One of my defining values is the idea that all people have an incredible amount of potential. In order to reach our potential, we have to devote time and effort to improving our talents and achieving our goals. We all have the same 24 hours in a day; what defines us is how we choose to use that time.
My mom encouraged me to preserve Ashlyn's story in a scrapbook, which I worked on nearly every day for the next three months until it was finished. As I spent time preserving memories of her, I felt like I got to know my sweet daughter. I could feel that she was still with me, in a way; and I knew that she would be part of our family forever.
After that, I continued to use creative projects as a way to express my feelings and to help other people. I have found that I prefer making cards to scrapbooking because it is a shorter project that I can do from start to finish in a single sitting, and that I can give away. I also do some sewing. I usually do simple sewing projects - blankets and things - but sometimes I'll make a skirt or some other clothing item.
I hope that you can use my projects as inspiration and that you find fulfillment in the way that you choose to use your time.