Exactly Enough Time

By Stacy Julian

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This podcast is about being present. It is also about playful creativity and other things like curiosity, connection, happy colors and dark chocolate. I’m your host Stacy Julian. I am a life enthusiast with a Library of Memories and this is where we talk about people, places, things and solutions—as we do I hope you will find inspiration for living your life and telling your story—because you have exactly enough time!

Episode Date
100 Days!

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 Young and family

Liz Young and family

Janelle Horsely and family

Janelle Horsely and family

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.

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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.

The best way to make a lasting change is to develop one quality habit at a time.
— S.J. Scott

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?

Janelle spoke of her rainbows in March. Here’s her monthly Project Life spread. Liz is committing to adding more story to scrapbook pages she has already created.

Janelle spoke of her rainbows in March. Here’s her monthly Project Life spread. Liz is committing to adding more story to scrapbook pages she has already created.


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
1. Set up a morning routine. Whether you’re teaching one or six, creating an expected, unifying start to your day is so helpful. This can be a time for spiritual uplift, but it can also be an anticipated review of current and upcoming personal events, the news and weather and or time to write in a personal or family gratitude journal. Make it your own and stick to it.

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.

Homeschool Resources

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.

The Dowdle family: Brooklyn (14), Tatum (9), Darci, Ty (17), Cache (12), Mitt (7) and Kevin near Banff, Canada.

The Dowdle family: Brooklyn (14), Tatum (9), Darci, Ty (17), Cache (12), Mitt (7) and Kevin near Banff, Canada.

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.

Worry pretends to be useful but serves no useful purpose.
— Eckhart Tolle

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.
This means I’ve been thinking a lot about what I do and why I am still doing it. I few weeks ago, on my drive home from Seattle I decided I wanted to come up with an acronym that could help me explain my why—and I did. I’m excited to share it will you in today’s episode.

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

I LOVE to share  Story Starter kits  with my listeners who send SpeakPipe messages.

I LOVE to share Story Starter kits with my listeners who send SpeakPipe messages.

Our brains are constantly looking for problems to solve. So, rather than allowing my brain to default to dissatisfaction, I intentionally give it creative problems to solve. I start projects so that just off the stage of my consciousness my mind is working on sorting and organizing and assembling—I’m mentally selecting colors and photos. Words are edited and design decision are made so that when I return fully focused I am productive and engaged.

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
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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
Scrapbook & Today Blog
Scrapbook & Cards Today on Instagram
Awesome videos on YouTube

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.

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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
Creative Growth

If you have a really great idea or feel curious about a new venture, creative growth is calling.
Are you ready? 

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!”

Curiosity is the cure for boredom. There is no cure for curiosity!
— Ellen Parr

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.

Connect with me:
@stacyjulian on Instagram

Stacy Julian LLC on Facebook

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Feb 20, 2020
My Podcast Party

I did it!
I created a podcast and stuck with it for ONE FULL YEAR. Now, that is something worth celebrating. And in today’s episode, I get to share some of the things I’ve learned along the way—I will also share messages from YOU, my listeners—starting with a wonderful SURPRISE message that I received from Veronica Hugger, when on the School of Podcasting podcast, she chose Exactly Enough Time as her favorite podcast for 2019.
Whaat?? Wow!
Thanks Veronica 🎙❤️

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
Amy McGrew
Sonja Gortzak
Tanya Napier
Kim Olea
Robbie Ginsel
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Debbie Behling
Tiffany Wakaswer
AnneMarie Day
Katie Boyle
and, my son, Taft ❤️

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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.

START anywhere.
Start with a list of #notever in my wildest imaginations did I ever think …

  1. I would go skydiving

  2. I would adopt

  3. I would travel to Africa

  4. I would own and LOVE a snake!!

I actually shared Larry in a video and a blog post back in August of 2018.
Click here if you want to actually SEE me with Larry!

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!

Losing my ability to WALK has really strengthened by ability to SEE.
— Wendy Smedley

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.

Wendy would love to answer any specific questions you have. Leave a comment below and I’ll help connect you with the expert 😀. There are some amazing things headed our way in the world of ancestry exploration and if you’re interested, there’s no better place to learn than RootsTech. Go HERE to learn more and get registered. I’ll be teaching a class on Thursday, February 27th at 9:00am—I am one of only about 300 classes—so there is truly something for everyone.

Additional LINKS:
Wendy is currently using Future Self Journaling prompts as part of her morning ritual.

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 …
Shawn, attending Georgetown University
Casey, attending Gonzaga University
Taft, attending Brigham Young University
Kali enrolled at Whitman College and
Keandra, who is taking classes at Spokane Community College.

After I recorded our conversation—as I was driving home, I decided that our world and its future are in good hands!

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Speaking of FRIENDS and learning, I am having a BLAST teaching 20in20 and I’m so impressed with the community that is growing there.

Here are just 3 reasons people have signed up for this class!

  • B/c before my daughter was born (5.5 years ago) I used to scrapbook all the time and I MISS IT SO MUCH. I need help figuring out a way to: make the time and when I do make the time, get right to the heart of pictures, words, fun paper.

  • I love the ideas you have and your thought process and I want to make things and not collect supplies. It made me so excited to think about the concept of 20 finished projects!

  • I signed up primarily for 2 reasons: 1) Stacy! I love her classes and philosophies and have found I can apply what I learn from her to all areas of my life. 2) I haven’t scrapbooked in a couple of years and am eager to resume, especially since my hubby & I will become empty nesters in the fall. After years of life being all about the kids, it’s time to reconnect with my hobbies, my spouse, and others. It’s definitely a season of changing relationships for me!

Use promo code PODCAST to join and save!

I opened this episode with I’ll Be There For You, by The Rembrandts.
Watch the official YouTube music video.

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.
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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.

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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 
Where you get your energy to act. 

2. Sensing & Intuition
How you gather information and learn

3. Thinking and Feeling
How you make decisions

4. Judging & Perceiving
How you approach the world

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.

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SAVE $10 with the code PODCAST

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

promo code: PODCAST

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?
Because, they are …

  1. Projects are inclusive: Anyone can participate in a project. You don’t have to commit long term or possess special talents or training. I especially dig projects are easy in and easy out and leave you feeling confidence and curious for more.

  2. Projects are definable: When you decide to pursue a project you get to DEFINE these parameters for yourself. You can begin and end with something quite specific in mind. You can imagine the outcome before you even start. You can say, I’m only willing to spend X amount of time or X amount of dollars. You can choose to keep it SIMPLE in a number of different ways. 

  3. Projects have a purpose: The 3rd reason I love projects is because projects can help me accomplish something particular—for me, projects often serve a specific purpose. I often recognize something I want to accomplish or bring into my life and that desire generally leads me to an idea—that I can then define and execute.

  4. Projects are energizing: There is nothing quite like the energy inherent in FINISHING something. When people ask me about organizing photos or creating a scrapbook for a loved one or documenting their own life, I ALWAYS suggest starting with a small project-based approach. Do something small first—why? Because then you will energize yourself moving forward. 

  5. Projects are FUN to teach and share: For ALL of the reasons I have already shared, I love to teach others how to craft (specifically) memory and story-based projects. I don’t expect everyone to love what I do as much as I love it, but I can give them a taste of it and that brings me so much JOY. I would LOVE to introduce you to my favorite kind of projects—those that use photos and tell stories.

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!





Photo by  Jo Szczepanska  on  Unsplash

Photo by Jo Szczepanska on Unsplash

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.

Click to learn more  and listen to Stephanie’s podcast!

Click to learn more and listen to Stephanie’s podcast!

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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.

Image used with permission.  GO HERE to see this fun DIY plastic folder  and so many other ideas.

Image used with permission. GO HERE to see this fun DIY plastic folder and so many other ideas.

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.
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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.

This is not an image of anyone I know, but these boys—barely men—serving in the Philippines must surely look similar to the boy who’s story I’m sharing today. This image is from General McArthur’s library collection.

This is not an image of anyone I know, but these boys—barely men—serving in the Philippines must surely look similar to the boy who’s story I’m sharing today. This image is from General McArthur’s library collection.


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 (stacy@stacyjulian.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.

Halloween means so many things to me—and to YOU as well. After you recall some specific details, I encourage you to group them together where it makes sense and record them. Then go find a photo that will illustrate what you’ve written.

Halloween means so many things to me—and to YOU as well. After you recall some specific details, I encourage you to group them together where it makes sense and record them. Then go find a photo that will illustrate what you’ve written.

This is what my workbook looks like, after I have walked myself through the process of listing and organizing memories that surface. I KEEP these workbooks because there are other stories here that I can come back to.

This is what my workbook looks like, after I have walked myself through the process of listing and organizing memories that surface. I KEEP these workbooks because there are other stories here that I can come back to.

The last page of every Story Starter is an opportunity for YOU, the storyteller to be present. We don’t do this enough. When you tell a story, make sure to include YOU in it.

The last page of every Story Starter is an opportunity for YOU, the storyteller to be present. We don’t do this enough. When you tell a story, make sure to include YOU in it.

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
Practicing Gratitude
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.

We took this photo immediately following our recording session—which left us HUNGRY! Café Rio to the rescue.

We took this photo immediately following our recording session—which left us HUNGRY! Café Rio to the rescue.

Here are the QUESTIONS discussed in this episode:

Q. 1 Lisa: During a rough patch, how aware were your children of the challenges at hand?

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 Lecrecia: How do you handle the big disappointments in life without resenting each other?

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
More Social. Less Media.

Just about a year ago, I participated in a social media fast. I logged out of Instagram (and Facebook) and didn’t log back in for more than 10 days. Today I’m sharing what I learned and what I’m doing to stay focused on more uplifting social interaction—AND less drawn in by the distracting elements of instagram.

I started taking notes for today’s show when I listened to THIS PODCAST episode, where Dhru Purohit interviews Dallas Hartwig, the co-creator of Whole30. Dallas leads a 4-week program designed to help you change your relationship with media and technology to create more meaningful social interactions—he has also written a book, due out March 2020. You can learn more on Amazon.

Photo by  ROBIN WORRALL  on  Unsplash

Photo by ROBIN WORRALL on Unsplash

Here are my practical tips for approaching social media with intention …
1. Schedule specific days and times when you will allow yourself to scroll social.

2. Turn off all notifications. This is an easy one!

3. Before you get on, fill in the blank, “I am hopping on to _____________.”

4. If your answer to the above statement is “scroll or catch up” then make sure you are actually engaging with people, by reading posts and thoughtfully commenting. I try to leave three comments each time I get on.

5. Be very careful about who you follow and remember that you are not obligated to follow anyone. Just because you work with them, live next door to them, know them, purchase products from them—you don’t need to follow them—especially if how they show up on social media creates thoughts and feelings that do not serve YOU well.

6. This tip is probably most important of all—practice creating nourishing (in person) interaction on a regular basis and model this for your children. Help them make plans to bring people together and then teach them how to prepare and enjoy that experience.

Here are some additional resources that I’ve enjoyed:

This TED talk by Tristan Harris. I really like the idea of bringing choice back into our relationship with technology—and specifically with social media platforms.

I’m currently listening to Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport. I’m not far enough along to fully understand my takeaway, but I’m super grateful that there are resources available to help us understand how technology and digital algorithms that are governing our attention.

Ultimately this episode celebrates a personal milestone for me where I’m beginning to feel confident and at peace with my social media position—I’ve spent the last year paying closer attention and abiding by these pretty specific rails that I have put in place. By far, the most powerful thing I’ve done is limit the days and times that I get on to scroll or share. This has allowed me to get clearer about WHY I’m on at all—I’ll be consolidating my three IG accounts into one, so that I can do a better job of promoting ideas and projects I care most about without giving in to the doubt, comparison and distraction that pulls me away from personal productivity.

As always, I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts and feedback—here in the comments section or via the SpeakPipe button (see my sidebar), email stacy@stacyjulian.com or on my (now only) Instagram account, @stacyjulian — thank YOU for listening.

Oct 03, 2019
Love & Marriage

Not long after I married my husband, Geoff, we moved to Chicago, so that he could attend medical school. We met a couple at church (not the Smiths pictured here) who had been married 8 years. I remember thinking, “8 Years! What must that be like?” I couldn’t fathom EIGHT years—that seemed like eons away. And now here we are, we’ve been at this marriage thing for nearly thirty years and it seems like a flash in the pan. In this episode I’m joined by my husband and our very good friends, The Smiths—Randy and Diane (pictured here). Not long after we were settled in Chicago, I got a call from Diane. They had had plans to move to California, so Randy could make working with his brother-in-law an official position, but they found themselves living in the corporate apartment on the north shore of Lake Michigan. We were already fast friends so this was news that was as delightful as it was unexpected. We spent about four years together in the windy city and it was during those years that our friendship as couples—and future families was solidified.

In this episode, we all sit down together to reminisce and to talk marriage. We discuss topics and questions submitted by friends and followers via Instagram.

Here are the QUESTIONS discussed in this episode:

From Karen: What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve experienced in your marriage and how have you overcome them?

From Cheryl: What advice do you have for empty nesters and (almost) empty nesters?

From Karen: Do you have ideas and insights for Newlyweds?

From Roberta: Me time? Family Time? Us Time? How do you balance it all?

We have several additional questions that we chatted around, so there’s definitely the possibility of a round two—stay tuned—and let me know if that is something that you would enjoy.

I’m not sure it was super clear in this episode that Diane has recently received her license as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. Visit her website. So, while we are not experts, we do have a trained therapist in our circle and she brings a great deal of expertise to our conversation.

To learn more about Tracey Clark’s Picture Nature class, click HERE and use the EXACTLYENOUGH promo code to save $20 at checkout.

Learn more about the song Love & Marriage, sung Frank Sinatra

I can’t believe I forgot to take a photo of us during our recording session—go figure?! This photo was taken just after—at Cafe Rio. Good times!

I can’t believe I forgot to take a photo of us during our recording session—go figure?! This photo was taken just after—at Cafe Rio. Good times!

Sep 26, 2019
Big Birthdays & Bucket Lists

My friend Melissa is such a gem. I’m tickled to have her on as my guest today to share how she anticipated and celebrated her BIG 5-0 birthday. Hint: She created a bucket-list of 50 things to do, see, learn, read and explore. I LOVE this idea. You can read all about Melissa’s adventures on her website, melissagross.com

Before I share additional images and links on today’s episode, I had to include the trailer for The Bucket List movie—I decided I’ll be watching it again this weekend. Two classic actors with a powerful message for living and experiencing life. Honestly, I’m not a huge Jack Nicholson fan, but he plays this role so well and my adoration for Morgan Freeman totally compensates.

Download Top 20 Bucket List Items  HERE

Download Top 20 Bucket List Items HERE

Here are THREE takeaways from my conversation with Melissa …

  1. Start by recognizing truly remarkable things you’ve already done. Think about the lessons learned and memories made and then add to that list by committing to the easiest and most obvious things first—the things you’ve always wanted to do.

  2. Incorporate inexpensive, everyday experiences and goals on your list. Things like keeping a gratitude journal, reading books and learning how to make a really delicious apple pie!

  3. Don’t wait until the end of your life or even for a BIG birthday. Start TODAY and decide what you want to accomplish in the next 30 days or 3 months.

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Melissa Gross is a teacher by passion and by training and truly enjoys helping others learn. Over the years, she has taught everything from Children’s Church to the Young-at-Heart (elderly) Sunday School, from middle school technology classes to university level business courses. She has taught and coached in online and in-person scrapbooking, cardmaking, photo organization, and mixed media classes. She has served and volunteered in numerous ministries including teaching and leading ladies’ Bible studies, writing and leading ladies’ retreats, co-leading Financial Peace University, coordinating vacation Bible school, assisting in the nursery, stocking the food pantry, and cooking meals for the homebound, as well as coordinating fundraising banquets and serving on the Board of Directors for the Christ for India missionary organization.

Melissa began scrapbooking in elementary school, putting memorabilia in the scrapbook her Mama started when she was born. In 2010, she began participating in online classes, using a digital workflow plan. started sharing my photos, stories, and layouts on a blog, and changed from chronological to inspirational scrapbooking . . . all the while having lots of FUN with this great hobby. This is about the time when she was a Library of Memories (LOM) coach for my Finding Photo Freedom course.

Melissa delights in this hobby that allows her to preserve memories in a way that is also an outlet for her creativity. When she’s not gluing pretty pieces of paper together to document stories, she is creating custom scrapbooks-for-hire. Connect with Melissa on Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube


Melissa and her husband Robbie crossed “Glamping” off her bucket list when they adventured HERE.

The most important lesson Melissa learned: Perfection is overrated. More important is the desire and willingness to write intentions down and do your best. She was able to mark 31 of her 50 items off her list. Success!

Melissa documented her bucket list with one photo and a few lines of journaling on individual 6” x 12” pages.

Melissa documented her bucket list with one photo and a few lines of journaling on individual 6” x 12” pages.

Creating these pages ahead of time made it extra easy to preserve each item on her list.

Creating these pages ahead of time made it extra easy to preserve each item on her list.

Correction: I shared this Patrick Henry quote on the show and incorrectly attributed it to Thomas Jefferson.

“The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed.”
— Patrick Henry
Sep 19, 2019
Resilient Families with Jess Forster
My friends, Jess Forster and Ali Edwards have created an online workshop that can help you write the powerful words to quite literally guide your family's path and progress to greater resiliency.
Sep 12, 2019
Language & Learning

I’ve been thinking a lot about learning and specifically about learning NEW things. In this episode I explore what I’ve learned about learning from my experience learning the German language. Let’s see if what I’ve observed is applicable to the things you’ve earned through your effort, commitment and practice—and then let’s go out and pay more attention to people around us. Everyone, to a degree has some specialized knowledge or abilities and this is a remarkable aspect of modern society and one that collectively blesses our lives. What have you learned that allows you to contribute to others AND more importantly, what will do you want to learn next? What are the first steps you can take?

Just for fun … Here are the words to this tongue twister: Heut' kommt der Hans zu mir, freut sich die Lies. Ob er aber über Oberammergau, oder aber über Unterammergau, oder aber überhaupt nicht kommt, ist nicht gewiß! Translation: Hans is coming to visit today, but whether he comes through Oberammergau or whether he comes through Unterammergau, or whether he is coming at all is not certain.

p.s. How cool is it that you can find (almost) anything on YouTube! Thanks to the Bayersoier Musikanten for this rendition!

As a review, here are the 8 observations I’ve made about my experience learning the German language.

  1. You must invest time and practice.

  2. The more you immerse yourself into the culture of your domain, the better.

  3. Eventually—with patience, your thoughts actually change. It’s like you rewire your brain and how it sees and accesses what you’re learning.

  4. With proficiency, you begin to not only understand the new language or domain, you acquire the ability to be playful and to understand subtlety.

  5. New meaning and insights are exclusively available to those who commit to the process of learning—these insights are simply NOT available to those outside of the domain.

  6. You’ll find that there are aspects of your acquired knowledge that simply don’t translate to other “languages”!

  7. At some point we all believe that what we have earned will always be ours. This is not true. Ability and proficiency are unstable and temporary.

  8. When you stop developing and progressing, you start losing ground.

I’d LOVE to hear from you.
What have you worked hard to earn or learn that has blessed your life and what do you yet desire to learn and become proficient in? What steps will you take to make this happen?

LEARN more about Ali Edward’s December Daily HERE.

Photo of books by Kimberly Farmer on Unsplash

Sep 05, 2019
Documenting Connections

Early this week my friend, Carrie posted these 3 photos to Instagram. She used them to illustrate her post, which reads: Happy first day of nursing school to my little girl! So proud of you and all your hard work and determination. This dream of yours goes all the way back to when McKay (her little brother) let you practice on him in the hospital with your pretend “doctor’s kit.” He was always such a willing patient. You got this pretty girl!

What Carrie has done here is create a connection between the present moment and an earlier time/memory. THIS is an example of connected storytelling and I LOVE it.

What do cows have to do with nursing students? You’ll have to listen to find out, but I will say that confess my LOVE for “dairy air” or the smell of COWS—which always reminds me of my childhood and my Grandpa Hall.

What do cows have to do with nursing students? You’ll have to listen to find out, but I will say that confess my LOVE for “dairy air” or the smell of COWS—which always reminds me of my childhood and my Grandpa Hall.


One of my early articles for Creating Keepsakes Magazine was titled, What’s the Connection. I wrote it after developing something I called, Documenting Connections—phrases that help you craft more interesting and compelling stories by adding a little more—more memories, facts, coincidences, definitions, perspective and historical details. A Documenting Connection can be used in any storytelling format, on a blog, in a social media post, on a scrapbook page—even in conversation! Now, almost 18 years later I’ve brought these useful phrases back to life in my Storyteller how-to book at the Story FYI stamp set.

And, just for you—my amazing listeners—I created a printable version of my Documenting Connections, so that you can begin using them right now—in which ever way you would like! CLICK HERE.

Yay! I’ll be teaching at RootsTech 2020 in SLC, Utah. Learn more and register HERE.

Aug 29, 2019
Come and Play!

What does Bert & Ernie and Big Bird and a very big polar bear and a husky dog have in common?
You’ll find out in this episode!

photo by Brittany Semeniuk

photo by Brittany Semeniuk

After listening, I hope you’ll consider a few questions:

How playful am I?
Do the people I love most know how to play?
What can I do to invite playfulness into my home, family and life?

National Public Radio (NPR) recently invited the Muppets from Sesame Street into their studios—as interns—see the video below—if NPR can make room for this kind of playful FUN, so can we! It turns out that taking a playful stance, even in the face of imminent danger is a very good idea.

CLICK Here to read more about the Muppets as they explored the iconic Tiny Desk, finessed their way into NPR's news booth, created their own rendition of "All Things Considered", and tackled the responsibilities of being an intern across multiple divisions in a multimedia organization.

I love studying the topic of play, because I strongly believe in its power to enhance curiosity, creativity, learning, happiness and health. We all play differently at different times and for different reasons, but play is the beginning of attachment, connection and belonging—whether it’s movement, object, social, imaginative, narrative or creative play. Our innate playfulness is realized when we are fully present and responsive to the world around us—when the opportunity to experience a moment becomes more important than worrying what other people might think or say or do.

We are most alive and most generous when we are playful. 

If we only let our selves out to play we would rediscover our selves and reunite with the world. If we only remembered to have fun, the whole world would become our playground. I understand that there are times when, simply because we don’t let our selves out, we hurt our very own children, our very own lovers, our students, our colleagues, our pets, the people who love us. Not intentionally. Not maliciously. But simply because we’re inside, somewhere safe. Not because we want to stay inside. But because we’re afraid to come out.
— Bernie DeKoven, The Playful Path

Learn more about the FREE ebook, A Playful Path, by Bernard DeKoven

Watch Dr. Stuart Brown’s TED talk HERE.

Learn more about my playful and very  Happy Planner  by clicking on this image, and let me know your thoughts and hear your success as you practice Random Acts of Playfulness 😀😀😀

Learn more about my playful and very Happy Planner by clicking on this image, and let me know your thoughts and hear your success as you practice Random Acts of Playfulness 😀😀😀

Aug 22, 2019
Playlist For Life (part 2)
Photo by  Malte Wingen  on  Unsplash

Photo by Malte Wingen on Unsplash

I’m back with part 2 of Playlist for Life.

I’ve loved hearing from those who have listened to part 1 and are already working on and sharing their song lists. There is so much storytelling goodness to be found in songs that have personal meaning and transport us to another time and place. But what happens when what you remember isn’t what the person you were with remembers? I’ll share my experience with this challenge.
I’m also sharing what listeners Meg and Beth have been working on as they consider a playlist for life. This is one of Beth’s personal favorites.

As I’ve continued what I personally started in Episode 28, I’ve realized that for me there are multiple genres of music that I want to explore—classical music and religious hymns belong together with my Rock songs and New Wave memories—so be sure to think outside the Top 40 charts when making your lists.

Here are links to the songs that are making my cut this week …

  1. William Tell Overture
    Gioachino Rossini

  2. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  3. How Firm A Foundation
    Attr. Robert Keen

  4. You’re the Inspiration
    Peter Cetera and David Foster for Chicago

  5. Everlasting Love

  6. All Star
    Smash Mouth

  7. Upside Down
    Jack Johnson

  8. Hope
    Jack Johnson

  9. Back Home
    Andy Grammar

Also … have you heard? Ancestry.com and Spotify have teamed up to help you create a playlist based on your DNA—songs that perhaps your ancestors may have known, enjoyed, sung or been inspired by. You can learn more in this Deseret News article.

For sure this is an effort that requires intention and thoughtful effort. I’m super inspired by the expertise and insight of San Francisco Symphony conductor, Michael Tilson Thomas. He gets it AND he is inviting anyone and everyone to play a role in passing music on. You can watch his full TED talk here …

Thanks as always for listening. I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts, ideas, suggestions and SONGS!

Aug 15, 2019
Playlist For Life (part 1)
My brother Theron is pretty much an expert when it comes to music and specifically the evolution of Rock-n-Roll. At our recent family reunion, he enlightened our family and kindled my enthusiasm for creating a playlist of my life.
Aug 08, 2019
What's Next with Mamie Coffey
Do your best to embrace uncertainty. Some of the best chapters in your life won’t have a title you feel fully comfortable with until later.
— Marc and Angel

I’m chatting with my friend, Mamie Coffey on the podcast today. She is married to her best friend, Geoff with whom she shares two beautiful, smart, extremely talented and (of course) clever daughters—one has launched and the other will begin her senior in high school this week.

I was able to host Mamie for a few days at my house last week, which means I really just absorbed her into life as I know it right now—fun and hectic. As we ran errands and worked side by side in my kitchen we talked, as women do about life and family and transitions. We talked about kids growing up and doing what we’ve prepared them to do (leave) and how contemplating what’s next can leave us feeling excited and vulnerable at the same time. At some point we decided to share some of our thoughts as episode 27. Even if you’re in a completely different season of life, I think you’ll enjoy our conversation.


The book I mention in the show is The Crossroads of Should and Must, Find and Follow Your Passion by Ella Luna.

We must be willing to let go of the life we planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
— Joseph Campbell

Learn more about Marc and Angel over at Hack Life (marcandangel.com)

Aug 01, 2019
I got a C+ in Physics

I’ve seen memes and T-shirts and Pinterest boards dedicated to the idea of embracing imperfection, but in today’s episode I want to take you one step further and invite you to practice imperfection. Yes, there is a difference. This is not just permission to make mistakes, but intentionally aiming a little lower in the first place, so that we can do what we need to do and move forward with a healthier and more realistic expectation for growth and improvement over time.

I will share a personal experience—you guessed it—from college Physics and remind you what grades really are (not very important) and also what really matters on our final report card. Hint: A 13-letter word, starting with R and endings with SHIPS.

My life coach, Jody Moore teaches this principle in Episode 123 of her podcast, Better Than Happy. Learn more about Jody and her work and coaching program HERE.

If you’re a scrapbooker, here’s evidence that I do in fact practice imperfection—I’m forever cutting a little bit of cardstock out to cover up a mistake. Try it sometime—this page and so many others bring back happy memories of moving forward “in spite of” and that’s a happy and productive thing to do!

If you’re a scrapbooker, here’s evidence that I do in fact practice imperfection—I’m forever cutting a little bit of cardstock out to cover up a mistake. Try it sometime—this page and so many others bring back happy memories of moving forward “in spite of” and that’s a happy and productive thing to do!

I love hearing from you!
Please share the thoughts you’ve having while listening to the thoughts I share, or leave a comment below and tell me which episode has been your favorite or what topics you most enjoy. Look for the orange SpeakPipe button in the sidebar if you want to send me a voice clip that I can share on the show!

Jul 25, 2019
So Far Ahead!
This episode is a peek into the presentation I gave last week at the annual Close To My Heart convention. It is also an overview of the Story by Stacy products currently available and the storytelling skills they teach. I share an experience I had recently on a road trip to Glacier National Park, that illustrates what my passions for scrapbooking and storytelling have added to my life—but I'm not giving you that here. For that, you'll have to listen!
Jul 18, 2019
She Loves Color
Stephanie Smokovich is someone to watch. She is a fantastic graphic designer with an eye for color, but more importantly she is a woman fighting cancer and learning how to balance life at home with the creative work she still loves to do and share with others. I attended Stephanie's She Loves Color event in 2016 and we talk about that too. Registration for the 2019 session is open until July 15th. Look for more information and a link in the show notes!
Jul 09, 2019
The American Idea
How could I publish a podcast on July 4th and not do and say something to celebrate this land that I love. Here is my tribute to America and the idea that gave her birth.
Jul 04, 2019
That was Easy.
Here's a mix of ideas, tips, tricks & solutions for upleveling life in so many FUN ways. I'm sharing lifehacks from my listeners today and I'm convinced that you'll hear something that you'll want to try. AND, hold on to your earbuds, because I'm sharing the story of my mom hanging out in carpet store dumpsters. Trust me, this episode will have you running the stairs!
Jun 27, 2019
Invisible Dragons with Angie Lucas
Angie has a gift for writing and editing. She is bright, funny and full of wisdom. I am so excited about her latest adventure of authoring her first picture-book that I had to have her on my podcast. You'll hear more about Angie's journey and creative process, about her fears and her fervent desire to further a much need message of healing and hope to children and their adults. My Big Dumb Invisible Dragon will be released later this summer. You can enter a drawing for an early copy by visiting stacyjulian.com and leaving a comment on this episode's show notes.
Jun 20, 2019
54 Words I Love
Words are powerful. Words are especially powerful if we speak, write and use them with the intention to better understand ourselves, so that we can show up and do the work we are most uniquely qualified to do. What words would be on your list of the most descriptive, insightful and true words for you?!
Jun 13, 2019
The Power of Words with Ali Edwards

I’ve known Ali Edwards for many years. When I was editor at Simple Scrapbooks, Ali was a regular contributor to our sister publication, Creating Keepsakes, so in a sense we worked in parallel—we both created content for magazines—we are both memory keepers and teachers and we often taught classes at the same events. A few years beyond that, Ali was one of the most popular online teachers at bigpictureclasses.com and we LOVED working with her. I shared more of her professional bio in the episode, but here let me add that one of the primary reasons I adore Ali so much is the inspiring way she documents everyday life with her family. She is real and open with life—the good and the difficult. Through her many workshops, she has led tens of thousands of women in their quest to document both the momentous and the mundane. Ali is also a fantastic example of how traveling with a single word can help you live your current story and enhance the quality of your life—in fact, I know you’ll LOVE this episode because we talk about the power of words — as it relates to memory keeping, family life and personal well-being. If you’re not familiar with Ali’s annual project, called One Little Word, be sure to watch this video.

You’ll also get to hear Ali talk about her health and some of the changes she is making to preserve and promote her vitality and combat frustrating conditions. She mentions that she is currently following the Wahls protocol, so I’m linking HERE to Dr. Terry Wahls website. Ali is really great to share what she is learning about health and wellness on her @ae_wellness Instagram account, so if you’re wanting more detailed information, you will enjoy following her there.

Ali mentions a few times using Project Life, which is both a memory keeping approach and full system of products developed by our mutual friend, Becky Higgins.

The idea of reading a list of words came from Liz Lamoreux


You can learn much more about Ali at aliedwards.com and specifically on her about page, HERE.

Be sure to peruse her favorite pages and projects because that’s my favorite part. Ali’s scrapbooks are full of the kinds of details I love.

As always I’m so grateful to you for listening. If you have questions or comments, leave them here as a comment or send me an email stacy@stacyjulian.com — I love hearing from you!

And remember, YOU have exactly enough time for the important things in your life.

Jun 06, 2019
What's your EQ?

I’m excited about this episode, because understanding the idea of an EQ—or enough quotient and then learning how to set and adjust an EQ in multiple areas of my life has been life-changing for me. It can be anything, housework to hobbies—something you enjoy less or something you love the most. When you decide to step back and take a good look at whatever it is in the context of any particular day or season, you can establish the right amount for you. When you know how much is enough, you will also know when to be satisfied and when to feel successful.

It was when I was a new scrapbooker that I first became curious about obstacles getting in the way of me feeling successful and it was as editor of Simple Scrapbooks magazine—listening to and learning from readers that I began to question the “normal” scapegoats, which were almost always reported as a lack of time, space, money and/or ideas. One day as I was surfing the Internet, I happened about a blog post by Jennifer Louden and this quote …

Not knowing how to declare what satisfies you is at the core of many of your so-called issues.
— Jennifer Louden

I am now a total believer in and advocate for declaring your own success with an enough quotient. This practice has strengthened my ability to recognize my individuality and my worth and absolutely helps me navigate the world of social media.

I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts, ideas and questions. Leave them here as comments, or reach out to me in any other way. As always, thank you for listening.

Here is the LINK to my FREE eCourse The Principles of Photo Freedom

May 30, 2019
Noticing with Tracey Clark
My conversation with photographer, author and friend, Tracey Clark.
May 23, 2019
FIVE Most Important Stories
If you're like my friend Sharolyn, you feel a sense of urgency for telling your story, but where do you begin? What are the stories that will be most important for those that love you? I believe there are 5 stories we all can and need to tell, and I share them with you in this episode.
May 16, 2019
Jewelry: Stories We Wear
In this episode I chat with Veronica Staudt, founder of Vintage Meet Modern. Our conversation is about jewelry; the stories it can tell about the women who wear it and why those stories might matter to you.
May 09, 2019
My Son Chase
May the 4th be with all moms and kids struggling with ADHD. As soon as you begin listening to this episode, you'll understand that sentiment. Growing up with ADHD is hard. Parenting a child with ADHD is hard. Loving each other through it is the key. In this episode, I visit with my now 24-year old son, Chase who has some hard-earned wisdom to share with others who might be in the midst of what is a both exciting and exasperating journey to understanding and living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
May 02, 2019
Shine Bright with Amy Tangerine
I met Amy years ago when she proposed a class at Big Picture Classes and I've been a fan ever since. In today's episode, I sit down with Amy to chat about her love of color and her incredible experience painting a mural for the Southern California Children's Museum. I have a very happy feeling you are going to come away with the desire to shine a little brighter in your own unique way.
Apr 25, 2019
How to Host an Easter Egg Hunt.

Your assignment if you choose to accept it is to be present this Easter weekend and really pay attention to what you do and why—even before that, I want you to create an “Easter” album on your smart phone, inside your photos app, so that you can begin to collect some of your best photos taken over the last several years. Set a 15-minute timer and locate 5 to 10 photos from each Easter season. Add them to your Easter album and then witness the magic! When you bring similar photos together in this way, you will both discover and recognize the consistencies—themes, traditions—stories you most want to tell around this and other holidays.

I find it is also helpful to make a list of specific aspects of a holiday that I want capture with my photo taking. What’s on your list? Traditions, food, specific relationships, gifts and baskets filled with goodies. YOU get to decide what to remember and what to document. Take a look back at pages or scrapbooks you’ve already created and SEE if what you’ve captured is a true representation of how and why you celebrate—then know that you can focus your efforts this year on details that perhaps you’ve inadvertently overlooked before now.


Many times over the years, my children have found Mad Libs or a new book in their Easter baskets. One of my all-time favorite books is Runny Babbit, by Shel Silverstein.

I also LOVE the idea of including these super-CUTE 3x4 cards—a few of which are pictured here— in an Easter basket. Cut them up and tie them together with some white string or tulle. Then invite a child to record their own thoughts and observations. Visit the Persnickety Prints blog to download these!

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There would be no Christmas if there had not been Easter. The babe Jesus of Bethlehem would be but another baby without the redeeming Christ of Gethsemane and Calvary, and the triumphant fact of the Resurrection.
— Gordon B. Hinckley

You can watch the PBS News Hour coverage and response to the tragedy at Notre Dame HERE.

Of course Danny Kaye sings it best … Here comes Peter Cotton Tail, in the classic 1971 animated stop motion TV special— I remember watching this with my siblings and finding it now again—I’m curious of course as to what movies, songs, books—perhaps Alexa facts and riddles my children and grandchildren with associate with holiday memories.

Apr 18, 2019
On Starting
My experience podcasting (thus far) and things I'm learning in a podcasting course have surprised me—I want to share what I think and know that will help you START something important to you. You have influence and your influence isn't just for you. It's time to step up to the starting line—you have exactly enough time!
Apr 11, 2019
Stories about Stories
In this episode I share two stories along with a recent experience that shed light on the importance of telling our stories and on the freedom that we have to organize and craft them in ways that serve our time and interests.
Apr 04, 2019
Get to know CTMH ❤️
The memory keeping and paper-crafting industry continues to be supported by a variety of companies, who create the products we need and crave. Close to My Heart is one of these, but CTMH (for short) is also a vibrant and very connected world wide community of loyal customers and dedicated consultants and in this episode I sit down with two of the women at the top and one of their Australian consultants to learn more about what has inspired their longevity and what makes them unique.
Mar 28, 2019
Stop, Drop and Write
Many women take the plunge into memory keeping when or even because they have little children that are so easy to photograph. But, those children eventually become teenagers, who may or may not enjoy or cooperate with mom's documenting ways. What then? How do we navigate this change in our families and what is important to remember? Stacy and her guest, Cathy Zielske--both mothers to "older" kids will share insights and ideas.
Mar 21, 2019
This just-for-FUN episode, full of curious exploration centered around the number 7 challenges you to write your own 7-word bio, create a list of 7 people to whom you owe a lucky break and intentionally infuse your day with some good-hearted FUN.
Mar 14, 2019
If you’ve ever felt that what you do creatively is not actually art, then this episode is for you. We'll explore the idea and liberating power of "ish" and see if we can loosen the lines a little, so that you can more confidently express yourself and recognize, celebrate and savor present moments.
Mar 07, 2019
The girl who goes to what she thinks is a postage stamp party and the guy who takes his wife backpacking, so he can scout for deer—both in unexpected ways discover life quests, passions, interests that will occupy them for years — and those 2 beginning stories just collided 2 weeks ago. When the scrapbooking daughter documented some of her dad’s favorite wildlife stories—including the one where he probably saw a sasquatch. Everybody and everything has a beginning. Women who have given birth love to tell labor and delivery stories—the beginnings of each child. Newlyweds pour over pictures and pick just the right ones to document the beginning of their lives together. We celebrate the beginning of each school year—almost like it’s a holiday. And the beginning of each week, month and year tend to stir a little bit of extra potential in us. What beginning stories could you tell?
Feb 28, 2019
The Shy Girl
During times when life I particularly challenging, have you ever pined to, feel like yourself again? Why is it that our default is to be and get back to normal. What if that isn't the best approach at all? In this episode I share when I began to shed my shyness and something very useful that I learned from my life coach—and it all relates (somehow) to memory keeping. I promise!
Feb 21, 2019
BONUS: Library of Memories
February is Library Lovers month! For reals. This along with the wonderful warm response to this podcast has motivated me to create a bonus episode —just for YOU.
Feb 20, 2019
Happy Colors
I'm pretty sure my fascination with yellow started when I was quite young. Come along as I share some stories of color and why its something I hope you give yourself a chance to feel and respond to because it can actually change your life.
Feb 08, 2019
Distracted & Questions
When someone you love has only a short time to live, how can you create help them preserve some stories? I will share my thoughts and two recommendations.
Feb 07, 2019
The Ground Rules
Ok. I'm doing this. I'm throwing my hat into the podcasting ring and I'm excited to share the ground rules, which are actually more like rails—for me. But either way, I invite you to listen and share your thoughts!
Feb 07, 2019
I am doing this.

I am doing this!

It all started one year ago—February, 2018—as the tiniest inkling and vaguest notion that has now become Exactly Enough Time—my podcast. Whaat? I know, right? My PODCAST!

What’s that knock knock joke about the interrupting cow?

Knock. Knock.
Who’s there?
Interrupting cow.
Interuppt—MOO—ing cow who?

What began in February was by mid summer, a constant stream of interrupting ideas—so much that I sometimes felt my head was going to explode. I finally sat down (July-ish) opened up the Notes app on my iPhone and began to write. Multiple times a week there were new (and often crazy) ideas, but there was no time. At least that’s what I told myself. No time. I’m too busy. I can’t do a podcast. Who would listen? What would I talk about? Plus, I have far too many unfinished projects and plans. AND, I didn’t have a title. I mean what would I even call this thing IF I decided to do it?
The ideas stopped talking then. There were no ideas about that. So I kept telling my brain, “Give me a title I like and we’ll talk more about this.” But, there was still nothing. My experience was very similar to what Liz Gilbert describes in her book, Big Magic …

When an idea thinks it has found somebody—say, YOU—who might be able to bring it into the world, the idea will pay you a visit. It will try to get your attention. Mostly, you will not notice ... But sometimes, rarely, magnificently—there comes a day when you’re open and relaxed enough to actually receive something. Your defenses might slacken and your anxieties might ease, and then magic can slip through. The idea will organise coincidences and portents to tumble across your path, to keep your interest keen. You will start to notice all sorts of signs pointing you towards the idea. Everything you see and touch and do will remind you of the idea. The idea will wake you up in the middle of the night and distract you from your everyday routine. The idea will not leave you alone until it has your fullest attention.
And then, in a quiet moment, it will ask, “Do you want to work with me?”
— Elizabeth Gilbert

Anyway, I really do LOVE podcasts. I have been listening to podcasts for many, many years. I’ve even scrapbooked the podcasts I listen to. Todd Henry’s The Accidental Creative was probably my first dedicated listen, followed by Grammar Girl. I was after all editor at Simple Scrapbooks magazine and I was ever eager to learn my trade—I did not major in English, so I embraced the idea of learning with Mignon! My next obsession was for The Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders series from the d.school at Standford. For years, I thought you had to be enrolled as a student at Stanford to watch these speakers, so I felt incredibly lucky to be able to LISTEN to them—and much of the time, I didn’t really understand everything I was hearing, but I liked that listening made me feel like I could become smarter! I do remember hearing and fully understanding one particular Stanford podcast, with guest Vinod Khosla—founder of Sun Microsystems—I was very drawn to what Mr. Khosla says in the clip below, “Every big problem is a big opportunity.” That is so TRUE! In fact, this truth motivated me to launch Big Picture Scrapbooking (now Big Picture Classes). As editor of Simple Scrapbooks magazine, I had sensed a problem in the memory keeping industry and I acted on it. BPS/BPC became the first online education portal and community for creative women and flourished because it was a solution—a gathering place for people to learn and exchange ideas. It also provided a place for expert instructors to teach without having to physically travel. I have used this advice from Vinod in a few different presentations over the years and I’ve never forgotten it.


All of this simply to say that I LOVE to listen and learn. I seek solutions to problems in my life.

For quite awhile after 2009, when my health took an abrupt nose dive, I listened to health-related shows, like this one, that taught me a great deal about hormone imbalance and the purpose of whole foods and good fat in my diet. I gained the strength to make important changes in my lifestyle primarily by listening to experts via podcasts. This one is a current favorite about functional medicine. In January 2010, I was invited to be the first guest on a new scrapbooking podcast, The Paperclipping Roundtable with hosts Noell & Izzy Hyman. This show ran for six years—and I still miss it. More recently I have been listening off and on to STORY, which is linked to an event I dream of attending—it’s super inspirational. And for all of my listening years, I’ve tuned into the BYU Devotionals podcast and other shows relating to my faith.

Early last spring (2018) I got a call from my friend, Lisa Bearnson—totally out of the blue. Almost as an after thought she asked if I knew a Jody Moore. I figured Jody must be a scrapbooker, but I hadn’t heard of her. Lisa went on to explain that Jody is a life coach, that she has a podcast AND that she was pretty sure she lives in Spokane. I looked up Jody’s podcast the next day and listened to two or three episodes in a row. I was hooked!

The reason I’m wrapping this post up with Jody is because she is the reason I have FINALLY followed through on the interrupting ideas that have become this podcast. Jody has taught me SO MUCH about my brain and how to do thought work and self coaching. In fact, back in August Jody did an episode sharing many of the things she has done to grow her own business. She recommended the Yeti USB microphone for podcasting and that’s when I knew … this was going to happen. It was the way she said it—I just stopped mid-walk and bought the Yeti. I then experienced a sudden surge of buyer’s remorse as my brain quickly reminded me that I still didn’t have time—or a title, but it was too late. I had taken action. I was committed—a recommended mic was on its way from Amazon. I have to give additional props to Jody, because as my life coach, she has also taught me that goals must have a deadline. And wouldn’t you know it—as soon as I gave this thing a deadline, the title came. Exactly Enough Time. Duh. This is already the name of my blog. I’ll talk more about this choice in one of my first episodes, but the important thing now is that today is February 1st—my deadline. I was tempted to pick January 1st as that would have been so neat and tidy, but I knew I needed to finish up my FREE Photo Freedom e-course before I started anything else and that was going to take some of January, so TODAY became my podcast deadline—and while there is still a whole lot I do not know—like how exactly to get this thing on iTunes—I have recorded my first episode and written this post and there are still a few hours left before its February 2nd.

I am excited.
I am scared.
I am hopeful.

I am committed. I want this podcast to share information and ideas and solutions that (crossing my fingers) others will find helpful, but even if they don’t I’m still doing this. There are currently more than 630, 000 podcasts out there, so I will be thrilled if I can create a little corner of value and find a few listeners to encourage with positive ideas once a week. How cool would that be?

I invite you to listen and I thank you in advance for your time—of which you have exactly enough!

Note: I am currently waiting for an email from Apple Podcast letting me know that I am good to go!

Feb 01, 2019