Once upon a time (back before Netflix had the streaming option) I was obsessed with music. If there was silence in the house, I preferred to have it filled with music. It never ceases to shock me when I hear a song whose lyrics convey a message that I need to hear at that particular moment.
As is the case with this song: Little Wonders by Rob Thomas (theme song for Meet the Robinsons).
When it was released in 2007, I was wrestling with a major life decision. The company where I had worked for 10 years had been acquired and I was forced invited to move to Nashville to keep my job. I had an awesome job and made the best decision I could at the time. Take a chance and go. But I resented the need to make that decision for a long time. These lyrics reminded me to just let it go, no matter how I ended up there. I listened to it many, many times that first year in Nashville.
Fast forward six years and this same song has a totally new meaning for me. I’m back home now and I have a new opportunity beginning this week. I just happened to catch this gorgeous sunrise one day on my way to a shift at the retail store. I was in the middle of the interview process for my new job and it was the moment I started to emerge from a terrible funk. I grabbed my phone and snapped a shot.
New day. New beginnings. New opportunities. That’s what goes through my mind when I see this photo. It’s been a rough four years since I was laid off from my amazing job in Nashville. The one that I rearranged my life for. Hearing this song again the other day reminded me that the horrible fallout from losing that job is finally over.
This layout commemorates that new beginning. Within that pocket I’ve added some hidden journaling, including a few things I need to let go of in order to fully appreciate the new possibilities. The rejection, the feeling of failure, the hopelessness of unemployment. I survived.
For the foundation I used a grid design (based on a Scrapbook Generation sketch) with the Park Bench collection from Fancy Pants. I used the Martha Stewart Twirl Loop punch around the page set to create the decorative border piece. I added dimensional adhesive to different corners of the photo mats to give them some lift. I was able to dig deep into my stash and found some chipboard and foam flowers to layer together. Finally, I added the date onto one of the the Park Bench label stickers with the Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm roller stamp and the classic Studio Calico date stamp.
The next time you are searching for the right title for your layout, think about song lyrics. That favorite song might just provide the right words and the deeper meaning you’re looking for.
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