One Little Word with Ali Edwards

Do you have a mantra or word that you live by? For me, there is something so powerful in choosing a word that can be a focal point to help guide your life’s journey.

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The Beauty of Life’s Moments with Stacy Julian

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When you are going through your day to day life, be sure to remember to tap into the beauty of the little moments. Often times, it’s easy to forget that rainbows only come after a storm. That is exactly what we are going to be chatting about with today’s guest, Stacy Julian.

Stacy is a friend of mine whom I met several years back after reaching out to her to meet in person at CHA. Then I was able to be a part of her event, 12.12.12 with Big Picture Classes, in Maui. Spending time with Stacy always brightens my day because I love that she is so open to sharing not only the shiny, happy moments but also to sharing the ones where she grew from struggles and challenges. On this episode, she shares how she got into scrapbooking and pioneered the Library of Memories. We also chat about letting go of what no longer serves you and the power that comes from women collaborating with other women.

What’s in this episode:

  • How Stacy came across the opportunity to start a magazine

  • Reflecting your memories on paper

  • How Stacy knew that she wanted to pivot careers

  • The realization that Stacy came to when she began scrapbooking

  • The system Stacy pioneered as a way to organize photos

  • How Amy got into scrapbooking

  • Learning to let go of things that no longer serve you

  • The transition of selling her company and moving forward

  • Getting out of your comfort zone and feeling the joy you deserve

  • What can happen when women come together

  • Advice Stacy would give to her younger self


From Stacy:

Hi. I'm Stacy.

I have BIG ideas and lots of happy plans to go and see and do.

I adore stories and color and my family and really dark chocolate—all of these things, EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

I believe in God and good people.

I take pictures and I use them and share them.

Whether it’s scrapbooking or family history or blogging—I especially delight in using my pictures to connect people, places and things across time.

I love to teach and to travel and to come home.

I start projects and I make piles.

Connect with Stacy:

Website | Facebook | Instagram

Links:

Exactly Enough Time
Big Picture Classes
Creating Keepsakes

I would love to hear from you! Connect with me on Facebook, Instagram or on my website. If you enjoyed this podcast and you haven’t already, I’d like to encourage you to subscribe that way you won’t miss a single update. Craft a Life You Love by taking a small step toward turning happiness and fulfillment by enjoying all of the beauty life holds.

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Embracing Your Emotions with Randy Taran

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Exciting news! For my most recent episode of the podcast, I was joined by Randy Taran, Founder and CEO of Project Happiness, an organization dedicated to reaching at least 10 million people with their message of kindness, happiness and empathy. Randy’s entire business and career are centered around one of the most vital ingredients for a fulfilling life: happiness. Randy and I chat about embracing emotions, how it can help your creativity and learning to honor and move past negative emotions. We also discuss her new book, Emotional Advantage and her favorite part about writing it. Best of all, her book just launched today!

Please feel free take a listen to the episode when you get a chance. In the meantime, here are three highlights from the conversation:

Embracing Your Emotions with Randy Taran
  1. Let yourself feel emotions – even the bad ones. I recently watched the Pixar movie, Inside Out with Jack on a plane ride. I know I’m a little late to the game but it was incredibly powerful to watch a young girl come to terms with the fact that we experience a full spectrum of emotions in life, both good and bad, and that’s okay. Randy and I talked about the same thing, but with fewer magical creatures and imaginary friends.

  2. Avoid getting bogged down in replaying a bad experience or feeling. Randy provided several strategies to help a person move forward after fully experiencing a feeling. So often, we fall in the trap of not feeling fully present to what it is in front of us. Our minds can take us on a wild ride. The unknown is scary for people and we’d rather not confront that. Let yourself feel a thing (bad or good) and then move on.

  3. If you are stuck on a feeling, here are some solutions! Randy explained that often the remedy to getting over bad feelings is to move them into the body. Take the time to breath! Do a little yoga or even go for a short walk outside. As we feel more grounded and aware of where we are physically, it can help put our emotions in perspective.

I had an incredible time talking with Randy and reading her book. I think there’s a lot to be gleaned from our conversation and her writing. You can even find out how she got the Dalai Lama to write the foreword to Emotional Advantage. So amazing!!

And if you’d be so kind to write a review on iTunes, we would be so appreciative!

Connect with Randy:

Website | Project Happiness | Facebook | Instagram

Links:

Emotional Advantage
Loving What Is by Byron Katie
Insight Timer App
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

I would love to hear from you! Connect with me on Facebook, Instagram or on my website. If you enjoyed this podcast and you haven’t already, I’d like to encourage you to subscribe that way you won’t miss a single update. Craft a Life You Love by taking a small step toward turning happiness and fulfillment by embracing and understanding all of your feelings, even the negative ones.

Major News!

Major News

I’m so excited to tell you this and I’ve hinted at it for months. Today I’m dropping the first episode for my brand new podcast, Craft A Life You Love. This project has been on my heart for such a long time. I’m so excited for you to hear it.

Here’s the official description:

Craft A Life You Love is a podcast dedicated to empowering you to create space and intention for your own personal hobbies, happiness, and harmony. Some weeks it will just be me sharing my perspective, ideas and inspiration to living your best creative life. On other episodes I’ll talk with someone remarkable as they bring juicy wisdom and the freshest takes on how to shine your brightest and squeeze the most out of this wonderful life.

I can’t wait for you to hear it. Please take a listen to the podcast trailer. Let me know what you think! Be sure to tell me who you’d like to hear me interview. If you enjoy the show, please be sure to subscribe (it’s on iTunes and Google Play) so you never miss an episode!

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5 Highlights from My Conversation on The Brava Podcast

5 Highlights from My Conversation on the Brava Podcast

The best thing about being part of a community with other amazing, creative women is seeing the way we all manage to lift each other up– focusing on celebrating one another’s success. That’s why I really enjoyed taking part in the most recent episode of The Brava Podcast.

The word “Brava” actually means “to applaud women” and it was incredible to take part in a podcast that focuses on celebrating women’s successes. If you’re all about that, definitely check out the full conversation I had with the lovely Stephanie, who hosts the podcast. There are plenty of other inspiring episodes, and I wanted to share 5 highlights from our conversation here on the blog.

  1. Make your dreams a reality! It doesn’t matter how many ideas you have, it matters how many ideas you make happen. Don’t abandon the things you love because they seem impractical. Chase after them.

  2. Reject the “B-word” – aka stop being “busy” all the time. I don’t believe in being busy all the time because it can equate to feeling rushed and overwhelmed and glorifying the trend of the “hustle.” I really do have enough time for all the things I want to do.

  3. If you read my blog or follow me on social media, you won’t be surprised to hear me say how important it is to give yourself permission to create.

  4. Give yourself grace. Personally, it’s easy for me to give grace to other people and see the best in them. I have a much more difficult time doing that for myself and I know I’m not the only one. I’m working to be as kind to myself as I try to be to others.

  5. Let go of perfectionism and embrace your own abilities. You don’t have to do more to be more. Each of us is already more than enough.

I love all of these tips but the conversation on the podcast episode is loaded with even more juicy inspiration! Please take some time to check out the Brava Podcast and spend some time applauding yourself and all the other crafty awesome women in this world!