Motivation, what gets you going?

I have always been the type of person that has been, “It will work itself out.”  We will figure it out.” “Everything happens for a reason.”  Okay I am kind of over it and clearly I have to steer this wagon myself because Karma, hope, and prayer isn’t working.

I have a lot weighing on me lately and I am trying to figure out what the best order of events is because it seems like everything needs to be done NOW and YESTERDAY.   I’m over it, but I don’t want to procrastinate any longer.

I have a full time job that takes up about 70 hours of my week which leaves 98 hours for family, sleeping and my second job.   I am trying to figure out a balance all while trying to manage my home, my job, and my sanity.   I have so many ideas of things that I want to do that I think will help make life easier but then a curve ball comes and I throw my arms up and say screw it.

My #1 problem is that I take on too much and I want to do it all and I want it now, but that has never worked in the history of anybody so I guess I need to get that out of my head right now.    Piece by Piece I will get there and life will be good.  I need to figure out how to cut corners for a while so that of course the #1 stresser in my life, money, is in a slight abundance in our house.

So I am coming up with a series of posts as I work through balancing my life and health along with some creativity and things that help me through my day.   Hope you will come a long.

Also, please share what motivates you on a day to day basis to help you get through.  There are people of all types out there that have different stresses in life and we are all here for each other!

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Getting back on Track with our Memories

I am over a year behind on my Family Photobooks.  I have not made it a priority and it’s starting eat away at me.  My toddler is starting to really get into pictures and I don’t want him just looking at pictures on my phone.  So it’s time to really get the books up to date.  I am through 2013 and only have a couple of pages of 2014.  I did however stay up to date enough that I could still get the 3rd edition of the “Jack Book” out to the family for Christmas, but that was the extent of what I got done.

So this week I am tasking myself with doing a page a day.  Hoping that will give me the momentum I need to get me back on track and caught up on our books so that we can all enjoy them.

I also want to make a point every month or couple of months for me and my husband to sit down and enjoy the books too.  They are for all of us not just me or just Jack.

For those that have photo albums, scrapbooks, etc. What do you do to enjoy them?  We all put some much time and effort into them that it seems like a waste to just leave them on the shelf.

Follow me on Faceboook at WarmTidings by the Crafty Organizer to see my progress and other new items coming to the Etsy site and organizing ideas!!!!!

Now it’s time to get those photos organized and ready to go.  Next post…Organizing your photos!!!!

Be back soon!!!

-Stef

Warm Tidings turns ONE!!!!!

I cannot believe a year has gone by since WarmTidings opened for Business.  It has been an incredible year both for the shop and for me.

The shop has evolved over the last year.  From hand made cards in the beginning to now, loads of invitations for Birthdays, Weddings, and more.

The best part about the shop are the people who ask me to create something for them that they either saw somewhere else or it’s something in their head.   The best part of it is that it’s another product that I can add to my site.   It’s so cool to hear about other people’s ideas and it’s even more awesome when I get the rare glimpse into how my project actually made it to the party!

Thank you for your support of WarmTidings, check back often to see more and more new things.    I have so many ideas I just have to get them created so that I can share with everybody.

Upcoming ideas:  Mickey & Minnie themed birthday, Royal blue wedding invitations.

What would YOU like to see on WarmTidings.

Check out WarmTidings and see if there is anything you like.  Thank you for reading the blog and checking out the shop here is a 15% of code for your next order  1STANNIVERSARY.  Code expires April 30, 2015

Please feel free to share the code with their friends!!

Be sure to also go and Like my Facebook Page WarmTidings by the Crafty Organizer to be up to date on all of the, ideas and new products coming.  Also please feel free to chime in with ideas and things you would like to see.

Thank you again for your support, now let’s get year 2 off to a great start!

-Stef

1,000 Mile Journey Continues…

Since leaving IL it has been a “battle” finding somewhere to land.  So, hopefully the third time is the charm and we can actually start enjoying our time here in New York.

With this last move here are a couple of things that we learned.

  • In apartment living, newer is NOT better. Especially if it’s a corporate owned complex
    • The problem is that corners are cut with the construction of the building.  We can hear EVERYTHING that goes on upstairs.  I should NOT be able to hear the lyrics to this person’s music.
  • Having our own space is VERY important
    • In our new place I get an office and you have no idea how excited I am about this.
  • We should have just held out and waited to move into a house the last time

It’s time to start packing again.  Thank goodness Staples is having an organization sale and banker’s boxes are on sale.  The movers loved all of the boxes being the same size so glad that we can accommodate them again.   The goal this time is when I pull away from this place it will be the last time I ever have to look at it again.

I have my lists ready and already started cleaning.  So it’s going to be a busy week but the weather is going to keep us home as it’s going to be crappy again!!!!

Have a great week everybody!!!

-Stef

From Creative Memories to Panstoria…an Upgrade

I took the plunge today and converted my StoryBook Creator and my Memory Manager to Panstoria’s Artisan and Historian.  The main reason is that because the Creative Memories versions of the software is no longer supported and with the Etsy business, I didn’t want to lose anything.

Also, my digital content needs a bit of re-fresh so I wanted to make sure I had software that would support the new content.

So I took the leap and downloaded the new software.

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Purchase software from Panstoria.com

Historian —–>  http://www.panstoria.com/historian/overview/

Artisan ——->  http://www.panstoria.com/artisan/overview/

After your purchase you will get an email with your Download link and the product key.

Historian,

Here are the steps to get your Memory Manager into Historian (pssst…it’s super easy)

Download the software & go through the install wizard and activate your software.

You can create a new “Vault” but it’s not necessary.

Just navigate on your computer, or external hard drive where you old vault was saved and open it up in Historian and you are ready to go.

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With Historian you had a to think a little bit but not with Artisan.

Download the software and go through the wizard.  Go through the process to activate your software.

When the software installs it will say.  Hey we see you already have Storybook Creator Do you want to Migrate your content?

CLICK MIGRATE!!

Almost instantaneously it’s done and you can go on your way creating beautiful things.  It’s really that simple!

Please comment if you have any questions.  As always you can find me on Facebook  The Crafty Organizer

Can’t wait to show you my first project using the new software.  Off to Create some more cards, invites, and more.

(pssst check out the Etsy site —————————————->)

-Stef

 

Holiday Cards are coming

Because I haven’t been doing the 31 days of Christmas this year.  Moving to a new state over 900 miles away has kind of thrown off my schedule.  I am getting into the holiday spirit and thinking about designing some holiday cards.

While I have posted three winter wedding invites, Check them out  www.etsy.com/shop/WarmTidings, I need to expand my offerings.

I will have both digital and printed version available.   My goal is to do a huge push for Holiday Cards starting November 1st.  Let’s see if I can actually meet that goal.

I am also looking for ideas on how to promote my business and what the best way to expand.  I really want this to take off and I need to spend more time on it, but any advice my readers can give is greatly appreciated!!!!

1,000 Mile Journey – Week 1 Recap

Hi everybody,

It has been quite the week.  First Week of Work, First time driving to New Jersey by myself.  First time to Cooperstown.  So many first and boy do we have the pictures to prove it.    And the best part was that we unloaded the truck and NOTHING was damaged.  I kind of rock at packing a truck.  If anybody reading this lives in New York and needs help loading a truck.  I am for hire.  🙂

I am a little overwhelmed with the things that have to be done when you move to a new state.  Lesson learned that every state is different so do your research!

I am meeting a ton of new people and the job is awesome.  It’s pretty much exactly what I want to be doing with my career.  Doesn’t mean that it’s going to be a lot of work, but I’m excited about the opportunity so that’s over half the battle.

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I am overwhelmed with the excitement that I live among mountains and get to look at them every day when I go to work.  I also love that it’s fall, it’s my favorite season and there are a gazillion trees around here so can’t wait to see peak season.

I will keep you updated with organizing tips as we are getting settled along with other lessons learned in this journey.

Sorry this post was a little scatterbrained.  A lot on my mind and a lot that I want to get done before the work week starts again!!

Talk to you all soon!!!

-Stef

1,000 Mile Journey – It’s been crazy around here

We made it.  Two days and fourteen hours in a 16 foot truck later, we are here.  I thought I was going to be nervous driving a huge truck with all of our belongings in it, but I wasn’t.  Maybe I am destined to be part of the trucking industry.   We stayed in Toledo Ohio night one.   The hotel was scary so needless to say we didn’t sleep very well.  However, they did have a Texas Roadhouse next door so we went there to get something to eat and we at least got to watch the Brewer game.

We headed out early the next morning to assume our fate of driving through both Ohio and Pennsylvania.   Fun fact about Ohio is that their gas was really CHEAP.  I got gas for $3.01 I almost fell over.   For Pennsylvania, I would recommend just eating in the car and try to get through as quickly as possible.  For me, it was very scenic, especially over the mountains, but stopping anywhere was kind of shifty.

My Truck companion Otto the dog, was fantastic on day 2.  Eventually he just slept on his seat, trying to avoid the sun and just did his own thing.  It was a lot easier keeping him in the truck with me than I thought it would be.

Once we crossed the boarder into New York it was awesome, knowing that we were almost at our destination and thinking about how far we had come was amazing.  I wanted to look at everything, but of course I couldn’t because I would crash the truck so I will have to take a drive to that spot again just to see it for all of it’s amazingness.

We had to be to the apartment complex by 6pm and we made it with a half hour to spare.  We got our keys and went to the new place.  We started unloading the truck and got the bed in and some other things, ran out to the store to get some essentials and then called it a night.  9 hours of driving was enough and we knew we had a lot to do the next day so we planned accordingly.

So since getting here on Wednesday; we bought a car, a couch, met up with my in-laws to collect our kid (thanks to the for flying him out so he wouldn’t have to ride in the car) and we managed to get the truck unpacked by Friday so we could return the truck on time.

Today we went on a drive to my new office and to figure out the commute.  photo (34)

There were some other pretty spectacular shots, I will share more when I can get some.

So tonight after getting the toddler to bed for the first time in his new home, it was time to get some more unpacking done.   This is what I got accomplished tonight.

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I know it doesn’t look like much but seeming as if 90% of my clothes are hung, and I have to start work on Monday, this is a big deal.  I know that this was a really long post, but here are some other pictures.  These were taken from the Grocery Store Parking lot.

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I ❤ Mountains!!!!!

Have a great rest of your weekend everybody I will post more as we are organizing the new place.

-Stef

1,000 Mile Journey – It’s truck day

I can’t believe it’s here.  So much has happened and I am preparing myself for complete exhaustion, let’s just hope the coffee maker doesn’t get broken in the move!

We are about 80% packed.  I still have to do the kitchen, but with as much as I have moved packing a kitchen is easy peezy.   Plus we are not leaving until tomorrow morning  so that makes packing up the truck less daunting.

Here is how we are doing with our AGENDA

  • Find a job – CHECK
  • Find somewhere to live – CHECK
  • Schedule moving truck – CHECK
  • Start purging and figuring out what we need to pack so we can figure out the supplies – IN PROCESS
    • Organize into Move, Sell, Toss categories.  And….GO
  • Get all necessary supplies, thank goodness I work for a wholesale distributor of that kind of stuff.  Can get it way cheaper and in bulk. – Shockingly enough Office Max saved the day with their brand banker’s boxes and coupons!!!  Saved a Ton of $$$
  • Start Packing – IN PROCESS
  • Keep Packing – KEEP GOING
  • Yup, it never ends
  • Take a break and spend some time with family and the Milwaukee Brewers – CHECK, Thank you to my sister for the awesome party it was so wonderful to see everybody!!!!
  • Pin some “How to pack a moving truck pins” on Pinterest – CHECK
  • On the way to get the truck make a couple of administrative stops
    • Bank
    • Post office
    • Get some more totes and a lock for the truck
  • Get the truck and start loading
  • Late morning Tuesday – We’re off!!!!

I was really sad yesterday when I had to leave my baby boy with his Grandparents.  I am eternally grateful to them for taking care of him and keeping him out of our way.  But I am still a little sad and I suck at goodbyes so needless today I teared up a bit (I am not too writing this).

Ok so just read our lease, I cannot wait until we can buy a house and we don’t have so many rules and regulations.  Ugh.

Time to get this day started.     Happy Monday Everybody!!!

-Stef