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2018ex | a journey in memory keeping

If you're a fan of Heidi Swapp, and, let's face it, who isn't?, then you've most likely seen her new campaign...2018ex.



If you haven't heard of 2018ex...then take a look as Heidi explains...



From Heidi's website:

You can make a “fresh start”—and enact positive changes in your life—at any time of year, not just January 1st. I don’t know about you, but after the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the New Year always comes along WAY too suddenly for me to be thinking about life goals. So in the past, I’ve rushed into it, making long lists of (unrealistic) resolutions, as if I’m trying to change everything about myself all at once.
This year, I decided to do things differently. I took the month of January to take stock of my life and my goals, to ponder and reflect, and to set intentional intentions for 2018. I want to go all in this year—with my planning, with my business, with my life.
That’s what 2018ex is all about. In my quest for an extraordinary year, I’ve selected 12 monthly intentions, and I’m going to use my Fresh Start planning system to make them a reality.


Since she first announced this Planner Journey, I've been all-in. 

This month's Intention is Exhale...Just Breathe.

And, as I've been pondering, understanding, and focusing on the 4 Pillars of Memory Keeping as they pertain to this intention, I've also been keeping a record of my observations.

Alongside my regular daily memory-keeping, I've been using Heidi new Fresh Start Travel Journal to document my own 2018ex.


Take a look at this quick video to see my daily process in this notebook...


I've loved having this companion book alongside my regular Memory Planner. It's really made me stop and look and think and feel. It's made me more intentional and more grateful. And it's made me more aware of things I may have missed if I hadn't been looking.


I've added some of the images that Heidi has posted on Instagram to my notebook...and I've written down a lot of her ideas for this journey - just so that I have them to refer to easily...


I've also left space for the photos that Heidi has challenged us to take over the month. I've gotten only one of them so far...but I still have a little time.


I'm also keeping track of some of the longer stories that have taken place during February in this notebook...stories that are just too lengthy to record in my regular Memory Planner.



I can't tell you just how much I've enjoyed this process so far.

I think it's really deepened my love for memory-keeping...and it's most certainly help to change the way I look at my day...

I've been astounded at just how much beauty and amazingness takes place in just an ordinary day...and I'm so looking forward to seeing how the rest of the year unfolds.

Learn more about the 2018ex journey at heidiswapp.com - and follow the hashtag #2018ex on Instagram for information & inspiration!


2018 (so far) in my Memory Planner

See how I'm documenting our 2018 in my Heidi Swapp Fresh Start Memory Planner, today on the Heidi Swapp blog...



...and read my process for how I'm staying current - no small feat for me...

I hope you can take a minute to check it out!

Best Night Ever | Heidi Swapp Lightbox

Happy Friday, everyone!

And Happy National Pizza Day!

Really...if you're going to celebrate any obscure holiday, it might as well be National Pizza Day, right?

To get ready for our celebration (which actually should be called, "Thank Goodness I Don't Have to Cook Tonight Day"), I put together a little Heidi Swapp Lightbox vignette on our bar cart...complete with our "instructions" for the evening...


Best night ever, right?

And don't you just love the typeface on this megapack of Lightbox slides?!

Whimsical & fun but still so cool...


The one thing I didn't love about it, though, was that the pack came with only 1 "Z."

So I made my own!

Along with all the options Heidi has in fonts & colors for her Lightbox slides, she also has created blank slides...perfect for just this dilemma.

I grabbed one of the blank slides and held it over my "Z" slide...then I simply traced around the letter with a Sharpie. 

And done!

Works perfectly.


We like to think of ourselves as pizza aficionados around here - I mean we are from Chicago...so I always make sure to get our favorite pizza condiments ready...

Habanero sauce (El Yucateco is THE BEST!), Honey (there's nothing better than pizza crust dipped in honey), Tabasco (both green & red), parmesan, garlic salt & giardiniara are some of our favorites.

Oh man, I can't wait until tonight!


How are you going to enjoy your pie tonight?

Have a great weekend! And thanks so much for stopping by!


One more story told | Heidi Swapp Storyline

As documenters, we know just how important it is that we tell our own stories...that we appear in our family photos...and that we are remembered...

...but that's not always as easy as it sounds.

I'm up on the Heidi Swapp blog today with a little different approach on how to do just that...


I hope you can take a minute to head on over and check it out.


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