Big Dreams Daily Joys with Elise Blaha Cripe

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No matter your age, it is never too late to start something new that is on your heart or that you’ve been dreaming about. That is one piece of wisdom that today’s guest, Elise Blaha Cripe and I discuss from her book, 100 Pep Talks. 

I am so excited to have Elise on the show today. Elise has been sharing thoughts and DIY projects online since 2005. She has been running an online shop of handmade goods since 2008 and in the past few years, she has launched GET TO WORK BOOK® and self-published a book, 100 Pep Talks. Her new book, Big Dreams and Daily Joys will be releasing this October. We discuss her favorite part of being a scrapbooker, ignoring the voices in your head that tell you that you can’t do something and dealing with critical people.

What’s in this episode:

  • How she got started in her career as a full-time maker

  • How Elise crafts a life that she loves

  • Setting creative goals and following through on them

  • Thinking about your “why” when trying to monetize your hobbies

  • Being honest with herself and her audience

  • How she ended up creating 100 Pep Talks

  • Elise’s main priorities for making her planner

  • Her favorite part about being a scrapbooker

  • Giving people permission to try a craft

  • How it’s never too late to start something new

  • How Amy feels about people being so critical

  • Ignoring the voices in the back of your head

  • Elise’s new book, Big Dreams Daily Joys

  • Being inclusive of everything that's going on behind the scenes

  • Elise’s advice for people who feel the need to get to the end result

  • The craft projects that Elise is obsessed with right now

  • How Elise uses her daily habit tracker

  • Why Elise only checks her email through her computer

  • A quote that Elise is loving right now

About Elise:

I'm Elise and I make stuff. That's who I am and that's my job.

I started a blog in 2005 because I wanted to share my thoughts with the Internet. A year later, I began sharing craft projects and tutorials. In 2008, I opened my first online shop and since then, I have made and sold everything from letterpress prints to wooden plant stands.

Over the years, I have learned that while I'll always make stuff, my true passion is in helping people set and work towards their goals. In 2015, I launched the brand GET TO WORK BOOK® which provides tools to help you get your goals organized and do the work to reach them. I believe that big things happen one day at a time and my products are designed to schedule out those days. You can learn more about GET TO WORK BOOK® and shop the line here.

I live in San Diego, California with my husband, Paul, and our two young daughters, Ellerie and Piper. In fall 2017, I launched a self-paced eCourse about creating with your kiddos. You can learn more about that here.

Connect with Elise:

Website | Instagram | Blog

Links:

100 Pep Talks
Get to Work Book
Big Dreams Daily Joys by Elise Blaha Cripe
The Farm by Joanne Ramos
Man In The Window: The Golden State Killer Podcast
To Live and Die in LA

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SAVORing the Season

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Don’t you remember those incredible summers when you were growing up? Ones that were full of freedom and enjoyment? On today’s solo episode, I am talking about taking the time to savor the most sun and fun of this season. Just because we’re all grown up doesn’t mean our sense of wonder has to end. 

I share why you should lean into fear and learn to embrace yourself for all of your unique quirks. When you allow your unique self to rise to the surface, you will feel more stimulated and alive. Honoring this and loving yourself for it will fuel that little glimmer inside of your soul that allows you to create, design and live your life to its fullest. I also chat about why you should savor the season, set intentions for yourself and the importance of indulging in your adventurous side. 

What’s in this episode:

  • Amy’s memories of her childhood summer

  • Indulge in the more adventurous side of yourself

  • Disconnecting from distractions 

  • The fear of facing struggles on your own

  • Amy’s favorite mantra from her book

  • Choosing to enjoy and savor your life

  • An acronym for the word savor

  • Setting your own intentions for the summer

Links:

Craft a Life You Love by Amy Tangerine
Hammer Museum - Hammer Museum - free admission!

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 savoring this season no matter where you are in your life and in the world.

Beginning Your Inner Work with Heidi Stevens

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If you’re feeling stuck in your 9 to 5 or you keep toying with the idea of turning your side hustle a full-time gig then this is the episode is for you. 

What does it feel like to break through the conventional path set out for you and chase after a dream? It’s very different for everyone but many people experience a certain amount of fear. After all, it isn’t easy to embrace those big unknowns in the beginning. Today I am joined by my friend, Heidi Stevens, an entrepreneur who built a 7-figure real estate business but couldn’t help but feel that something was missing. Heidi transitioned to being a soulful business coach and hasn’t looked back since. We discuss what it was like for her to transition into this new role, how she realized it was time to step out of the real estate business and the importance of setting intentions for your life.

What’s in this episode:

  • How Heidi transitioned from the real estate industry to soulful business coaching

  • Hiring a mentor to help her begin coaching

  • Merging her real estate business 

  • Realizing she had to step out of the business

  • The first steps to take to begin your inner work

  • Collaborating with other women

  • Setting intentions for your life

  • Heidi’s non-negotiables for crafting a life she loves

  • Giving yourself space and scheduling a pause

  • A quote that helps Heidi in times of challenge

  • Finding inspiration and taking action

There is so much to be gained from our conversation and if you already listened (and loved what you heard) I have good news– I was actually a guest on Heidi’s podcast The Soul of Business and you can tune into that conversation here.

Beginning Your Inner Work with Heidi Stevens

About Heidi:

Heidi Stevens is a soulful business coach for service-based creative entrepreneurs.

In her one-on-one work with clients and through her transformative Thrive program, Heidi supports women in getting clear on their strategy, up-leveling their mindset, and tuning into their spirituality.

Over the past decade, Heidi built one of the most successful real estate firms in Los Angeles, alongside Kenny, her partner in business and in life. The two grew the firm to a multiple 7-figure business, and Heidi built and trained a team of more than fifteen people. Despite her professional success, her life felt divided. During the week, Heidi was managing her team and closing deals. Then, on the weekends, she’d step into the spiritual side of herself — attending personal development workshops, working with coaches and healers, and getting her Masters in Spiritual Psychology. 

Heidi noticed that the more she leaned into meditation, mindset work, and manifestation exercises, the more successful her business became. She realized business strategy and spirituality were closely aligned and one could inform the other. Heidi wanted to help other women discover this connection and use it to strengthen and grow their businesses and create more easeful, prosperous lives.

Over the past two years, Heidi has mentored more than a hundred women through phases of concentrated growth — both through her private client work and her group program, Thrive. She has helped them find more outward success, inner harmony, and overall growth.


Connect with Heidi:

Website | Instagram | Facebook


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One Little Word with Ali Edwards

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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.

On today’s episode, I am joined by Ali Edwards, designer, blogger, workshop instructor and author. We chat about choosing a word to keep you accountable in all aspects of your life and how having a word helps you to embrace the grey areas. I always love talking to Ali, she's such a real, authentic and encouraging force. She is someone that I have admired for so many reasons and I am sure that many of you have too. We also discuss owning your story and celebrating it, being okay with being a beginner, and recognizing the importance of words in your life and the impact that they can bring to strengthen relationships.

What’s in this episode:

  • Where Ali’s passion for storytelling came from

  • How her aesthetic has changed and simplified

  • Leading with your story

  • Why Ali started a workshop

  • Choosing a word to lead your life

  • Becoming more aware of your habits and tracking them

  • Finding solutions that fit you and your lifestyle

  • How she started with her scrapbooking events

  • Being vulnerable and brave when sharing

  • How Ali crafts a life she loves by saying “no”

  • Having a trusted person to push you toward growth

  • Creating boundaries for your work and life

  • Focusing on your health

  • Owning your story and celebrating it

About Ali:

Ali Edwards' passion resides in that very special place where the stories and images of life intersect.

Designer, blogger, workshop instructor, and author of four books about memory keeping, Ali is well known for authentically capturing everyday life with photos and words and creating memory keeping projects from those moments that pass by in an instant.

Guided by simple principles such as not making things more complicated than they need to be, focusing on the things that matter most and embracing imperfection, Ali Edwards is proud to be a work in progress.

She believes without a doubt that there's no right or wrong way to do all this, that the real stories are worth telling, and there's a whole lot of celebrating to do even in the midst of the challenging pieces of life.

Since 2004, Ali Edwards blog, workshops and memory keeping projects have inspired tens of thousands of people to share their own stories and enrich their own lives through the process.

Ali lives in Eugene, Oregon with her two children and their cat George Washington.

Connect with Ali:

Website | Facebook | Personal Instagram | Wellness Instagram | Business Instagram

Links:
Ali's Shop (Use my code AMYTAN15 for 15% off)
Heal

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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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