on kinship {a letter to my little one}

Dear Little One,

You are a member of the Aspen family
and as such you have a special identity
as well as a unique responsibility.

As Aspens we are very tight-knit
and as Aspens we reach out to others.
This is a part of our legacy.

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When I was small a woman named Yvonne
was a part of most every
family gathering.

I wasn't exactly sure how she was related,
but it was never a question:
she was kin.

Eventually I learned she isn't related
by blood or even marriage.
Still, she is kin.

There are those who are not Aspens
who are still family—kin—to us.
People like Yvonne.

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People like CK
who have blessed us deeply
as they grew close.

And others who grew close
as we blessed them
when they needed it most.

My sweet child
you have already blessed
family and kin alike.

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May this always be a part of your identity
for it is a part of our legacy
as members of the Aspen family.

The topic of this letter to my little one was inspired by Sakura Bloom's Sling Diary prompt: Kinship.

reflecting on 2017, preparing for 2018

At the end of this month I'll be hosting a workshop to help people create a custom planner system that will work for them. Since the participants will be starting their planners right before 2018 begins, I want to share some tips and ideas specific to the new year.

I set out on a search for inspiration, and Pinterest and Instagram did not disappoint. Just as I was beginning to get overwhelmed, I found a series of year-end review prompts written by Kara @boho.berry. I realized that spreading out the process of reviewing 2017 and preparing for 2018 over the course of the month would be the perfect way to avoid overwhelm. It fits my goals perfectly since avoiding overwhelm is the number-one thing I want to help the participants in my workshop to achieve!

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Each day I will be responding to the prompts in my journal and I may create "bullet journal collections" in either my personal or business planner when applicable. Either way, I will share a peek at my responses on Facebook and Instagram.

The goal is to write in my journal every morning over breakfast. (I would say before breakfast, but growing a baby makes me wake up needing food!) I've made this goal before and haven't succeeded at accomplishing it for very long, but with a prompt to start me off every morning I hope to do better this time around.

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If you decide to join in the #bohoberrychallenge and respond to these prompts, even if only for a few of the days, let me know! Tag me @jordanelisheva on Instagram or Facebook!

so I'm creating a course

If you have done client work for any amount of time you have heard how important case studies are to your continued success. Yet with how often we talk about their importance, hardly anyone is talking about how to write them!

Where to begin?
Is it really worth my time?
What makes for a good case study?

Last month I attended the seanwes conference in Austin, TX and heard more than a couple people asking these sorts of questions. I know the answers because years ago when I was a professional seamstress I used case studies to further my business. I also knew how hard those answers are to find because I had searched and ended up developing my own method through trial and error.

A few months ago I used my knowledge to write a series of case studies for a client. At the seanwes conference I realized that there are a whole lot more people like her that I can help by sharing my expertise in this area.

So I started to plan for a course.

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I began the brainstorm process immediately. I even met with a student before either of us left Austin after the conference! Still, organizing my thoughts was daunting.

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Thankfully, while at the conference I met Gabrielle Chipeur of Course Design School. Her materials have proven to be incredibly helpful as I begin this process of course creation. First I took on her 5-day Course Design Challenge, then I participated in a webinar. Now I have a complete outline and a clear direction for my course materials!

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The next step is to finish writing this course. Then I will be testing it with a hand-picked group of people. (Enter your email below if you'd like to apply to be a beta tester!) Finally, sometime later in 2018, I will open up registration and be able to share this information with the public!