L&R Book Club: September/October Firestarter Sessions

Ok, so summer was slow and relaxing and we read all allowed ourselves 2 months to read a book that probably could have taken 2 hours.

But fall will be here soon (!!) and it is time to kick all our butts into gear.

Which is why the L&R Book Club selection for September/October 2014 is

The Firestarter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte

Official book description from Amazon:

The Fire Starter Sessions is an apathy-kicking, integrity-infusing guide to defining success on your own terms.

As the creator of DanielleLaPorte.com–deemed “the best place online for kick-ass spirituality,” Danielle LaPorte’s straight-talk life-and-livelihood sermons have been read by over one million people. Bold but empathetic, she reframes popular self-help and success concepts:

: Life balance is a myth, and the pursuit of it is causing us more stress then the craving for balance itself.
: Being well-rounded is over-rated. When you focus on developing your true strengths, you enter your mastery zone.
: Screw your principles (they might be holding you back).
: We have ambition backwards. Getting clear on how you want to feel in your life + work is more important than setting goals. It’s the most potent form of clarity that you can have, and it’s what leads to true fulfillment.

(Note: This is a good lead-in to The Desire Map that I am planning on choosing for January/February 2015)

Grab your copy of The Firestarter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte from Amazon, your library, your friend’s bookshelf, your local bookstore, Audible. Wherever. September 1 is soon!

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Review: SPARK ecourse

review spark ecourseMy brain stops working about mid-afternoon and my energy gets depleted after about 6 months of hard work. I can’t help it. I’m not Beyonce. Sometimes a girl just needs to reset everything and start again.

I’ve let myself have a slow 2014 so far, but around about May or so I started feeling like I would never get it back. My drive. My insane ambition and focus and ability to finish things. My awesome friend Kam happened to launch her new SPARK ecourse about that time (lucky for me) and I have spent the last few weeks going through all her tips to help rekindle that fire that I used to have for blogging.

Kam is one of the smartest bloggers people I know; I am always so grateful when she has time to help me talk through my own overwhelm and BLAH.

And now I have a few live events coming up, and I’ve gotten so much done and I honestly feel so ready to kick my blog into high gear come this fall.

What is the SPARK ecourse?

Spark will take you through the 30 day process of getting out of a blogging rut. It’s an email based course so the daily content is delivered straight to your inbox – no hassle of remembering a password to some website you’ll only visit once or twice. Some of the tasks are a little unconventional, but if you trust the process and you have a little fun while finding your spark, you’ll understand why Kam included some of the sillier things with each email. This is the prescription she gave herself to halt her blogger burnout in January. In fact, I’m sure she used some of the lessons again recently when she was burning ALL of the midnight oil.

To be honest, for me the daily emails were too much. I barely have time to manage my inbox as-is and an extra email plus task every day was more than I could handle. BUT all I did was create a folder in my email account, file them away and revisit them when I could. It probably took me close to 60 days to get through the 30 day course (and that doesn’t include adding some tasks to my calendar for the future).

That is how full and thorough the SPARK ecourse is. Each email has a main task – including why it matters and easy ways to break it down – plus another small handful of external resources for additional reading.

I’ve got so many ideas now!

Plans I have after taking the SPARK ecourse:

  • Reconfigure my workspace. I need a dedicated one instead of just taking my laptop all over the house
  • Pitch some guest posts. Particularly to promote the new tiny niche site I will be launching next month.
  • Add more to my ‘working’ playlist. It’s not quite long enough yet.
  • Scheduled a re-read of the SPARK emails starting Jan 1
  • … plus a few more things I have spread out over the next 6 months.

CLICK HERE to register and join me!

Even better? Use discount code SPARKLEMON for 20% off

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LIVE: Virtual retreat for BUILDers

Mark your calendars! I will be hosting the first virtual BUILD retreat August 22 – 24.

virtual retreatYou *must* be a registered BUILDer to attend, so be sure you join now! It’s the best time to jump in – the price of BUILD will be raising on September 1 to reflect all the extra content that has been added in over the last year since it was originally launched.

Which means, if you register now you will be getting:

  • Lifetime access to the full (giant) self-paced ecourse (including any and all additions)
  • Access to the private mastermind Facebook group
  • Access to the virtual retreat in August
  • The original price before it goes up!

Plus, of course, you will have the blog-building tools right at your fingertips for a big fall push!

This is the perfect opportunity to set aside some sacred focus time to get done what you want to get done.

The BUILD ecourse is self-paced, so I know everyone will be working on their own thing. The retreat will be structured as a series of themed Q&A live events, so if you are working on building your email list you can pick my brain during the marketing session, or if you are working on your editorial calendar, jump on for the content section. This format allows me to exactly personalize the weekend experience for the BUILDers who attend.

Please note: We will all be in different time zones, but I would be useless at 3am, so you will be able to submit your questions ahead of time.

Schedule:

Friday, August 22:

  • 7pm ET: General mixer and discussing goals

Saturday, August 23:

  • 10am ET: Design
  • 3pm ET: Content
  • 8pm ET: Monetization

Sunday, August 24:

  • 11am ET: Marketing
  • 3pm ET: Maintenance
  • 8pm ET: Congrats! You did it!

There is a private Facebook event where links and discussion can be posted. Plus each Q&A will be recorded and live in the BUILD ecourse content, so you can come back and listen as many times as you like.

Be sure you REGISTER soon – so you can jump in to the virtual retreat!

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NURTURE: Resting and resetting

I am taking next week off from Lemon and Raspberry.

hammockI haven’t done this in AWHILE. Whenever I go on a proper vacation, I have always just worked ahead so posts went up while I was gone.

But I feel like this is something I need to try. I am now halfway through my year to NURTURE, and I really feel like this is the perfect time to rest and reset. Nurturing can be working more on the things I already have in my life, but it can also be stepping back from other commitments. Just taking a break.

I don’t have anything specific planned. I’ll get a little bit ahead for the following week. I’ll read and think and plan and reboot. And probably plan some more, because that is what I do.

I need to get some distance from the every-day-content-creation that I’ve been on for so long.

And then I’ll probably redo all of my SPARK ecourse tasks when I start up again.

We’ll call it a reward for my 1 year quit-eversary. We’ll call it an experiment. We are not going on a proper vacation this year, but next week is a holiday in the U.S. and Andrew’s birthday, so why not. I have no idea how this will go, but I think this is the time to try.

Come back on July 7 for my June book report! And I’ll be sure to let you know how this brain-nurturing-break goes.

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L&R Book Club: May/June

I’ve been enjoying the L&R Book Club so much! Reading is more or less my life, so having someone to discuss books with (or lots of someones) has been the best.

We read 1 book every 2 months – because I know everyone is busy and these are the kinda books you want to sink in and implement. After a quick mini poll in the Facebook Group, I am excited to announce the L&R Book Club choice for May and June 2014:

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp

I have owned this book for years and still never read it. I think I’m intimidated by it.

I mean, I have heard only really positive, raving reviews. Which means this book is probably fantastic. Which means it will *probably* change my life in someway. Which is obviously slightly scary and unsettling.

So (for years) I have put off reading The Creative Habit until I felt “ready” and that I had the space in my life to handle it.

Well, I guess it’s now or never. Not only is NURTURE my One Little Word this year, but June will be my 1 year anniversary of quitting my day job.

What better time is there to jump?

So! I hope you’ll join me over the next couple months! Grab The Creative Habit from Amazon or your library or other chosen book store and get ready to change your ideas about creativity.

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What have I signed myself up for?

I will be starting TWO online creative workshops today!* Which is WAY WAY more commitment to creative projects that I have made in awhile.

I keep telling myself I can totally do this and stay caught up – I’m not sure if I believe it.

Project Life Lessons

Project Life Lessons is a workshop from Elise Blaha Cripe, Annette Haring, and Megan Anderson with their tried-and-true tips in the areas of photo management, storytelling, organization, assembly, and more. Whether your Project Life approach involves weekly spreads, monthly highlights, or something more custom, you can establish an effective working process that will help you make your albums a better reflection of who you really are and what matters most to you.

I am super behind on my 2014 Project Life spreads, so I’m thrilled to maybe get some new ideas and inspiration.

CLICK HERE to register and join me!

My Details Class

My Details is a 2 week online workshop full of 10 journaling prompts to help record your details. Use the 10 prompts to document about your present details or use them to document about the you from the past, or do BOTH as Megan and Kristin have! They will inspire you with 40+ takes on the prompts between the two of them in the form of mini-book pages, pocket page spreads, traditional layouts, and more! You can return to these prompts again and again to document your details and can even return to them later to translate them into documenting the details of others!

I am excited about having the excuse just to write. I think I’ve decided to just journal in a Word doc so I don’t have to worry about running out of room – and THEN deciding what to do with my journaling.

CLICK HERE to get your spot – use discount codes LEMONDETAILS for $2 off

Let me know if you are interested in my blogging my progress! 

Both workshops have some great pre-class bonuses that I have had so much fun going through!

*Please note: Because I am friends with one of the teachers and have helped promote,
my seats in these classes were gifted to me

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Giveaway winner: MyDetails online workshop

Thank you to everyone who entered the MyDetails workshop giveaway last week!

…. and the winner is ….

Congrats to Hannah!

I’ll see you in the class! If you’re not Hannah – check out the details below and get your own spot.

 

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Use the 10 prompts to document about your present details or use them to document about the you from the past, or do BOTH as Megan and Kristin have! They will inspire you with 40+ takes on the prompts between the two of them in the form of mini-book pages, pocket page spreads, traditional layouts, and more! You can return to these prompts again and again to document your details and can even return to them later to translate them into documenting the details of others!

Whether you’re a blogger, a mini book maker, a journaler, a pocket scrapbooker, or a traditional scrapbooker, we’ve got ideas for you to make sure you are telling YOUR story and YOUR details in your memory keeping! Join us–the pre-classroom is accessible NOW and prompts begin April 14!

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CLICK HERE to grab your spot AND use discount code LEMONDETAILS for $2 off!

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Giveaway: MyDetails online workshop

Ready to record some of those little memories that slip through the cracks?

At least once a week I think of a totally random story from my past that I don’t have any scrapbook pages for because there are no associated photos. I grew up as an ‘event’ scrapbooker, not really recording all the little stories.

Here’s a fun solution!

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I am so excited to let you know about this new online workshop from my friends Kristin and Megan!

CLICK HERE to grab your spot AND use discount code LEMONDETAILS for $2 off!

Use the 10 prompts to document about your present details or use them to document about the you from the past, or do BOTH as Megan and Kristin have! They will inspire you with 40+ takes on the prompts between the two of them in the form of mini-book pages, pocket page spreads, traditional layouts, and more! You can return to these prompts again and again to document your details and can even return to them later to translate them into documenting the details of others!

Whether you’re a blogger, a mini book maker, a journaler, a pocket scrapbooker, or a traditional scrapbooker, we’ve got ideas for you to make sure you are telling YOUR story and YOUR details in your memory keeping! Join us–the pre-classroom is accessible NOW and prompts begin April 14!

xMy-Details-Sneak-PeeksThere is a TON of content already in the workshop private blog to go through between now and the workshop beginning April 14.

Beginning April 14, you’ll have access to:

  • A new prompt each weekday over the duration of the class–10 in all
  • Detailed suggestions for interpretations of each prompt, making each prompt something you can return to for inspiration again and again
  • Two interpretations of each prompt from each instructor
  • 40+ exclusive takes on the prompts from instructors Megan and Kristin
  • Design and documentation tips with each project
  • Saturday Share days in which inspiration from the community members is shared
  • Supply lists with links to resources used in the workshop examples
  • E-mail access to instructors
  • Access to classroom indefinitely

I am taking part in the class – brainstorming how I’ll collect my work this week!

CLICK HERE to grab your spot AND use discount code LEMONDETAILS for $2 off!

or enter the giveaway below….

P.S. There is a giveaway for a 3-MONTH OHDEERME KIT SUBSCRIPTION on the MyDetails private blog. This giveaway will be open through April 7th! Register today for your chance at this SOLD OUT kit. You *cannot* wait to see if you win a spot to enter this giveaway.

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Giveaway winner: Project Life Lessons

Project Life LessonsThank you everyone who entered the Project Life Lessons giveaway last week! I hope you all grab a seat in the class so we can take it together!

The winner as randomly selected by Rafflecopter is:

Kat Greene aka @ramblekatramble

Kat, email me to claim your prize please!

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Can you help? L&R Reader Survey

Today is my birthday!!! I plan on doing ZERO work today (benefit of working ahead) and spending a lot of time reading in my hammock with an iced coffee drink.

But I do have something for you to do today, if you don’t mind helping. I really would love to know what you think about this site and how I can make it better so I’ve put together a short reader survey.

I want to be very clear: This is NOT a reader survey to get demographic data to sell you all to advertisers. This info will not be shared.

I want to gather honest, anonymous answers so I can BUILD this platform into the best it can be.

Click here to open the survey in a new window, or simply fill out the survey below:

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!

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