The journaling starts off:
"Purchasing decisions rank right up there with water travel, puddle jumpers, and childcare as huge sources of anxiety."
I take forever to make purchasing deicisions. Occasionally it is fun such as choosing scrapbook supplies. I devour the Stampin' Up! catalog in July and browse the new products at Two Peas adding and taking away from my bucket until I'm finally happy.
Most things though cause me some level of anxiety roughly proportional to the expense or the perceived impact. For example, booking a plane ticket for our upcoming vacation wasn't that expensive (shocking!) but I spent a lot of time planning the itinerary so we could get in the things we wanted and made sure the only hotel I really wanted to stay at (that I could afford) was booked first.
And don't even get me started on shoe shopping! It was always bad enough and then when I started having trouble with my feet years ago, it became agony to determine which shoes might work well for my feet. The good news is that all totaled, I spend a lot less on shoes because I just avoid buying new ones altogether.
I made this page as sort of pep talk for decision making.
A few days ago one of our Explore class assignments was to list the things that were Perfect just the way they were. My sewing machine came to mind. Now I actually have 5 sewing machines! I do this for a living and the all have different purposes. However, this machine is the best, absolute best I've ever had. It is a home sewing machine and can't handle some fabric weights and it isn't as fast as my commercial machines but I don't care. It sews marvelously!
The machine is a reminder that I can make great choices in what I buy. Most things I purchase turn out fine in the end. They are not all perfect, I don't love the dishwasher I chose - there was probably a better one for me for the money - but it does the job.
Soon I'll be making a couple of fairly large purchasing decisions - a lot more than a pair of shoes - and I need a reminder that I can do this.
I did follow this weeks class and organize my scraps using 'mood' for selecting these for this page. I'm continuing on the round embellishments we started at the beginning of class - minus the maps.
I also worked from the embellishments out, choosing the background paper last. This is the third layout I've done that way and I'm really liking the process.
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Ingredients: DSP: Cosmo Cricket Material Girl, Basic Grey Nook and Pantry; My Mind's Eye So Sophie ledger paper
Thickers: American Crafts
Stickers: October Afternoon mini market