Monday, November 14, 2011

Let Go and Let's Go

We all have a past. Things have occurred in our lives that we regret or wish hadn't happened. Sometimes those things have made us better and sometimes they weigh us down. We carry the burden because we think we have to. "It's part of who we are" we say. But honestly, I've come to a much more reasonable and healthier resolution. Those things from our past that weigh us down, that speak negatively to us in our heads, that make us feel unworthy - we don't have to keep them around. They don't have to define us. Thank goodness!

The past couple of years have been a very defining time for me as I come to realize this truth. So while the awful things that happened to me as a child have definitely molded me into who I am today (a lot of good things too!) I will say that I don't have to let it define who I am. I don't have to play the "victim card" and I don't have to feel less human. So it's all about letting go and getting on with life. Not stopping and wallowing, but celebrating who I truly am and not allowing the negative to define me.

That's what this layout is all about...


All materials are from the November kit - Connection - at Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.


Beautiful Amy Tangerine products are part of this kit including that gorgeous fabric paper. (A subscriber bonus for new subscribers.)



The word stickers from Authentique provided a fun opportunity to add some interest to my journaling.

So how does this layout relate to the theme of Connection? Well, I decided to take an opposite spin to it. I want to disconnect and move on and weave a new story. :)

How about you? Anything you'd like to sever ties to? I know that's a deep question but share if you want to!

hugs,
Melissa

9 comments:

sue said...

I am so sorry you had to go through anything bad, but what a wonderful way to move on. I love your lay out.

Debby said...

Life certainly happens. It is great that you are learning a growing. The layout is incredible.

Cindy said...

I couldn't agree with you more! I've found that as I get older I have a better understanding that the tough times in life really do make us stronger. And that we shouldn't dwell on the negative. Beautiful layout. I enjoy reading your blog. :)

Lisa Dorsey said...

Such a wonderful layout. Great colors, details, and perspective!

Keshet said...

Melissa, this is so beautiful--the layout and sentiment. Personally, I wish I could let go of fearing what other people think of me and feeling left out.

Pamela said...

Beautiful layout Melissa! :)

Bonita Rose said...

I so agree with all u shared.. as I get older.. I'll be 50 this Jan.. omg... I 've come to realize that life is too short to live anything else but happy and at peace. Yes, I've had horrible things happen to me too.. it's all about moving on.. and realizing others have their own issues to work out.. I cannot do it for them.. they hv to do the work. xo hugs .. love your work ! xo

Amy said...

Love your honest layout. It is really refreshing. I agree with you, letting go is really freedom. I wish I didn't care how others viewed me or worry about pleasing others so much.

Audrey Pettit said...

Gorgeous layout! LOVE that photo of you, and love your combination of colors and patterns here. Fabulous banner, too! :)