I’ve been thinking lately about scrapbooking things that make me proud. Things I’ve done that I’m proud of, things family and friends have done that make me proud and things about the world that fill me with pride. I think focusing on this emotion in my pages will be uplifting, so I’m going to start a pride list and make an effort to scrap that list over time.
In fact, I just finished a page yesterday that fits this bill. Jim is my first and best friend from college. We were “thick as thieves” for four years at Ohio University, getting into and out of all kinds of adventures (in addition to studying) together. Twenty-six years after meeting (gulp) we remain great friends, although Jim still lives in Ohio and I am in Texas, so we spend hours on the phone instead of skulking about campus. Jim is fun, kind and generous, and on a normal day I’m proud of him because of who he is.
However, recent events spurred me to scrapbook my pride in Jim for a special reason. Sadly, Jim lost his father to cancer last year. I know from personal experience how that can leave you feeling. But among the other emotions Jim felt motivated to help in his way to find a cure. So this August he rode 102 miles from Columbus to Athens, Ohio, to raise money for cancer research (Ride Pelotonia)! What a great way to honor his father and help the cause at the same time. To show my pride in Jim’s achievement I created this layout: