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Prioritizing Goals & Thinking Long-term

Becky Higgins

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Becky Higgins

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6. Prioritizing Goals & Thinking Long-term

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Prioritizing Goals & Thinking Long-term

So we've done assessments we know what we have, we know what we don't have we know what we want to dio we think we know what we dio what now do we do with this information and let me reiterate reiterate that it's important to have the information to even know what to do? So I really this is this is the advantage to a three day course is that we have time to really talk about these steps to just jump into scrap booking and not really I have a purpose and you just jump in and just to jump in is fine it's an option, but we're all going to get smart here and really figure out where we need to begin based on our own personal assessments you've heard of stephen covey okay he's, author speaker very inspiring leader and he is the one I learned from who has said it's a very simple, well known worldwide universal concept begin with the end and mind and I think about this a lot I think about this a lot in my life and lots of different ways that we're not going into this is about scrapbooking, but...

let's talk about how it relates to scrap booking we've done our assessment, we know what we have and now with the information that we've gathered during this assessment will be able to know where to start and it's helpful what in my opinion it is helpful in terms of beginning with the end in mind to know where you're trying to go with this so I want you just to think for a minute what that end is what's the end because scrapbooking has never done it's like housework it's never done laundry is never done it's going to keep coming back going to keep taking more pictures scrapbooking will always be you know there will always be more to dio again don't get overwhelmed by that but if we can begin with the end in mind thinking what am I what am I trying to get out of this who is this for why am I doing this and by doing it because I think it would be fun to do something with my teachers and what a fun hobby okay that's one way to look at it what's another example of beginning with the end in mind how about I um my my my dad is aging for example my dad is aging he may not be with us much longer this isn't my story by the way my dad's young young spring check but what if he's not around tomorrow what have I done with his story? Maybe that someone's case in point or maybe beginning with the end in mind means my kids are not getting younger everyone's growing up at the speed of light I could hardly keep up but I don't want them to go to college without something that memorializes their childhood with me I raised them, what are they going to take with them? Maybe that's the end that we're thinking of and so by end I don't mean the end of the world or the end of an era or the end of whatever I mean what's that thing that you're reaching for that you're trying to get teo because until you know what that result is, you won't know how to start you might I mean, you might just dig in and start like I said that's fine, but I have personally gained so much clarity through this process of beginning with the end in mind, and I encourage you to do that with scrapbooking does anybody want to share what may be an example is for you a beginning with the end in mind, it doesn't have to be with scrap booking in general, but maybe a particular scott book project yeah, wave talk all you want my daughter is she'll be seven in january and I thought of that what am I going to do when she goes off to college? I'm not going to send her with six twelve by twelve albums there's no room in her dorm and she wouldn't want him anyway, so I took one your many albums anyway way going so I took one of your many albums and I did one picture a month, which was so hard to pair them down. But I did one picture a month, and she has won many album right now. So when she was off to college, will take three with her and that's it and that's all she needs for right now and then, if she ever wants more, I'll be at my house. I love that. I love that. Does anybody else want to share? Yes, go ahead. I have three kids. And so I took their school pictures for each year and put them in a mini book for each of them so they would have their school pictures. Might. My oldest is thirty. My youngest is twenty two. And then I took their school pictures in a book for me and just where they are, where they each were in kindergarten first grade through. So I have them all side by side so I could see all what they look like the same time and on down. One other thing that was fun was we did a family trip. First trip to hawaii with our kids, my oldest son being eighteen and his brother being eleven and they did a scuba diving trip together and then flip it around like four years later and so you have my son who's eighteen my son his eleven you flip it around four years later and my actually my eleven year old is now taller than his brother who's is years and so did another another small thing book of that just to show their experience together and what it was like so things like that even though it's just a segment of time it was just it was something that was really important to me and I hope that you know, like their kids they'll see that the camaraderie or whatever so absolutely thank you debbie that's great. Okay, so let's yeah, if you want to hear fries folks online actually, carol says she's thinking of starting a family and friends profile pics album and that cool yeah, that is so fun. Yeah, so we have more comments coming in literally what it sounds like it she would be taking a picture of all of the most important people in her life and putting them into an album that's really when you break it down that simple I mean it's not simple tio get the pictures like if they're not all like helping her out but what a great idea like really if there were a fire that would be like the one thing that she would grab because it's the most important people in her life like that? Yeah, those of its selfish I actually knew somebody who took one photo booth photo of himself once a month and he had done it for thirty something years fascinating was almost like a time let's oh my word and I saw them we'll meet and I said I wanted I was going to do it myself you know it's never too late tio dio he probably hasn't aids so probably you probably look the same, you know, thirty years in love but what a great idea and all these different ideas thank you for sharing fantastic yeah, you know, to this point and what we're talking about we really to begin with the end in mind to get that starting point we really can think very large scale or we can really break it down and really go you know what really matters is I just wanted to this one thing and so just do that one thing just start without that one segment let's let's talk about that a little bit it's important to establish our goals and from that point then we prioritize and so that would be in my assignment everyone to go around and assesses the first part the next part is to go great, so I've assessed now what what are my goals? That would be the next portion of this and I wrote down my own goals and I don't know that I asked you guys to do that at home before you came to be thinking about what are those goals and we've already heard from our our life internet audience some of the goals that they have these are my goals I have a lot of family albums I already explain kind of how that looks um I'm missing a year in there it was it was after we started the business and it was cray z, right? David crazy and so there I have all those pictures I've never not taken pictures, I just need to go back and fill in that gap and I can't remember which year it was, but it was, you know, sometime in the last few years I have a year still that I need to go back and say, ok, so in my mind I had this goal I want to get that done not talking about how I'm doing it yeah, I'm just saying ok, got that I want to do that and another goal that I have I have several is I do want to carry on and stay current that doesn't mean caught up that means I want to be able to stay current and we will talk a little bit more about this and death as well that I do want to mention that staying current for me is something that is it's personal for me staying current for you is going to be your own experience, so for example, staying current for me doesn't mean that every week I'm adding in to an album what happened this past week, I tried that I've done that and it works that different phases in my life and right now what works me does not look like that what works for me is which we'll talk about later is a process that involved do we doing nothing but taking pictures and then you know, I do a project we'll come back to that very personal it's very like you've got to do what works for you. Another goal that I have is that with my kids twelve by twelve albums I have our oldest is turning eleven he has um he has a few scrapbooks and I've done a lot of it I did traditional in the night added project life and since then I have some catching up to dio I don't have it all caught up. I certainly am not caught up on our daughter his eight we have a son who's five I'm you're going to see some of these and a little bit that's why I keep saying we'll come back because I'm going to show you actual real stuff but I have some catching up that I want to do in their albums that is not overwhelming because of project life, it's going to be this whole slipping into pockets, but it's on the list, it's a goal I need to do it! I want to do it. Um, let's, see? And then? And then after that, I decided that in my goals, I am prioritizing which we're talking about also. And so, for me, this current stuff is personal choice my priority. In other words, you heard about the other stuff that I don't have done. I don't have my child had done, I don't have david's child had done, I don't have a lot of heritage stuff that I've inherited, I don't have that done this it's everyone has a similar story, we all have a ton of stuff, you have to break it down and prioritize. I don't want anyone watching to think that I'm asking you to do it all. I wouldn't put that kind of pressure on myself. I can't do it all, I don't want to do it all. I just want to do what seems sufficient for my story, telling what resonates in my heart of what I think, that I should leave for my family and do for myself and so on and so forth, and so, as I look at this list and I think about my goals, I think specifically I want to focus on that year that's missing okay that's a that's a project right there just do that and then fill in the gaps in my kiss albums and as I become a little bit more current which this doesn't take months and months and months and months to deal because of the simplicity of the system. So once I get to that point where I feel comfortable there's no race, I'm not in a competition to get it done fastest or soonest I just know that once I get to that point where I'm comfortable with where we are, then I'm going to move on to the other things that would be really nice to d'oh but don't have to be done tomorrow and that does include our childhoods and that does include confession the one I do want to re dio is our wedding album it's just I flipped through the pages going oh my goodness and I think mike cut him all up and do crazy things but it's just so you know and so that's one thing that I might I might radio not encourage you to go back and redo albums personal goal personal thing heritage I mentioned and then I have on here same albums as inspired and what that means is that every once in a while if some special event or trip or something special with the kids or something like that comes along and we're going to show you a lot of examples of things like that, then I'm going to allow myself to go you know what? I'm not current, I'm not caught up or where I was to think I need to be, but I'm going to do this little project because with project life, it could take a matter of hours, not days, weeks or months. Ours everyone somehow weaken come across hours. Okay, so that this is the idea. Establish your goals and then prioritised. I have established my goals. I prioritized. I now feel like I know where I'm getting. Teo, where I need to be to start so that's where I want everyone else tio gets that point. So if anybody feel for you to interrupt, if you want to say anything about your starting point or any of those girls feel free to chime in and share um, okay, let's, talk about thinking long term. This goes along with beginning with the end in mind when you think long term a zay said this is the beginning. This is the beginning step before you kind of get to the starting line. Where do you see your albums in five, ten, twenty, fifty years. And this is another part of the getting with the end in mind, because we really need to think about this, and I thought about this several years ago, I was, you know, my albums were adding up as a scrapbook er I right was I was accumulating and I was taking up space in my house, I still him, I'm just saying, like, it was building and there is a lot, okay, but I never took the time to think long term, as I was doing, I was just doing it there's not a problem with that, but I felt really fortunate and assessing what was happening with my physical space because of all those albums, and so I want us all individually to think about where we want these albums to be an x amount of time, for example think about all of our family albums, their mamas, they're going to stay at my house, ok? I've got my family all those you know, one day when I'm gone, they're going to go everywhere else, but I like having them I like having them at home because when I think long term and I think when I'm old and gray and I have great grandchildren coming to visit, they know that they can see these stories in our family history at great grandma's house, okay, um, let's talk about college lisa, because you brought that up ok, you have to think about your seven year old daughter my daughter has about the same age is get me they're going to go to college about a year apart from each other and what has mom left for them to take? Well hopefully something okay that's the goal here but when I think about what my kids might be taking with them whether they're going to college or their head enough wherever and they're often you know, eventually getting married and having their own family's what do I want them to have? So when I say, where do you want to scrap books to end up that's what I'm talking about it's not just and this is not just for parents I realize there's a lot of people watching who don't have kids and so you have to think about this no matter what your situation is it's really important to yeah please unique situation step lin, who says hi from amsterdam says that they wanted to share one of their goals they've been offering hospitality for chinese refugee woman and her little dot daughter for over five years. They came into my house when the girl was only a few months old and they moved out at the beginning of this year the girl is six now and now they want to collect some of the pictures and that they have from them and then turn that into they allow yeah, so that's a long term right? That is a long term, unique special the circumstance and what what's so special about to me is it's not just what's happened and what the situation is but the fact that this person is actually thinking of doing something with it for someone else for someone else as a gift and what better gift can you give them what she's doing for the past five years and then to memorialize it to do something with it? Yeah, absolutely there are so many different circumstances that we all have whether it's kids or not single or married you know, let me hear living there I mean, we have all of these situations that we're in and where you know again I'll go back to my point I wish that I could just come home with you guys each of you individually and be with you individually to kind of help you sort through what your processes and I can't do that. So I think internally think about your goals and think about what you're trying to get out of this and that will be helpful to thinking long term now as for the college saying that we were talking about because I think about that a lot with mike and I say college but where you know when the kids leave the nest wherever they go whenever they go um I don't feel like I want my kids to have twenty albums of their life. Some people might say that's crazy, I would love to have, you know, but I as a scrapbook er, who has a lot, I think opposite, I think I want them to have something a little bit condensed, so they're actually look at it because if they just have a whole bunch, it might just seem like, thanks, mom, you know? But if they have this little siri's and so that's my goal, that's, what I'm getting to is that even though I don't want that to stop me or slowing down from documenting what is important to document, it helps me focus on my process because now, it's, not so much of like, I'm going to do one hundred layouts because I think every picture of them is cute. I'm thinking getting with the end in mind when porter goes to college or when he leaves the nest, I want him to have opposite take this much space and not that was space, ok, that doesn't. That just doesn't work in my mind for my family, for what? You know, I think of my kids, and so so that's, that's what I'm talking about and and whatever your situation, whatever your story and circumstances think about long term and part of that is also think about before you get started long term what she wants your albums toe look like sitting in your home for some people, whatever throw it to the wind doesn't matter this size that size, this color, that color, and then there's some of us, some of us who think a little bit more like, you know it means toe look, it needs toe look orderly needs toe look, you know, matchy matchy, whatever, I don't care what your style is and you shouldn't care what my style is, but let's, think about that when we begin with the end in mind as well. Yes, when you're saying long term, I'm a little bit more long term when the theme most people in this room when my grandfather hit alzheimer's yes, what they say is take pictures of them, and so I'm thinking long term, okay? When my husband and I are rocking in our chairs in the nursing home, I want to be able to remember who I was now, yeah. So that's where I'm thinking long term not long term for the kids long term for me personally I love that thank you so much for syrian that they were important there's a lot of we're going to actually be touched him or experience a similar to that where there's something there's something even more special and more purposeful and why people are doing this then it's fun to get our pictures in order thank you very much for sharing that get to that starting line you really do need to think about what goals suit you best and so just to kind of quickly go over these air just five examples of what maybe maybe all of us can relate to one of these so in scrapbooking do you want to start small by only just my goal is I just want to create a scrapbook just leave me alone after that I just want to do a scrapbook I'm new to this or I quit doing it years ago I just wanted to a scrapbook ok? Another idea is to be a dabbler tio make a few scott books over time you know just kind of get into it do it a little bit here a little bit there and move on another another goal for some people is to get dedicated stay get to the point where you are starting with your current stuff and you keep up with your own ongoing albums from here on now ok, I'm going I'm just going to be dedicated tio two doing this um playing catch up is something else that a lot of people will relate to don't worry about like what's going on right now or in the future but I have these pictures from the past no matter how long ago they were that are really important for me to do something with and then there is that really small percentage of people who are thinking I am going to do it all I'm going to do it past president future I'm in this to win it I am going to be so hard core and that's why I say it's a small percentage because it's really easy to get excited about scrapbooking it just is but I really don't think that it's realistic for me for a lot of you to think that we can do it all secretly I want tio secretly I want to be able tio walk through my house and see all those beautiful heritage scott books over here and the family office over there and the kids color you know, coded albums over there and everything is done and welcome to my library of our family history and feel like I have done it all and I really I'm going to be completely honest with you I have a hard time stepping away from that and I'm bringing that up because people feel the same way that are watching and maybe some of you deal with that air here we kind of want to do it all. So please bring yourself back and realize that you should not put that kind of pressure on yourself so let's talk about some examples that goals that might be set a little bit uh more attainable. Ok, so one this idea that that first example I gave you want to start small and start with just an album? Well, then the way that you start is what do you want to d'oh? Which album is so important? I love the idea that was shared through the internet from that person about a profile book all of her most important favorite people, family and friends into about great stop right there that's perfect that's one album it's attainable it's manageable you can do that. It could be the wedding album. It could be a trip. It could be honoring the life of your pet who is no longer it could be anything. Ok, start small, but start by knowing what that team is going to be if you're the type that's going to be a dabbler when a dabble in this in which albums do you want to complete? Okay, if I if I think in my mind I want tio several albums over the next, you know few years or whatever? Well then which ones you want to family ones do you want to do your kids? Do you want to do a bunch of many albums that are smaller, no more attainable and faster projects? Just I can't decide that for you I want you to really think about that and put it on paper if that help feel if you're the type that wants to get dedicated and you want to start right now and keep carrying on well, then by golly do it on I'm going to help you do it through the system through the product you'll get to know it here in just a few minutes a little bit better and, uh and then focus on that and don't worry about the past stuff if you're the type that wants to play catch up, how far do you want to go back? You talked about your dad, grandfather? Yeah, I mean, how far back you want to go? Or maybe somebody wants to go back to the very, very earliest heritage pictures that they inherited. Or maybe somebody is like, you know what a tease that's when I was raising my family that's when I was whatever blah, blah, blah you want to get those pictures and the albums been then you should you should play catch up, you should do that absolutely for that really teeny tiny category number five of those who want to do it all, just in case some of you were washing your like I d'oh, I want to do it all. I just want to say that it is possible, and we received testimonials on a regular basis of people who are doing all this is one woman, kathy in florida, who really did catch up on everything, and in the case of this she wanted to go back to massive catch up and she did it. I think she completed like all these albums and don't get overwhelmed by the image, by the way, because she really got creative as well, because that's in her nature but she did like so many yearsworth, but she did it in the matter off like weeks that's, crazy, awesome that's, phenomenal that's project life so let's get to the starting line. Assessing gets us to that point of being able to take action. We talked about that. Please remember that you don't have to do this assessment and you don't even have to do organization, which we're talking about next. Teo take action, but again we have times really dig into this, so I encourage it I think that it's helpful it's helpful to me it's helpful to a lot of people also keep in mind that our personalities and our life, circumstances and situations are very different from one another so as you kind of learn of what other people are doing, so get in and be inspired and take that and run with it if you want but really what ideas come to your mind based on your circumstances has to be what you go with. So so you're going to, you know, find yourself being very impressed and maybe even overwhelmed by what other before doing and just got a put that out of your mind and go this is this is what works for me, okay that's, how we get started that's how we get to that starting line that's how we assess begin with the end in mind and gets that point of knowing what I want to do and I hope that you guys have an idea it's hard when we're here talking because you're thinking I'm thinking a little bit, but I'm talking and it's when you go home it's after the show's over you're going to spend some time really processing this and you're going to be able to really define and clarify for yourself what your goals are and and what? This, beginning with the end in mind, looks like. So there we are. We're at the starting point. We're ready to go.

Class Description

Preserving your best memories doesn’t need to keep you from making new ones! Join memory keeping maven Becky Higgins for a class on her famous Project Life® scrapbooking system.

Chronicling a good life doesn’t require endless weekend hours glued to your glue stick. Becky will show you how to efficiently create one-of-a-kind scrapbooks using a simple method that preserves your memories and reflects your personal style. In this class, Becky will teach you her back-to-basics approach to memory keeping. She’ll cover organizing your photos, designing a timeless scrapbook and everything in between. You will learn how to select and compile your photos so your scrapbooks tell the story you want future generations to remember.

Whether you want to commemorate a major life event, document a trip, or start an ongoing scrapbooking project, this class will show you how to turn your big moments - as well as your everyday, seemingly mundane but equally important moments - into beautiful memories.

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Everyday Life Photo Ideas.pdf

Kari Holt Digital Project Life.pdf

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I have been involved with scrapbooking for many years and have made numerous purchases for supplies, a room full and then became so overwhelmed by all of it that I have done very little. The reason being, that I was so conscious of what everyone else was doing and mine never quite measured up to what I saw that others were doing with all the embellishments, and techniques. I then turned to card making because it was a much quicker gratification than studying and laboring over the perfect layout with the perfect paper and etc. I had gotten an earlier Project Life kit of Becky's a few years ago and because of a very busy life had never fully gotten the concept, but thanks to Creative Live and Becky I am on the right track now. I am so very motivated and have recently taken all of my photos out of old albums, boxes, etc. and have them at least in order by years so that now I can begin to document this life of mine. By the way, I just turned 70 and boy does that mean a lot of photos. I am equally excited to get an album started for each of my grandchildren that they can document their own lives. My three youngest are 9,11 and 13 and are so heavily involved in sports, community, church and life itself that they need to document this now, for sure they will forget when they are 70 and trying to play catch-up. I have been a fan and follower of all things Becky Higgins since the beginning of Creating Keepsakes and have always felt she was so very authentic in her aspect of documenting, living life and celebrating everyday living. She is awesome and thank you Creative Live for having her on and allowing so many of us to share in this 3 day event. I know I am catching this in the summer 2014 when In fact this was done in 2013, but better late than not at all. A very special thanks to Becky!!!

a Creativelive Student

I am very excited to document my families life. I have 5 kids and a wonderful husband and life goes so fast. I feel like I do everything on the express train! However, this course was not for someone with the ADD brain. This 3 day course could have easily been consolidated down to one day.... maybe two. I think Becky is adorable, however, think she said the same thing over and over again just a different way. I am excited to start project life and review the videos as I need to.

Kathy Laflen

I need help with organization and this class really helped. I also love the simplicity of Project Life. One of my favorite things was how pictures are taken of kids projects to preserve them rather than keeping the originals. Photos of hands has also become a new interest thanks to one of the guest presenters. This class was worth every penny!