Why Did I Do This?

Do you ever ask yourself "Why on earth did I ever start this?"  Well, I certainly have.  And sometimes I get myself in trouble taking on too many things at once.  I think as women, it's so easy to do this because we want to help.  But then obligations start piling up and I'm wondering why I set myself up......again.

I have certainly said this many times in the lifespan that has been the creation of My Digital ScrapRoom.  What began as a lightbulb moment at times became overwhelming, discouraging, and agonizing.  Many times I thought, "Is this a sign that I'm supposed to stop?"  But then something else would happen and the momentum would begin again and my original excitement would come back.

I ran across this article today on Quora:  Top 5 Regrets of the Dying. One of the top regrets, as reported by a nurse who works with the dying, was "I wish I hadn't worked so hard."  As I get older myself, I sometimes wonder if we've done it all wrong.  

My husband and I have owned our own business for over 20 years and we've worked so hard all that time. And here we are as that career winds down, beginning another one with ScrapRoom.  BUT, I have to also look back and realize that although we work really crazy hours and work a lot, we have also been able to work around our kids and be there for almost everything for them.  No, I don't think we got that wrong.

And then there's ScrapRoom.  While this adventure has given so many extra surprises and challenges along the way, when I sit down with someone and their photos, and I see THEIR lightbulb go on - it's an amazing feeling.  All those years of scrapbooking and telling stories has been leading up to this.  Yes, when the emails aren't working and one feature is giving us trouble and deadlines loom and pass, it's hard.  Really, really hard.  But I think that the best part is still to come.  

I have always believed that to do something right, I need to be passionate about it.  I believe that people need help with their digital photos.  I believe that technology should help us, not overwhelm us.  I believe that things should be quick and easy - or at least as quick and easy as possible.  I believe in ScrapRoom.  We still have a few more bugs to work out in the next couple of weeks, and ScrapRoom will always be a work in progress as techonology changes.  Still, I believe wholeheartedly that it is the answer to managing a massive photo library.  More importantly, at the end of my life, I don't want to look back and say, "I wonder what would have happened if I had given that idea a try?"

I'm going to live it.  

blayne red cheetah

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