he's away from the home – another thing I've learned since coming to America – TLAs) and as much as I miss him dearly ever minute he's gone, I try to see the half-full scenario. While he's away, I get a lot more time to clean the house. When he's home, he wants me to be with him; therefore, parts of my housework do tend to fall behind (that's my excuse and I'll stick to it, okay?). Also while he's away I can turn off the air conditioning as he likes it rather chilly – so we save on our power bill; I get to sleep in the middle of our bed and have as many blankets on me as I want. I get to spend a lot more time with our children because when their daddy is around, he's the main attraction. And I also get to email him (I am unable to call him on the phone) and have him email me in return – it's kind of like having love letters all over again.
I'm not saying I'm always the half full person... especially if I've managed to drink the first half of the glass myself, and it's been a day of hard-to-swallow happenings. Sometimes I want that glass to be half full of something that is a bit stronger than orange juice, but I do try to look at things in a positive way. Others may say I have a mundane life; my family doesn't go out very much. I look at it as having a happy family, a wonderful husband who chooses to stay at home with his family and not go out, which means we get to spend quality time together. If that's mundane, then bring on the next half-full glass so that I can drink a toast to a wonderfully dull life! After all, it's just perspective and how you look at it!
- Carole Ivener
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Sketch Challenge Chat
Tuesday, February 28th - 7:00PM MST
It's time for the Sketch Challenge and Crop! Join Cheri (Cheri T) on Tuesday, February 28 at 7pm MT in the Scrap Girls Chat Room! Enjoy getting a little creative boost for your pages? Are you needing help getting started? Then this is the challenge for you! A few hours before the chat begins, Cheri will post a link for you to download the sketch. Use it as the starting point for your page; be inspired by the basic arrangement; flip things around or scraplift the whole thing hook, line, and sinker;) This month our inspiration piece is ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks Vintage Valentine from Amanda Fraijo-Tobin. All interpretations of the design are welcome and encouraged. Don't worry about any deadlines... post your layout when it works with your schedule. Hope to see you there!
East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, February 29th - 10:00AM MST
Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 10am MT for the East Coast High Noon Crop. All coasts and time zones are welcome! These crops are designed to allow you to work on your own photos and themes, simply giving participants a one hour goal and a fun, new challenge each week. On February 29th, we'll have a "Change it Up Challenge." Reverse a template, rotate a frame, change the color of an embellishment or paper - it is up to you! Create your layout and upload it to the special High Noon Crop Gallery. You'll be amazed what you can get done in just one hour, but there is no High Noon Sheriff timing you! Hope to see you in the chat room!
Speed Scrap Crop
Wednesday, February 29th - 6:00PM MST
It's time for some Speed! Join Shannon (tinkerbell11) at 6pm MT for the Speed Scrap Crop! She will give you six tasks, spread out over an hour. Then, you will have an hour to get it finished and posted in the Forum Gallery!
February's Message Board Game: Posting Contest!
February is Posting Contest time on the Scrap Girls Forums! You can win a Scrap Girls Gift Certificate by simply being chatty in the Scrap Girls Forums and Gallery. This contest will run from February 1st when we post the thread until 11:59pm MT on February 29th.
To enter the Scrap Girls Forum Posting Contest, you MUST reply in the Posting Contest Thread with your CURRENT post count. Your post count is the number under your avatar that shows when you post. (NOTE: The number found on your profile is a number which is calculated differently.) During the month, post your fingers off! At Midnight on February 29th, we will calculate your post count based on the numbers posted in the game thread.
For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
February Monthly Layout Contest: This February we have a Leap Year Day. For this month's contest, we want you to scrap about what makes you "Leap for Joy." Let us know in your journaling why you leap for joy. Post your layouts in the February Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MST on February 29th. Be sure to list your layout's product credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. Two layouts will be selected to win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
Club Concepts Layout Contest: Post your new layout using the current club selection (either the Scrap Girls Club or the ScrapSimple Club) in our Scrap Girls Club Members Gallery or the ScrapSimple Club Members' Gallery. Be sure to list all of the Scrap Girls products you used. If your layout is chosen, it will be showcased as a Club Concepts layout winner, and you will win a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
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