See what happens

You might have noticed that I've been a lot less "bloggy" so far this year. That is quite unlike me. I'm on my twelfth year of blogging (wow!) and I have to admit that I was ready to throw in the towel a few months ago. Not for any particular reason other than some burnout. I've felt that way before many times and I think that is completely normal during a long-term project. The good news is that I'm stil here so you know I didn't give up.  In fact, I think I'm feeling more motivated now than I have in quite some time. Funny how some time away can do that for you.

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I always start the new year with a plan for my blog and I didn't really have one as the calendar turned to 2017. In fact, I'm still working on how I will use this space. I'll keep you posted. For now, I'm working on tweaking the overall design and I'm excited about how it is shaping up. I'm also doing a lot of brainstorming which has been fun and refreshing. I had forgotten how important it is to have a notebook going to jot down ideas. 

So I hope you will stick with me as I work through the logistics. Also, I'm traveling this week so that will slow me down a bit as well. You can follow along with my adventures on Instagram if you like. It's always fun to share the journey!

a new class from my friend Steph

One of my dearest friends is Steph Clay and she has been working on a new adventure called Modern Photo Solutions. I recently blogged about her amazing free class about Google Photos and now I'm really excited to tell you about her new class that is only available for a limited time.

You will want to go to her class description page and read all about it because there is a lot to this course! I'm talking about a lot of information! And it's all presented very clearly with lots of video walk-throughs and explanations. You will learn all about using apps to document your memories with a big focus on the Project Life app and understanding how to access your photos and supplies (and also back them all up). The lessons are organized so well and Steph is extremely knowledgeable about what she is teaching.

One of my favorite parts of the course is how she explains what this all has meant to her and her family. She really digs into the heart of telling YOUR story and it is very inspiring! I had the opportunity to be part of a small group of beta testers and several of the other ladies who went through the class talked about how this motivated them to make 10, 20 or even 39 pages in just a week or two. Really!

I would say this course is really geared at someone who is new to mid-range in their comfort level of scrapping on their iPhone or Apple devices (Android version coming later). However, I will say that even though I am at what I would consider to be an expert level in this area that I still learned new things and was super inspired. So don't rule it out if you have already done a lot of Project Life app scrapping!

Ok, so let's get serious about this. The class is only open for registration for a few more days so you have to act fast to get in!

I've taken A LOT of online courses and I will honestly tell you that I think this is well worth the price. There is a lot of content and very detailed instruction. Steph told me she spent at least 200 hours putting this together + many years of planning it. I believe it! It is something she has been working on for a long time and I'm so excited for her to finally have it ready to share with all of us.

I'd love to know if you sign up!

My word for 2017

A new year means new goals and direction for me. I know it's cliché, but I love the reset button that a new calendar brings and the chance to start on new goals and ideas. Part of my regular new year routine includes picking a word to focus on for upcoming 12 months. I’ve been following Ali Edwards’ inspiration of choosing one word to guide my year since 2008. Here are my past words:

2008 – Create

2009 – Learn

2010 – Do

2011 – Healthy

2012 – Nourish

2013 – Refresh & Renew (a phrase instead of a word)

2014 - Forward

2015 - Focus

2016 - Progress

Each one of these words has shaped (and blessed) my life in many ways during the year that I chose them. Some of them have been life-changing. My hope is that my word for 2017 will be a good one for me. The word I chose is COMPLETE.

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Complete is such a great word for me right now. I want to work on being complete. Completing projects. Completing goals. I like that there are several meanings.

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I've been searching for some visual inspiration for this word and I found this quote by Oprah Winfrey. I used the Word Dream app to create this image. 

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I'm looking forward to the complete journey ahead of me! 

Hello 2017

At the moment, I'm still sitting on the runway of 2017. I know I'm ready to embark on this big journey of a new year, but I haven't gotten to takeoff yet. Anyone else feel that way?

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There's a big year ahead and I want to be ready. I'm brainstorming, planning, calendaring, and daydreaming right now. That goes for this blog as well. I'm trying to decide exactly what is on the horizon and how I will get there. That might mean a few changes, but I think they will be good ones.

I'm going to take a few more days to map it all out and then I will be back next week ready to go. In the meantime, be sure to check out what I'm sharing on:

Happy New Year!

Last roundup of 2016

It's almost the end of the month and the end of the year! That means it's the perfect time to do a roundup! 

Here are my roundup prompts in a written list if you want to copy and paste them into your own word document or blog post.

Here’s a written list of the Roundup Prompts:

  • List what you read and/or learned in the past month.
  • What fun things did you do with friends and/or family?
  • What milestones occurred? Any holidays or celebrations? How about special events?
  • What happened in the news and the world around you? What was the weather like?
  • Talk about the everyday and routine bits of life in the past month.
  • What tv shows did you watch? Did you go to any movies or live performances?
  • What and where did you eat?
  • What places did you visit? Did you travel or go anywhere out of the ordinary?
  • What good stuff happened? What were the hard things? Anything unusual?
  • Report on the progress you’ve made toward your goals or list any new goals you have set. What accomplishments did you make? What projects did you work on?

Remember, you don't have to answer ALL of these questions and prompts and you are free to add whatever else will help you get your month documented in a meaningful way. This is just meant to be a basic checklist to help you think about what you want to remember.

What's the best way to go about all of this? How do you remember what has happened in the past week, or thirty days, or even a year? Yes, you can apply the roundup technique to any period of time! Here are the tools that will help you Roundup Your Memories! I created this graphic to help you see this task list all in one place. It's a great one to pin to your Pinterest boards for a reminder!

Here's the list in written form if you prefer it that way:

How to Roundup Your Memories

•    Gather all photos taken during the month and be sure they are uploaded to a labeled file with month and year in the name. That file can be on your computer, and external hard drive, or in the cloud. Try to be consistent with file naming and structure.

•    Gather any papers, documents, awards, receipts, etc. that help you illustrate your month. Scan them or take photos. Include them with your monthly file.

•    If others have taken photos during the month that you want to include in your memory keeping, be sure to ask them for copies. Include them with your monthly file. You can name them differently if you want to remember who they are from.

•    Look through your social feeds like blogs, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. to find information you can use for journaling. Copy it all to one place (Word, Evernote, Email, etc.) if possible. Put a copy of that file in the same folder of the month that you have everything else saved.

•    NOW back that monthly folder up to a few locations. Make sure at least one of them is offsite (Dropbox, Flickr, Google Drive, Evernote, etc.) Back up photos more often if possible.

Need a few more resources? Here are some helpful links:

Have fun roundup up your memories and documenting your month! I promise that it's worth taking a few minutes now to have those moments preserved for a lifetime!