For the third installment of my Letters to My 18-Year-Old Self project using the ALP Story Journal, I decided it would be funny to rummage through the folder I have on an external hard drive full of my old MySpace profiles. I figured I would find some dramatic declaration of my hopes and dreams for the page since they were all written around the time I was 18/19. Instead, I actually ended up coming across a paragraph that took me by surprise:
I have no idea what I’m doing with my life, but does anyone? I want to do something completely unconventional with my life, but I doubt that’ll happen. Realistically, I’ll probably end up doing something History-related. A researcher or an archivist, perhaps.
I had no idea I had even considered becoming an Archivist before I had finished my undergraduate degree. It makes me smile that I fulfilled what I thought I’d realistically do, but that I also did it in the unconventional way that I dreamed of. I’m pretty sure that 18 year old me would not believe that I would become an Archivist working in the United States!
To start my third page in the ALP Story Journal, I used a piece from the Pretty Paper Pack that looked like something I would come across in the archives and glued it to the page.
I also thought it was really cool that the pack had an item that resembles the archival folders I use in work – I just had to use it for this page! I stuck an ALP sticker to the top right of the “folder” (as I do in work to show the information of an archival collection) to represent my work life hopes and dreams.
There was also part of a map showing the UK and the Atlantic Ocean, which I thought could represent my “unconventional” move across the world. I decided to stain the papers with brown/yellow acrylics and a teabag – my favorite way to make papers look older and archival!
For the finishing touches, I attached some torn post-it notes to the left side with my hopes and dreams as an 18-year-old. I wrote the word “Archivist” on the folder and surrounded it with some archival doodles, drew a little doodle of a plane crossing the ocean, and added a few more doodles and thoughts about fulfilling some of my hopes/dreams (including getting married in a black dress!).
Looking back on all the worrying I did as a teen about where I was going in life, I think my 18-year-old self would be happy and relieved with how everything turned out. I wish I could go back in time to give myself this page and stop being so terrified about the future!Tags: art journal awesome ladies products awesome ladies shop collage letters to my 18 year old self pretty paper pack rukristin story journal