Wednesday, March 29, 2006

21 Day Challenge

Rhonna Farrer is hosting a 21 Day Challenge based on either creating or breaking a habit.....she says that studies have shown that it takes 21 days to change. I just knew that I had to participate when I saw it & the topic I picked is my battle with depression. I titled my journal "21 Days To A New Me". I'm just so tired of being depressed. I've been this way for several years now & I'm determined to break out of this depression & become a happier person! I've tried medications (Prozac & some others), but none of them did anything for me, except make me gain more weight :( But now I have the power to beat this myself! And I will WIN :)

Here are my pages in my journal so far.....my Intro page, Day 1, 2 & 3. I'm using the Heidi Swapp All About Me album kit which was sold on QVC as I never did like making albums exactly how they're meant to be made :)

21 Days to a new Me! Yep, I can do this! I'm printing out all of the quotes that Rhonna posts on her blog each day & adding them to my journal. The first quote really gives me the strength I need to make it through this. On this page, I used some Heidi Swapp chipboard alphabets, American Crafts Alphabet Stickers, KI Memories Alphabet Stickers, Me & My Big Ideas Threads Woven Labels for the number 21 & ribbon from the Heidi Swapp QVC About Me Album.

Day 1: Beating The Blues. Setting goals for ourselves.....this is something that I definitely need to work on! I have no problems setting goals, it's reaching them that I have the problem with. But no more! I took this picture of myself to show how I felt at the beginning of this journey. On this page, I used Making Memories Alphabet Rub-ons, Heidi Swapp ribbon & chipboard words (from the QVC kit.....yes, I crossed out the words on purpose because I refuse to be Sad, Mad & Afraid anymore!). I also "doodled" dots around the quote.

Day 2: Love Yourself! Believe In Yourself! On this page, I used ribbons, tape & a ghost flower, all from the Heidi Swapp QVC kit along with buttons, rhinestones, brads & more doodling. Journaling reads: "Enough is enough! I'm tired of being depressed! I will no longer let depression control me!"

Day 3: This quote really hit home with me! I don't know why.....I guess maybe because it's so true, but yet at the same time, so hard to live by: "Life is never a straight line. It's full of twists & turns. The way to lead a happy life is not to avoid them, but to embrace them, to find happiness in them." My life has definitely had it's share of twists & turns, but finding a way to embrace them has been a difficult thing for me, especially losing my sister & brother-in-law. My journaling, which may be hard to read since it's sideways, reads: "Today's quote really hit home with me. Life isn't perfect! And it never will be. Those people that think they have a perfect life are only fooling themselves! Life is full of lots of twists & turns, but we have to find a way to make the best of them. This is something that I've been struggling with every day for the past year & a half since losing my sister & brother-in-law." For this page, I used more Heidi Swapp items from the QVC kit along with Heidi's Exclamations Chipboard Ornaments, rhinestones & more doodling. I never thought I would enjoy doodling on my scrapbook pages, but this is actually a lot of fun :)

The weather has been absolutely beautiful here today & tomorrow is supposed to be even better with temps in the 60's. Yay, Spring is finally here! And the warmer temps have also been helping me win this fight against depression :)

That's it for now.....off to go watch Jim bowl.
Benita

8 comments:

Donswishes blog said...

your pages are so refreshing, Its good that you are using this a positive outlet, keep up the good work!

BonnieRose said...

so so gorgeous.. I just love all you created... you are talented gf!

shirley said...

Awesome layouts for your journal!!

Nikki said...

Beautiful pages. Good luck at trying to attain your goal!!!
~~Nik

pr31wb said...

your pages are gorgeous! good luck on your journey.

Dar said...

Your pages are fabulous!

tracie said...

I wish you a world of success with your 21 day challenge. You are off to a wonderful start.

Beautiful pages.

All the best in meeting your goal
tracie

ladybug320 said...

Great job! .Thanks for sharing. so that where the extra pieces wentfor that kit from QVC...