Let's talk about YOU. Do you get so wrapped up in taking care of everyone (and everything) around you, that you forget to take care of yourself? Well, you're not alone. As women, we have so many demands on our time that it can be difficult to find the time to exercise, eat right, take care of our skin and bodies, find time for rejuvenation and inspiration, and participate in other activities that feed the body and soul.
So today, Wednesday, April 11, I want to encourage you to be a little bit self-indulgent, maybe even selfish, just for a little while. Think about yourself. Talk about yourself. Shop for yourself. Scrapbook about yourself! You deserve it just this once.
In that spirit, I invited two of our Ella Friends, Ashley and Audrey, to join me in creating autobiographical scrapbook pages. We're all busy ladies, for sure, but we carved out a bit of time for these reflective pages—and it was worth the effort! It really is important to spend some of your crafting time scrapbooking just about yourself, to be the star of your own life story.
Here are three different approaches for scrapbooking about yourself.
1. My Layout
Tip: Scrapbooking about yourself doesn't have to mean you're alone in the photos, just that you're pictured on the page. And actually, it's essential that you are taking photos of yourself with your kids on a fairly regular basis. You'll treasure these photos as your kids grow up. If you don't have one shot where both subjects look their best (or are even looking at the camera), print several images film-strip style! This series shows my daughter Keira opening a little Easter present.
Note: Now I know some women hate having their picture taken, because they feel self-conscious about so many things, such as not being as young and thin as they once were. But I'm going to tell you something: you look better than you think you do. And I hate to break it to you, but whatever age you are, you're not getting any younger. This is the youngest you will ever be! Which means you better hurry and get your picture taken before you get any older! I promise that 10 years from now, when you look back at today's photos, you'll be surprised at how great you actually looked, and you'll be grateful you allowed yourself to be captured on camera.
Ashley's journaling reads: Me- I am never the one in front of the camera. I know there are reasons for this. Well, those reasons are going to change and so am I. Slowly but surely I will beat my inner struggles and be in front of the camera more. Like today.
Audrey's journaling starts with: "There was a time when I just refused to step in front of the camera; I was always so critical of what I saw when I looked at myself later." And it ends like this: "I am growing into this skin I'm in and realizing that this is who I am, and who I am is loved beyond compare." Beautiful!
You matter. You really do. And we hope these layouts inspired you to turn the spotlight on yourself.
And now it's time to reveal our little secret. One of the things that gave us confidence to mug for the camera for these pages is that all three of us have been trying out a skin care line called Muvazi. And you can try it, too, for $80 off if you'll keep reading! Note: we did not get compensated for saying these nice things about Muvazi, apart from the trial products three of our team members received. We were simply excited to share a great deal with you plus a little reminder that it's okay to pamper yourself every now and then.
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Ashley: "I have been battling impetigo for nearly a year and nothing would get rid of it. This has kept it at bay for almost a month now. I love this stuff!!"
Audrey: "I'm usually a wash and wear kind of girl, so I like that the Muvazi products are simple to use and don't add much time to my daily routine. The cleanser and toner combination means one less step, and the pump bottles mean less mess."
It's amazing how just spending a couple of weeks pampering yourself a little bit—whether that's through taking better care of your skin or getting a pedicure or picking out a new Spring outfit—can lift your overall outlook. Try it! And then take a picture of yourself and make a page. We dare you.
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