Sunday, July 21, 2013

Out of the box. What does it really mean anyway?

The question is
do you want to be 'in the box'
'out of the box'.
The box with it's implications of
rigidity and squareness
symbolizes constrained and unimaginative thinking.
I think
the box also indicates safety.
Being sure of your boundaries.
Knowing where  borders begin and where they end.
I have no problem with what the expression tries to convey -
the importance of looking at things in a new way.
That can be what makes a person stand out in creativity.
But when did being 'in the box' become boring
and being 'out of the box' insinuate interesting?
I wouldn't say it's the only or necessary way to be unique and original.
Another direction to take is simply
being happy and in a good mood.
It broadens ones thoughts and actions
without the need to step 'out of the box'.
Oxygen to the brain stimulates your mind.
Running, dancing...
That is not so out of the box.
Feeling blaaa?
Do a few jumping jacks.
Read something funny that makes you laugh.
Really laugh.
You'll feel invigorated enough to reach inside yourself
where all your creativity is stored in the first place.
Parents - encourage uniqueness
whilst providing stability.
Be responsive to your kids needs
while challenging them to develop skills.
The more skills (knowledge) one has
the more potential there is
to translate original thinking,
from abstract to actuality.
So forget this 'out of the box' concept.
Learn as much as you can
teach as many ways as you know how
and you will see how much creativity there is in each one of us.
Speaking about that special standout kind of person
here's one original, interesting, and
(i love that word!)
little girl.
As a result of spending lots of time with adults
she says the funniest things.
She is not your 'typical' little girl.
Some would say she is "out of the box"
I say she is an original!

She always had a sparkle within her.

From the very beginning it was apparent that she was determined to be 'miss independence.'

I am thrilled that I document the memories of her development and growth.
I wouldn't want to forget a thing.
watch this first!

Monday, July 8, 2013

You may be out of my sight... but never out of my mind...

Can you miss your child every minute she's not with you?
There is something about this one in particular that makes me miss her alot.
Maybe it's her energy...
her passion
her joy
her ability to move forward,
at a pace that most of us cannot maintain,
that I find so intriguing.
She is a walking box of crayons.
The biggest box of colors you could find.
It's a burden to be given that kind of charisma.
It's powerful.
It's awesome to watch her compete
with herself.
I think this girl does exactly what Hashem wants her to.
She uses her G-d given gifts to
inspire and love.
So what do I do when I miss her?
I don't call.
She's really busy!
I pull out my stuff and do what I love best.
I remember.
I craft.
I document.

Do you want to join me?
Start by scraplifting.
I've shared the idea with you here.
Find a layout you love and make it your own.
It's a quick way to satisfy a strong desire to get it done.
The original layout is here.

If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.  ~Claudia Ghandi

Friday, July 5, 2013

happy birthday my little one...

....when I'm old I'll still need you
you're my sister and my favorite friend.
and I promise I'll be here
like you've been there for me time and again...
(full lyrics here)

Having six daughter is a blessing times six.
It's a beautiful thing for a parent
to see her children
loving each other.
I think it's the ultimate form of nachas.

...and when you need me
I'll be here at any time
I love you
sister of mine...

Don't waste the moment.

Call your sister!