Be True to Yourself

Happy Thursday!

Are you anything like me? I am my own worst critic. I'm the first to make sure I understand that I'm not that great. I'll beat myself up and then wonder why no one likes me. It's quite the pity party. I'd invite you but it's a VIP event with tight security. I'm the last to forgive myself but the first to make sure I feel so guilty... below pond scum.

Why do we do that to ourselves? Sometimes it's not even on purpose. I don't even realize I'm doing it until I feel like crap and take a good hard look at the prior days events. Then, I realize that I was the only one being so hard on myself. Gosh... what would it be like if I was the first to show GRACE to myself? What a life that would be!

All Supplies from March GRACE kit at Scrapbooking from the Inside Out

For this layout, I went completely out of my style. At least I feel like I did. Experimenting with a new size of canvas (12" x 6") I wanted to see what I could get away with and still have it look pretty and also feel like I went through a good therapy session.

There is a lot of freedom symbolized in this layout, I think. At least for me. (And that's really what matters, isn't it?) From using the patterned paper background (that's HARD for me!), misting elements, a completely different and wonky size, the multiple photos and such... Things I don't normally do on a layout. But I think I was daring myself...

I'll admit... it's not my favorite out of my layouts for this month but I still like it. I look at it and see all the little details I did knowing that they are there because I was stepping out of my comfort zone. Trying something new. And if I messed up, it would be okay. Let it go. Enjoy the process.

Love that little pop of zig zag. ;)

Is there an area of your life that you struggle giving yourself GRACE? It's hard! I think there is this element of guilt in allowing ourselves to experience that freedom. Yet it can be one of the biggest hurdles to jump over in healing and experiencing all that life holds.