Confessions of a Class Junkie | The Nerd Nest

I take a lot of classes, and after the success of sharing my takes, I decided to make sharing a regular thing. It keeps me motivated! Hah!

Today I’m sharing my takes on four classes I’m doing right now.

Hello Story Take | The Nerd Nest

I took Ali Edward‘s Hello Story last year, and it’s my favorite out of all of the classes I’ve ever taken. I’m still going back and doing takes from the 12 storytelling structures because Ali’s method of teaching these structures (including 3 layout takes and one Project Life take for every structure) provides pretty much endless inspiration. The next run of the class starts April 3.

This page was for Week 10 of the class. The “who / what / when / where / why” circles are from dowloadable files for the class (there are printables / digital files every week).

Hello Story Take | The Nerd Nest

I don’t have a lot of pictures from 2010 compared to other years, so I’m working on getting stories told that really paint a picture of my life that year. Walking downtown to this movie theater (which has since changed companies) was something we did all of the time and something I certainly want to remember.

I kept everything simple on the page to keep the focus on the big photo and the words.

#30Lists | The Nerd Nest

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen that I’ve been joining in with 30 Days of Lists daily. It’s been very easy to keep up with daily listing because I made the base pages ahead of time, so all I’m doing everyday is adding a label with the list title and writing away! Here are lists 21-30:

#30Lists | The Nerd Nest

The perfect _______ involves _______

  • morning / coffee
  • relationship / mutual respect
  • adventure / spontaneity
  • meal / time
  • book / unforgettable characters

*My list for the 22nd is on the 30 Days of Lists private blog.

#30Lists | The Nerd Nest

It’s time for…

  • soccer season
  • Spring planting
  • Finishing the last layouts for “My Details
  • A blog redesign
  • starting a running routine
  • weekly farmer’s market visits

Ways to show love:

  • hugs & kisses & snuggles
  • write a poem
  • drop everything to focus on each other
  • clean stuff
  • SAY IT!

*Somehow I forgot to take a picture of that one.

#30Lists | The Nerd Nest

The soundtrack to my stories:

  • Day Dream Believer Monkies
  • Melting Point of Wax Thrice
  • Helena My Chemical Romance
  • Iris Goo Goo Dolls
  • Ruby Soho Rancid
  • Bob NOFX
  • The Ballad of Johnny X Bouncing Souls
  • Luca Brand New

*I changed this one a bit to make a soundtrack for my novel rather than my life.

#30Lists | The Nerd Nest

Make up your own holiday:

  • Clearing up other holiday myths day
  • Walk in someone else’s shoes day
  • No cars day

#30Lists | The Nerd Nest

Go-to meals for guests:

  • Chicken tikka masala
  • Fiesta lime chicken
  • Cauliflower quiche
  • Caribbean jerk island salads
  • Chicken apple chili
  • Eggplant parm

#30Lists | The Nerd Nest

I feel my best when…

  • I get a full night’s sleep
  • I have coffee
  • I do yoga
  • I get outside for a walk
  • I don’t bottle my feelings
  • My family & friends surround me

#30Lists | The Nerd Nest

Favorite local businesses:

  • City Market Everything
  • d’Bronx
  • The Filling Station
  • Bunker
  • Prospero’s
  • Rivermarket Antiques
  • Wherever Virgil works

#30Lists | The Nerd Nest

Historical figures I’d like to meet:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Darwin
  • Socrates
  • Vincent Van Gogh
  • Amelia Earhart
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • Marie Curie
  • Billie Holiday
  • Harriet Tubman

    I had so much fun this round of #30Lists and I’m sad it’s over now! I’m thinking about doing self-paced past lists once a week or so to keep me happy until the next round in September.

    Benny & Joon Poker inspired by An Update to Remember | The Nerd Nest

    Update to Remember is a class focused on helping you use social media effectively for your memory keeping. The class is going on now and registration closes tomorrow: April 2!

    The class spends a week each on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. I made this layout for Facebook week–I mined my Facebook wall to try to find some ideas for 2010 documenting, and I stumbled on an update about a session of Benny and Joon poker with my friends! This was a really fun night that I’d totally forgotten about (because I didn’t take any pictures)! I found a picture of Jake, Eliza, and our friend Megan 2 from around the same time and used that to document the story.

    Benny & Joon Poker inspired by An Update to Remember | The Nerd Nest

    In case you’ve never seen it, in the movie Benny & Joon the poker games have hilarious stakes: “soap on a rope, barely used” and “re-grout my tub.” We decided to play poker with knick-nacks and unwanted items and it was hilarious.

    Benny & Joon Poker inspired by An Update to Remember | The Nerd Nest

    Tip: I decided to play a sort of a “leave it where it lays” game with this layout to put it together quickly. I worked mostly with one sticker sheet and didn’t spend any time on decision making: as soon as I had an idea, I stuck it down. I like the result! Try this challenge with yourself when you’re pressed on creative time.

    *Also, there’s a “Guest Instructors Get Social” board in the Update to Remember classroom, and I’m going to share my social media + memory keeping philosophy there tomorrow!

    About Me

    My About Me page has been embarrassingly out of date for at least a year. It was actually an “About Us” page until yesterday, because Jake used to co-author the blog before I took it all of the way over.

    Here’s the thing: I’m great at documenting about myself in memory keeping, but summing myself up in one paragraph that will make this blog make sense to a new reader feels a little impossible. So I avoided the heck out of it. My friend Kam is a wiz at bios and about me pages, and I used her About You ebook as a GIANT crutch to write my About Me page. I’m considering this a rough draft and am going to use the ebook to improve it further, but at least it’s not all from 2011 anymore!

    I’d love to know what classes you’re taking or some of your past favorites!

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    Here’s the deal: because I have friends who teach things and because I teach at Big Picture Classes, I get to take classes for free sometimes. Not that I don’t ever pay for classes. One Little Word, for example, is something I’ll always shell out the dough for. But sometimes: free. So I end up taking more classes at once than I would if I were paying for them. I’d want to make sure I had time to do ALL of the projects in a given class vs. dipping in here and there if I were working within my crafting budget, so I’d probably limit myself to three or less at a time. But as it is, I don’t need to do that, so keep that in mind. I don’t want anyone to feel like they need to be taking a stressful amount of classes. Choose classes based on what you think will be the most inspiring or the best fit for you (and your budget).