31 Things: A Conclusion

Dear Ali,
In the six years I have been scrapbooking, I have taken a number of on-line classes.  Most of the time, you pay your money and you take your chance.
However, in the case of 31 Things, I found a class that was truly and honestly speaking directly to me on a deeply personal level.

~ Faith ~ Watch ~ Listen ~ Think ~ 
These four words in particular made me dig deep about how I felt, both with life itself and about my own life.  On April 17th, our son was diagnosed with Autism and I had been struggling with how to allow it in to our lives without being consumed by it or defined by it.  I know that this is something that touches you and yours deeply, too.  
When I blogged about Day 21| Think, my friend Sian commented,  “A favourite quote of mine came to mind when I read this. Maya Angelou’s “I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it”.  
That was exactly what I was trying to say; I just didn’t have the words. 
31 Things gave me my words and so much more.
So, thank you, Ali, for such a wonderful class.
I’ll see you at the next one.
With thanks,
All my 31 Things posts can be seen here.

9 thoughts on “31 Things: A Conclusion

  1. Ruth, I have enjoyed following your progress through this class so much. I am so happy Ali gave you the means to explore and express your feelings during this time 🙂


  2. Lovely blog post, Ruth. Also, a quick thank you for the lovely happy mail I received today. It is made more special by the fact that 1)this is my birthday week and 2) I am up to my eyeballs in the stress of moving! My daughter, who is a lover of all things British, is enjoying the flag ribbon you used to tie up the bundle; and I am sure I will find a special use for the journal once I am settled into my new home. Thanks again! ~~Marilyn in New Mexico


  3. I have so enjoyed your responses in this class Ruth..and it seems that it did come at a perfect time for you to work through a lot of issues
    Alison xx


  4. A great post Ruth and I too have enjoyed seeing your pages unfold … wish I could see your album in the flesh though!

    I have enjoyed the prompts and the writing, they have been very inpsiring.


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