Monday, December 28, 2009

"I love the mornings! I clap my hands every morning and say, 'This is gonna be a great day!'"

Yes, another movie quote. Anyone know what movie? Keep reading.

The "voice of reason" in the movie that I'm quoting is that of "Dickie Fox." He was a mentor to the main character. He also said . . .

- The key to this business is personal relationships.

- If this (pointing to his heart) is empty, this (pointing to his head) doesn't matter.

- Hey, I don't have all the answers. In life, to be honest, I failed as much as I have succeeded. But I love my wife. I love my life. And I wish you my kind of success.

Can you name the movie now?

Granted this is the same movie that touted "Show me the money!" and "I did NOT shoplift the pootie." But nonetheless, Jerry Maguire had some memorable quotes, and I would put it on the list of movies that would end my channel surfing if I found it on TBS one night.

I think that Dorothy Boyd had a telling line as well, when after leaving her job after reading Jerry's memo/mission statement she told Jerry, "I just want to be inspired." Yes, Dorothy. Don't we all. What inspires me? Cardstock, pattern paper, embellishments, die cuts, ribbon, colors, ink, stickers . . . and then the perfect recipe or the perfect photos.

I cannot just sit down and scrapbook. I need to be inspired. Sometimes I just need a suggestion or a little push. If someone hands me a stack of paper and says, "Do something with this." I can do it. In fact, I have a better shot at doing it than the projects that I really want to do. I am less inspired by myself and more inspired by others. I need to be challenged. Give me an ugly sheet of paper and challenge me to do something nice with it. I can usually get the job done.

There were a few things that inspired me over the holiday, and they are leading me to come with a list of resolutions and challenges for the new year. There will be a concrete list coming up soon, but here are just a few that came up over the holiday . . .

  • My daughters, age 24 and 21, standing in line at the mall with all of the young children to have their photo taken with Santa Claus so they could put it in my stocking. Kelly tells me that the Polar Express display, which included all kinds of gadgets and gismos for the kids to keep busy in line, made her absolutely crazy. But she did it for me. It will certainly inspire a holiday layout, but even more so made me realize that sometimes you have to make sacrifices to have your photo taken. I do not like photos of myself, but I will scrap more photos of myself this year, regardless of how horrible I think I look in the photos.

  • My oldest daughter, Tracy, put together an interesting holiday gift for her cousin. It was his very own action figure, and she raided my tools to get the job done. It was creative, personal and was a bit of 3-D scrapping. It has inspired me to make more handmade gifts in the coming year. In fact, while at New England Scrapbook this weekend, I picked out some Bo Bunny Chipboard Albums and some of the new We R Memory Keepers Merry & Bright paper (there is one called "Whoville") and embellishments and I plan to make some gift albums for next year.

  • A self portrait that my younger daughter took of herself with my dog, Samantha, has inspired me to take a self portrait and scrapbook at least one per week in an album about me and a year in my life. It's something we hate to do, but this is the year that I'm going to do it. Stay tuned for that one.

I see big things coming in 2010. I am going to challenge myself regularly, and I have just a few days to get my challenges in order.

Wait for it . . . it's going to be something. Although exactly what it's going to be, I'm not sure yet.

So just wait for it.

1 comment:

  1. you GO GIRL!
    (I think I might have some ugly paper lying around the store I need scrapped...HA!)