And hello Monday.

I love coming home and having Chris and Simon pick me up at the airport.

Yesterday I was greeted by Harry Potter & Hagrid (I was Hermione). Of course Harry was wearing his cape and he was so happy to see me. "You can't ever go on the plane again" was mentioned until I told him that next time I go to the airport he gets to go on the plane with me. That resulted in a very big smile.

CKU Houston was great. The energy was good. People did their homework and were really ready to get down to the business of putting their Evolution album together.

The thing that continues to stand out for me in this album (there is a similar album in my Life Artist book) are the enlarged photographs. There is something amazing about enlarging photos that may not be the best quality (or are simply old) that turns them into works of art. Walking around the classroom I am always blown away by the choices that the students make in terms of which photos to enlarge. (CKU Provo is coming up August 6-9. Check out more information here.)

Another thing I love about attending events are the people I get to connect with, share stories, laugh, maybe shed a tear or two (hey, telling your story can be an emotional thing), etc. I love that in my classes I have stay-at-home-Moms, women without kids or spouses, men, college professors, attorneys, grandmas, engineers, bus drivers, etc. Everyone has a story to tell.

Today I am recovering and getting back to work - these events inspire me + wipe me out. If you emailed me about store visits last week I will be responding to those with more information later today.

I am also working on a blog series for next week that will run Monday through Friday. Look for more information on that later this week.

Happy Monday!

16 thoughts shared

  1. lori peuterbaugh

    2008-06-09 07:33:47 -0400

    so glad that your trip was wonderful and that your greeting at the airport was extra-special!!
    enjoy your day and take it easy as you 'ease
    back into the swing of things...'.
    glad you're back!!

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  2. santell

    2008-06-09 07:54:44 -0400

    it was so fun to meet you in Houston. you are one very special lady!!
    do you know when Life Artist will be back in stock at amazon? i missed purchasing it at the bookstore.
    glad you're back home with family!! relax and have a great day! -santell mings

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  3. sue

    2008-06-09 07:56:02 -0400

    I'm glad you're back and enjoyed listening/sharing other people's stories. It's one of the things I enjoy most about meeting new people - sharing stories of our lives. Can't wait for the new series next week!

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  4. Mary

    2008-06-09 08:28:03 -0400

    Glad you made it back safely! i can't find those 'type drawrs' anywhere... yet i LOVE the idea! Any suggestions where to look?

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  5. Nicky Anderson

    2008-06-09 08:30:52 -0400

    Glad you had a good trip and the boys were happy to pick you up!!!
    Would love to see the evolution album - just ordered your book and can't wait to get it in the mail.
    Also, Ali - do you ever do any teaching in your fellow canadian cities!!!

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  6. Ady Abreu

    2008-06-09 08:34:40 -0400

    glad you are home safe and sound... Relax and reflect and can't wait to see what you have going on next week...

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  7. Crystal Moody

    2008-06-09 08:43:08 -0400

    Thanks so much for the inspiration. It made a great (late) mother's day gift.

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  8. Robin

    2008-06-09 10:05:30 -0400

    Thanks for teaching us on Saturday! I left your class with so many great ideas for future projects!
    Glad you made it home safely, Hermione :-).

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  9. Liz Ness

    2008-06-09 11:05:49 -0400

    Welcome home Hermione (er...Ali, heh-heh)! At least you get to be her -- I get tagged with Professor Moody (I'm not sure if I should laugh or cry???).
    =) Have a great settling in!

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  10. Joan

    2008-06-09 11:40:30 -0400

    good to meet you, ali! you are so talented and so kind to share your time with all of us. you will really enjoy meeting brene brown. she is quite an inspiration!
    hope our paths cross again.
    joan from houston

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  11. jenny d

    2008-06-09 11:53:28 -0400

    hermione rocks!!!!!
    happy monday, ali.

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  12. Teresa Victor

    2008-06-09 15:09:43 -0400

    welcome home, ali! it was SO wonderful to meet you in Houston. i'm still high on the energy and excitement of everyone's love for this crazy craft and have a million ideas and projects spinning around in my head! loved looking at your albums in class (and can't wait to finish mine!), to actually touch them and see how amazing they are in person was so inspiring to me. hope to see you again sometime soon!

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  13. Debbie

    2008-06-10 02:12:36 -0400

    I have always had a thing for lined paper...and just had a AH HA moment~~~ why am I not using some I have stashed away on my pages? DUH???? THANKS for reminding me!

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  14. Lawren

    2008-06-10 10:46:24 -0400

    Your Friday "Evolution" class was awesome -- thanks for sharing all of your creativity with us!

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  15. Debra Craig

    2008-06-10 14:44:38 -0400

    good to meet you last wk, you are a new fave! Journaling...well..when I FINALLY decided to just 'blurt it out' and write like I talk...that's the only way I can get it on the page! I was always worried about my penmanship and my grammar...who cares!! The loved ones that will read it now and in the future will 'hear' me talking this I am finally journaling! Put my name in for the freebies! Deb

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  16. Shelley

    2008-06-11 02:23:50 -0400

    hey girl.. i emailed you last week about a store visit,.... but it got returned to me... can i send again?
    glad you had a great time. i can't wait to one day experience one of your classes!
    take care...

    * edited 08/11/14 10:59AM
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