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Paige Shockley

I was born + raised in a small town in rural Michigan, worlds away from the busy east coast life I live now. Sometimes I miss the quiet pace of cornfields and land (so much land), but there is something so energizing to being able to hop on a train and be in New York City in no time. We live on the coast of Connecticut, close to the Long Island Sound. Time at the beach is a usual occurrence and often shows up in my pictures as do random pictures of my feet.

My family now consists of my husband and two girls, one grumpy old cat, and two energetic dogs. Most times, my house feels like a zoo, but that’s what keeps it interesting and also reminds me it’s ok for my life to be a little nutty. Someday it will be calmer and I truly feel like I will look back on these days when I’m older and miss them like crazy. I embrace the chaos as much as I can without losing my mind at the same time.

Growing up, my parents were always taking pictures and I knew right where all our photos and albums were stored. Photos were important in my childhood. By the time I was married, I had acquired a massive stash of paper memory-keeping supplies. Once I had a baby, we were living in an apartment and there was no way I could have scissors and paper all over the place and still have a place to eat dinner. That’s when a friend told me about digital scrapbooking in 2007. She showed me the basics in Photoshop and I self-taught myself the rest. It was life changing and I haven’t really looked back, although I did use the physical Project Life system before digital PL was introduced. I often use Project Life mini albums for teacher gifts or for my kids to make their own vacation albums. I still enjoy lots of paper crafting fun.

Now that I’m a mom, I consider an important part of my job to also be the family historian. I love taking pictures and looking back at the funny things, the crazy moments, the happy days, and sometimes the more difficult times. Each experience makes you who you are in this ever-changing life. I love living life and I love recording it as it’s happening. To have a finished photo album in your hands, knowing you have kept the memories alive — it is such a good feeling. I love pictures. I love organizing. Project Life makes so much sense to me and keeps me motivated to keep my family memories together.

Three things on my bucket list:

1. Hot air balloon ride.

2. Travel. I’d love to visit Asia, Fiji, see more of Hawaii, Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, and more.

3. Find a career I can be passionate about. I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

I recently saw a quote from Abraham Lincoln. It said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” I love that. To me, THAT is cultivating a good life. It’s looking at your world and taking control of what’s important to you. Not what’s important to the person sitting next to you, but what’s important to you. And then making it happen. Want to do something? Figure out how to do it. Make a plan to make your life exactly what you want it to be and work that plan so hard that you have to make another plan. Be happy. Be kind. Be true to yourself. Be generous. Fill your soul. Stay flexible. Be grateful. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Go for things for which you think you have no chance. Have fun. And take time to record it and reflect. Then go out there and do it again! I’m so beyond the moon excited to have this chance to be on the Project Life Creative Team. 2018 is going to be amazing!