A Week in the Life aka telling the stories I usually don’t

 

I’m getting it together to start Ali Edwards’ A Week in the Life this week. Last year I made a super fun project about spring break with my kids. I love it. But this week I am doing something very different.

All of my albums are about me at the core – they are what I see, do, love. They have my aesthetic and what I want to remember. A lot gets left out. I live with MS every day. And somedays are worse than others. I’m in a bit of a downer right now where things suck a bit more than usual. I got a flu which then puts my MS into overdrive and it takes a while to recover. Doing things is exhausting. Like, even sleeping makes me want to sleep more. Haha. But I keep doing things, planning time to rest, because stopping doing things would make things worse. We went on a beautiful family hike the other day (the first of the year!) that I am still physically worn and exhausted from. But if I stopped going hiking, there is a chance I just wouldn’t be able to anymore, my legs wouldn’t be used to all the work and neither would my energy levels. So I keep going, because I really want to.

Anyways, how does this relate to craft? I’ve been working on a weekly Project Life style album this year and it’s my favourite. Every week I get my pictures from the week before printed and sit down for a few hours and put together a layout. I don’t usually get the blah stuff in there – it’s more of a highlight reel of what’s going on. Because focusing on the good in life is really important. Really really important. Working on and looking through my albums reminds me that there is a lot of good in life. I’d rather a whole spread about all the fun foods we ate, games we played, Lego we built and tv we watched while I was really doing nothing than a spread about how I was too blah to get off the couch. I don’t need to remember that, nor do I want that remembered about me. Finding those magic moments in every week makes me feel less sick all the time and lets me just focus on all of the great things we have going on in our lives.

I knew I wanted to do Week in the Life, but I was trying to figure out how. It’s a pretty boring week around here, and I’ll still be doing a weekly spread of our daily lives to go in my weekly album because I could not handle having a hole in there! I did some more thinking, and decided to focus on what my unhighlight reel week looks like. Starting with today. Monday. Monday is almost always a sick day, or a bed day as I like to call it. Everyone is back to school and work, but I don’t work Mondays so I can spend the day in bed or on the couch, sleeping, knitting, watching tv, whatever. It’s my weekly sick day. It’s 1 PM and I just got out of bed. I had to take extra pain meds this morning because I slept funny and aggravated some usually dormant facial pain. I always feel the sickest, coming off a weekend of fun and activity and actually having time to rest. Mondays usually suck to be me, but they are also important in that they let the rest of the week happen. So for my Week in the Life I am focusing on one photograph a day and the story to go with it. Today I’m crafting and watching tv. It’s a boring story, but it’s mine. And my weekly Project Life spread might have a picture of the babka french toast party the kids and I are going to have later, because that’s the bright spot.

I haven’t finalized how I am going to put it together yet, I am just going to focus on a picture that represents each day for now and some words to go with it.

  • Kendra Wietstock

    YOU GO GIRL!!! This week will be an important story to tell, but I think it’s great that you focus on the positive things in your life. Attitude is everything! I can’t wait to see your finished pages. I haven’t figured out my album yet either, but I’m snapping away and taking notes of my week.

  • P Rog

    Thank You for sharing your story. Very courageous of you to tell it like it is. I think documenting in all of the pretty ways we all do, tends to show life as always happy and perfect. I suffer from chronic migraines and have documented them in my memory planner. I have also documented some rather sad things that have happened this year. I love your Instagram which has led me here to your blog. Can’t wait to read more. Be well Odessa.

  • Claire Saul

    Shared to PainPalsBlog regular Monday Magic Inspiring Blogs for You! Welcom to CIB x