Friday, April 09, 2010

More thoughts on "Writing It Down"

Megan thought this night would never arrive.  For two months they'd been working 16 hour days to get this store open.  Managers and sales people had cleaned construction dust, lugged around fixtures, steamed and hung merchandise, and polished every surface.  They would all meet in the loading dock first thing in the mornings, coffee in hand, have a cheering session, get their assignments, then start the days work, and keep going until late in the evening.  This was a huge undertaking and a very important one for the southern department store chain opening its' first flagship store in the northThe management team had come together and became fast friends.  They came from Birmingham, Atlanta, South Carolina and a small group from Indianapolis.  The cohesive nature of this team could directly be attributed to the well known, likeable store manager.
 Megan's own group of seamstresses and tailors had come from all over the world, a couple of them didn't speak English.  She swallowed the lump in her throat as she thought of the day Diana came in for an interview with an interpreter, and had cried because she wanted the job so badly.  Megan still couldn't believe how they had worked so well together to get the alterations department ready to open.  If you wanted a little entertainment you could walk into the alteration room, see and hear people from 7 different countries, each using a different language, talking and laughing like they were old friends.  It was amazing... and wonderful.
 Opening night was finally upon them.  This was to be a VIP night, and many dignitaries from around Indianapolis would be there to see for themselves what all the buzz was about. Two hours before there was a last flurry of setting things just right before they had been told, "Go home, shower, and get back here quickly.  Make sure you look good, and have your very best smile on."   As Megan put on the cream and pastel silk shantung suit she had just finished making, she couldn't hold back the excitement.  This was a life changing experience.  She finally felt like a grown up, and a professional.  The values this company stood for and taught had empowered her to finally be true to herself.  The ugly days of her previous management job were gone and this was a complete fresh start in every way. 
 Back at the store Megan took her place with the other managers up and down the escalator in the middle of the store.  There were beautifully dressed people everywhere!  They lined the railing that circled the open second floor, and stood at the foot of the escalator all around them.  The ribbon cutting ceremony began, there were speeches, and loud cheers came from all directions.  Megan closed her eyes and thought, "I can't believe I'm here and part of this.  I hope I never forget this feeling." ........
 This again is my story.  It was almost 17 years ago when we opened the first Parisian department store in Indianapolis.  It really was life changing for me, not only was the job one of the best I've ever had, but I met my husband during all this chaos. I remember that opening night like it was yesterday.  Dreamy, glittery, opulent, and joyful are all words I would use to describe what I saw and felt , and wanted to hold on to from that evening.  I wish I had kept a better journal during those days, as it is I have to settle on my datebook to remind me of the events of November 1993.   So let this be a lesson to you!  Write things down on paper, describe your feelings, write words that will remind you of sights, sounds, and even smells.  You will never regret the time spent doing this.  I'm going to go print off what I wrote above and stick it in my journal, then I'll never forget!

The "Write It Down" Special Event continues in my Etsy Shop.  A big thank you goes to all of you that have been reading here the last few days and have taken the time to take a look at my shop.  I would love to hear from you.  Leave a comment with a special memory or feeling you would like to leave in a journal!

Until next time,

Monday, April 05, 2010

The "Write It Down" Special Event Has Begun!

Ready, Set, Go!  The "Write It Down" Special Event has begun in my Etsy Shop!  Go take a look!
Julie Boyles Books on Etsy

I'll have another post this evening, but in the meantime, Go Shopping!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

"Write It Down" Special Event Starts Monday April 5!

"I tried my best, Mom; sometimes it's just too hard.  I can't sit still, and it takes me longer to get my work done."  Blake's voice wavered as the tears in his eyes threatened to fall.
The school had called again.  Marci tried to compose herself, fighting tears of her own.  The teacher told her Blake hadn't turned his homework in again, and had failed another test.
"Blake, I know it's hard, but you at least have to show you're trying.  Not doing your homework and turning it in makes it look like you don't care.  If you needed help, you should have told me."
This was the same conversation they had been having for many days, weeks, even years.  After all the meetings at the school, study interventions, and summer school Blake had been given a basic screening test for a learning disability.  The testing took a long time to complete; there just aren't enough resources in the school system. Finally the results came back, and there had been another meeting.
"From the screening tests we did, we think Blake has ADD.  We'll make some accommodations for him and see if things will get better." The counselor looked weary, there was only so much he could do.  "In the meantime, you could try setting a timer while Blake is doing his homework, or sometimes it works really well to have a reward system in place."
Marci barely made it out of the school before the sobs broke loose.  How could they have known she had tried timers and rewards years ago when the problems first started?  She remembered when she set a timer in front of Blake, and instead of working hard to finish the work before the bell went off, he took the timer apart.  Nothing she had tried had worked so far.
Now he stood in front of her wondering if he would be punished, and how long he would have to endure the same lecture. She turned away for a moment so he wouldn't see her struggle.  She only wanted to hug him and tell him it would be alright, but she had to keep pushing him, or he might give up.  Marci knew in her heart that this boy was special, intelligent, and had a kinder heart than a lot of adults.  She needed to tell him she believed in him with her whole heart, at the same time not letting him off the hook.
"Mom!   Are you mad?" he couldn't take anymore, and the floodgates opened for both of them.  Marci put her arms around her son and held him for just a moment.
"Come on; lets get started with this homework," she said as they made their way to the table....

Does this sound familiar?  This story could have happened in any home across the country.  It just so happens to be my story,  taken from several of my own journal entries over the last year or so.  I normally wouldn't get this personal, or share this much, but I have an important point to make.   I had to get these thoughts and feelings out somehow, or I really might have fallen apart.  When things got frustrating or I was so sad I could hardly bear it, I wrote in my journal.  Once I started I couldn't write the words fast enough.  (I don't use third person in my journal, I just used it here to make the story easier to tell.)  I wrote for pages and pages, and for many days.  After I got it all written down, I felt better; lighter somehow.

That's what the "Write It Down" event is all about.  Let it out, write it down on paper.  It's not the same to just talk about it.  When you make a journal entry that's just for you, and you can write anything you want without fear of someone talking back or giving unsolicited advice, it is so freeing.  The release is almost always immediate.  If you already keep a journal, you know what I mean. If you haven't started one yet, this is your chance!

This year the Write It Down journal is bigger and better!  It is my standard 5" x 7" size, unlined writing paper, in an "on the go" wraparound style.  The leathers I've chosen are amazing!  Gorgeous Brown and Classic Black Utility leather will call to you to use them again and again.  I really lucked out when I found these hides of leather.  The Brown leather is a medium shade with some darker and lighter areas. It is soft to the touch, but will wear like iron.  The Black leather has a uniform color and a slight shine to it.  Both are sueded on the under sideThe wrap around closure will keep everything nice and snug if you want to keep cards or little momentos inside.

In 2009 I made 14 special journals for the first Write It Down event.  They were gone in a little more than 2 weeks.  This year I've made 30!  I have 18 brown journals, and 12 black.  When they're gone, I won't be able to make more.  It was a one time deal on this leather!  I waited until April this year to hold the event, because I wanted you to be able to take advantage of this opportunity for Mother's Day gifts, or any special occasions coming up this spring.

These journals will be priced at $24. plus shipping!  The normal price for them would be $48, so you can see what a significant savings they are!

BUT WAIT!  THAT'S NOT ALL! When you purchase one of these special Write It Down journals, I'm going to send you a "Spare Journal To Share"  Hey, life can be tough for a lot of people right now. I'll be you know someone that could really use a journal to help them make it through.  This spare journal is a refillable one, and is 4" x 6" big!  It is made up of 25 pages of light weight chipboard pages.  2 silver book rings hold it all together.  Once all the pages are used up, simply refill it with some 4" x 6" index cards, and it will be ready to go again.  I use one of these too at my desk, and don't know how I would get along without it.  The spare is yours to use as you wish.  Keep it for yourself, or give it to someone you know that can use a little pick me up!  I hope you'll enjoy them both.

Journaling isn't just for those times when you're down.  There are lots of times when your joy is overflowing and you need to get that out too.  In the coming days I'll be sharing a little of those moments with you also.  In the meantime leave me a comment!  Tell me what you use your journal for, or why you like writing in a journal.  I've shared some of my story... now it's your turn!

Until next time,

Thursday, April 01, 2010

This is me

So this is me, Julie, the face behind Julie Boyles Books.  (literally!)  Ok, I edited out some of the dark circles, and bags under my eyes, but on a good day, this is what I look like.  I know in the past couple of years I've shared a little about myself, but now I'm going to share a little bit more just in case you were wondering.  

Don't let the gray hair fool you!  I'm not as old as you maybe think I look, but again, on a good day I can be pretty wise.  I'm a wife, mom, daughter, sister, and aunt.  My days are spent divided between making journals, spending time on the computer taking care of my shops, doing Mom duties, and then usually back to making journals.  I have 2 sons ages 15 and 13, and my daughter is 10. Just take a good look at those ages...Need I say more?  My husband is retired National Guard and now is a civilian contractor for the National Guard.  I've talked about him before here.
 Lets see, other notable tidbits,
  • Even though I make my home in Indiana now, I'm still a Buckeye at heart
  • I love playing in a handbell choir, and would really like to play the large chimes
  • My favorite reading is fiction.  Any time I hear about a non fiction book I would like to read, I secretly hope my bff Lisa will read it for me and just tell me what it's about
  • My oldest son is so much like me when I was his age, it scares me!
  • I'm left handed
  • Someday when we retire, I hope Benny and I can find a little house in Zionsville Village that's just big enough for the two of us with maybe one extra bedroom for the future grandkids. 
Phew, that's enough for now! In truth, I'm not all that complicated.  God, Family, Friends, and work just about sums it all up! 

The thing I would rather talk about is journals!  Here's the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT, are you ready......

The Annual "Write It Down Event"
starts Monday April 5!This year is going to be even bigger than last year.  I'm so excited about the special journals I have planned.  They are beautiful, and the Spare Journal to Share is even better too.  I'll share more details tomorrow. 

I hope you can sleep tonight since you're so full of anticipation.   

Until tomorrow..........