Lauren's Day | May 2017

Lauren is Clark's wife. On August 20th last summer, Lauren celebrated her first birthday as a married woman in a hospital. She had been married exactly one week. The honeymoon was winding down after lots of fun and sunshine. On Friday afternoon, August 19th, Clark suffered a perforated peptic (stomach) ulcer. We now know that the vast majority of peptic ulcers are an infection of the stomach caused by the H. Pylori bacteria. Anyway, Clark fell to the floor of their hotel room, writing in severe pain. Perforated ulcers are a medical emergency because the peritoneum fills with stomach acid, which will cause death within 8 to 12 hours. I'm sharing this because my brand-new daughter-in-law (at the time) did exactly what she should have done. She called an ambulance and then called us. I already knew that I liked Lauren, but when she saved my son's life, that sealed the deal. As you can see, this girl is ADORABLE, but she is also cool under pressure. She listened to all of Clark's care givers and asked all the right questions. She is so kind and thoughtful. It was clear then and now that she makes the very best of unfortunate situations. I have wondered for years what it would be like to see one of my sons fall in love and (let's be honest) to "leave" me for another woman. Well, let me tell you ... Lauren has made this transition and family dynamic super EASY. I absolutely LOVE this girl. 

Greenery & Me.

The Pantone color of the year is the color of green that represents new growth!

The Pantone color of the year is the color of green that represents new growth!

I realized the other day that I didn't know what the Pantone Color of the Year is for 2017. What?! I know. Strange. For all the years that I worked in my magazine job or at Big Picture Classes, I always knew the color of the year—always. I was actually headed to bed when the thought popped into my head that I didn't know what this year's color is. I turned around, turned the lights back on, sat down at my computer to look it up, and ... I just about jumped out of my seat. The color is called Greenery and it's my color!!! Hello! I actually have a few friends that call this color of green, "Stacy green" because I am and always have been so completely smitten with a vibrant yellow-green. 

These colors constitute the Fashion Color Report for Spring 2017. It is a mix of vitality, relaxation and the great outdoors. 

These colors constitute the Fashion Color Report for Spring 2017. It is a mix of vitality, relaxation and the great outdoors. 

If color doesn't lie, and I don't think it can, then 2017 has got to be MY YEAR.

You may have seen this image before. I got it HERE. It's illustrative of the power of color for some of the biggest brands in the world. Click to enlarge!

Since "Greenery" is all about growth, I am choosing to boldly declare that this is a sign from the universe that I've got some exciting growing to do—which is in fact is one of the things I noted in my recent birthday post. For starters, I'm going to create a Stacy Julian color palette consisting of HAPPY colors. I once made a little scrapbook dedicated to my HAPPY colors, but now I'm making it official, as part of my personal brand. By the way, I think everyone should have a personal brand (in all actuality we do) and our own branded colors. Why not? Color is emotion and says a great deal about what we love, feel, stand for, believe and want to become. In other words, color is core to who we are and we should embrace it more often!

If you want to learn more about the message of Greenery for 2017, watch this video. If you just want to tell me how cool it is that MY BEST-LOVED COLOR happens to be the color of the year, then feel free to leave me a comment. You could tell me what YOUR signature color is and how you celebrate it. 

p.s. Technically, my most favorite color is yellow—just like the one pictured in the top left of the color grid above, but because I adore almost ALL greens, I've decided that mixing yellow + green means that YELLOW-GREEN is my go-to signature color. 

Geoff's Birthday | May 2017

It's my sweetheart's turn. This handsome guy is 51 today. I snapped this photo as he was headed out the door to work and I love how very telling it is. Geoff loves Jerry Garcia ties and chocolate breakfast smoothies. Between his role of physician and stake president, Geoff wears a tie nearly every day. And, most days he enjoys a chocolate shake for breakfast. I made this shake this morning, but Geoff generally makes his own and then gives the leftover shake to Addie, who let's him know exactly how it rates on the thickness scale! Notice too that Geoff's iPhone is in his shirt pocket. This guy does a whole lot with his phone. He stays on top of both roles mentioned above and loves to read news articles and church talks, and listen to podcasts and audio books. He rocks the voice recording features for text messages and emails--probably because he has been dictating doctor's notes for years--and he is lightening fast on Google. Geoff likes to be in the know. He reads and researches almost non-stop, which means he (almost) always has the right answer if not a very informed opinion. For the past three years, Geoff has traveled with me to Salt Lake City for the RootsTech conference. This past February, when we were there, he recorded a special memory he has of his mom. We found out last week that this story would be published on the new Story Mic podcast. I think this is a perfect thing to share on Geoff Day, because listening to this 3-minute clip will tell you a great deal about who my husband is and why! Click HERE to visit the podcast page or just listen below. 

See? Good stuff.
I love this guy ❤️ 

Chase Day | May 2017

In anticipation of today and writing this post, I sent Chase a text message and said, "Send me a pic right now!" He did, and guess what? He was IN THE LIBRARY. This is huge. When I was a college student, my dad drilled me about spending time in the library during the day. He said, "Treat your classes and studies as if they were an eight hour job. Don't go back to your dorm/apt until your work is done." Naturally, I have passed this wisdom on to my kids. And, how totally awesome is it that when I asked for a "right now" pic, Chase was in the library!! I'm so totally and completely PROUD of this boy. He is now 22 years old and studying at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho. Last fall in a career exploration class he discovered that his personality and temperament would be a good match for a career in counseling of some sort. He is taking his first psychology class this semester. Chase loves the French language, movies, and especially Star Wars movies. He collects all things Star Wars and faithfully observes, "May the 4th be with you" which has now become National Star Wars day. Chase is currently dating a darling girl, named Kiera from the Portland area. She quickly recognized as does everyone who spends anytime with Chase, that he is the NICEST person (pretty much on the planet). After some less-than-ideal experiences with boys, she is enjoying being treated like a princess! Last week, I received a random thank you card in the mail, from a Mrs. Rasmussen, who I do not know. Apparently, Chase was enlisted to help her and her husband move. This is some of what she said, "Chase was one of those that came to help. He showed up the next 2 days with a smile and a willingness to help ... I thought you might like to know how helpful and unselfish Chase was as he gave of his time in our service. He is definitely an example to those around him. Thank you for raising a wonderful Christ-like son."

Chase was recently called to serve as the Elder's Quorum President in his student ward. This is a pretty big responsibility and I'm loving talking to him as he is working to add to his natural gifts, new abilities and habits that will bless his life. Chase is always improving and he continually reminds me how lucky I am to be his mother. He pretty much rocks my world! 🌎❤️

 

Stacy's Birthday | May 2017

You know what's nice about 53? This no-make up face that is evidence of many years of smiling! 

You know what's nice about 53? This no-make up face that is evidence of many years of smiling! 

It's my BIRTHDAY!!! I'm actually writing this post 10 days after my birthday, but I started it on time and since it's still my birthday month, and since I have a few things to say (and commit to) as I head into my 53rd year of life, I'm going to finish this post. I'm now well past the half-century mark and I am first off, extremely grateful to be alive. I have experienced an increasing sense of gratitude for life's most basic experiences, like waking up with energy and a sense of well-being. In fact, with the exception of a couple of nagging frustrations, I am unbelievably content and very blessed. I give 100% credit for this happy condition to my Heavenly Father and to my fabulous parents. For as long as I can remember, I have been taught the gospel of Jesus Christ and I have tried diligently to learn about and follow Jesus' example. I strive to keep God's commandments—the big ones and the little ones. This effort has been so worth it. It has blessed my marriage and my parenting and my children. Life is often frustratingly difficult, but it is much easier when we do the things we ought to do. Good values make good people. I can say this without hesitation. I am in no position to judge anyone else or anyone else's choices or journey, but I'm eternally grateful for the guidance of Christian principles and values in my own life. 

I've learned in the last fifty years that I have a tendency to be dissatisfied. On paper, I'm super good and content and all is well, but in the daily execution of daily things I am constantly evaluating, analyzing and making adjustments in an effort to improve: myself, my marriage, my eating habits, home decor, my laundry processing process, the organization in my silverware drawer, you name it, I am continually wondering if it's good enough or if there isn't something I could do to tweak it for the better. This can be exhausting and I'm certain aggravating—especially where my assessing bumps into someone else (i.e., husband and kids). In the midst of this endless evaluation sits this odd tendency to procrastinate little and big tasks. Case in point: The dresser in my bedroom is (right now) strewn with stuff that I collected on our spring break trip to New York City. I've looked at and walked by that pile/mess for over a month now, but I don't clean it up. Weird. It will take me ten minutes (tops) when I decide to do it, but most days I see it as I'm headed out of my bedroom and I have other things I want to do. I think to myself, "I should stop and pick that up and dust real quick" but I don't. I know this is an energy draining habit. Here's another one. I purchased and framed a print for my "best books" corner in our living room. I was super excited to get this print framed and now it's been sitting on the floor for over two weeks. Hello? Hang it up already! So weird. I guess I'm just a strange mix of efficiency mixed with unusual amounts of unfinished work and random piles. This bothers me. I'm often paralyzed by it and I'm actually analyzing it as I write and hoping that by the time I'm 53 I will have it figured out. 

Buy birthday flowers and meeting this really sweet lady from Germany. I was so tickled that my hubby took a picture!

Buy birthday flowers and meeting this really sweet lady from Germany. I was so tickled that my hubby took a picture!

Next, I've been thinking for a while about the amazing opportunities I've had in the scrapbooking industry. I have been so lucky and I've worked hard. I have so many happy, happy memories of editorial meetings, events, travel and online classrooms. I *think* I'm NOT done contributing yet, but I'm not sure what is next. I've thought a great deal about my future in the past year, and very recently some possibilities seem to be taking shape. I'm 98% SUPER EXCITED, but I'm also feeling careful about my time and energy and I'm anxious to clarify (for myself) what I want to do and what I don't want to do. I also question whether I have what it takes to support and promote new ideas, ie. social media, etc.. 

And finally, I have been wanting (for months) to find a new approach to exercise. It's funny. I'll decide I'm going down to the Cross Fit gym first thing Monday morning to sign up, and then not go. I'll start and stop yoga, which I've done twice since the beginning of the year. One of my resolutions was to simply do 45 minutes a day on my elliptical machine, until I could find something else better, but then I stood in the grocery store line and read that at my age I should really be lifting weights and that was the end of that. I do walk often, with and without girlfriends, and I enjoy that. I will also jog some and even build up distance for a few days, but then I go on a trip and end up quitting OR I do well until it rains for 4 days straight and then I never start again. I can't imagine that this frustration is super unique for a woman my age, but it is nonetheless aggravating and energy-sucking and discouraging. You know? But ... I did just read about a new book. Actually, I saw it on someone's Instagram story. I immediately looked it up on Amazon—visited the website and read all about it. I decided to give it to myself for my birthday and as of right now, my body is very HAPPY with it, but I'm not going to reveal what it is until I've finished the initial learning phase of 3 weeks. What I'm doing is very different than anything I've done in the past and I have a feeling if I can stick with it for the first month, I will stick with it for the rest of my life. It's that good! 

And, on that lovely cliff-hanger, I'll wrap this up.
As a recap, my specific #GOALS for the next year of my life are ...

1. Stop procrastinating stupid little jobs that become energy-sucking evidence of my lack of follow through. 

2. Stage a smart, intentional re-entry into the scrapbook industry, so that I can do more of what I love and share it. 

3. Give my new approach to exercise a one-month and then a one-year test and measure the results. Focus on whole-body changes that will strengthen me and help me age gracefully!

Happy Birthday to ME