Ah, the restorative power of a simple glue stick!
Here are ten ways that cutting and sticking can help glue *us* back together…
One: write a simple list of your hopes and dreams, things you’re grateful for from your day or just how you’re feeling right now: it’s all better out than in!
Two: writing a prayer or letter to a higher power, or an encouraging note to yourself, can really help you to get things out of your head and the weight off your shoulders.
Three: why not print out a blog post, write down a podcast quote or copy a page from a favourite novel? Make sure it’s in your favourite font and on vellum, of course!
Four: don’t overlook the relaxing power of fussy-cutting! It’s so calming to sit and snip pretty bits out and makes you really appreciative of the gift of your supplies.
Five: celebrate small wins… even if they’re things that would make no sense to anyone else, be sure to praise yourself for any small accomplishments, either physical or emotional.
Six: record your crafty goals and accomplishments – intentionality in even really small things can lead to big changes.
Remember how a ship can be steered somewhere completely different by changing course by only a few degrees.
Seven: be kind to yourself with positive statements and affirmations… however we may feel, we really are worth it.
I turn to my books even more when I’m struggling to feel bright about life… just making that cosy time for me, helps to pick me up and feel more like something good has been accomplished.
Eight: resolutions aren’t just for the new year – stay on track by re-evaluating the course you’re taking on a regular basis.
Don’t forget that no one needs to see your notes other than you… pop notes in envelopes if you want to keep things really private.
Nine: write down or stick in nice things that people say about you… we girls need all the encouragement we can get, so valuing little comments makes for a beautifully encouraging little book to flip through on blue days.
Ten: be your own cheerleader. I often approach my pages with the idea of telling my inner child something that is true that she may have forgotten.
That she’s safe or loved; that she can keep going and that she is valuable… sometimes we need to remind ourselves of what is true, when the unhelpful voices in our heads whisper otherwise!