I mentioned a few weeks back that I want to start posting about people who are telling their life stories in ways that are real and true. People who inspire me. Just a little note of love and appreciation to them, and today I think I’ve got the perfect starting point.
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Stacy Julian, or even if you frequent her blog you’ll probably know what I do – that she’s not only talented and creative but also very REAL. She embraces her life, her children, and her quirks with such a passion. She shares insecurities and things that she wishes and she’s not afraid to dream BIG.
I heard in a recent podcast (Paperclipping Roundtable) that she had gone to CK with her idea for Big Picture Scrapbooking, and they rejected it as a silly idea. Can you imagine? I can, actually as someone who’s had wild ideas shot down many times before. See, that’s the wonderful thing about Stacy. The wildest idea I could imagine I know I could take to her and she’d try and help me think of ways to make it work. (Camp Scrap is a current example!)
She’s full of brightness and creativity and she’s always encouraging others to be their best selves. I have seen and heard her support women and small business owners and encourage others to do the same. I see her revealing both her high and low points, and admitting when she doesn’t get it just right. While I’m sure she’s not always smiling in real life, I’m also sure that she’s trying to look for a reason to smile. To bring more color into the world. To make it a happier place. I just love that attitude, and it’s definitely been something I myself try to do as well.
Today is her birthday, and she’s celebrating in true style with a list of things about her very real self. I wish her much energy, color, happiness, and love today and every day. I also thank her for being such a positive, happy, looking for the sprinkles and silver linings kind of woman in my life. I’m blessed to know her, that’s for sure.
Thanks just for being so YOU Stacy, and for influencing my favorite hobby (Scrapbooking) as you have. You are so very real, and a bright ray of light in my creative world always.