Nicole is up today with Challenge #13
: to scrap something we're passionate about. The obvious thing for a mother to scrap would be her family. That was just a little too obvious for me. After giving it some thought I decided to scrap about my desire to keep learning. I'm passionate about growth, and not becoming stagnant in all the various areas of my life (spiritually, relationally with my hubby, and friends, in ministry, in my scrapping...everywhere) I once read a great quote that said something along the lines of "when I leave this earth, I hope to have not one ounce of talent left. I hope to have used it all up." I love that quote, the idea of living life to the fullest, serving others, and embracing every opportunity is so poetic, isn't it. The reality for me, however, for most of us in fact, is that life happens, and although we feel deeply about something, it's that very something that keeps getting shoved to the 'back burner' to accommodate the rest of life's duties. I was nearly three years ago that I decided to break myself out of my comfort zone, and put my money where my mouth is. I had talked to my kids about taking risks, and welcoming new opportunities in their lives, yet my life looked pretty much the same day after day. I felt I was becoming stagnant. It was then that I shook things up a little and welcomed some opportunities of my own to grow, and learn. One of those areas was Dance. I noticed that there was an Adult Tap Class offered at the studio where my kids dance. I had watched them a few times after the Zumba class I was taking at the time, and I was intrigued. It looked like a lot of fun. It was a small group of women who looked to be enjoying themselves. Needless to say, I took the plunge, joined the class, spent a few weeks catching up, and enjoyed every minute of it. It wasn't easy at first, it's almost like learning another language, teaching your feet to move in a seemingly unnatural way. But it did click, eventually. Fast forward to this year, where I am now a member of the Kick It Cougars (as they call themselves), an Adult Competitive Tap Class. It's a ton of fun, good exercise, with a fabulous, and fun teacher, and an equally fun assistant, where laughter is guaranteed in every class. Sure, I still struggle, and I'll never, ever be able to do a 'pick-up', never mind a 'syncopated pick up'. But I did what I set out to do. I put myself out there, to grow and learn, and I continue to do so. I chose to scrap a memory of that plunge. This is the Tuesday night Cougar gang, at our end of the year recital practice looking
sharp in our bright colours."
|Fancy Pants Love Story papers|
|I layered the hearts one atop the other and folded the tops to stand out|
I hope I never want to stop learning, and that I instill that same desire in my girls, as they see me grab life by the horns and go for it, every now and then.
The scrap twist this month is to use a heart on your page. I hope you find some time to play along, and create a layout of your own. Nikki Sivils is our gracious sponsor this month, and has offered up a wonderful assortment of product for our winner.
Have a wonderful Monday friends,
You are a fabulous tap dancer! Don't listen to her people, I've seen her in action! :D :D
That was a great read, and I love the layout. Especially the hearts! :)
I love that quote, I need to get out there more and try new things too. Love your layout the hearts are beautiful :)
Love your layout and the story behind it. Cute hearts!!
Truly fab LO! The sewn hearts are a rockin' detail! :D
Oooo... love those hearts!! You are such a talented person, you tap dance too?! Would love to see you in action!!
I really enjoyed reading your post! So inspiring... I love the quote and I will try to take it with me. I love learning, discovering, evolving and I am pretty good at it too. The only problem - I am living it out only professionally, at work. I should follow your example and start thinking about it outside my office as well. I love that you started to dance! :-)
The layout is gorgeous! Those hearts are truly beautiful!
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