Just Life

advice: reach out.

…loved picking up the latest prompt – on my blackberry while I was waiting for my flight to Chicago on Tuesday afternoon. I will be the first to admit this new blackberry is very good – enabled me to be out of the office for a day and a half without my laptop, which made traveling without checking a bag possible – loved that! And like a few others (including Elise, I think) it took me a while to settle on what advice to highlight. I’ve certainly received lots of great advice – and (at least according to Katie) have even managed to give some. But what to pick? choice made a bit harder knowing I’d have to figure out a way to portray it in a photo.

But it hit me…walking through O’Hare Wednesday evening, from terminal 3 to terminal 1 so I could meet Kit for dinner before her American Airlines and my United flights left. I hadn’t met Kit til Tuesday night at O’Hare. And now I was gladly walking 20 minutes to enjoy another meal with her.

I was so thankful I’d made the effort to “reach out”. The journaling says this is “hewitt-speak for sending an email” – but it could mean any sort of contact and often implies that you’re contacting someone you don’t know (Hewitt is the company we both work for). Making a new friend totally made the trip for me. And now having a friend in our Orlando office will make my upcoming trips back there so much better.

so…very good advice to myself – reach out (and enjoy it!)


  • Lydia

    reach out, also cop talk when you need to touch base with someone, or find out their “20” (location) nice to meet new people who are business associates. great way to photo journal the prompt, am loving what you have been doing with the photos- who knew you could do all that

  • Kristi

    Hi, Mary –
    Thanks for the nice comment on my blog. To answer your questions: my book is approx. 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches and for the base of my last pages (Op. 08 & 09) I just used plain old cardstock and did a decorative edging with those edging scissors that have been collecting dust since when I first started scrapbooking in 2003. The papers I used are Milestones Journaling Boxes from Creative Memories (blue – Op. 08) and a piece of paper from the Journaler’s Notebook from Narratives by Karen Russell (green – Op. 09). For Op. 07 I used paper from the Cocoa Daisy Feb. kit. And . . . sometimes I just paint my own with acrylic paint (Op. 06 and 03). I hope this is what you meant by the base (if not, just let me know and I’ll try to answer). Have a great week!