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This podcast is about being present. It is also about playful creativity and other things like curiosity and connection. I’m your host Stacy Julian. I am a life enthusiast, a storyteller and a believer! Helping people document life in doable ways is my jam. I love to talk about people, places, things and solutions and I want YOU to be a part of the conversation. I produce these episodes to inspire you to live life and tell your story—because you have exactly enough time!
Time, Life & Self with Marla Beech
My friend Marla is a memory keeper, podcaster, self-connection coach and overall champion of living with intention and I’m tickled she is on my show today. Marla does many things, but the thing she feels most called to do right now is to teach tools of self care and improvement and she does this in an experience called Camp Connection.
Marla helps women put together a first aid kit for life—and I love how each item in this visual kit represents powerful concepts and practices. Listen for how a compass, binoculars, a magnifying glass and a field notebook can help you create the life you want and then show up as your best self to live it!
AND, be sure to download your FREE Connection Planner at hunkeedori.com/stacy and you can also save 50% off any class that Marla offers at Hunkeedori.com/courses—just use code STACY at checkout!
To learn more about and from Marla, you can listen to her podcast: Overburdened No More (I’m her guest with her in episode 71) and follow her on Instagram.
|Nov 17, 2022|
Janine Adams: Share with Confidence
Why do you think genealogy and family history are so popular? My guest today is Janine Adams and her answer is that it’s so much FUN, plus it connects us to past history in general and it invites you to play detective! Yes to all of that. Janine is a professional organizer, family historian and podcaster and we’re talking today about how to get started and stay organized when it comes to discovering and documenting family stories!
Here are my BIG take aways from our conversation. I can’t wait to hear what you learn …
The important thing—even if you just dabble in this effort—is to be accurate. After our conversation, Janine wrote a blog post, called Sharing with Confidence.
You’ll want to learn more about Janine. You can do that on her family history website, Organize Your Family History and on her Peace of Mind Organizing site too. Janine also produces the Getting to Good Enough podcast with friend and life coach, Shannon Wilkinson.
Podcast listeners are invited to experience 30 days of my membership, Live Your Story for FREE. Use code LISTEN and let me help you do something with some of your photos—and tell your story!
|Oct 27, 2022|
Colette Can Help!
I can’t wait for YOU to hear how I met Colette Hokanson, because it was a truly memorable moment. Colette is an absolute JOY to know AND, she can help you find and connect to your roots—because she is an expert when it comes to research, records and roots! If the word genealogy just feels overwhelming to you then the next 30 minutes could change your life.
You and me and everyone on this planet wants to know how they belong and it’s people like Colette than can help get you started on an amazing adventure to a more vibrant family tree and a deeper sense of knowing who you really are.
What if you learned that your great, great grandfather didn’t want to help build the wall around the church—a decision that ultimately led him to die in prison, leaving his (pregnant with twins) wife at home to raise their family. Trust me, there are stories available to you that are better than any Netflix series and they are your stories. Stories that will create in you and your kids resilience to keep doing your own version of hard.
Find, Follow & Connect
Colette’s website is Find My Genealogy and you can follow her on Instagram HERE. I would sign up for her newsletter and schedule a FREE consultation. You’ve got nothing to lose and LOTS of family to find!
Colette also recommended …
As a podcast listener, you’re invited to experience your first month as a Live Your Story member at no charge. Use the code LISTEN and come and be a part of us.
|Oct 20, 2022|
Kobi Yamada & Ideas
Today on the podcast I get to tell the story of how I discovered Compendium, the makers of amazing, inspirational books, cards, and products. Far more important than that, I get to share with you the story of how Kobi Yamada—the President and CEO of Compendium—discovered and helped build into Compendium the inspiration that we all need and love.
As I listened to Kobi, I was reminded that idea people are super curious. They aren’t afraid of questions—in reality they put questions at the very center of what they do. Kobi clearly works hard, but I didn’t sense that he has a master plan as much as he chooses to live in gratitude with the constant reminder that we need each other. What is clear is that he and his company prioritize people, relationships and authentic connection and out of these values grows a whole lot of FUN and new ideas.
I’ve always been intrigued with inspiration and ideas and Kobi deals in both—on the daily.
One of my take aways is that inspiration is fuel for aspiration. Powerful words create new thoughts and new ways of thinking about the world and our potential in it. Here’s another … practice doesn’t make perfect. Practice makes progress (so true.)
I know you’re going to enjoy listening and learning from my conversation with Kobi. I also believe you will feel encouraged to do something with your ideas. We spend too much energy wondering and worrying about what will happen to the idea when our true opportunity is to simply let our ideas go and watch how they can and do change the world.
Please thank Kobi for sharing his wisdom by visiting live-inspired.com and learning more about books he has authored, co-authored or published.
Additional mentions and resources:
Illustrator, Mae Besom
Illustrator, Elise Hurst
Kobi on Instagram @livethegoodstuff
Make sure you’re getting the Live-Inspired Newsletter, so that you won’t miss the release of Noticing and every other new book, gift or greeting card collection. I completely love my quote of the week emails from Kobi and his team!
I opened today’s episode with words from How To Get Ideas, by Jack Foster
Listeners of Exactly Enough Time can experience the Live Your Story Membership for 30 days at no charge. Use promo code: LISTEN
|Sep 15, 2022|
Slow, Quiet & Present
This month in Live Your Story we are asking, “How can I be more present with time?”
Time to truly ponder such a question seems as rare as the quest it proposes and yet if we don’t at least try to better understand where and how we spend time, we fail to fully experience life. I’ll tell you one thing I know for sure: The world with its cacophony of noise isn’t going to help us slow down and be quiet without our choosing those things and I want the ability to do both, frequently.
In today’s episode I want to dip my toe into the topic of time and the possibility that we can speed up or slow down our perception of it, that we can—even in a very noisy world—seek moments of quiet reflection and greater sensory awareness to more fully immerse ourselves in present moments.
Join me for July or the full Summer season in Live Your Story! Use code LISTEN at checkout and you won’t be charged for the first 30 days. Come see what we’re all about.
Here are some LINKS to explore:
The Fluidity of Time Scientists Uncover How Emotions Alter Time Perception
Gordon Hempton, The Sound Tracker
|Jun 23, 2022|
Writing with Julia Ditto
I’ve been reading a column in our local newspaper, The Spokesman Review for over a year now and I LOVE it. The column, The Full Suburban is created weekly by Julia Ditto. Every time I read I think, “I want to learn to write more like Julia!” Her tone is conversational and her words are packed with accessible wisdom and so much wit. Finally I did the thing that might actually help me achieve this goal. I invited her on my podcast.
I know. Brilliant!
I think you’ll really enjoy our conversation and be able to take away encouragement to pay more attention to what you might consider mundane. Life truly is in the details and the pen is in your hand (shout out to Natasha Bedingfield who opened today’s episode) please don’t leave your life unwritten!
Julia mentioned this column as one of her favorites.
Here are some others that came up:
There is so much more to learn from Julia and her column and I sincerely believe that the more you read what you aspire to write, the more you will be able to.
I’m actually doing a follow-up deeper-dive interview with Julia for my membership, Live Your Story. If you’re not yet a member, you can get signed up here.
You can read Julia’s bio on her about page!
|May 19, 2022|
Live Your Story
In episode 130 I am telling you ALL about my new membership, Live Your Story.
My word for 2022 is IMAGINE and what I have been imagining has now come to life. My idea now belongs to so many others too—and I’m beside myself with anticipation for what we will build together. I’m inviting you to come build with us. Come help. Be a part of a new community of people who want to intentionally infuse life with more JOY and color. People who need support for the telling of personal stories—people who also want to lend that same support to others. Live Your Story already has my heart and I’m so excited to share it with YOU!
The short story, White Nights by Fyodor Dostoevsky which is decidedly melancholy, introduces us to characters that in spite of disappointment are real and honest and willing to honor the needs and wants of others and to search for the meaning in sadness because without it we cannot experience JOY. I LOVE the very famous quote …
🧡 Don’t forget to use code FIRSTFREE when you subscribe one month at a time. This way you can come check things out without spending a dime. I invite you to take Live Your Story for a test drive!
And, here’s the link to Julie Beck’s article in The Atlantic: Life Stories. I think you’ll also love learning more about Jonathan Adler, professor of psychology at Olin. His work is fascinating!
I opened today’s episode with Andy Grammer singing Masterpiece from his album Magazines or Novels.
|Apr 07, 2022|
A NEW Idea
It’s your lucky day—not only because it’s March 17th, but because TODAY I’m sharing with you my brand NEW idea. But first, St. Patrick’s Day …
🍀 On our menu tonight …
Everything I currently do and have done for years to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day—ALL the fun traditions—were are one point in time an idea. And idea that I read about or heard or found on Pinterest. I LOVE what ideas become.
Ideas are powerful.
Today I’m sharing FIVE things I think we ought to do with a NEW idea:
That last one gets us, doesn’t it. Publishing an idea is a practice in vulnerability and so we think and say things like, “It’s not done yet or it’s too early, I need to perfect this idea” and what we can’t understand or don’t fully realize is that no idea fully develops in isolation. Ideas are finished AFTER they are publicly shared. It’s other people that help us progress and eventually perfect our ideas.
BIG and little ideas must be put into motion before they can make any waves! They must be exchanged with other idea-holders before they can be fully realized.
To this end, I am sharing my brand NEW idea today!
I have created a MEMBERSHIP, called Live Your Story and I want YOU to be a part of it—from the ground up—the very beginning!
Click HERE to learn more and then use the code: LISTEN to save $20 on the monthly subscription.
Essentially, you’ll get April for FREE!
Together we are going to LIVE our stories, by engaging with life and by intentionally inviting the inspiration we need to organize and document the details of life and preserve who we are in beautifully simple and impactful ways.
🍀 And PLEASE click this link to read and copy/paste the amazing essay on the magic of ideas by Elizabeth Gilbert. Seriously …
|Mar 17, 2022|
For the LOVE …
|Feb 10, 2022|
I’m in Disneyland this week. I’m here with my favorite Star Wars nerd (my son, Chase). We’ve officially experienced the planet Batuu and helped the Resistance in their rise against The First Order. In other words, we have had an amazingly immersive time—just as I imagined we would.
I thought last week—since this was my planned destination—I would talk about this one-of-a-kind place and share a few things I have learned.
I am NOT a Disney expert or even really an aficionado. I don’t own a single pair of ears. I couldn’t bring myself to spend the money for a T-shirt, and haven’t been here—in Anaheim, CA—for 8 years. But, I do love coming and I love what Disney stands for.
Imagineer, John Hench says it this way …
Disney is in the details.
Nearly twelve years ago, my friend (and former business partner), Kayce and I attended The Disney Institute and for three days, we learned all about the history, vision and leadership behind this “most admired company in the world” and the 50+ years of magic that brings people back again and again.
Have a listen as I share a few of the behind the scenes I’ve learned, then let me hear from you.
And, speaking of Disney, cue the pixie dust, because I decided that my 2022 word of the year is IMAGINE.
I’m super excited in 2022 to explore and then better practice my personal imagining. And, how serendipitous that I’ve been walking around for two full days (some 36,000 steps) in the still unfolding visionary details of what Walt imagined and began all those years ago.
It’s easy to imagine details we know will be noticed, but as I draw from Walt’s example and then think about my family, my home and my work, I want to also imagine and pay attention to the kind of details that make a huge difference in less obvious ways … like Disney trash cans!
|Jan 27, 2022|
My New Year Nine
In a pandemic-stricken world that has wrecked our sense of control, it’s nice to know that we are very much in charge of LOTS of life-extending and life-enhancing factors. Today I’m exploring a list of “control centers”
A few years ago I listened frequently to podcasts from Peter Attia—a medical doctor who specializes in longevity. In one particular episode (that I haven’t been able to locate) he shared a list of 8 things humans have control of that directly effect their vitality and longevity. I still have this list in my Notes app. I like the simplicity of his list and the reminder that we make choices every single day that influence our well being.
Dr. Attia inspired me to make my own list, that I’ll now be calling my New Year NINE — as I head into 2022—there are nine areas of my life that I have total, empowering and liberating control over.
Think about the things you are “in control” of and then make small efforts—or micro goals—in those areas.
I hope that what I share may encourage you to consider your own list along with thoughts about what you can and want to change or improve.
Thanks for listening. I’d LOVE to hear your feedback. Leave me a comment or a SpeakPipe message and Happy New Year 🥳
NOTE: You can learn more about Peter Attia HERE.
I opened this episode with 22 by Taylor Swift.
|Jan 13, 2022|
Light and the Load
I decided I have exactly enough time for a podcast episode this week.
AND, it’s great to be back because I had a recent experience that is shaping how I will approach this 2021 holiday season and I can’t wait to share it with you.
I’m certain you’ve seen and probably followed a large vehicle bearing an Oversize Load banner before. Imagine if as we moved through our days and interacted with people we could see an indication of what kind of load they were carrying?
I was invited this year to participate as an influencer with the Light the World campaign and since this is one of my FAVORITE ways to celebrate December it took about 3 nano seconds for me to accept. You can easily come along on this light-filled journey. Start by printing the calendar below—but don’t limit yourself to these daily suggestions. The whole idea is to be YOU and to intentionally let your light shine so that together we can lessen the collective load. Our recent history has been heavy for sure, but there are things we can do!
If like a sweet friend of mine you are personally carrying an Overside Load—try even brief moments of outward focus—these efforts can be healing.
Start small by planning random acts of kindness—just one a day—and then keep track by writing in a journal or building a kindness chain. I cut small strips of paper and keep them on my kitchen window sill. This helps me remember. Yesterday, on my second trip to the grocery story (I forgot garlic and sour cream) I asked Dana the checker what her favorite candy is (M&Ms) and I bought her a bag. She must have said, “Thank you” 5 times!
Near the end of a recent small group class on building emotional resilience, we gathered items to take to three local urgent care locations. We wrote notes (of course) but we also recorded a short video message—linked it to this QR code—and dropped the baskets off.
Again, to see the appreciation on (masked) faces of people who have extended themselves in heroic ways during this pandemic is clear evidence that simple recognition is a powerful form of service.
My final thoughts today are developing into an analogy about how our individual efforts and influence across time and space (think tiny stars) create patterns or constellations of kindness; in our own lives for sure, but also in far reaching ways—even across a vast sky. Just do the good you can, as often as you can and trust that you are a much needed point in a bigger picture—one that may help others navigate a difficult journey!
To open this episode I played a portion of Let’s Light The World from the A Bonner Family Christmas album.
Learn more about The Bonner Family on their Facebook page.
⭐️ #lighttheworld ⭐️
Looking for a transcript of this episode? Click here to download.
|Nov 25, 2021|
Today I’m sharing a few changes in my life—new opportunities—that have and will require a shift in priorities.
I have actually loved —for a LONG time—the idea of understanding values, creating priorities and using both to improve personal productivity. I often say that this podcast isn’t about productivity, but it is about being present in your life, because you create the time you need to do and share what you LOVE most of all.
In a way, Exactly Enough Time is all about prioritizing what matters!
Way back in 2007-ish, inspired by Todd Henry, I created a personal 6-word bio:
Teaching Awareness and Gratitude, Sprinkled with FUN!
It’s interesting how what I wanted to be known for then is still true today. These six words are in fact closely aligned with my top priorities. And now, as I am choosing to take on new teaching roles I’m working to remind myself of principles that have guided me in the past.
I’m always curious what people “Google” about different topics. So, I googled “priorities” and I’m sharing here a screen shot of the most popular queries. I like the first one: What are your top 3 priorities in life?
That does seem like something you might want to know and stick to doesn’t it? I do hope as I ramble on today with some recent personal experiences and decisions that you might feel inspired to think carefully about how you are investing your …
In doing some learning and research (again) I’ve come across some “old” favorites, like Dave Ramsey, Stephen R. Covey and (already mentioned) Todd Henry—clearly you can learn more about these awesome humans, their influential work and philosophies on prioritization and solutions on your own, by their books and all, but …
HERE and HERE for Dave Ramsey
I first learned Covey principle at a Franklin Time Management seminar—before Franklin become Franklin Covey. I’ll never forget the process we were all guided through as we determined our top priorities and finally our TOP priority. It was the first time I was introduced to the idea of urgent and important.
For this episode I learned more about this idea and its genesis. It is originally the Eisenhower Principle and has now become one of the most popular and powerful time management tools in organizations and business.
⏰ You’ve likely seen this principle set up in a matrix—or quadrant—where you can visually see or list items on your to-do list as important and urgent (do these first), not urgent but important (plan to do these things), urgent but not important (delegate as many of these things as possible) and not urgent and not important (eliminate these things)
Because of his exploration and writing on color, I have to share this quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He will always be a favorite of mine!
Priorities really do matter. As I outlined my thoughts for today, I realized that mine are clearly represented at the top of my Instagram account …
Faith 📖 Family ❤️ Color 🎨 Nature 🌿 Whole Food 🥑 + Chocolate 🍫 & Story 📒
These are the things I care most about, strive to focus on and love to share—always!
I have TONS to learn—especially as I take on new roles and try new things, but some things don’t change and I like that. I will always LOVE ideas 💡and I will always LOVE sharing ideas.
All of this to say that I will continue to produce this podcast, just not weekly. I need right now to let go of a weekly deadline. I so appreciate listeners who will stick around! If you want to know when new episodes are available, you can subscribe on iTunes, follow me on Instagram or sign-up for my newsletter—just go to my homepage and scroll down. LOOK for this green box and enter your email address!
As always, I’d LOVE to hear from YOU. Please stay in touch!
🎙I opened today’s episode with the song, Yes! by songwriter Tim Myers. The lyrics are here!
|Sep 09, 2021|
Audio Stories for Kids
One of the main reasons I started a podcast is to share ideas. Sometimes these ideas just happen to also be products and today I have an amazing idea and story-based product to share with you. I am chatting with Drew Vernon, marketing director for Tonies, USA, but this is not a sponsored episode. Drew and I have similar passions for creative play and screen-free storytelling that develops a young person’s imagination. We both love inspiring creativity in kids and adults and of course for me, it’s always about stories and connection. I think you’re really going to enjoy Drew and this conversation which is a chance to learn about a product that should be championed and shared.
So, what exactly is this product that promotes ALL of these things?
There are content Tonies for dozens of beloved characters, from classic literature to Disney movies with more on the way. In fact, Winnie the Pooh was just added! And Tonies is continually partnering with companies—like Go Noodle and with expert personalities—like LeVar Burton—to provide top notch content and an inspiring and elevating listening experience.
Even with all of this amazing content, I am still a BIGGER fan of the Creative Tonies (little pointy-eared figures) that work with a FREE app to allow a grandparent (or any other loved one) to send messages and stories to a child. The Creative Tonie also allows kids to create their own content. Drew talks about giving his kids some creative parameters that unleashed 45 minutes of imaginative play—so cool! And, I can just imagine recording my voice sharing a personal, family or family history story in my app and having that instantly made available and enticing to my granddaughter and future grandkids!
IF you’re a teacher, learn more about Tonies for Teachers and sign up to be in the loop moving forward!
🔴 Marketing from Tonies: Childhood is a sacred, precious time in life. Even long after we’ve grown, the memories we make in childhood have the power to transport us back to a time or place or person to re-experience what we felt in that moment long ago. The stories we fall in love with in the early days and years of our lives transcend simple entertainment, they seed powerful memories and spark nostalgia. They teach us about the world and about each other. They become a part of a narrative we carry with us throughout our lives.
Meet the Founders
With quality screen-free audio, we can actually enable our kids as active learners so that they can develop the imagination to become the thought leaders and entrepreneurs who will drive innovation in the future.
Click HERE to learn about LeVar Burton’s challenge and contest—AND—be sure to visit tonies.com and take advantage of the promo code toniepodcast to save yourself 15% on any purchases you make!
AND, Great news. I also have a Toniebox to give away!
One more thing: Kind of a side note, but Drew is producing a podcast, titled Childhood with his young daughter, Audrey. It’s pretty special. You might want to listen!
☀️ REMEMBER: I am taking August OFF with my podcast, but I will be back on Thursday, September 2nd. Enjoy this month and use it to have more FUN. Be intentional with your opportunity to play, refresh and reset for fall.
|Jul 29, 2021|
I descend from pioneer stock. This means almost ALL of my ancestors on both sides of my family emigrated to this country as it was expanding west from colonies into territories and eventually states. Many of these ancestors were early converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and came to America in an effort to gather with other saints (or members). They came by ship and by train and then they worked their way across the west by covered wagon and handcart—they from Denmark, Scotland, England and Germany to the unsettled areas beyond the Rocky Mountains.
July 24th is Pioneer Day. The day that the first group of “saints” reach what is today, Salt Lake City. In Utah, Pioneer Day is a BIG deal. It is also a day that members of my church love to celebrate—regardless of where we live.
Today I’m going to tell you the story of Ann Temperance George—one of these pioneers. I’m also going to tell you about a local Trek event that my daughter and other teens participated in last weekend. I will also share a poem that one youth wrote.
16 Miles, 233 Smiles
My feet sending up thick clouds of dust. Flanked by my family who held my trust.
A powerful love for the pioneers, with their faith in God chasing all fears.
Women's Pull singing "There is Peace in Christ.” Tears in my eyes thinking of His sacrifice.
My ancestor's hand was on my back. Proof that He's there, keeping me on track.
I realized I needed Christ to feel peace. I decided my doubt would now cease.
Trek has been full of great faith and great fun. Even through the dirt and dust and hot sun.
It sings in our hearts as we walk the trail. To our ancestors and Christ do we hail.
Not after we trekked sixteen miles, angels watching our 233 smiles.
After sharing my story, I have 3 take aways for YOU:
Just for FUN and because I found it on YouTube, here is a short video that highlights statistics of early Mormon pioneers mixed with images that depict modern pioneers.
It’s true that we all pioneer in our own unique ways and that is something to recognize and document!
|Jul 22, 2021|
I recently stayed at my brother’s house and picked up an issue of National Geographic and read an article titled, Why Travel Should be Considered an Essential Human Activity by author and speaker, Eric Weiner. I loved reading his thoughts on travel and decided I wanted to share some of my own go-see-do AND learn experiences in today’s episode.
I started by opening my Notes app and adding to list I started last year of ALL the places I’ve been. Next to each I want to briefly describe an experience or take away from my time there. Of course anyone can do this, but most people never will. I get it. We’re busy. But I also believe there are ways to document—even personal ways—that can be worked into the busiest of days. At the end of the episode I’m inviting you to join me for a NEW online class, called Quick Trip Travel (so stay tuned).
So, as I was doing a little digging for an opening song, I came across Brenda Tharp, her photography and blog. I loved this from her …
Changes in latitude, changes in attitude … I have always loved that phrase in Jimmy Buffet’s popular song. When we move about the country or world, the changes in our latitude bring about changes in our attitude. How could they not? We are experiencing new scenery, new ways the light illuminates the land, possibly new birds and animals. We are meeting new people, having fresh experiences, and I don’t know about you, but this always opens my heart and soul to see and appreciate the places I visit.
Look more about Brenda and her work here:
My opportunities to travel a bit—both inside the United States and abroad—have changed me. What I have seen has amazed me and often challenged my thinking. People and cities and museums and historical sites help me shape new thoughts and beliefs. I’ve stood in Trafalgar Square and at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial. I’ve sat in the shade of the Golden Temple in Kyoto, Japan and I’ve been in Nelson Mandela’s house in Soweto, South Africa. I’ve floated a river in Belize that winds through dark caves and jungle. It doesn’t really matter where I go or what I do. Each time and in every place I understand more clearly what I do NOT know, and as counterintuitive as it sounds, I really like that. In fact, this is the main reason I still want to travel—a lot. Especially after a pandemic that has threatened our wanderings. I’ve admired too many people and cultures that I had previously only known in text books or on Wikipedia pages and I’m simply not done learning about and exploring this BIG, strange, beautiful and inspiring world that we live in.
My hope is that something I share today will inspire you to plan a trip—to the lake, to a national monument or park or to a new country halfway across the world.
📸 Of course what I most want to do is help you document some of the travel-related pictures you’ve already taken and some of the thoughts and experiences you don’t want to forget. This is why I’m inviting you to join me for Quick Trip Travel —my latest online class. Unlike my yearlong courses this class doesn’t require tons of time and is totally affordable. In it I will share step-by-step my FAVORITE method for quickly documenting trips and travel. You’ll decide what size album you want to create and I’ll show you how to build your own kit from new purchases or your stash of pretty papers and embellishments. IF you don’t want to expand that kind of energy, you can purchase a Story by Stacy Short Story kit from Close To My Heart and know that you have everything you need.
Watch this video and then use this LINK to learn more and know that as soon as you register, you can begin preparing with materials posted in the classroom. IF you have any questions, don’t be shy. Reach out. Email me email@example.com or send me a DM on Instagram @stacyjulian .
❤️ I opened this episode with the song, Changes in Latitude … by the legendary Jimmy Buffet AND, I played a SpeakPipe message from Julie F. who will be receiving a Story Starter kit from my Story by Stacy line with Close To My Heart.
|Jul 15, 2021|
I have a new friend to share with you today. She is Chanelle Neilson and she is a life coach who helps women and particularly moms with a side hustle who want to organize their day and find balance between family and personal goals. As a mom of 5 kids, Chanelle knows that motherhood has its challenges—that’s why she is passionate about helping moms simplify so they can prioritize what matters and define success for themselves. She is the former host and creator of the popular Moms Who Know Podcast and the author of Parents Who Know, which has been translated into Chinese.
When I got home today from a long drive and found a package from Chanelle—with dark chocolate inside—I knew that I had done a very good thing in bringing her on the show, ha!
But, in all seriousness, I’m a BIG champion of the recommendations that Chanelle makes during our conversation. Here are a few that really jumped out at me …
Of course the main take away—that I can’t seem to take away enough is that I need to take care of me first. Always. Not in a selfish way, but in a way that actually always and empowers me to be more generous and giving and better equipped to do the things I’ve been called to do. The things that I’m passionate about.
I think after listening you’re going to want to get to know Chanelle even more and you can do that best over on her Facebook page, Chanelle Neilson Coaching.
|Jul 08, 2021|
I have this cute air freshener that hangs in my car that says, “Do more of what makes you forget to look at your phone!” The other day I was thinking how absolutely absurd that would have sounded to someone living before the year 2000. I mean why on earth would they be looking at their phone or perhaps not wanting to look at it too much?
As we daily navigate this constantly evolving and advancing digital and media-rich world, we are witnesses to unprecedented technological changes AND change is always the genesis for story.
Today’s micro show is an opportunity for you to think about your personal tech story. What are the moments, events, purchases and interactions that are most memorable looking back now and what are the details you don’t want to forget in the future?
📲 Does anyone else remember memorizing their phone number and actually “dialing” it on a rotary phone? How about when buttons replaced the dial, or the first time you experienced caller I.D.? Today I use my smart phone to pay for my groceries, to take amazing photos and capture and edit video, to listen to books and podcasts, to text family and friends and post to social media. I make all of my appointments—with reminders and alarms and keep notes on all kinds of topics. I also … oh yeah, make calls!
My hope is that what I share might spark memories and ideas for you, so that you will open that Notes app and start documenting your tech story. What are the gizmos and gadgets have you geeked out over and what changes have you seen come and go? What tools, devices and modern conveniences have you lived without and yet now become dependent on? When is the last time you tried to explain something to a parent or had someone younger try to explain something to you?
Here’s a little video flip-through of a layered story in my scrapbooks. I call this concept Extended Story and I designed and developed products with Close to My Heart that make compiling LOTS of photos and juicy details into a cohesive and interesting whole.
The BEST way to learn more about Extended Stories is to purchase the Storyteller How-To book, which actually reviews each of the concepts in my Story by Stacy line. It’s full color and a steal of a deal at just $9.95.
❤️ Thanks for listening! Let me hear from YOU. I want to help you gather and document pictures and stories across time!
|Jul 01, 2021|
Summer Reading with Hillary Hall
In truth this episode is about so much MORE than summer reading.
📚 This is your lucky day.
Hillary Hall is a teacher librarian and a wealth of information when it comes to literacy and books—at least she is my go to when I have questions—and I have wanted to have her as a guest for a very long time. She is married to my brother, Cougar (who I interviewed in episode 45) and she works at her local middle school where she creates the library experience and curates the collection for over 1400 students + teachers.
I love the quote that Hillary paraphrased when she talked about literacy in our rising generation …
After you listen, you’ll want to check out these resources …
Once Upon a Book Club
If you’re deciding what to read next, you’ve likely heard of Good Reads because that’s what they do—give decidedly insightful recommendations and access to ongoing discussions around the books you’re curious about.
I LOVE the tagline at Common Sense Media—it says, “Reviews for what your kids are into (before they get into it!)” And they means books, TV & movies, apps , video games and more! If you’ve been wondering IF you should let your teen read or watch something, now you can find out!
OverDrive allows you to read FREE audio books and videos through your local library and school, using their app, Libby. For Android and iOs
In addition to these resources, I asked Hillary to share a handful of books that she loves and recommends—for young—and not so young—adults …
I LOVE how Hillary remind us that books are both windows and mirrors in their ability to show us another person, place, time or view and that they often introduce characters in whom we see a reflection of ourselves—we relate in some way to them through our own personal experiences and challenges.
If you have already read or choose to read (or listen) to any of these books, I want to know! Leave a comment here or reach out to me. Use the contact form at stacyjulian.com or send me a message on Instagram @stacyjulian AND, thank you for listening!
|Jun 17, 2021|
Paige LOVES Paper!
My friend Paige happens to LOVE paper—a LOT—and that will make more sense after you listen to my intro, but truly, you are in for a huge treat today because I am sitting down with Paige Taylor Evans to talk about her journey to here and her amazing and distinctive memory keeping style.
Paige Evans has been scrapbooking since she was 16 years old when she got her very first job at a local scrapbook store in Redmond, Washington. It’s now been 20 years and she loves what she does as much today as she did back then. Known as Paige Taylor Evans across social channels, she has 12 signature scrapbooking collections with American Crafts and a 13th which will be released next week! She has taught classes in 7 states and 9 countries. In her own words, her “jam” is teaching others how to create eye-catching & colorful layouts as well as mini albums and coptic bookbinding.
Paige resides in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado with her husband of 14 years, their son Fox, and daughter Jane. The Evans boast a menagerie of pets, including Joey the dog, Rachel the cat, and a bunny named Phoebe. Paige is dedicated to living her dream of creating something every day!
Please explore the following resources for connecting with and learning from Paige:
✂️ If you’re looking to purchase products in Paige’s collections, check out Scrapbook.com ✂️
GREAT NEWS: Paige will be releasing her next collection—next week on June 16th—so make sure after you listen that you’re following her so you don’t miss anything.
You can sign up for her newsletter HERE.
|Jun 10, 2021|
Photo FUN for Summer
Who wants to have ✨MORE FUN✨ with photos this summer? Awesome. This listen is for YOU! I have FIVE ideas to share. Let’s go!
Create a Re-Take
Start by looking back through older summer photos—your favorites—and find one or two or ten that you could “re-take” this year. Then when the time or location presents itself see how close you can get to recreating what once was!
The photo here is a 2016 re-take that celebrates a much earlier version taken in 1994. I’ll scan and add that original when I find it!
Make it Monochromatic
🌈 THIS all started when my friend, Heather sent me an Instagram DM on May 1st, 2020. What she shared changed our summer.
Learn more about family documentary photographer Rowena Meadows by clicking on her name.
Bring Someone—or something—with YOU!
You could also select an easy prop like cheap sunglasses, colorful hats or a sign or some kind to add to your celebrations—to mark them as part of your summer adventures. My family will be posing with a letter “J” and wearing cheap sunglasses in YELLOW (of course!)
Shoot in Silhouette
OK, that’s it. The whole idea is to decide ahead of time what kind of photos you want to capture. Make this effort a part of your summer planning and creative workflow, so that in a few months you’ve got something really FUN to DO something with.
☀️📸💦🍉 Intentional playfulness is the secret and I’m excited to hear if you take me up on any of these ideas OR if these ideas inspire something memorable and unique for you.
I want to hear!
AND … don’t forget to tell me about your favorite summer books—for my upcoming Summer Reading episode.
🎙IF you like this podcast, please subscribe and leave a review on whichever podcast listening app you use!
|Jun 03, 2021|
The Time Consuming, Frivolous & Mundane
Today’s show invites exploration of the awareness and authentic happiness found in things that don’t make sense. The next time you think, this will take too long or I really shouldn’t spend my money on that, or this isn’t the best use of my time—stop and ask yourself WHY you think those things?
I’m not saying we shouldn’t be thoughtful and intelligently investigate options when it’s very important. I am saying that it simply cannot be very important ALL the time, so let go (sometimes) and decide to leverage present JOY by losing track of time, being a little silly or relishing the ordinary.
I will specifically talk about the following efforts:
🥚 As promised, here’s my recipe for mayonnaise
1 (warm) Egg
These are my colorful “Pinterest” stairs. I LOVE them and they send me happy vibes every time I walk up them! If you were to throw caution to the wind and paint something bold, what would it be? Could you grant creative license to a child or teen in your home?
Your assignment after listening to today’s episode is to observe an upcoming silly holiday, like National Hamburger Day (May 28th) or Paper Clip Day (May 29th). You should probably also buy chocolate milk and serve it for dinner—with a colorful straw! AND, by all means, buy some impractical sandals or FUN shoes for summer.
🎙 Thanks to Allison Little for the SpeakPipe message. She’ll be receiving a Story Starter kit in the mail courtesy of Close To My Heart, who sponsors this portion of my podcast. AND, don’t forget to watch my NEW (free) class over on the Close To My Heart YouTube channel!
|May 27, 2021|
I’ve always felt like memory keeping is more of a lifestyle than a hobby. Today’s micro show is about easy things you can do to support your desire to document life even as you are living it.
I’ll share FIVE things I’ve done recently that are “scrapbook-y” …
My guess is that YOU are already doing some of these things and that more than anything you need to recognize daily efforts as being essential and important in your process. You are likely doing better than you think you are. Let go of crazy expectations and celebrate ALL that you do to more fully experience and appreciate life.
❤️ I share a SpeakPipe message that Allison Horn sent, so she’ll be receiving a StoryStarter kit from the Story by Stacy line at Close To My Heart.
|May 20, 2021|
Moving Forward with Kolette
I’ve known of and loved my guest today for years. She is Kolette Hall and she made a BIG splash in the memory keeping world several years ago and then during my years with Big Picture Classes, she was a sought after instructor. You’ll be glad to know she is still here and she continues to move forward regardless of life’s twists and turns.
Kolette has also just finished certifying as a life coach—she is The Purpose Creating and Decision-Making Coach for Women. She helps women discover their purpose as they decide, “What’s next for me?”
*Jason Hall broke his neck when he was 15 years old and lived the rest of his life in a wheelchair. Kolette and Jason were married for 27 years and were working on a book when he died unexpectedly in the middle of the project. Kolette has now written this book instead. It’s called Messy Victories and it is brimming with real life—everyday frustration, incredible hardship, joy, laughter and overcoming.
Learn more about Kolette on her website.
📘 You can purchase Messy Victories on Amazon.
Thanks for listening!
|May 13, 2021|
Today’s micro show is an invitation to be amazed.
Turns out it’s actually good for you—to experience a sense of wonder and awe. How interesting right?
So, I decided a few weeks back to make the effort to feel awe a personal emphasis for the coming year. I have started a list on my phone where I will document experiences and moments—the new and novel, the unbelievable or the simply beautiful things—in short, anything and everything that I choose to see or recognize or just remember as truly remarkable. In other words, I will be amazed.
My goal is to document 57 such things—before I turn 57—Yes, today is my BIRTHDAY 🎉
If you want to further explore the benefits of awe from a scientific standpoint, Click HERE to download the white paper prepared at UC Berkeley
I think I’ve always been a bit of a “noticer” but I started “practicing” with real intent to SEE and appreciate the awe-inspiring about 10 days ago and already I feel better—not only about growing older, but also about the world in general—that’s powerful stuff. Use the link above to learn WHY!
Some of the things that have made my practice list …
I have also really enjoyed receiving Futureloop emails curated by Peter Diamandis—I love reviewing some of the very amazing things that are being discovered, explored and invented—did you know? Chick-fil-A customers at three locations in Santa Monica, California may soon have their chicken sandwiches delivered via robot? Amazing.
Peter Diamandis on Chase Jarvis podcast
AND … since today is my birthday, I bought myself Neil Pasricha’s latest book about AWESOME—this one titled, You Are Awesome!
I do believe that humans are the most awe-inspiring creation of all—and this means YOU (and ME) 🧡 We are truly one of a kind. We are never too old to practice curiosity and be amazed and it’s never too late to do and pursue whatever it is we’re interested in.
Science has shown awe may also expand our perception of time—of course I LOVE that because we always have exactly enough for the most important things in life.
I was able to share a SpeakPipe message from Estelle in the UK. She’ll be receiving a Story Starter kit from Close To My Heart!
🥳 IF you haven’t left me an iTunes review, today is the perfect time to do so!
|May 06, 2021|
How To Tell A Story
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I’m going to tell you TWO stories today—I’m publishing this episode right in the middle of National Tell a Story Day and National Scrapbook Day—so though I had another topic planned, I decided to tell stories and talk about stories—which you hopefully recognize as a recurring theme!
I am often asked, “How do I tell—this usually means write—personal stories? and
Countless books have been written and many classes taught on this very subject, but for me, just 4 basic elements or requirements of a story are needed.
But first, today’s show opens with the voice of renowned storyteller, Donald Davis—who I met when I took his 5-day Storytelling Seminar back in 2012. In addition to my 4 elements, I’m also going to share ONE of the many mind shifts about storytelling that I picked up during my week with Mr. Davis.
In other words, when you do sit down to write, think less about the words you’re writing and more about the movie you’re directing. What specific details and descriptions will your audience need so that they can SEE what you need them to see.
In my opinion, the basic parts or elements to remember are so simple that we sometimes forget to make sure we are including them …
The 4th element (for me) is actually TIME. It takes time to write. Most scrapbookers allow themselves time to design a page, but then oddly expect a first-draft perfection when it comes to recording the story.
📗 LISTEN to my stories and see if you can identify the beginning, the messy middle and the end—and then know that reading, re-reading and editing—to make sure I am using enough detail and description—takes at least as long as it does to design the visual look and feel of a page.
Here is my Tiny Turtle with a BIG Problem scrapbook page:
Here is my Dark Chocolate Coconut Cake scrapbook page:
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Here’s Donald Davis’ TEDx talk I promised to link to …
As always, thank YOU for listening.
|Apr 29, 2021|
Life in Contrast
Today’s micro episode is about spring and cold sores and the opportunity we have to be more present and more appreciative as things change. Life is full of contrasts and even when we don’t always anticipate or welcome them, they teach us and can help us focus on what’s most essential and important.
Honestly, two more days and this would have come together better—but remember that episode on perfectly imperfect? Here we go again. I’m off to Utah later this week, so I’ve been primarily focused on preparations for that trip. I’m filming a Story by Stacy class about documenting this pandemic and I’m so grateful for this assignment at this time, because as I’ve looked back and remembered I’m more aware of the subtle ways that life is moving to a new normal and I don’t want to miss it. I don’t want this experience to escape my personal examination—I want to make sense of a few more things in my own head and that requires paying attention to and exploring to understand the many contrasts we’ve been a part of over the last 12 months.
I walk away from my first-ever pandemic not with just facts and stories, but also with some wisdom. And I know from scripture that kind of progression requires contrast (or opposition).
Contrast improves art and it enhances life.
❤️ A huge shout out and Story Starter goes out to Olivia Sharp for sending my a SpeakPipe. I’m grateful for Close To My Heart who sponsors me in this way!
|Apr 22, 2021|
PhotoTherapy (part 2)
My guest today is Judy Weiser who is the founder and director of the PhotoTherapy Centre in Vancouver, Canada—she is a licensed Psychologist and registered Art Therapist who has pioneered PhotoTheraphy, the use of photo-based techniques as tools for herself and other professionals. I sat down with Judy for the first time back in Episode 93 and today I’m finally publishing part 2 of that conversation.
Judy is going to introduce us (and more particularly me) to Therapeutic Photography—which is using these same photo-based techniques and questions (outside of therapy) in a focused way to more deeply explore our own past. Memory keepers may even practice some Therapeutic Photography techniques without even knowing it. While Therapeutic Photography is much more than simply taking pictures, it does use photos to facilitate the communication of deep feelings. If you teach or have worked in some way to help others better understand themselves and improve their well being through pictures and storytelling you may have unofficially experienced the therapeutic benefits of photography!
One of my main take aways from this session with Judy is the reminder that a photo doesn’t possess or hold a story. It is rather the person looking at the photo that may remember or create a story—the stories we tell are our stories. The meaning and memory that photos hold are different depending on who is viewing and interacting with them. Stories are in YOU and me!
To begin our discussion, Judy asked me to select five personal photos and then briefly describe them. She then shares details that she saw that I either emphasized or left out all together—so even before I knew what she was doing, she was doing it!
Here’s a sampling of the type of questions Judy often asks of someone about their photos. Of course there are no right or wrong responses …
Judy’s favorite follow up question—and it makes perfect therapy sense—is WHY.
At one point in our conversation Judy walks me through an exercise in decisive action about my five photos. She tells me I have only 15 seconds to choose just one photo to take with me and that I’ll never see the others again. I have often done a similar thing in classes that I teach to help students begin to trust their instincts AND it is as Judy explains very helpful in getting to what’s most important for someone.
Finally and at my request—Judy let’s me explore my feelings for two of my five photos—and yes, as you might assume, I get emotional pretty quickly!
If you enjoy photography or work with photos in any way, I think you’ll find what Judy teaches fascinating.
NOTE: Judy has written a book for therapists but with information that photographers and those who love photos can also learn a great deal from—the first chapter of her book is dedicated to this idea of projecting meaning onto a photo and recognizing the questions you can ask to learn more of that meaning.
|Apr 15, 2021|
Today’s micro show is a reminder to aim lower. Sounds crazy and counterintuitive for sure, but it is the secret (in my opinion) to showing up as a creative in a noisy and competitive world. The minute you begin to intentionally practice imperfection is the minute you can start doing the work you were meant to do with expectations that produce results!
Oxford defines imperfection as the state of being faulty or incomplete. I don't like that definition, so I’d like to submit one of my own …
Imperfection is the state of being free to grow towards a higher or more complete version of oneself.
I have learned after years of practice that an expectation of imperfection is actually super healthy. I will share an early and more recent story to illustrate this. I’m also sharing wise words from Seth Godin and Lauren Sapala and my best tip on what to do when you make your next blunder!
As you read Lauren’s advice, replace “writing” or “writers” with whatever it is YOU do—or want to do more of.
Of course props to Pee Wee Herman for his outstanding example of owning imperfection!
And finally, I pulled 2 additional quotes from 2 awesome General Conference talks I heard over this past Easter weekend. The first is this, “The Lord does not require perfect faith for us to have access to His perfect power,” from this talk by Russel M. Nelson and the second is this, “We are all infants compared to the beings of glory and grandeur we are designed to become. No mortal being advances from crawling to walking to running without frequent stumbles, bumps, and bruises. That is how we learn,” from this talk by Dieter F. Uchtdorf
I’m so grateful YOU listen each week.
|Apr 08, 2021|
Today’s micro show is about ASKING which I believe is one of the greatest ideas ever conceived.
Depending on the type of questions you have, you can ask a friend, your brother, Google or God. One of the most repeated phrases in scripture? Ask and ye shall receive.
Listen and I’ll relate a few experiences I’ve had as a result of asking or being asked—as recently as two days ago!
This is what I have learned: Eleven times out of ten, both the asker and the asked are blessed!
A couple of years ago I had a blast helping a friend redecorate her apartment. Why? Because she asked me to help her hang some family photos—and it turned into so much more!
Here are the before/after pictures I promised …
Soon we’ll begin gathering again and when we do, I will be eager to ask more questions—especially of my oldest family members—they have so much to share and their wisdom truly is FREE for the asking. Remember Geoff’s experience at his grandfather’s funeral AND click here to download your copy of The Family Information Sheet. All you have to do is print this sheet and hand it to someone you love—or put it in the mail. Either way, you’ll most likely discover priceless personal perspective!
I hope you enjoy a Happy Easter weekend. I will be sharing my friend, Diane’s Seder plate as I learn together with family members about the symbolic and ritualistic foods important to Jewish Passover observance. I am able to do this, because I asked a casual question on an Instagram post.
People are generally good and kind and very willing to show up, participate, help out and share their insights and stories. What a gift!
And, don’t forget that I asked you a question and that I very much value your thoughts—so thank YOU in advance!
|Apr 01, 2021|
Courage & FREE Kindness Cards
Courage and Kindness. 🧡
Is what our world needs more of and what my guest today has practiced her whole life—these virtues in tandem have steered her to where she is today in her career (and in life) as one who seeks to influence the world for good.
I discovered Vicky’s bold vibrant designs on Instagram when I saw a post promoting FREE Kindness Cards. I had to have them and I have been a fan and follower of Vicky’s ever since!
💜 Vicky Barone is a Raleigh, North Carolina-based artist, illustrator, and writer known for her playful imagery, colorful, uplifting words and greeting cards sold worldwide. She uses vibrant palettes, geometric patterns, humor and heart-felt messages to remind people to find something to celebrate every single day. Vicky has been running her own design studio for over 20 years. When she is not creating, she can be found reading or adventuring with her two boys.
I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Vicky and invite you to learn more about her and her work!
I opened this episode with a short exchange from this scene in Disney’s live action Cinderella—between Cinderella and Mr. Kit!
|Mar 25, 2021|
The Power of Same
Today’s micro-show is an opportunity to recognize rituals in your life.
Everybody who has watched the long-running children’s show, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood—at least twice—knows what Mr. Rogers does when he walks into his house. This is because what Mr. Rogers does is the SAME every single show.
Have you ever wondered WHY?
A ritual is a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, actions, or objects, performed in a sequestered place and according to a set sequence. Rituals may be prescribed by the traditions of a family, community, or religious observation or worship. Rituals are a feature of all known human societies.
In exploring the whys and hows of rituals, I found and enjoyed this article by Penny Ward—and shared this portion in the show:
Rituals are a meaningful and mindful way of connecting with your energy with focused attention and intention. Through rituals, you are giving yourself permission to create the time and space to connect the reality of life with your inner energy, your intuition, your passions and aspirations.
✅ An rituals can be silly reminders and messages to our brains that help prepare us for necessary and important tasks—like with John Acuff dons his bright green running shoes to … sit down and write!
IF you’re needing more from your daily routine, I invite you to approach even mundane tasks with ritualistic behaviors that will bring more intention and awareness to your day and your life—this is always a good thing!
As always, I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts—and when you subscribe to Exactly Enough Time, the two of us could create a Thursday morning ritual ❤️
A huge shout out to Stephanie Smokovich and Kim McArthur for sending me SpeakPipe messages. Both will be receiving a Story Starter kit from my Story by Stacy line of products produced in partnership with Close To My Heart.
|Mar 18, 2021|
I am ...
Today’s micro show is a challenge for you to listen to the “I am …” statements you make this week.
There’s a good chance you say “I am …” (followed by something—a LOT.) And, you think “I am …” (followed by something) even more frequently. But, have you ever really paid attention or examined up close these thoughts and words? Some of these “I am” statements you can’t do a darn thing about, but most—the ones that really matter to your future—you have absolute control over.
I subscribe to daily blog posts from Seth Godin. A recent post has stayed with me.
The Imprecision of “am.”
🔎 So what are your “I am …” statements that are choices—OR—that might be limiting your choices because you’ve accepted them as just the way things are?
And then these words from Reinier Van Eijk crossed my path …
What if you made a list of your most frequent “I am …” statements and decided which you want to keep and which you could let go of OR state in a new way—like Reinier suggests above.
With Easter just ahead, it seems appropriate to note how often Jesus declares His roles and characteristics in the form of “I am …” statements. The Book of John boasts a list of seven including, I am the Light of the World and I am the Good Shepherd—this is so fascinating to me and as I try to become more aware of my own “I am …” statements, I’m pondering how I can think about myself so that I can promote growth and share goodness—we all have potential for both!
Pay attention and you’ll notice “I am … “ statements EVERYWHERE. Have a listen and then share your thoughts with me. 🧡 You could leave me a SpeakPipe message OR reach out on Instagram @stacyjulian
By the way, you can subscribe to Seth’s emails here and follow Reinier here.
|Mar 11, 2021|
My guest today is Chari Pack. She’s persnickety—a term that can be used to describe a particularly precise or careful approach—in this case with printing digital images and servicing customers. Chari is the owner of Persnickety Prints, based in Orem, Utah and she has developed a process for printing photos that produces beautiful and archival results.
Chari has been a memory keeper and journal enthusiast for as long as she can remember and she is passionate about helping others print digital images in beautiful and lasting ways so that they can literally put their hands on their pictures and enjoy and share them.
I have long admired Chari, her passion and her drive as an entrepreneur and business owner, but the reason she is on my show today is because of what she has been working on (for years) that she is finally unveiling and celebrating in a public way. It’s called Persnickety Box and for me—and many others—it’s a much needed (subscription based) print solution that can help you routinely print AND then do something with some of your photos.
I am using and currently promoting the Persnickety Box app to hundreds of students in my Photo Freedom 2021 course. I’ve even created a workflow pad that suggests Persnickety Box as a recommended step in an effective digital workflow.
I’m so excited for YOU to learn more about and from Chari and for you to consider Persnickety Box as an ongoing way for you to print and preserve some of your most favorite memories.
Download Persnickety Box on the App Store or on Google Play.
NOTE: The official Persnickety Box launch party is happening on Sunday, March 7th at 6:00PM MST, you can learn more about it and RSVP here.
AND, Yes … 4x4 prints that come in Persnickety Box are perfect for my Story Starter albums with Close To My Heart!
In fact, Close To My Heart has created two additional 4x4 albums especially for Persnickety Box prints—in white and blue!
IDEA: I am using this album to create an easy print archive for important events in my family history. For example, I used Persnickety Box to print 30 images from my son’s wedding. I then slipped these prints into a white 4x4 album and added a small photo to the front and one page of identifying information to the inside.
I opened today’s show with a snippet of Kodachrome, by Neil Simon
|Mar 04, 2021|
Exactly Enough Time (the story)
It’s been a minute, but I’m back with something new: My version of a micro-show and today’s episode is the very first one. ⏰🎉
I’m going to tell you the story of the words that I have loved for so many years and that have now become the name of this podcast. That seems like an appropriate come-back topic, yes?
Brian Andreas, now known as Kai Skye is an über talented artist and poet with a colorful and conversational style. I’ve been a fan and follower for many years.
I hope you’ll take the time to visit his website, Flying Edna.
If you would like to receive his STORY of the DAY email, click HERE to sign up!
It’s funny, I’ve been reflecting on my podcasting journey and you know what I decided? I really (truly) do have exactly enough time to add this back into my life—IF—I allow myself some wiggle room. Isn’t that what we all need? There self-granted permission to be flexible or change things. It’s 100% ok to revisit commitments or anything else in life and question why they’re there and IF you want them to stay. I’m hoping that in addition to just enjoying a few of “saved” Story People emails, something I share in these just-over-eleven-minutes might encourage you to think about what you’re spending the incredibly valuable currency of time on AND what you’d like to remove, add to or bring back into your life.
How could you make that happen?
Of course I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts.
❤️ I so appreciated Jill for the delightful SpeakPipe message she sent that I was able to share with you. She will be receiving a Story Starter kit from the Story by Stacy line of products with Close To My Heart.
|Feb 25, 2021|
Thirty-WONderful with Geoff
Today I sit down with my husband, Geoff to share memories and talk marriage. We celebrated 31 years on December 28th. Episode 101 is our anniversary celebration this year and we’re sharing it with YOU.
We prepared for this episode by coming up with three questions—each—and then choosing three questions (of the six) to answer. Here are the questions we had to choose from …
➡️ When did you know this was something different?
➡️ What did you get (with me) that you didn’t anticipate?
➡️ What do you want our kids to know about marriage?
➡️ What did you imagine marriage and family would look like when you were in your early 20s and how does it compare now in your mid 50s?
➡️ We know each other better than anyone on earth, flaws and all. How have we continued to strengthen our relationship over time?
➡️ What do you want from me as your husband moving forward? What will allow you to feel supported and equally yoked in the challenges that lie ahead?
We opened with Randy Travis, Forever and Ever, Amen
Geoff also shared some wisdom from the band, 38 Special in their hit, Hold On Loosely
As Geoff and I wrapped up, I shared the sad, but right-for-me decision to take a break from podcasting for a few weeks. I will definitely be back, in February— ready to go for another year!
🎙With this break I’m choosing to be present for my daughter as we get back into a homeschool routine and I’m putting into practice the message that we do have exactly enough time—not for everything, but for those things that are currently most important.
Thank YOU for listening. I love to hear and read your comments, questions, ideas and feedback. Specifically, I’d enjoy hearing about your favorite episodes. Which are the topics and guests that have most resonated with you? Why?
Happy New Year 🎉
|Dec 31, 2020|
The Gift of Words & Music
When I realized that my 100th episode would fall on Christmas Eve, I wondered what topic I could share that might both celebrate my favorite holiday and this podcasting milestone. I decided to give you the gift of words and music—to create a short mash-up if you will that combines some of my favorite words in quotes and scripture mingled with (in my opinion) some of the BEST Christmas music available. I hope as you wrap up details for the big day tomorrow, this will be cause for smiling, singing or both!
For 100 hundred consecutive weeks I’ve managed to show up for myself and this effort to put something light and happy into the world. I’m not podcasting to grow a massive audience or become rich and famous. I’m podcasting simply because God gave me a voice and because I am curious about people and ideas.
I love the work that I’ve been blessed to do in the memory keeping space for so many years and I’m truly thankful for YOU (anyone and everyone) that has participated with me in recognizing the importance of personal stories and the opportunity we all have to celebrate life by lending some permanence to a few of the moments we experience and treasure.
I’ve created a handful of shareable images that you can use to multiply my message today (in the show notes at stacyjulian.com) Feel free to grab anyone of these to keep, use or pass on in any way you choose.
And, THANK YOU for listening.
Let me know what you’d enjoy hearing more of in the next 100 episodes of Exactly Enough Time and please enjoy a Merry Christmas!
|Dec 24, 2020|
Today’s the day I tell you more about my shiny, new Photo Freedom 2021 course—the one that starts on Friday, January 15th. The one that I want YOU to be a part of …
If after listening you’d like more information …
Click HERE to visit the Photo Freedom 2021 course description and registration page.
Click HERE if you’re taken a version of this class (or have my Photo Freedom book) to help you decide if you should take this new course.
🎙 And DON’T FORGET: Podcast listeners save $30 with promo code ENOUGHTIME, so be sure when you register to use save a little moola.
Essentials: Library albums and category drawers!
In the episode I shared an quick overview of each of the 12 weeks’ of content.
Shout out to Alyssa for the SpeakPipe message she sent that I was able to share and respond to. She’ll be receiving a Story Starter kit from my Story by Stacy line with Close To My Heart!
🎵 I opened today’s episode with I Feel Good, by James Brown
|Dec 17, 2020|
Heavy Lifting with Wendy Smedley
My guest today wants words for Christmas.
A couple of years ago, Wendy found herself in the middle of an unanticipated divorce. For a women who poured herself into nurturing her family, this was a devastating shock. Her divorce among other challenges has invited serious soul searching, deep learning and new levels of self-care. Because of how Wendy chose to respond to unwelcome circumstances, she is now in a position to impart some serious insight and wisdom. Wendy seeks to be open hearted and always learning. She is curious and asks thought provoking questions—in fact, she sparked this episode for me when she related her almost daily observation of tower cranes near her downtown Salt Lake City home. What she discovered about these massive heavy-lifting machines is 100% applicable to anyone who is feeling discouraged or overwhelmed by life and trials. I know you’re going to relate to and come away grateful for Wendy’s positivity, vulnerability and sense of humor!
Ok, you want links to all of the goodness Wendy shared?
Wendy boldly declared that she has enough time for poetry and Billy Collins is one of her favorites …
Speaking of poetry, we both agreed talking that much of what Wendy has experienced is reflected in this well-known poem from The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran …
On Joy & Sorrow
And, finally … in case you want to learn more about the amazing tower cranes, here the video I shared a portion of in my introduction …
|Dec 10, 2020|
Simple Scrapper, Jennifer Wilson
My guest today leans into the left side of her brain, so that she can more fully enjoy the right-brained aspects of her craft. She is Jennifer Wilson and she is the creator of the Simple Scrapper membership—which launched in 2008 to better explore in a community setting how modern memory keeping can fill you up and fit your busy life. Through Simple Scrapper, Jennifer helps thousands not get stuck doing what they love AND in 2019, Jennifer launched the Scrapbook Your Way podcast to extend the conversation about breaking the rules and documenting in your own way.
➡️ If you’ve been thinking about documenting more or differently next year, go to simplescrapper.com/stacy to get in on what’s called a Planning Party. This is a unique page that Jennifer set up just for my listeners—and it’s the kind of guidance you can expect with Simple Scrapper membership.
I have great respect for Jennifer and the work she does in the memory keeping space. She brings people together and does a fantastic job of encouraging, inspiring and supporting them as they pursue their own version of scrapbooking success. She is a true storyteller and always willing to share her process. Check out one of her recent videos—a story about a beloved pillow!
You can see much more like this over on the Simple Scrapper YouTube channel.
Back in 2013, Jennifer and I team taught a BPC class called, The Art + Science of Scrapbooking, which was such kick in the pants. We both enjoy whole brains—obviously—but for this class, we led out with our creative preferences to give each other (and everyone else) assignments that would be challenging and prove to move us out of our individual comfort zones. Pages that I made in response of Jennifer’s challenges remain some of my most favorite!
I LOVED hearing Jennifer’s response to my People, Places & Things question. She shared about her transformative experience traveling to Sweden earlier this year and being introduced to people who shared a scrapbook of her ancestors. What an amazing treasure that speaks to the power and importance of family history in our scrapbooking.
And finally, Jennifer and I talk about how she has adapted principles I wrote about in my book, Photo Freedom. Since I am refreshing this content for an online course for 2021, I wanted to catch up and hear her thoughts and some details about her current organizational approach when it comes to both storytelling and storing or displaying finished pages. We are both big believers in sharing what works, but doing it in a way that can be readily customized.
Don’t forget you can SAVE $30 on registration for Photo Freedom when you use promo code ENOUGHTIME
Topics for this podcast are definitely varied, but I regularly circle back around to my passion for storytelling and this is one of those episodes. I know you’ll enjoy learning more about Jennifer’s journey and the work she does to help others.
I played ABBA’s Slipping Through My Fingers song as my intro—not only because it represents a desire to slow time but also because ABBA is a Swedish pop group. Both this song and Jennifer have Swedish roots!
|Dec 03, 2020|
Happy Thanksgiving Weekend—to my friends in the U.S anyway!
I’m popping this week’s episode up a little early so that I can make my pies, brine the bird, set the table and oversee the potato peelers. 🦃 For reals, I’m hoping that you’ll be able to listen while you prep whatever it is you’re prepping—a turkey feast or otherwise!
Back in episode 83, I challenged myself and anyone else to begin making a list of 20 things you have learned or had confirmed—things you want to keep when 2020 is a distant memory. Today I’m sharing my list—reserving the right (of course) to update if needed.
Here are few of the many resources to explore about the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and landing …
I quoted Elder Dallin H. Oaks from his most recent General Conference talk, Love Your Enemies and President Russell M. Nelson from his talk, Let God Prevail .
I also played a short audio excerpt from President Nelson’s Give Thanks video message he shared on Friday, October 20th. Here’s the full video …
LOVE this song from Nate Sabin—and his daughter!
Here’s the link to this awesome song on Apple Music.
❤️ I played a SpeakPipe message from Glorielba Orta, so she will be receiving a Story Starter kit from Close To My Heart—I’m very grateful for the support of CTMH sponsoring this aspect of my podcast!
Thumbnail image is credited to: Photo by Simon Maage on Unsplash
|Nov 25, 2020|
Monica Wihongi, Leading with Heart ❤️
Monica Wihongi is president of the Utah-based, papercrafting company, Close To My Heart AND a mother of seven—need I say more?
For reals though, you’re in for a treat today—I adore Monica. We’ve known each other for nearly 30 years and she is the real deal—she is family and future focused and dedicated to doing what’s right in business and life. I love my history with CTMH, so I’m tickled that you have this opportunity to get to know Monica and her work a bit better. You’ll get to hear first-hand what its been like to be at the helm of a direct sales company with thousands of independent contractors in the middle of a pandemic. What has changed? What hasn’t? How is Close To My Heart staying relevant and robust?
Monica will also share some exciting changes at CTMH. You’ll get to learn about at the name change for CTMH independent contractors, from consultants to makers and about a new VIP customer appreciation and incentive program.
Follow these links to learn more:
Also, here’s the blog post that outlines my Story Starter Covid style. There’s a link about half way down to the class I taught with CTMH on Facebook.
I think you’ll leave feeling inspired by Monica’s story, her open heart and her commitment to seeing founder, Jeanette Lynton’s vision honored and upheld. I’m truly grateful for the gateway into memory keeping that I experienced because of Jeanette and (now) Close To My Heart. I have LOVED partnering with them on my Story by Stacy line of products.
In fact, I played a SpeakPipe message from Kim, who will be receiving a Story Starter kit!
I opened today’s episode with Rise Up, from Andra Day’s debut album, Cheers to the Fall.
Thanks (as always) for listening.
AND, remember that podcast listeners can save $30 off Photo Freedom with code ENOUGHTIME
|Nov 19, 2020|
Collecting Everything with Stanley Kinsey
My guest today understands media. He has been working with it his whole career, so when he retired to spend time organizing and archiving his private collection of photos and home movies AND couldn’t find what he was looking for, he created it. I’m excited for you to listen and learn about Collectionaire a virtual hub or gathering of links to ALL of your digitized stuff. All of it. You know the idiom, a place for everything and everything in its place—that’s what Stanley (Stan) Kinsey has built and it is a remarkable solution for family connection and sharing.
I discovered Collectionaire this past winter at RootsTech and I knew immediately that it was exactly what I didn’t know I could be looking for—it was the best kind of exhibition hall surprise—and I signed up on the spot. Now I enthusiastically recommend it for anyone and everyone who feels overwhelmed by all the content they’ve digitized and are storing in the cloud—or maybe yet on thumb drives—because this is how we are going to organize it all and curate it to become a beautiful and sharable legacy collection.
After listening, you can begin your personal exploration by watching one of these introductory videos—but then you’ll want to head to Collectionaire.com for additional getting started guidance. Don’t go without the Exactly Enough Time PROMO code that will save you 50% on the first two years of a subscription. That code is EET2020 and it expires on December 31st—so you’ll want to act fast.
An index in the cloud to content in the cloud is my favorite explanation (to date) of what Collectionaire does. Pictured here are some of the cloud-based services that provide share links that can be gathered together in your personal of collection.
If you’re familiar with the structure of a family tree then you’ll find the organization at Collectionaire to be very intuitive. Each person on your tree can have their own collection—the number of links noted just below their photo—and family collections are accessed by clicking the link icon between a couple. This feature is one of my personal favorites, because there are so many aspects of my story that I actually share with my family—and now I have a way to show and share that!
I’m so excited for you to give Collectionaire a try—as I’ve gotten to know its features more, I’m convinced it is the future of memory keeping (archiving) especially for families. My children and grandchildren are already most comfortable consuming media on mobile devices and now with my growing collections, they can view family media in that same, familiar and super accessible way.
NOTE: Stan talked briefly about creating a digitized “flip book” of a physical scrapbook. This is done by photographing or scanning scrapbook pages and creating a digital PDF version. This is something I will teach in Photo Freedom 2021, but there are also services that will do the scanning for you. EverPresent is one such company. Scanning is quite pricy—about $2.99—per scrapbook page.
For an interesting read on ALL that Stan has done in his long and storied career, read his wikipedia page.
|Nov 12, 2020|
PhotoTherapy with Judy Weiser
My guest today is an esteemed pioneer in the world of PhotoTherapy. Judy Weiser is a psychologist, an art therapist, consultant, educator, trainer, university adjunct faculty, international lecturer, and author — she is the founder and director of the PhotoTherapy Centre in Vancouver, Canada, she is considered the world authority on the emotional significance of personal photographs.
If you are a memory keeper and/or lover of photography and personal pictures I think you’ll find our conversation especially relevant. Once we get to know Judy a little better, she will introduce us to 5 PhotoTherapy techniques which explore the various relationships that we can and do have with pictures and the process of capturing images with a camera or smart phone.
As we got deeper into our discussion I knew that I was going to need a part 2 with Judy, so you can look forward to that in coming weeks. If I’m lucky, she’ll will actually walk me through some of her techniques using a handful of my personal photos. But for today, listen and learn and see how many similarities you recognize between insights Judy shares and the reasons you choose to scrapbook or tell stories using pictures. What we do when we interact with photography and the results of these efforts can have a powerful influence on how we see and choose to see our lives, our challenges and our future selves.
This is good stuff.
Judy was recently interviewed for an article on featureshoot.com so clicking on this link will give you yet one more way to dive into this fascinating topic of using photography as a tool for self-discovery and even therapy.
How to learn more with Judy Weiser …
Photo Freedom is open for registration. You can learn and register by clicking HERE.
Podcast listeners can save $30 off registration with code ENOUGHTIME. I would LOVE to help you reign in your thousands of photos (prints and digital images) and tell more personal stories.
|Nov 05, 2020|
Fun + Flow in Families
The Addams Family is so irresistible in part because they are so blissfully and wonderfully unaware of how bizarre they are. They are hence FREE to be their own people—they don’t really care what others think.
As a family they are their own creation and they unapologetically create their own kind of FUN!
I’m talking about FUN (and flow) in families today. “We are, as Robin Fivush says, indeed, living in unnerving times. We may need to physically social distance, but the stories we tell will keep us close.” What is the internal narrative shared in your home? Is it one you are intentionally telling? Are you creating the relationships and memories you desire?
Do you have a vision for where you’re going collectively?
Learn more about Brittany Beattie and the idea of a family mascot at familyFED.com 🦩
Our family motto: Be Good, Kind and Honest, slightly encoded and displayed in the living room!View fullsize
Much like a group of lion is a pride we’ve decided that a group of Geoff Julians is a JOLLY. Exploring your collective family personality, hobbies, interests and focus will give you some insight into possible naming strategies. I extended this challenge to my two sisters’ families. The Dowdles pictured on the top row are active, athletic, driven and fiercely competitive. When they get together we call it a Sport of Dowdles. The Seiters, featured on the second row are educated, über creative, organized, artistic and collaborative. A group of Seiters is a Genius.
I LOVE hearing from my listeners. Today I’m sharing three SpeakPipe messages! One from Amy, Destiny and Katie, who will talk about themed dinners, 2nd-hand board games and working together on BIG projects.
Flow is one of my most favorite books. It is science-y for sure, but I don’t lend this book and I will never give it away. It is the result of years of expert research by Mihaly Csikszentmihaly and shares so much insight into the why and how of optimal experience.
The other book turn to frequently (which I have referenced several times in previous episodes) is The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler. Bruce likely cites Flow and other research-based studies, but then he breaks is all down into practical ideas and advice mixed with real life stories.
HUGE Shout out to Close To My Heart for sponsoring me with Story Starter kits for my SpeakPipe contributors 💛
|Oct 29, 2020|
Story Sharing with Malia Karlinsky
My guest today is so interesting because she is so interested—in just about anything and everything—except maybe pursuing a career in law (listen to hear that story!) You will immediately feel Malia Karlinsky’s energy for life and for people which is exactly what she shares as an Emmy-award winning Lifestyle Reporter and Producer for Seattle Refined. Like me, Malia grew up in Seattle so we begin with a short love fest for the PNC, but then I get to pick her brain and her years of experience and I know you’ll walk away feeling inspired and encouraged in your own storytelling.
When I asked Malia about a very recent story, she shared with me Uzziah’s—a young man who rather than feeling defeated by Covid-19 or racial unrest decided to start creating candles to bring more calm to the world. His company, which he founded just last spring is Calm & Cure Candle Company and he is already making a difference. Oh yeah, did I mention he is eleven? You can follow Uziah on Instagram at @calmandcure_candles
Two of the most memorable Seattle Refined segments for Malia have been those of Jordan Nicholson and Danny Bonaduce. There posted below for easy watching, but you’ll want to experience many more amazing stories by visiting Malia’s website: maliakarlinsky.com (click on TV segments).
I think for me, this episode will be most memorable because of the way Malia described how we all carry stories—a library of stories—with us, some in our heart, some on our backs and some in our hands—and when we want to remember that we are far more alike than different, we just need to encourage story sharing.
After you watch this, you’re going to want to follow Jordan on IG, @jordanloves.life
I think what Malia has really learned about people and life through her work as a journalist is how attractive (in the literal sense) it is to be vulnerable and authentic and to willingly share not just the high points, but also your personal moments of overcoming. These are the stories we can all appreciate and learn from.
And, you can follow Danny too @dannykzok
➡️ AND, I was totally WOWed (and humbled) when Malia praised the work I have done in scrapbooking, especially my Photo Freedom book.
It’s been so FUN to reconnect with Malia. Interviewing her here on my podcast and being interview by her for a spot on Seattle Refinend—about documenting this crazy pandemic!
⬅️ Not long after that story aired, I heard from Ann, also a friend of Malia, who posted this to Instagram. I’m truly so grateful for the incredible opportunities I have had to connect with creative women across the globe. Truly, what a blast—then and now!
I also just launched (this week) registration for my Photo Freedom 2021 class. You can learn all about it by clicking HERE.
|Oct 22, 2020|
When Your Friend is a Therapist
Diane Smith is one of my dearest friends—for more than 30 years—and she is also a licensed marriage and family therapist. This means that today’s episode is me in a perfectly secure relationship asking the questions I’ve always wanted to ask—of a therapist that is. But first, we’ll get to know Diane a little better. When did she know this was a passion she would pursue and how did she choose the EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) model as the framework for her counseling? What is EFT anyway and why is attachment theory so integral to it.
Trust me, just listening to Diane will slow your breathing and calm your heart. The only thing that was missing in our conversation was the herbal tea.
This image is as close as I could find to what Diane described as an illustration of complete and total trust in a situation.
Some of my personal take aways:
2. Change is actually the foundation for emotional resiliency and curiosity is the secret passageway to accessing the tools you need to build on it.
3. FAIL stands for First Attempt In Learning—Yes! I wish someone would have explained that to me in Jr. High 😜
4. I am now listening to Dale Carnegie wisdom in the book, How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age because Diane loves it so much!
Finally, the idea of asking yourself, “Do I have enough of what I want in my life?” Especially as you question whether therapy might be a solution for you—can you create what you need? If not, celebrate the fact that there are therapists, like Diane who are trained to help you.
What a blessing!
Just three weeks ago, my husband and I escaped for a weekend in St. George with the Smiths. While the boys golfed, we sat outside talking and eating our yogurt parfaits. It was perfect!
I opened the episode with A Walk in The Forest by composer, Brian Crain, from his album, A Simple Life.
Brian’s music has been my Relax & Unwind playlist for so many years. You can stream it on Amazon.
|Oct 15, 2020|
Stupid EASY Mobile Workflow
Today we are talking about how to better manage your pictures on your (smart) mobile devices. There’s a good chance that you’re walking around with tens of thousands of images in your pocket or purse, which is phenomenally cool and amazing, but it can also feel pretty overwhelming—especially if you’re not getting a few of them off those devices and into your life.
It’s predicted that 1,436,300,000,000 digital images will be taken across the world in 2020. That’s a staggering number, but what are these images worth if we don’t connect a few of them to personal stories. Without this kind of meaning attached, images—even in the trillions—are mere eye candy. Fun for sure, but not super useful—especially to the next generation.
I use and teach a SUPER easy 3-step workflow with the Photos app on my iPhone that I’ll walk you through in today’s episode. This workflow is SO easy, I’m calling it stupid easy—which simply means ANYONE can do it and doing it will change how you interact with the photos you take.
Here’s a quick overview …
My longtime friend, Ann Johnson is my expert guest today …
Ann has adapted principles I teach in Finding Photo Freedom for years AND she knows the Android platform as well as Google photos and Adobe Lightroom, so she is able to translate what I do on my iPhone to these tools.
Of course you’ll get to hear additional insight from Ann and learn more about some of the projects she is working on. You can follow her on Instagram @annacejohnson 📲😀
Ann, like so many others loves and uses the Project Life app for both iPhone and Android. To learn more, visit beckyhiggins.com.
NOTE: I will be teaching Finding Photo Freedom early in 2021. Be sure you’re signed up for my email list so you don’t miss out on any of the details. I also have a FREE course that introduces you to my philosophy and approach.
I started this episode with Jack Johnson’s song, Pictures.
|Oct 08, 2020|
Parody over Perfection with Laura Wonsik
When it comes to anticipating her favorite scrapbooking project. Laura Wonsik knows how to have FUN. She also knows how to share her fun with others—she creates video parodies set to familiar tunes. She recently released her fourth video promoting Ali Edward’s December Daily—and it was when I saw one of these videos pop up in my IG feed that I said out loud, “I have got to get to know this girl better. I think I’ll see if she’ll come on my podcast?!”
Today is a good day. Laura responded to my DM and now we (YOU and I) get to sit down with her.
Laura is a therapist who works at Miami University and plays with photos and paper in her spare time. She is also a member of Ali Edwards and Studio Calico’s design teams—which we talk about. If you are perceptive, you will hear in our conversation a pattern for finding JOY and purpose in life, even when it doesn’t unfold in ways you might anticipate—sound familiar? Hello 2020 😩
“If you love photos, memory keeping and pretty products then scrapbooking is a no-brainer hobby. There is no shortage of supplies out there to help you fill album after album and tons of inspiration to be found from talented scrappers around the world…
But, did you know that scrapbooking is good for you?
NOTE: Laura adds in our conversation, IF you approach it with a healthy mindset determined to shun the potentially discouraging trifecta of perfectionism, comparison and competition. Wiggle your way past these and your set to enjoy ALL the benefits.
Scrapbooking is cathartic.
Scrapbooking increases self-awareness and gratitude.
Scrapbooking builds self-worth and celebrates your love for others.
Scrapbooking fosters connection and builds community.
Scrapbooking is your chance to play!
Scrapbooking is a space that’s just for you.
Ok, here’s where you get to ENJOY Laura’s mad skills in video production and singing! First up the Covid-19 edition of the December Daily Parody Video …
… set to Taylor Swift’s I Forgot That You Existed. So clever! Want to see videos from 2019 and 2018? Click on the years—can you guess which one I start the episode with?
AND, then there’s this beautiful 1st birthday tribute video to Isla.
More like these available on Laura’s YouTube channel.
Other places you can find Laura are on her Facebook page where she often creates and shares digital designs … for FREE.
And her blog, where you’ll find her post that inspired much of our conversation today.
Laura is contributing to Ali Edward’s December Daily Product Play class, Triangles, Transparency and Texture. Check it out!
AND, finally, she recommended the Candadian sitcom Corner Gas as a ready companion for your creative endeavors this weekend!
|Oct 01, 2020|
The Connections Experiment
Something exciting is just around the corner. October! And not just because of pumpkins and candy but also because October is Family History Month—yes, it’s official—and my guests today have created a brilliant experiment all about family history and forging family connections. This very FUN and interactive effort takes just 21 days and can have you focusing on several different aspect of family connection—culture, food, stories and pictures—just to name a few. And Gen Z? Turns out with a little nudge they are all in, so trust me when I say this is NOT your grandma’s genealogy.
THIS is powerful insight and energy for life.
Home base for this experience is HERE (connections-experiment.com). This is where you’ll want to go to get started. Once you’re in, you can meet up virtually with others on Facebook and Instagram. And you can report your efforts and results on any social media, using hashtags:
#21dayexperiment and #familyconnections
Taralyn Parker and Olivia Jewel are two of the founders of the 21-Day Family Connections Experiment and they are full of enthusiasm and a desire to see you succeed. Both of these women are busy mothers, but also educated and so excited to help others take advantage of easy opportunity to create family memories and connections—during a time that can otherwise be overwhelming, discouraging, confusing and exhausting. This isn’t just one more thing to do, this is an effort that will center you and help you discover JOY in your closest relationships.
So, how does this work?
We’ll talk about that in our conversation, but the process of getting involved couldn’t be easier. There are 3 primary goals, 1. JOIN 2. CONNECT and 3. REPORT and there are so many great, specific plans to help you take confident action.
If you want to learn more ABOUT my two guests and the other team members behind this experiment, go HERE.
I opened this episode with the audio that accompanies this video. FamilySearch is a FREE and fantastic resource that allows you to dive into your past—and to become the voice of your personal pictures and stories.
Connect with me:
|Sep 24, 2020|
Do you know why Richard Dawson, long time host of the American game show, Family Feud, kissed all those women? Do you know why he ultimately stopped?
Three questions I’ll share with a few actual results are …
I’m definitely not a professional statistician, but with some basic analysis, I can see there are some nearly universal aspirations and obstacles captured in my survey and so I’m going to share two productivity hacks that I believe can change someone’s ability to spend time doing what they love. The first has to do with getting super specific and the second with making yourself unavailable—to everyone and everything else—when it’s time to work. Definitely not new ideas, but ones for which I can personally witness as effective.
And finally—for Richard Dawson—some thoughts on simplifying with a “KISS”— the keep it super simple kind. Make sure you’re having the mental conversations (with yourself) that encourage positive results. With almost everything else in life, mindset matters in a big way. You are NOT a survey result. You are a living, breathing human being full of potential and highly prone to derailment, but YOU get to set and pursue any goal important to you.
I hope today’s episode gives you some gas for that journey.
|Sep 17, 2020|
Aging Well with Theron (part 2)
In part 2 of my conversation with my brother, Theron, he starts out with a funny analogy imagining one of those drug commercials touting the benefits of a fill-in-the-blank medication. These clips always show people enjoying nature, family gatherings and quiet evenings preparing healthy food and reading together and seem to end with the same invitation: Ask your doctor if blank medication is right for you! Now imagine, says Theron that the medicine is exercise and you ask your doctor if it might be exactly what you need—the answer is a resounding YES. There isn’t a physician on the planet that wouldn’t recommend an appropriate and consistent exercise regimen for a patient, regardless of what ails them. Exercise is powerful medicine!
Here are just a few of the proven benefits of regular exercise …
And the best news of all lies in the minimal effective dose—it’s very little. In other words you don’t have to hit the gym for 45 minutes a day 4 to 5 days a week to see and FEEL the positive effects of exercise in your life.
Listen and learn about the importance of a balanced approach to exercise that includes flexibility and agility, cardiovascular/aerobic and resistance or strength training. Especially as we age, we need to make sure we are moving in the ways that will best help us navigate the challenges and risks of midlife and beyond!
Theron mentioned a study out of Rutgers that helped us better understand the measurable results of resistance training in elderly women. Click HERE for more information.
I am loving the TRX suspension trainer. I have had one for a couple of years now and I use it 3 to 4 times a week for about 15 minutes. TRX is all about using your body as your weight machine—it’s something that doesn’t take a lot of room or expensive equipment. Click HERE to learn more!
AND, my favorite resistance routine is one that I learned from The Happy Body. I highly recommend this book and the information inside. I’m a bigger fan of their approach to exercise than diet, but both are sound and can help you get started on a healthier path.
I started today’s episode with Jack Lalane—American fitness pioneer who lived 96 active years and taught millions of people (especially women) in their homes how to eat better and move to feel and look better. Here’s a clip from his early days …
Thanks to Close To My Heart for their generosity in supplying Story Starter kits to anyone who’s SpeakPipe message I play on the show. Today I played a message from Amy McGrew!
|Sep 10, 2020|
Aging Well with Theron (part 1)
Glucagon is super important. Do you know why?
I’m super excited to (finally) be sitting down with my brother, Theron—a doctor of chiropractic with a lifelong passion for healthy living. You guys, Theron talked to me for 47 minutes straight with zero notes. We talked eating and exercise, so I’m turning my interview with him into a 2-part conversation on aging well. THIS is for me—but I hope you will also find it helpful and be able to take away a nugget or two of wisdom to apply to your own health routine.
Theron thoroughly understands metabolism and can explain how to eat and move—and why, so that we can choose to be as healthy as possible into our 50s, 60s and beyond.
I majored in Exercise Science in college and often read wellness books and blogs, but when I really want to understand something, I talk to Theron.
Understanding the roles that each macronutrient plays in our bodies is key. Good fats fight inflammation, keep hormones in balance and protect our brains/neurons from degenerative diseases. Carohydrates provide us with immediate energy to jump up and go. They are so essential to our ability to thrive that when we eat highly processed carbs are brains are easily hooked (this is where those hits of dopamine come in) and proteins provide critical building blocks for every kind of cell and function in our bodies. With some basic information and the ability to articulate processes that involve blood sugar, insulin, cortisol and free radicals we can begin to make better choices and absolutely turn back the clock.
These systemic changes start the minute you decide to EAT in a loving and grateful way. And yes, chocolate can be involved—but that’s another episode (coming soon!)
EASY (and healthy) PANCAKES
1/2 cup oatmeal
Put everything in your blender and go. I like to add a dash of salt and cinnamon. Cook and serve with a little butter, homemade (low sugar) jam and fresh berries.
Trust me: DELICIOUS and your blood sugar will thank you!
The Zone Diet and Dr. Barry Sears
Bodyworks Chiropractic is Dr. Hall’s practice. If you live near South Jordan, UT look him up! Here’s his Facebook page and be sure to check out his 5 ⭐️ reviews on Google.
I opened this episode with Hip to be Square by Huey Lewis.
|Sep 03, 2020|
The Train of Experience
Back in February—I had a singular experience. I was driving home from Seattle through the central part of the state of Washington. I crested a hill and began driving down the other side into a wide valley, as I scanned the horizon, I saw the beginning and the end of a train. This image has stuck with me and I have been thinking about the parallels between a moving train and a variety experiences in life—we could even think of Covid-19 like a train.
This will be one of those very stacy-esque episodes, a little random and in need of personal interpretation. As always, I welcome your insights. We’ll talk about perspective as it relates to attention and how we can work to shift a perspective that isn’t serving us—especially during challenging times.
Interestingly, we can learn a lot about the power of awareness from Apollo Robbins, a recent guest on this podcast. Remember, keep coming up with NEW questions, like: What if what is isn’t?
🚂 To get you in the mood for my train analogy, I offer the following train jokes:
I’m going to challenge myself—and YOU to make a list of 20 things you’ve learned or had confirmed during these months of pandemic. Writing these things down will prepare us to move forward and as we do find wisdom to share in the future. What today seems like an endless train will one day appear—even to us—as an interesting episode in history.
What do you want to be able to share about it?
I’m super grateful to Tracy Shelton for her generous SpeakPipe message. Remember I’m always delighted to hear from you—send me any thoughts and specifically ideas for having FUN in families. Not sure how to send me a SpeakPipe message? Click HERE.
Thanks to ❤️ Close to My Heart for sponsoring Story Starter kits for listeners when I share their SpeakPipe messages on the show!
|Aug 27, 2020|
Fun & Games with Brittany Beattie
I’m absolutely thrilled to reconnect and visit with my friend, Brittany Beattie for episode 82. Brittany is the brains behind Family F.E.D. (Fun Every Day) an amazing hub of ideas for creating easy and memorable moments at home and I’m guessing as this pandemic and all that is heavy continues to press down on us, you might be interested in some light heartedness and laughter right about now. Yes?
Listen in and hear about the genesis of this undertaking and Brittany’s personal history with and love of all kinds of games. I know you’ll feel inspired to invite more intentional togetherness into your home and family—something you can do in just 5 minutes! And, when you’re done listening, head over FamilyFED.com to get started.
I sat my Addie down in front of the FamilyFED YouTube channel and asked her to select a few games that she thought we could play right away. Here are her choices …
As a BONUS, I found so much research and encouragement for playful parenting and the importance of collaborative imaginative activity for kids of all ages. Here’s the TED PLAYlist and information from the American Academy of Pediatrics. OR click below for 25 ways to be a more playful parent.
Brittany Beattie received bachelor's and master's degrees in English from Brigham Young University. Because of her love for story, she began working as a family history writer to help families compile their family stories into published books. She became an editor and writer for Creating Keepsakes, a book and magazine publisher that helped provide ideas for creating meaningful family scrapbooks. (Here she also had the amazing opportunity to meet the fabulous Stacy Julian!) She became the managing editor of Creating Keepsakes and also helped launch a community-based subscription website for the company. Brittany then became the managing editor of the New Era magazine published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to help strengthen youth in living the gospel of Jesus Christ. Brittany later worked as an audience manager for The Church of Jesus Christ and helped oversee messaging to children, their parents, and their leaders. She founded FamilyFED.com, designed to help strengthen families by making it easy for them to spend quality family time together through family fun every day (the "F.E.D." in Family FED).
🎲 There are so many ways to connect with Brittany and her brilliant ideas …
🧡 Thank YOU for listening.
|Aug 20, 2020|
Q&A with Stacy (part 2)
As promised in episode 77, this week is a Q&A follow-up focusing on listener-submitted questions—and particularly questions of a more personal nature. You might think with as ‘out there’ as I am that I relish this type of thing, but the truth is this is hard for me. I’m certainly happy to share my thoughts (answers to questions) so I think the discomfort comes from not wanting to elevate my answers as anything more than my answers. I have to keep reminding myself that I love listening to and learning from other people and that I often borrow ideas and use and adapt them to my life. So let’s do that. Let’s just picture us sitting down together to talk about life—only I would LOVE to hear from you!
I figured since I used my professional headshot to promote episode 77, I should use something a bit more close-to-home to promote this episode. This is me at 5:27 AM—see, I told you we were friends!
After listening today, I hope you’ll share a little of you with me. You can do that by sending me a SpeakPipe message, emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or messaging me on Instagram @stacyjulian
Questions submitted for today’s episode include:
Besides marriage & birth/adoption of kids what is your best memory?
I hope you enjoy this episode. I inadvertently left out a question about my current health routine—food and exercise? And, I actually had thoughts/answers for that one, so I’ve already reached out to my brother, Theron to do a full episode on women’s health—especially as we age!
For more information on Addie’s story and homeschooling, listen to episode 44 and episode 61. I mentioned the fun Geoff and I had recording episodes on marriage with our friends, The Smiths. Listen to episode 35 and episode 37 for some memorable moments!
Seth Godin, Todd Henry and Jon Acuff are all authors I mentioned and read with enthusiasm. There are many, many more of course. I also specifically mentioned The Person You Mean to Be, by Dolly Chugh.
I now have a GOAL 🎯 to reach before my 100th episode—sometime in October (I think) and that is to have more than 100 (💯) reviews. Click here to learn you leave a review for me! ❤️ Thanks!
As always, THANK YOU to Close To My Heart for sponsoring the Story Starter kits that I send out for SpeakPipe messages played—and thanks to Cindy Stephen for the one I played today!
|Aug 13, 2020|
Be Good to People
Since its inception, the idea of Be Good to People® has inspired people to show up as a better version of themselves—I can’t wait for you to hear founder, Kris Wittenberg share her story and a very recent experience that was related to her from a women with a Be Good to People hat. Today’s episode is in celebration of goodness. The kind we need much more of right now and the kind that we each have the opportunity of igniting in ourselves and our communities.
I know you’re going to love this episode and walk away with a renewed sense of optimism for and about humanity!
Here’s a couple of videos to help you get to know BGTP as a company and a movement …
When you wear a Be Good to People shirt or hat you actually inspire kinder and more positive action, but you are also supporting and encouraging the reach of the non-profit foundation by the same name.
I love the three pillars that Kris explains which support this foundation …
So, here’s what we do next …
Make a purchase in the BGTP online store.
Follow BGTP on Instagram at @begoodtopeople and join the Facebook community
Note: I opened today’s episode with Jack Johnson singing Good People.
|Aug 06, 2020|
ScrapSmarter with Alice
Today is a good day. I have Alice Boll on the podcast with me. Alice has been scrapbooking since 1999. She is passionate about helping others find JOY in paper crafting. Since 2016, she has been the hostess of ScrapHappy, an online membership group for scrapbookers. She has a special knack for helping scrapbookers make room for meaningful journaling on their layouts and she loves to explore, with her community new scrappy skills and products. This very active group participates in LOAD (layout a day) challenges multiple times a year and enjoy monthly classes with expert instruction. In just a few weeks, Alice will be hosting an all NEW stay-at-home experience for her members and ANYONE ELSE and that’s what we’ve set out to talk about.
In the summer when Alice isn’t taking pictures or playing with paper, she loves to coach swim club and take spontaneous RV adventures with her husband, Jonas. During the other eight months of the year—winter in Alberta, Canada—you’ll find Alice curled up by a cozy fire with a togue on her head and a cup of hot cocoa in her hand. Alice and Jonas have two grown sons—who still understand the importance of a photo moment for mom!
I’m thrilled to be the keynote speaker for the ScrapSmarter Experience taking place August 21st to the 23rd ONLINE and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting with Alice to learn more about her vision for this event and to hear her talk about each of the 10 amazing instructors who will be teaching—keep scrolling for the full list and links!
I will also be teaching a FUN bonus project to promote Story by Stacy!
You can learn more and GET REGISTERED at scraphappy.com/scrapsmarter.com and please be aware that introductory pricing will end on July 31st.
I encourage you to visit instructors websites and follow them on social media. Getting to know a little about each other before we attend makes the actual experience that much better!
Connect with Alice on Instagram and/or Facebook and watch her in action on her YouTube channel.
Thanks to ❤️ Close to My Heart for sponsoring Story Starter kits for listeners when I share their SpeakPipe messages on the show!
|Jul 30, 2020|
Watermelon for James
Today (July 23rd) is my Grandpa, James McDougal’s birthday. Grandpa loved watermelon. Many of his descendants will eat watermelon today—in his memory. Some of us will also share pictures on social media using the hashtag, #watermelonforjames
Grandpa passed away in 1992 and gratefully he was a documenter and saver of things, so we now have lots of detailed information about his life. We have hundreds of photos, documents, notebooks, journals, telegrams and letters—most of which sits undisturbed in the possession of a variety of people. There is still much we can do and learn about James McDougal’s life—and the lives of so many others—but when it comes to family history work, this is what I’ve learned: Whether you have a lot or very little, the most important thing you can do is pique the curiosity of the next generation. It is my children and their children who will continue this effort after I am gone, so part of my job is to bridge the gap between what I remember and know and what they can only know once they desire to dig in. How do we invite interest and connection in our children and grandchildren? It’s EASIER than you think, in fact, there are many small and simple things we can do with very little effort.
In 2015, I gave a presentation at the annual RootsTech Family History Conference on this very topic and in this episode I share three tips from that presentation.
To get started, download and print a 4 generation pedigree chart and begin recording names, dates and details for your parents, grandparents and great grandparents. As you learn about these people, try to discover one thing you can do to bring them into your home. As Dr. Michael Wilcox writes, “We can all enjoy the vast wealth of wondrously lived lives and make such lovely friends … these singular people of the past can move within our minds offering counsel, encouragement, comfort and insight.” (10 Great Souls I Want to Meet in Heaven)
As always, I’d LOVE to hear from you—especially about small and simple things you are doing to honor the memory of those you love and bring family history into your life.
Thank YOU for listening.
Pictured here is my friend, Alyssa who recently posted to Instagram:
Today I wore my grandpa’s old hat at one of his favorite places in the world ❤️ Lake Crescent is one of the most under appreciated and seriously the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to.
THIS is exactly what I’m talking about—a small and simple gesture to honor the memory of people we love!
Learn more about Lake Crescent.
🍉 Here’s the LINK to a video and images of my The Truth About Watermelon scrapbook story!
I started this episode with Watermelon Sugar, by Harry Styles.
|Jul 23, 2020|
Q&A with Stacy (part 1)
More than a year ago at the beginning of episode 7, during my introduction I quite unexpectedly said, “This is episode 77 of Exactly Enough Time …” I think I was almost challenging myself to see if I could in fact stick with this thing for seventy additional weeks! Well, today I’m actually publishing my 77th episode and thought it might be fun to solicit questions from my listeners and share some personal perspective. I received many questions—enough that today is part one—focused on the topic of memory keeping.
I’ll respond to questions of a more personal nature in a couple of weeks.
Here are some of the questions I respond to …
What started you in scrapbooking?
I promised I would share the first three scrapbook pages I ever created—well, there are actually four. I made these pages during my first-ever Scrapbooking 101 class with Kim Cook, at Paper Hearts, in Salt Lake City, UT. This was 1994.
You can purchase the eBook of Photo Freedom HERE.
You can watch (old but still good) videos of how I “scrap by color” HERE.
Get introduced to principles of my approach in this FREE course, The Principles of Photo Freedom HERE.
|Jul 16, 2020|
Listening with Katie Cheesman
Too often, their stories go unheard or are forgotten.
Those are Katie Cheesman’s words—and I believe she is right. Katie is talking about the elderly. People in our world who have the most life experience, the most wisdom and the most to say, but who are sadly and far too often NOT listened to. But Katie is doing something about this and what she is doing is called, The Listening Ear Project. I had the distinct pleasure of visiting with Katie to learn more.
Katie’s BIO: You won’t find someone who adores seniors like Katie does.
She fell in love with her elderly patients, their endearing humor, and their incredible stories while serving them as a home health care nurse.
Katie quit her job to focus on The Listening Ear Project: A labor of love where she visits with elderly people from all walks of life to film and share their stories, timeless advice, and the occasional bit of old-person humor.
Katie is a wife and a mom of two. She enjoys videography, reading, adventuring with her little family, and obsessing over clouds.
During our conversation Katie mentioned her interview with Bill, so I looked him up on her website and I found this photo and these thoughts recorded by Katie:
This is Bill. Bill is a hero.
He went without food for three days. He watched his best friend die in his arms. He was such an accurate sniper that he was asked to run alongside the colonel to protect him. He was captured by the Chinese and tortured for three days. He was part of the "Frozen Chosin" battle and fought in 30 below zero conditions.
He was in the Marine Corp during the Korean War. He earned a double Purple Heart and a Silver Star medal, along with several others. He experienced the brutality of war first hand, and openly talked about his PTSD with me. We cried together as he recited his poem titled "War is Hell." I have no words to describe the experience we shared and I left wanting to share Bill's story with the world.
I drove home in silence and tried to process everything this man had gone through. Suddenly, my often petty complaints seemed minuscule. In one hour, Bill had changed my entire perspective on life. It made me so grateful! Grateful for those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedoms. Grateful for those who have to continue living with the nightmares of war every day.
In this video Katie expresses a truth. Stories change us. She is accomplishing so much good by listening to and documenting personal stories for her clients—and their families, but she is changing her own heart in the process.
You may not be in a location or position to hire Katie, but you can learn from her—directly and by watching the incredible videos she creates—how to listen and how to approach your own loved ones with an invitation to share their stories.
I love that Katie has a portfolio on her site, so that you can view the quality of work that she does. She creates all kinds of stories. Life stories are her most popular effort, but she also highlights hobbies, family recipes, homes and more. Henry’s Hike is an example of these video shorts that capture so much of someone’s personality, interest and in this case, drive!
I opened today’s episode with words from Christine. I was so grateful to find Christine’s full story posted on The Listening Ear Project—especially now when I am striving to learn more about Black people with their personal and collective struggles for equality in our country. Imagine what we could be like as a nation if we slowed down long enough to truly see and listen to each other.
We would understand more deeply and show up in more supportive ways.
I hope you will take the time to visit Katie’s website, The Listening Ear Project or follow her on Facebook or Instagram @thelisteningearproject 👂🏽❤️
I’ve hired Katie to interview my mom and create a life story video for her. I will keep you posted and will for sure share more about this experience as it unfolds.
|Jul 09, 2020|
People, Places & Things
IF you can take all the subject words in the English language and divide them up into 3 easy categories, you can certainly use those same categories to bring order to your photos and your stories. This episode attempts to explain why I ask every guest I interview an iteration of the question:
Who, Where or What has your attention right now?
Sometimes, it sounds more like this: Tell me about a person, place or thing that you are focused on right now? Regardless of how I ask it, one of the reasons I pose this question is to illustrate just how universal these categories are.
Anyone can speak to them, personalize them and use them to tell a story.
Within just a few years of discovering scrapbooking, I was overwhelmed and frustrated. Mostly by default paradigms and self-imposed rules—I felt behind and intimidated by what I had signed myself up to do. Gratefully, a conversation with my mother helped me understand what I truly wanted to accomplish with my passion for photos and stories. Not long after that, an idea presented itself and I started to formulate a solution to my problem. Before too long, I had launched a website where I was able to teach “my system” online—I called that class, A Library of Memories. I have never looked back.
In the episode I also share FIVE ways to use these categories to simplify your documenting.
Thanks to Barbara Streisand, The Beatles and Bobby Darin for my intro songs!
❤️ I want to thank Beth Hardage for sending in a SpeakPipe message. She will be receiving a Story Starter kit from Close To My Heart.
|Jul 02, 2020|
Called to Serve
In February my son, Taft was extended a call to serve a 2-year church mission with the assignment to labor in Lima, Peru. According to that original plan, we would have put him on an airplane to the missionary training center (MTC) in Lima this morning—June 25th. Of course a worldwide pandemic in March has altered many of the hows and wheres of missionary preparation and service since then.
Note: You can read more about the feat of bringing tens of thousands of foreign-serving missionaries home safely, here.
My son, Trey, who was serving in Sonora, Mexico was one who’s mission was cut short. He returned home on March 31st.
Without hesitation, our biggest pandemic perk has been having these boys at home together—in this unexpected way—and I couldn’t resist sitting them down to talk openly about returning home from and heading out to a mission—this most fascinating aspect of our religious culture.
We are definitely a missionary family. Both Geoff and I served as young adults (Geoff served in Boise, Idaho and I served in Frankfurt, Germany) and Taft is now my 4th son to serve. Clark served in Salt Lake City (the south mission, speaking Spanish) and Chase served in the Missouri, St. Louis mission. For this conversation I solicited questions via social media and we were able to discuss most of them. I hope you’ll don your curiosity cap and listen with an open mind. This is not about what we believe so much as it is about the life and experiences of a young missionary.
Of course I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below, and there is plenty more to explore if you keep reading.
I must admit that recording this conversation with my boys is selfishly motivated—we’re living through such an interesting time in world history—that I am grateful to add this to my growing collection of Covid-19 experiences.
[photo] There’s a decent chance that you either know someone who has or is currently serving a mission for the LDS church—you’ve likely seen two white-shirted men on biking or walking on the street before and you have even had a pair of Elders or Sisters on your doorstep, but they and what they do may still be unfamiliar to you. For this reason, here are a few additional resources …
A concise list of 10 Things to know about missionaries.
LDS missionaries on Wikipedia
Life in a Missionary Training Center (video)
What missionaries teach and what we believe can be explore at comeuntochrist.org . Right now, missionaries are doing most of their teaching online, via Facebook and Zoom, so it’s easy to connect with them.
We (the Julians) respect everyone’s right to believe or not believe as they choose, but I love the scripture my son, Clark sent in a text message to Taft this morning (see below.)
He added, “Elder Julian has been sent!”
[video] A glimpse into the life of a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
[video] I opened this episode with the song, Called to Serve as sung by a choir of missionaries.
As always, thank YOU for listening!
|Jun 25, 2020|
Camp Seiter with Chanda
I have the coolest siblings and today on the show I have my ice-cream loving sister, Chanda.
🍦Every summer, Chanda creates something called Camp Seiter which is a themed-out summer experience for her whole family—but mostly her kids.
🍦Considering current pandemic circumstances, I thought it might be FUN to pick Chanda’s brain and harvest her experience for ideas and tips on how to be more intentional with time at home over the next few months. For most of us, this will not be a theme park, beach party or splash pad summer, but with a few minutes each day or a couple of days each week, we can make memories that will last a lifetime. Plus, with all that’s going on, our kids need to be kids!
🍦You’ll hear Chanda discuss some of the Camp Seiter themes from years past …
Right around the last day of school, the five Seiter children anticipate the big theme reveal, which includes a banner (made from a bed sheet) and more recently a theme song—which they become very familiar with as it often plays in the car or the background as they pursue all kinds of themed activities.
The theme song for Camp Seiter 2020 is Tour the States with Brain Beats.
🍦Chanda is quick to advise other moms to be realistic with their efforts, their time and all the expectations that easily mount for something like an at home summer camp. I learned from talking to her that personal adaptation is most important—do what works for YOU—then, once you have established an intentional theme, you can build in a variety of activities—some will for sure be more grand, but some might take only 20 minutes. A quick trip to the cold cereal aisle can absolutely count!
🍦Chanda has often bemoaned the fact that she isn’t a “scrapbooker” but, I also learned that she compiles and prints a Camp Seiter photo book at the end of every year. Each of her children receive a copy for Christmas. Hello? THIS in an amazing way of documenting—in a few years all of the Seiter kids will have 10 volumes of their childhood summers published in a way that packs easily into one box. Bravo Chanda!
Seiter kids are exposed to different countries, cultures, foods and skills all from the comfort of their home!
🍦 I hope you enjoy this episode and that it leaves you encouraged to do something intentional and FUN with your people this summer.
|Jun 18, 2020|
Short Compelling Stories
Have you ever heard of flash fiction?
The FIVE aspects to focus on when crafting short, compelling stories …
For 20 years I’ve taught scrapbookers how to easily expose the true meaning in a beloved photo. I’ll share three of these Stories I Love from my first album. The cool thing about these kinds of personal stories is that they don’t have the same kind of “date stamp” that other scrapbook pages do—they become timeless messages from your life experience.
Below are the three one-of-a-kind photos that inspired these stories. Please note that a photo does not need to excel photographically to be the genesis of a story you love—what it needs to do is elicit emotion that you will remember. Emotion is the key that allows you move through layers of information to the heart of personal meaning. Emotion most often accompanies photos that capture or represent relationships.
I started this episode with wisdom spoken by legendary producer, Don Hahn. Be sure to watch or listen to The Storytelling Essentials webinar replay. This interview hosted by Harris III is a powerful reminder of the need for personal expression and an understanding of the power of story—especially now—as we navigate current events and work together for needed and long overdue changes in our society. I truly loved every minute of this insightful conversation.
When You Write is a fantastic resource if you’re wanting to really dive into writing with the goal of publishing a book, but even if that’s not yet your goal there is much over there to take in.
Jessica Majewski has written, How to Outline a Short Story—which includes the fun, colorful PDF pictured here. After you read through her detailed article you’ll want to download it and post it where you write— to spark your memory!
If you’re looking for a short book to help you craft short family stories, I recommend this one. Telling Your Own Stories by Donald Davis is half prompts and half expert how-to. Donald is a sought-after oral storyteller who understands, practices and teaches the art of discovering your stories and bringing them to life.
|Jun 11, 2020|
Listen & Learn
Listen and learn. I have been consumed by this effort for many days now and I’m so happy to report that it is making a difference in me. In just one week I understand more and I feel more confident and more able to initiate conversations and to articulate thoughts, feelings and invitations. Today’s episode is just that, an invitation. I’m so grateful to my friend, Renee Pearson for her generosity during a time of great mourning to speak with me and to share some of her perspective.
The more we listen and learn about race in our country, the more good we will be able to do and the more we will avoid the tendency to think that we can’t do anything to influence, let alone change injustice that we see. The first action I would love you to take after listening—especially if you are white—is to visit Project Implicit and take a test (or two or more). Here’s the link to the IAT page. From my brief experience on this website, I can tell you that this will be an eye-opening experience. I was not pleased with the outcome of the first test I took, but it gives me a place to start from. As you explore IAT you will better understand what your current associations are, so that you can gain greater perspective.
If you or your family members need a refresher on Jim Crow laws, please click HERE.
Here’s the PDF of Peggy McIntosh’s article, White Priviledge: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.
This article by Mikki Kashtan has been so helpful to me as I begin digging into the concept of White Privilege.
And the book, pictured here, by Dolly Chugh. Is, along with others on it’s way to me. I know from Reading Dolly’s article in The Harvard Business Review that I am going to rely heavily on her book.
“Each of us have some part of our identity which requires little attention to protecting. For example, in America, if you are white or Christian or able-bodied or straight or English-speaking, these particular identities are easy to forget. It is just an ordinary way of being. Ordinary privilege is ordinary because it blends in with the norms and people around us, and thus, is easily forgotten.
Just about every person in America has one form of this ordinary privilege or another. This is nothing to be ashamed of, or deny, even though it can often feel like an accusation. Ordinary privilege is actually an opportunity. Research repeatedly confirms that those with ordinary privilege have the power to speak up on behalf of those without it, and have particularly effective influence when they do. For so many of us looking for an opportunity to fight bigotry and bias in the workplace or in our broader culture, we may be missing the opportunity staring back at us in the mirror: using the ordinary nature of who we are as a source of extraordinary power.”
So many WONDERFUL resources have been shared via social media over the last week. I encourage you to keep learning with books and podcasts. Renee mentioned both Black Lives Matter and Color of Change—click on either of these links to visit their websites. You can also follow them on Instagram.
I failed to mention, but have LOVED the podcast, First Name Basis by Jasmine Bradshaw. Jasmine’s focus in on giving parents the tools they need to teach their children about race, religion and culture. Jasmine does an amazing job of simplifying and articulating sensitive issues. She shares sound research-based ideas and has so many fantastic suggestions. Please follow Jasmine on Instagram!
🖤 Update: As a small business owner I am ever-grateful for those who support me. We need to look for and support black-owned businesses as much as possible. What little (extra) effort this requires is so worth it as we step up to support our sisters and brothers of color in business. This article will help!
We can do this.
I shared this statement from Michael Jordan, my niece, Nika’s recent Instagram post, and a post by Russell M. Nelson president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Thank YOU for listening.
|Jun 04, 2020|
My guest, Lisa Lisson takes the overwhelm out of genealogy research. She is an expert researcher with 12-years of practice searching out her own family facts and helping others move forward in finding their ancestors.
Lisa talks about starting where you are—right at home with resources that you have easy access to. Then, reaching out to family members and asking the right questions. Don’t worry though before you know it, she’ll have you dealing in official documents and feeling completely comfortable in the basement of the courthouse.
Ready to dive in?
Let’s start with Lisa’s website, Are You My Cousin? This is where you’ll find a wealth of information and resources—there’s even a FREE e-course if you subscribe to weekly emails.
Lisa also has a special interest and passion for helping her clients FIND photos—especially the older, one-of-kind prints. IF you have questions about this, be sure to reach out to her!
During our conversation, Lisa mentioned the following resources …
Family Tree Maker and RootsMagic which are both software programs that help you create and build your family tree on your own computer. When you’re ready to share what you’ve created or connect with others who may be working on your same lines, FamilySearch is a major data base with a shared global tree and it’s completely FREE. They host the RootsTech Conference every year.
The major subscription based data bases are of course, Ancestry, Find My Past and My Heritage. As a BONUS, here’s a link to Genealogy Bargains, a site that curates the freebies and promos throughout the genealogy industry.
I’m one who has up until now, been focused primarily on the family hiSTORY side of this fascinating work, but I think with Lisa’s guidance I could become more confident doing the research too. I invite you to join me in this effort. Just be warned, it’s addicting in the best way possible 🌳❤️
Finally, as I was searching out a fun way to begin today’s episode, I came across this video, so before you go—here’s a chuckle to take along!
AND, If you’re looking for an easy way to START documenting family stories your research turns up? I have a line of user-friendly, low-tech products with YOU in mind. Check out Story by Stacy!
|May 28, 2020|
For the Love of Trees!
It is estimated that the average mature oak tree has somewhere between 300,000 and half a million leaves. Crazy! I meant to add that to my notes and I forgot—but, that’s OK, there is plenty more about trees to remember and celebrate. One of my earliest memories is bouncing up and down on my Dad’s shoulders as we hiked through forests—my fondness for trees was planted early. This episode is very Stacy-esque in it’s randomness, but I have experienced over and over again the power of very ordinary things when it comes to recollecting memories for storytelling.
So, the lens we’re using today is trees. 🌲🌳 🌴 I hope you’ll come with me on stroll down memory lane—the one lined with your favorite trees!
I’ve thought so often during this pandemic of the introduction that Elder Uchtdorf shares here—there is much we can learn from nature (and especially trees) about life and things that matter most.
I think that I shall never see
Bristlecone pine trees located deep in White Mountains of the Inyo Valley in Eastern California are confirmed the oldest—many thousands of years old—and Methusaleh, the oldest of all 4,850—has been protected ever since 1957, so that it can be safely preserved.
The majestic Moreton Bay Fig trees in Treasury Park, downtown Melbourne must be seen to be truly experienced. Of course the most famous version of these trees grow on Kauai and are featured in the movie, Jurassic Park.
Read The Roots of Arbor Day on Mental Floss.
I opened the episode with Let it Grow, from the 2012 animated film, The Lorax.
The Giving Tree is an American children's picture book written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. First published in 1964 by Harper & Row, it has become one of Silverstein’s best-known titles, and has been translated into numerous languages.
As always I would LOVE to hear from you—here in the comments or via SpeakPipe. I’ll be sending Kathy—who’s message I shared today a Story Starter kit from my Story by Stacy line of products with Close To My Heart.
|May 21, 2020|
COLOR with Lee Eiseman
What does a Georgia O’Keefe painting OR the Weber Telescope have to do with the color of next year’s fashions? More than you might guess. As Louis Armstrong sings, we live in a wonderful, colorful world and my guest today likely knows more about color in our world than most anyone else in it.
Leatrice Eiseman has been called “the international color guru.” She has authored ten books on color and continues to consult, train and influence in all things color.
In her research, Lee has created word association lists for almost every color you can name, but if I had to choose just one word to associate with her, it would have to be fascinating. Truly, I could listen to Lee ALL day long—and actually I have—back in 2004 when I attended her 4-day Color & Design Course which changed my life (not even kidding.)
Since my in-person experience with Lee I have surrounded myself with color and used it with confidence. I have been able to share what I know, how I know it and why it makes a difference.
I’m so excited for you to listen to and learn from Lee. She talks about her childhood home, who has influenced her career and what she and other color experts do to forecast color trends. In her work with Pantone, Lee says, “It’s not that we’re reinventing colors all the time, but that we are inventing new color combinations!”
Listen as she talks about seeing a full-page advertisement for Gudren Sjödén in The New Yorker magazine and how that confirmed her hunches about an emerging folklorico color story.
Of course you’ll love listening to Lee talk about the selection of Classic Blue as the Pantone Color of the Year for 2020.
Resources: If you’re looking for a comprehensive and user-friendly introduction you’ll find it in Lee’s book, Color Harmony. My personal favorites are The Color Answer Book and Colors For Your Every Mood.
Lee notes that she was influenced early on by the work of Faber Birren.
You can learn much more about Lee on her website, leatriceeiseman.com or by following her on Instagram @leatriceeiseman In addition to her Color & Design Course, Lee is also teaching online. Check out her More Alive With Color course.
I opened today’s episode with What a Wonderful World sung by Louis Armstrong.
Thank YOU for listening.
|May 14, 2020|
I start and end today’s episode with thoughts shared in this video, created by ECHO Storytelling Agency.
One of the challenges with motherhood is that the value of what moms provide can never be overestimated and yet when asked what this influence is worth—especially if you ask those who most rely on and require mothering the answers fall terribly short. We chuckle of course, but we all know that when we are hurt, sick, sad or discouraged or when we make the cut, win the race or triumph in some other way the first person we think of is Mom! My guest today is Erin Trimble and I absolutely LOVE what she has created on Instagram. It is a bright spot in my scrolling and it’s called Motherhood Magnified.
Back in 2016 in her personal quest to become more of the mother she wanted to be, Erin began sharing quotes, articles, advice and tips from her research on a new Instagram account. Each week Erin reaches out to another mom—some even “famous”—and asks them to respond to a series of questions. She also invites them to share their favorite sources of inspiration. The result is Motherhood Magnified!
In our conversation I asked Erin to share a quote that she has published on Motherhood Magnified and she chose this one. I decided it is so good—so indispensable—that I want to make it EASY for you to take it with you.
Click HERE or on the image to download.
These are the questions Erin asks in her Mom Monday interviews:
I magnify my role as mom the most when:
Best mom advice:
Favorite product right now:
Biggest struggle you have as a parent?
Favorite tradition you have as a family or just with your kids:
Favorite go-to homemade meal on a hectic day (extra points for including a recipe or website link to the recipe so I can share it with other moms!):
Most recent (or any) book you've read and would want to recommend?
Thanks as always for listening.
This is the Sheri Dew talk that Erin referenced!
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|May 07, 2020|
Out of Order
I am publishing this episode midweek between National Tell-A-Story Day and National Scrapbook Day—in other words, it’s the perfect time to talk documenting.
Listen and find out what I think and why I think YOU can have a whole lot of liberating and playful fun once you open your mind to the “out of order” possibilities.
I opened today’s episode with Obie Leff and his talented rendition of the CBAs. Information and trivia shared that relates to the history and order of our alphabet is found HERE.
My friend and 20in20 student, Stephanie Hokensen was kind enough to allow me to read her ABCs of Covid-19. This simple approach gave her some much needed relief. She said, “It was very therapeutic to put some words down on paper and get them out of my head.”
Stephanie is a wife and mother to three children—a son that is 17 years old and twin daughters that are 4 years old. She lives with her family in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and enjoys being on Lake Superior and camping in the summers. Right now she is the Medical Clerk in a dialysis unit. She is living Covid-19 24/7, and knows how dangerous it is to families and individuals. She says, “Honestly, it’s scary and exhausting!
🎙 I realize that my podcast episode topics are rather random, but if there is a common thread it is to encourage YOU to be more present in your life—to recognize opportunities you have to pause and SEE the story you’re living right now. We all have the opportunity to document our thoughts, feelings and experiences in very doable ways. I am here to help with inspiration and ideas.
Thank YOU for listening.
JOIN ME this Saturday, May 2nd at 5:45 PM Pacific for a FREE one-hour class designed to help you document your personal Covid-19 story. Visit the Close To My Heart Facebook Page to RSVP.
|Apr 30, 2020|
Stay Home with Cara Newhart
These days (out of necessity) we are getting used to staying home—so I’m thrilled to have Cara Newhart as my guest today. Cara is a color-loving and print obsessed maker who specializes in demonstrating doable DIY. She loves to help others create lived-in spaces through home design advice and helpful tutorials—if we have to be home, let’s learn how to make it more beautiful and functional.
As an influencer, Cara has collaborated with brands like Amazon, Twitter, TempurPedic, Krazy Glue and Ball®. She has been featured in publications like PEOPLE Stylewatch and Denver Style Magazine and is the 2019 Home Depot Orange Tank Pitch Competition Winner.
You’re likely familiar with the idea of a man cave, but Cara has created a “girl garage” (see image below) and I’m now officially envious of her spray paint bar and her wallpapered refrigerator. IF you’ve got the itch to transform a room, or even just paint a “pandemic” wall, Cara can help you do it with confidence!
Listen, learn and then find and follow Cara …
AND, please stay home (to stay healthy!) 🏠
|Apr 23, 2020|
Smile. 😀 Because my guest today is Rebecca Franson, founder of Camera Mama—the IG HUB for you guessed it, Moms with cameras. You gotta love a well-chosen name. But, truly—if you want to improve the way you take pictures of your family then pull out your phone, open up Instagram and follow @camera_mama a virtual HUB for photography inspiration and education—it’s sharing and learning one square at a time (love that) and when I sat down recently with Rebecca she shared her love of photography and her desire to improve herself which ultimately led her to launch a website—which now boasts a premium membership and social media presence 88K strong.
Rebecca has so much goodness to share in such a generous and helpful way. I know you’ll enjoy listening and learning from her.
To learn more about Camera Mama premium and get signed up on the waiting list, go HERE.
And get on the email list so you can know the theme for each week!
Each weekly theme on Instagram challenges you to see your family in a new way and while having fun practice new photography techniques.
This week’s theme is FUNNY—use the hashtag #cmfunny2 and next week’s emphasis on WINDOWS is sure to inspire—use or search the hashtag #cm_windows2
Photographers featured on Camera Mama each have a unique style so there is something to inspire everyone and I love that with the premium membership you can get one-on-one mentoring for a fraction of what it might cost you otherwise.
|Apr 16, 2020|
Hope in Hard Times.
Here we are, week three into a shelter at home order in the state of Washington (and most other places as well). How’s it going? The novelty of it all has definitely worn off for me and even though my family is (as of yet) not directly afflicted by Covid-19, there is a whole lot of upside down everywhere I look. Easter is Sunday and I can’t go to church. My annual Easter egg hunt isn’t happening and our local schools are officially cancelled until next fall. I want normal!
This past weekend, we enjoyed a General Conference for my church—which was recorded and broadcast according to strict standards of social distancing—even though we watched at home like we always do, it was unsettling to see all those empty seats and feel the lack of personal connection. But, I woke up Monday morning so grateful for the much needed uplift and the perspective shift that comes from backing up just a bit and taking in the bigger picture. I felt a renewed sense of optimism and hope because of my faith in God, so I decided in today’s episode to share a story that has become a personal defining memory for me—along with snippets of a few of my favorite conference talks. I might even have a bit from Queen Elizabeth for you! Right now we need as much optimism and HOPE as possible—so I’m also sharing an important invitation to participate in a global fast on Good Friday. My hope is that regardless of what you believe, you will feel encouraged and be glad you listened.
🌼 DON’T FORGET to leave me a comment and tell me what you’ve seen or experienced that is giving you hope during this difficult time.
Here are full versions of the talks I pulled quotes from.
Spiritually Defining Memories, by Neal L. Anderson
An Especially Noble Calling, Joy D. Jones
A Perfect Brightness of Hope, by Jeffrey R. Holland
Queen Elizabeth’s message to Britain, BBC
Opening the Heavens for Help, Russell M. Nelson
I opened this episode with Come Thou Font of Every Blessing, sung by The Tabernacle Choir.
More information about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the invitation to participate in an global inner-faith fast on Good Friday.
President Nelson specifically asked us to pray and fast for …
More information on this global fast on Christianity Today.
episode image from Photo by Lina Trochez on Unsplash
|Apr 09, 2020|
The concept of 100 days has been a popular benchmark in politics with U.S. Presidents since the days of FDR, but it may now be more celebrated as a popular social media movement which apparently started when in 2007, Michael Bierut challenged his graduate design students at Yale to repeat a design operation for 100 days. Committing to something small for 100 consecutive days can change your life—or at least help you reach goals, refine your craft, accomplish otherwise overwhelming or monotonous chores and become a happier person. If you would like to practice greater awareness or dive into a creative project—this episode is for YOU.
On today’s show I have not one, but two guests who are both fans of using 100 days to better themselves, Liz Young and Janelle Horsely. Liz and Janelle are both currently enrolled in my 20in20 course.
Liz and Janelle will share their advice and biggest take aways from their personal experiences with #The100DayProject and #100HappyDays and I predict after listening you may just be persuaded to join with me and thousands of others—starting April 7th—for the 2020 session. This Covid-19 pandemic begs to be recorded with details and personal observations, so I’m committing to 100 days of journal entries—some with photos. And since most of us have more time on our hands than usual it is a fantastic time to start a new project or reconnect with a beloved hobby.
Intrigued? Learn more about the 100 Days Project and then if you still need encouragement you’ll want to read this: How to Have a Successful 100 Day Project . Once you’re convinced, you LOVE this PDF designed to help you track your progress!
Pictured here is the Reflection Guide which helps you articulate and record ahead of time your purpose and the specifics of your plan—including the ways you can simplify and make time and space. Writing down how you will get back on track when you slip and who you can reach out to for support are also helpful tactics. Both of my guests speak to the incredible sense of accomplishment you’ll enjoy at the end of this adventure—so don’t forget to also plan how you will celebrate! 🎉💯
S.J. Scott, author of Habit Stacking believes that the way to lasting change is focusing on one specific habit long enough to make it your own.
100 Happy Days is another popular movement that began when Dmitry Golubnichy decided he wanted to be happier. His TEDx talk shares his story and you can learn more by visiting the website. It turns out more than 8 million people have accepted the challenge since 2015. Photos and best practices are available in the book, Can You Be Happy for 100 Days in a Row?
What could you do with 100 days to further your love of documenting? Let me know—I’d like to highlight people and their projects on the podcast over the next—you guessed it, 100 days!
🦠 p.s. Here are the details from CNN about Ford and other companies collaborating on the production of ventilators for 100 days!
|Apr 02, 2020|
School at Home with Darci Dowdle
I wish you could spend a day in the Dowdle’s homeschool room because it’s so colorful and inviting and because I know you would immediately feel encouraged to imagine a corner in your own home where books and timelines and maps rule and where learning feels exciting and FUN. In today’s episode I’m sitting down with my sister, Darci Dowdle, who voluntarily pulled four of her five children out of traditional public school two years ago so she could homeschool them. Darci is my inspiration and go-to source for answers when it comes best practices for teaching children—period. She is full of energy for life, organization and teaching. Darci has a degree in Elementary Education and a knack for making anyone feel like they are the most interesting person ever. She is passionate about living healthy and exploring the outdoors. The Dowdles love to hike and ski together and they are working towards the goal of visiting every National Park in the United States and Canada.
Just in time for millions of families adjusting to a new normal, I’ve got Darci’s best practices for school at home!
Darci’s TOP 5
2. Create a schedule. Be flexible for sure, but establish a daily and weekly schedule, so you know exactly what is expected and what success for any particular day looks like.
3. Respect your children. Learn to see your kids as emerging learners and give them as much autonomy as possible. They want to learn (I promise) and they are naturally curious and creative—allow them time and space to discover their unique gifts, skills and talents. Allow them to make mistakes, to be in a bad mood and to challenge what they are learning.
4. Get outside. Everyday, make time to get outside—literally—but also to explore new places where you can experience the different topics you’re studying. Go to the library, take hikes and bike rides. Visit neighbors and other local experts. Volunteer in your community and take advantage of learning opportunities around every corner—ask your local grocer to show your kids the deep freeze and stop and talk to your mayor or chief of police. You are only limited by your imagination.
5. Expose children to good literature. We often hear that it doesn’t matter what kids are reading, as long as they are reading. This is not true. Exposing children as early as possible to really good literature as a powerful affect on their developing minds and character. Reading good literature is about so much more than just reading—this is probably the single best thing you can do with kids at home—introduce them to a classic story about people and places they are unfamiliar with. One that is filled with words that don’t yet know and complex sentence structure that challenges them. You could even listen to Audible books and then look up documentaries and other resources about the people and places you encounter.
Right now thanks to the Corona pandemic, families in 70 different countries have been thrust into school at home with varying degrees of support. This is why I wanted to compile a short list of helpful websites that Darci and I have used and loved. There are gratefully countless resources, but you might not have time to research right now, so these are favorites that we recommend without reservation …
Our primary curriculum is The Good and the Beautiful and one of their primary goals is to make homeschool less overwhelming and time consuming for the student and the instructor. Their recommended book list is phenomenal. Addie’s ability to read, write and memorize has improved immeasurably with the language arts program and I am particularly fond of their history courses and the variety of science units they offer.
Teaching Textbooks is our favorite math curriculum. It is 100% online and enables independent learning.
Addie’s FAVORITE activity to do during her self-directed time is Osmo—I cannot say enough good about these learning games.
Most people will either want or need to send their kids back to school as soon as possible, but some may be curious about options to homeschool in the future. General questions about homeschool laws in your state can be found HERE.
|Mar 26, 2020|
My Life Coach Jody Moore
I am thrilled to have as my guest today, Jody Moore—my life coach. Jody is a master certified coach with The Life Coach School. She is the host of the wildly popular weekly podcast, Better Than Happy and she is also the creator of Be Bold, a membership based coaching program, of which I am a raving fan.
It’s interesting that I had the good fortune of interviewing Jody just before the excitement of Covid-19 escalated to pandemic proportions because the tools and mindset that Jody and I discuss will undoubtedly empower you to think differently about what you’re experiencing. The thought work you have the ability to do will allow you to show up in healthy and helpful ways over the next several weeks as we continue to adjust to new routines at home and work.
I share with Jody three of the ideas or tools that I have learned from her that have become favorites of mine—I think you’re going to love this conversation where I compare Jody to the legendary football coach, Vince Lombardi, who is known for his unique methods that always started with the basics—so his players could better execute on the fundamentals. I don’t think we’re ever past this kind of learning—in football or life.
Note: I’m particularly fond of the quote that I hear Jody share often, “Worry is a terrible use of your imagination” We wondered in the interview if Eckhart Tolle should be credited. I did find this awesome Eckhart quote, but was unable to properly attribute the other.
I am so grateful for Jody’s influence in my life and I’m thrilled to share her expertise with you. Please LISTEN to her podcast and visit her website to learn more about her remarkable work.
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|Mar 19, 2020|
Why I Scrapbook!
I am teaching online again.
C - A - P - T - U - R - E
For me the practice of memory keeping is about creativity and anticipation. It’s about being present and telling stories and understanding ourselves and others better. It’s about remembering. I scrapbook to create evidence of the life I am living and I believe I actually enjoy my life more because I scrapbook.
I started this episode with an audio clip from the 1978 Heinz Ketcup TV commercial set to the music and lyrics of Carly Simon’s hit, Anticipation. Scrapbooking is ketchup for life. Pausing to take pictures and then choosing to live with those pictures—to pair a few of them with your thoughts and feelings—doing this often enough that even on the busy days, you recognize moments of “just rightness.”
Memory keeping is a practice that slows you down and allows you to savor life even as it speeds by.
Some additional resources:
Creativity by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Adding stories to my practice has taught me that we can edit, revise and interpret our life stories even as we are constrained by the facts of a circumstance. I’m the one who decides how to respond to plot twists and I can view new chapters and complicated characters with courage and grace. A recent study in Science magazine adds more support to the idea that engaging in stories—and I believe our own stories—the more we understand others and the more curiosity we have for their motivations, opinions and decisions.
|Mar 12, 2020|
I Have an Idea w/ Catherine Tachdjian
On the show today is my sit down with Scrapbook & Cards Today founder and publisher, Catherine Tachdjian (Tash-dan), who also hosts in person education events across Canada.
I am recently returned from one of these events, in Toronto, where I taught two classes. As a former magazine editor, I am always keen to learn more about the purposes and production of publications and I’ve admired the unique vision that Catherine has for many years. The longevity of Scrapbook & Cards and the success of more than 50 events is proof that Catherine and her team are doing something right—many things right!
As I walked away from my interview with Catherine and edited this episode I remembered how much I LOVE the entrepreneurial spirit in people who “have an idea” and then work tirelessly to make it a reality. Just think of the beauty and goodness that we have the power to bring into the world.
I invite you to explore more …
Crop & Create EVENTS
|Mar 05, 2020|
Family Connections with Sarah Garner
My guest today is Sarah Garner, mother and graphic designer from Arizona. She is also the inspiration behind The Kindred Press. Sarah has a passion for family history and stories and isn’t afraid to tackle bits and pieces of past stories that don’t resonate well today—or are downright uncomfortable to think about and difficult to understand. She speaks to the opportunity we all have to add honesty to honor when we look back to our ancestors, and to gratefully learn of their lives in full spectrum. We can discover and document details and we can choose to draw strength from them—even when they are disappointing details.
Sarah has learned that there is personal and even generational healing available to us as we do the work to seek out these important people in our past.
I invited Sarah on my show because I’ve been so impressed with the content she is creating @thekindredpress on Instagram. If you’re interested in family history I would encourage you to follow her there.
I love how Sarah—though just a young mother is so intentional about sharing family stories with her children, in simple ways. She uses kitchen time and family recipes with their associated memories to create opportunities for sharing stories. She loves to display and use personal items, like her husband’s grandma’s apron. Sarah reminds us that there are so many very simple ways to enrich our daily lives with stories from our past.
I opened this episode with Family, written and sung by Zach Gill.
|Feb 27, 2020|
If you have a really great idea or feel curious about a new venture, creative growth is calling.
In today’s episode I’m sharing one of the most helpful concepts ever—something I learned from Todd Henry many years ago—on his long running podcast Accidental Creative.
This is the illustration I spoke about in the episode. I LOVE the idea of a curve that represents our potential to keep on discovering, learning, iterating, sharing and ultimately growing in life. It all depends on whether we choose to be CURIOUS, or as Steve Jobs puts it, “Stay Hungry!”
If you want to learn more about the phases of creative growth and where and why we sometimes feel stuck, I recommend chapter 3 of Todd Henry’s book, Louder Than Words
On his website, Accidental Creative, Todd writes about where we get stuck and what to do about it and says that both imitation (emulation) and crisis are extra tricky phases because they both represent a point of decision where you can remain doing what you’re doing—with the skills you’ve acquired, OR you can take a leap and begin something—either a more personal iteration of what you already do well—by diverging or an even bigger jump into something related but NEW. Moving into and through these phases can feel scary, because they represent uncharted territory with no guarantees. These phases require vulnerability and that special mix of humility and confidence, but both move you forward and result in growth. I can’t tell you how often I have used these ideas in my own head to help me identify where I am and where I want to go next.
I’m so grateful to my listeners—and a special thanks this week to Paige Sellers, who sent me a SpeakPipe message. She will receive a Story Starter kit from Close To My Heart ❤️.
Next week, I’ll be teaching at RootsTech in Salt Lake City, Utah. You can learn more about this phenomenal event—and how to listen in on some of the best classes via the FREE Live Stream HERE.
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|Feb 20, 2020|
My Podcast Party
I did it!
I am hoping your take away today is an empowering one—that when you feel inspired and excited to try something new, to make, build, create, organize or produce something that is all YOURS that you believe you can, because truly, “If Stacy can, anybody can!”
HUGE shout out to the following listeners, who’s messages I’m sharing today AND to Close To My Heart for sponsoring this show with Story Starter kits
Let’s do another year!
|Feb 13, 2020|
Never Say Never
This week’s episode is a FUN approach to telling your story. It involves making a list of experiences you NEVER thought you would have in your life thus far. As I share some of the items on my list, I will also share connected experiences as a reminder that any point on our life’s timeline is a crossroad of intersecting storylines. Please don’t put off telling your stories because you don’t know where to start.
I actually shared Larry in a video and a blog post back in August of 2018.
To learn more about snakes and owning them as pets, we LOVE the Snake Discovery website and their videos on YouTube 🐍
And if you would like to enter the drawing for a Story Starter kit, leave me a comment below!
As always, thanks for listening.
|Feb 06, 2020|
Catching Up with Wendy
I couldn’t be more thrilled to (finally) have my dear friend, Wendy Smedley on the show with me today. We’ll spend the first several minutes sharing how our paths crossed and a few of the adventures we’ve shared together—good and hard! Then I invite Wendy to talk about what’s she doing now. Wendy is the Marketing Manager for FamilySearch International—she knows a thing or two about getting started with genealogy and discovering your broader family narrative. Wendy is also recently divorced and opens up about shifting our stories during life’s inevitable changes—and be sure to click through to the show notes to see a photo of Wendy and her FIVE sons …
Wendy is so resilient and determined—she says of herself, “I am fiercely independent” but she shares how a recent injury—with an extended recovery has given her the opportunity to allow people into her life to help her walk. In my opinion, Wendy is a beautiful example of harvesting wisdom from difficulty. I’m so delighted to share her perspective with YOU!
If you’re interested in getting started with family history research, click HERE. FamilySearch is the world’s largest genealogical website with over 7 MILLION pages views a day and they have so many family friendly ways to discover your past.
I play a portion of the song, Windy by the band, The Association.
|Jan 30, 2020|
College Prep with Friends
My son, Taft has enjoyed a remarkable friendship with a group of 4 other kids (now adults) throughout his middle and high school years. There were many study groups, school events, birthday parties, movie nights and late night/early morning meet-ups at Sherry’s for pie shakes.
Each of these people are now attending a different institution of higher learning 😊 so when they all returned home last fall I gathered them into one room to chat—with a microphone!
I told them I have a lot of moms who listen to my podcast and that they would be my panel of expert college freshmen. I asked them what they did in High School that prepared them well, what about college has been exactly as they imagined and what has surprised them. I asked them what they miss most about their former life and what they absolutely love about now. And finally, I asked them to share some advice for those headed into the world of adulting!
I think you’ll enjoy this conversation with …
After I recorded our conversation—as I was driving home, I decided that our world and its future are in good hands!
Speaking of FRIENDS and learning, I am having a BLAST teaching 20in20 and I’m so impressed with the community that is growing there.
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I opened this episode with I’ll Be There For You, by The Rembrandts.
|Jan 23, 2020|
What is Needed with Cathy Zielske
Three to five times a week, I do ONE FULL minute of jumping jacks—try it before you laugh. This effort kicks off one of my 15-minute workouts that I can do alone or in combination with my other 15-minute workout. In today’s episode you’ll discover WHY jumping jacks and you’ll undoubtedly gain some insight into your own self-care as we move forward in 2020. My guest is Cathy Zielske, long-time friend, brilliant YouTube card designer and super-experienced wellness guide and visionary instructor of FIT, an online class and community dedicated to documenting your self-care story. Now, that’s a sentence, but if anyone deserves it, it’s Cathy. Cathy is invested in making real and lasting changes for herself and others and she inspires her students precisely because she is in the trenches with them—she is genuine and honest as well as interested in and committed to the often messy experience of taking responsibility for one’s own life.
Right now Cathy is focused on launching her 2020 FIT course and she has exactly enough time to paint her nails at home. Read this blog post to get the scoop on that!
LEARN MORE about Cathy.
Huge THANKS to Close to My Heart for sponsoring this episode and generously providing listener Kelly from Virgina with a Story Starter kit, from the Story by Stacy line of products.
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|Jan 16, 2020|
Kathy Gowans & Personality
E N T S J I … what?
Have you ever answered the 64 questions that comprise the Myers Briggs Type Indicator? I first learned about the 4 scales that measure the strength of individual preferences for information gathering and ideation, decision making and generating energy for interacting with the world (that’s a mouthful) in a meeting with Kathy Gowans. To this day, she is my personal expert on all things personality and I have drawn from what she has taught me for more than 20 years. I think you’ll enjoy listening to our discussion and learning more from her.
You’ve likely heard about extroverts and introverts and probably been told which you are at least once, but you still might not be familiar with the philosophy behind MBTI, which is founded in Swiss psychiatrist’s Carl Jung’s research and further explored and organized by mother-daughter team, Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers.
On the 16 Personalities page, you’ll find colorful images and delightfully descriptive profiles that serve up endless Aha moments as you read your personal preferences in four areas. I am an ENFP, known on this website as a Campaigner.
The four scales of personal preference are as follows:
1. Extroversion & Introversion
2. Sensing & Intuition
3. Thinking and Feeling
4. Judging & Perceiving
CLICK HERE to take the test at humanmetrics.com
and HERE is the fun, 16 Personalities page.
Take the test and then leave me a comment with your personality type and something you learned in the process.
AND don't forget to get registered for 20in20.
photo credit: Photo by Analia Baggiano on Unsplash
|Jan 09, 2020|
I Love ✂️ Projects
In today’s episode I confess FIVE reasons I love projects—so that I can help you understand WHY you need to join me for 20in20, my NEW online course that launches January 3rd.
AND, I’m still donning my Santa hat, because I have a SWEET deal for you when you register with the
You’ll save $10 which is like getting January FREE. Learn more and register HERE.
I started this episode with a few words from Matt Culls, who gave a killer TED talk back in March of 2011. He is in some degree (I believe) responsible for the surge of 30-Day challenges that you see all over the Internet and on social media. Matt began challenging himself to TRY something new—but he only had to commit to 30 days and he reports how many of these efforts changed his life.
Now, why projects?
Why not JOIN me in 2020 and let me help you plan, prepare, start and FINISH 20 unique-to-you projects that will help you tell some personal stories. Of course this class is a bit longer than 30 days, but …
You’re officially invited and your satisfaction is guaranteed.
If you’re not totally thrilled after 30 Days of class, I will refund your money. No questions asked!
|Jan 02, 2020|
A Christmas Mashup
Merry Christmas week! I hope you’re enjoying time with friends and family, remembering, celebrating, singing, eating, honoring traditions—whatever it is YOU do to create new memories with those you love.
Today’s episode is a mashup of stories, traditions, memories and more. It’s just me and family members reminiscing. My hope is that as you listen YOU also begin to reminisce. And, when you do, I hope you’ll do something—share, record, write—whatever you can or want to do to keep these moments from disappearing.
Life is short. We do NOT know what tomorrow will bring, so let’s choose to be present with our families today and decide to talk and share and remember together.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Note: Huge shout out and thanks to my talented neighbor, Kyle Woodlief who sang The Christmas Song for us!
|Dec 26, 2019|
Tragedy, Hope & Love
What two tragic stories have taught me about finding hope and giving love at Christmas.
|Dec 19, 2019|
Putting Plans on Paper with Stephanie Fleming
Today, just in time for Christmas gifts, wish lists and The New Year I am bringing you a ‘sit down’ with Stephanie Fleming, the co-founder of me & my BIG ideas ® creators of The Happy Planner! One of the BEST things I discovered and embraced in 2019 is a new-found enthusiasm for planning—and I’m have such a GREAT time with my daughter—being more productive in the most playful and colorful way possible. You are going to love this episode.
The Happy Planner has half a million (yes, million) followers on Instagram—for good reason. You should go FOLLOW THEM @the_happy_planner. At first it might feel like you “don't have time” to plan in this way with stickers, but I am telling you that setting aside 30-45 minutes a week to be and feel creative—you’ll be channeling your inner free-spirited little girl—and it will INFUSE your life with more energy. I absolutely LOVE being inspired by Stephanie and her team and ANYONE else, like Holly Wade that uses these planners and shares interesting ideas and tutorials.
Trust me, when there are as many people using a system like this, there are IDEAS galore and you’ll have to make time in your planner (ha!) to round them up. But, for sure you’ll want to subscribe to The Happy Planner’s YouTube channel—that’s where Addie and I have tons of help and direction. There are planners in almost any theme and for any kind of pursuit you might love—and yes, I know I’m gushing.
I’m just being really intentional about what I share now that 2019 is winding down. I’m looking back and looking ahead and sharing those things that I believe will be of the most benefit to you.
Thank YOU for listening.
I mentioned both my Story by Stacy products and my 20in20 course as AWESOME gift ideas. Just follow the links here or leave me a comment with any questions you might have. I want you to give and receive things that will make a difference in your future.
🎄 Happy Holidays!
|Dec 12, 2019|
My Brother Cougar
And we didn't even talk about mountain biking. Crazy! But seriously, my brother, Cougar is a phenomenal human being. He is smart and strong and FAST. He is a professor of Health Science at Brigham Young University, who's mascot is a cougar, so we'll start there--but I have so much to learn from this younger brother of mine who influences hundreds of young people every year and has now traveled the world doing good. On today's episode, we talk about generosity, teaching, happiness, travel, parenting and more! Cougar quotes Sister Margaret in Kenya who says, "It's very difficult to be happy when you have so much!" You won't regret these 49 minutes.
|Dec 05, 2019|
My Daughter Addie
Today, Thanksgiving Day 2019 marks the 15th year of an incredible adoption journey that brought Jeong Ga-Uen into our lives. I want to share some of this story with you!
|Nov 28, 2019|
Let's break down story into it's component characteristics and inherent super powers so that we better understand why telling, documenting and sharing stories is so FUN and important.
|Nov 21, 2019|
Peanut Butter, Jelly & Army Men
Today I’m sharing a story that has been unfolding for me since 2015, when I one day acted on a thought and then got curious. This story of my ancestor Woodrow Dunkley has changed my life. That’s what stories do. My hope is that as I share it with you, you too will have the desire to learn more about someone in your family tree that may have a story that is begging to be explored and preserved.
I honestly believe the more conversant we become with family history stories, the more we can draw strength from the experiences of those that have come and gone before us—and when we share these stories, especially with younger family members, the more they will see their current circumstances as something suited to their growth—the more they will recognize their potential to do hard things and develop the grit that will allow them to have story-worthy experiences of their own making.
Side NOTE: FamilySearch International is celebrating 125 years of helping people make inspiring connections. FamilySearch is 100% FREE. There are more than 13 million FamilySearch registered users and 7.42 BILLION searchable names—that’s a LOT of names. It’s very likely that a few of those names—those people are connected to YOU. Create an account here.
IF you are interested in the stories I shared today, you’ll find more information in the following books:
I’m One of the Lucky Ones, Raymond Heimbuch
Zero Ward, Murray M. Sneddon
Escape from Davao, John D. Lukacs
We Were Next to Nothing, Carl S. Nordin
I also mentioned a PDF research paper—which, turns out is too big to include as a download here, but if you’d like a copy, email me (email@example.com) and I’ll send you a DropBox link.
Do you want to create some amazing, personal and totally unique-to-you story-based projects next year? JOIN me in 20in20. All the details are HERE.
|Nov 14, 2019|
Ideas with Heidi Swapp
Heidi Swapp is a phenomenally successful creative director of her own personal brand, designing and inspiring in the realm of paper crafts, scrapbooking, planning and home decor. Learn more about how Heidi invites and nurtures ideas to fuel her passion and delight her customers.
|Nov 07, 2019|
Start a Halloween Story
In today’s episode I explore and explain a little of how our brains encode and retrieve memories and I do it in the context of Halloween. I will walk you through a process that I have used for many years to help other people recall memories and in many cases sensory details that they thought they had forgotten.
I encourage you to read more about the science of memory. This website is a great resource.
I think I meant to say (and didn’t) that our brains often create relationships between constructs or memories where there really isn’t a relationship—ie, the song, Ghostbusters and Halloween. My brain connects these—and I’m not the only one—there are plenty Halloween playlists that include Ghostbusters, most likely because of the association with ghosts to both, but it really is fascinating how our brains categorize and store sensory memories and how readily these details can be retrieved—especially as we practice.
IF you want to see more of my Halloween Story Starter album, click HERE. What I love most about these albums is how non-intimidating they are. They are small and easy to share and yet they pack some serious memory punch. If you haven’t yet worked with a Story Starter kit, you can purchase one here.
These are the candy corns I told you about. You should BUY SOME.
|Oct 31, 2019|
It's that time of year, so I've got thoughts and three ideas to help with your gratitude practice!
|Oct 24, 2019|
This episode is all about my personal journey to a healthier relationship with food.
|Oct 17, 2019|
Love & Marriage (part 2)
Welcome to part 2 of a conversation that my husband and I had with our long-time friends, Randy and Diane Smith about marriage—we got together recently to celebrate our 30th anniversaries and I (of course) stipulated that we would record an episode of the podcast while together. I solicited questions from listeners and we received many—very good questions—however, none of the four of us anticipated how much FUN it would be to talk and reminisce and share in the way that we did. I truly believe that the more comfortable we can be talking about this most important relationship, the more we can strengthen—our own marriages and others as well.
Here are the QUESTIONS discussed in this episode:
Q. 2 Gabrielle: Does your spouse still do things that you don’t understand?
Q. 3 Bryn: How have your communication patterns evolved throughout your marriage?
Q. 4 Tiffany: How have you transitioned to parenting young adult children?
If after listening, you still want MORE, here are two additional questions:
From Adam: When you have shared your opinion and you still can’t reach a conclusion how to do decide what to do without one person feeling resentment about the final outcome?
And finally, affiliate links on Amazon to Hold Me Tight, in hardback and as an audio book via Audible.
Thank YOU again for listening. I hope you can take something from these conversations and use it in a positive way to nurture your marriage!
Marriage Photo by Samantha Gades on Unsplash
|Oct 10, 2019|