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Holiday shopping is just a plate of turkey and stuffing away…and to that I have just one thing to say:  woohoo! It's time to start making your shopping lists—of gifts to give (and to wish for.) If you're a scrapbooker or have one to buy for, here's one for your list:  Ali Edward's new book Life Artist.
"So what does this book have to do with organizing?" you may be wondering. Well, on the surface, absolutely nothing. It isn't an organizing book by any stretch of the imagination. But, I strongly believe that the first step in doing anything—an organizing project or participating in a hobby—is to have a vision or goal for why you're doing it. With scrapbooking a goal statement, or inspiration statement, to use a term from my book "The Organized & Inspired Scrapbooker," or a creative manifesto, to use Ali's terminology, is vitally important. There are simply so many places along the scrapbooking journey that you can get lost or hung-up. And this, my friends, can lead to many things—an over accumulation of supplies, a loss of desire to create, guilt, frustration, and on and on. A creative manifesto or inspiration statement helps you stay focused on the joyful side of scrapbooking (or organizing or any other activity you participate in.) It empowers you to create, and create your way. This is powerful stuff.
The next thing this book does, that has everything to do with organizing (or at least my approach to organizing) is it helps you overcome your obstacles—in this case, creative obstacles that we put in the way of fulfilling our vision for scrapbooking. My very favorite chapter in Ali's book is "Chapter 6:  embrace imperfection." The advice in this chapter is so very relevant, so very empowering—not just for our scrapbooking journey, but also for our organizing journey. For so many people who want to create or get organized, the desire for perfection is a very real and very debilitating obstacle. Ali provides compelling inspiration to let go of this desire and in fact, embrace imperfection. "The bottom line:  Imperfection is reality," Ali says. I love that!
This book is loaded with ideas, inspiration, beautiful project ideas, and so much more. Create some space on your bookshelf for Ali's book "LIFE artist." You'll be so glad you did! And in the meantime, have yourself a very happy turkey day. ;)

posted on: 11/21/2007 2:00:00 PM by Aby Garvey
category: Memorabilia

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Aby Garvey is a professional organizer who specializes in helping people implement fun and creative organizing solutions in their homes and personal lives, creating space for the people and activities they truly love. She is the founder of simplify101.com, a columnist for Organize Magazine, author of The Happy Scrapper and co-author of The Organized & Inspired Scrapbooker.

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