Category: Be The LOVE

Introducing: 30 Days of Thankful – A Gratitude Project

Hi friends!

If you’re not in there yet, you NEED TO jump on over to my Facebook group Be The Love! Every week I post a LIVE video – usually on Mondays – where I share what I am reading/learning/practicing to get more aligned with myself, to dive deeper, and to continue to grow as a person.

 

It’s a passionate share of my love affair with self-improvement, something I can’t ever seem to get enough of.

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This week I shared the work that I’ve done in the past with 30 days of Thankful – a project I have done EVERY YEAR since 2012.

Here’s the idea.

What is a Gratitude Project?

It’s super simple. Every day in the month of November, I take a couple of minutes to document something that I am grateful for. I take a photo, I write some words, I drop it all into a small scrapbook and call it good.

If you’re not familiar with gratitude, you should really just watch the live video I did this week in the Facebook group. In 2 minutes, I give you 50 ideas on how to do this whole Gratitude thing. It’s easy.

My Project in 2017

This year I’m taking it a step further. This year I’m writing a rampage of gratitude (something I picked up from Jess Lively’s podcast this summer). The basic idea is to write for a set number of minutes (or as long as you want) about each and every thing you’re grateful for.

When you’re doing it, you are also thinking really positively and feeling the emotion of gratitude.

It gets you in a really awesome mood. No joke. It’s SOOO GOOD.

 

Stay tuned to hear more on the progress. And check back daily as I share ALL THE THINGS I’m grateful for this month!

 

xoxo,

Julie

Let’s Change the Way We View the Selfie

Hi friends! This post was originally published in April 2015 on my former blog How I Sustain. I’m adding it here because it’s such an important and relevant post and subject still today. It’s about loving yourself, starting with the INSIDE. Curious? Read more. Enjoy!

I love every opportunity I get to improve myself and my favorite self-improvement moments tend to involve actively working through my own insecurities. It’s hard work, but the payoff is absolutely worth it.

When I first discovered Project Life and pocket scrapbooking in 2012, it didn’t take long for me to notice that many of my favorite layouts by my favorite designers included pictures of themselves (selfies). I remember simultaneously admiring them and thinking “That’s amazing. I could never do that”.

I thought about it. A lot.

Truly, more than I care to admit.

There were so many moments, so many favorite outfits, and so many favorite memories that I wanted to capture of myself – and I didn’t. And the reason I didn’t capture them was because I was self-conscious about how other people would perceive me.

My inner critic looked at selfies as self-indulgent, selfish, and grossly unnecessary. It hated the angles that I used and the way things translated onto camera. It hated how imperfect or grainy or strangely lit the photos were. It hated the fact that I took a picture. It hated the entire thing.

I think most people know at least one person that sees self-portraits as something negative. And as much as I love my friends and family, the selfie trend hasn’t exactly caught on in my social circles. So when I want to take a picture of myself, I know what they’re thinking. And that’s why, for a long time, I didn’t take them. Even when I was alone, I carried that fear and judgement with me.

But as I looked through my own albums, and admired pictures of my favorite coffee shop, my best friends, my husband, my dogs, my garden, and my family – it was obvious that there was only one thing missing from my album: me.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized how important it was for me to be in my own albums. And I realized that I really like selfies. And that I didn’t care what other people thought.  And, five years from now, I know that my future self I would want to see me in the album too.

First Prompt

Today the first post (my prompt) for the #myselfiescrapbook project can be found here.

Everyone, I’m telling you now, just being connected to this group of talented memory keepers and designers for this FREE project is such an outstanding opportunity. And it’s inspired me to push myself. And I’m in love with what I’m creating for this project.

My Layouts

After literally YEARS of debate, I finally decided to take the plunge and purchase Photoshop. It’s been 2 days and after a few quick tutorials, I’m completely in love with this program. I still feel very strongly that it’s not necessary to make beautiful scrapbooks, but in terms of what I want to do with design, it’s a necessity. And I’m very VERY happy with my work already (if you don’t have photoshop, but want to make a digital album, check out this post).

But let me add this: the layouts, the photographs, the prompts, the class – it’s all part of this wonderfully inspired moment I’m having right now. And it’s in part because I’m working with, and connected to, a lot of talented ladies that have helped me reign in my style and, unknown to them, absolutely pushed me to be better at what I love. And I’m happy to be where I am.

So here are my layouts. For more on the story behind these photos, and to create your own, check out all of our posts, now re-blogged at Little Paper Projects.

 

Page 1 and 2 | Created using materials provided by The Teal Lime Press; word art by Ali Edwards

Happy snapping, friends!

xoxo,

Julie

 

BE THE LOVE

Friend. YES. Can I tell you something?

It is SO so good that YOU are here.

It is SO so good for me to be here.

It is SO so good to be writing this, living emotionally and spiritually in a place where I am ready to share my journey with you.

Friend, I have been waiting and waiting for this moment to come for a long time now. To get to a place where I can start writing and sharing all that I’ve been working on this year.

You see, I started this year with one goal in mind: to bring security, stillness, and stability into my life. To feel my feet on the ground. And to stand tall, knowing that my footing is securely rooted in each aspect of my life. From family, to my body, to my profession, and my mind. All whole. All clear. All confidently, securely in place.

I chose a word for this year: SECURE. It’s not sexy and certainly doesn’t immediately build a sense of inspiration, but it is EXACTLY what I needed to bring me to where I needed to be.

Then, as has been the pattern in my life for some time, things got a little shook up, I felt myself falling off balance, and I chose stillness, quiet, and a bit of retreating into myself to find solid ground.

And it was okay. It was fine. Because I knew, in my heart, that life doesn’t always grant us the space to build our ideal lives, but if we try, it can give us exactly what we need to get there. 

Professionally, as a yoga teacher, I am on both feet. Personally, as someone who has reached a period of transition and whole living after years of trying, I am clear. As a mom, as a member of this little family, I am whole. And that is all I ever wanted from the beginning.

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All of that is to say: I’m good, you guys. Really, really good. And I am SO so excited to share all that is coming with you. From daily inspiration, to all of the fun little projects in my pipeline. I want this space to be somewhere we can connect, have interesting conversations, to get deeper, and get into the stuff that makes us tick. If that sounds interesting to you, join my Facebook Group: Be The LOVE. I promise it will take a lot of fun twists and turns in this next year. And I would love for you to join me on that journey.

 

See you there!

xoxo,

Julie