Why PSBA came to be:
I (Laura Capuano Jevtich) founded this organization after meeting many planner friends at several large conferences. I went to local ones in Las Vegas where people met up and talked about planners and paper crafting, journaling and even some scrapbooking, although we also talked about other things as well.
One of the conferences I attended was Go Wild Las Vegas Planner Conference. After a talk by Cindy Guentert-Baldo, we received Cultivate What Matters PowerSheets. This, along with a 21-day planner by Franklin Planner (formerly Franklin Covey) I received at PlannerCon2019 workshop in San Francisco, led me to contemplate life and where I wanted to be in the next 30 or so years.
Looking Back at Life
You see, my husband Sasha and I have an unusual lifestyle. We sold our house and everything in it to live in our truck camper. This was back in 2007.
Before that auspicious moment though, I experienced three different careers: Environmental Geologist, Computer Trainer, and Small Business Owner. Each one had its stresses and highs. Through those times, I journaled (wrote in a diary) and scrapbooked.
Sasha is the one that takes great pictures. He instinctively knows how to compose a great shot. When a scrapbooking store opened up where they lived in Sterling, Virginia, I went all in. When Sasha’s parents were about to celebrate their 50th anniversary, I decided to make them the ultimate scrapbook on their lives. It is still on their coffee table in Fairfax, Virginia.
Around 2000, when I changed careers to Computer Training, my Dad suggested I read Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and First Things First. Amazingly, a Franklin Covey store opened in Reston, Virginia, and I went to the classes and got a binder with seven rings. While working with a Real Estate company in Fairfax, VA, teaching Realtors about software and Blackberries, planes crashed into the Pentagon and Twin Towers. My life would never be the same.
My brain went a little haywire during that time, with the company direction moving to digital calendars and Smart Phones while I was considered old-school and into paper and paper calendars.
A loss of the job, and the start of my new small business left me stressed and anxious. Plus, Sasha was not enjoying his career, and was getting frustrated with clients, customers, and coworkers.
When Sasha first suggested a change, I asked him to read Your Money or Your Life, 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence. The title alone seemed daunting, however, he read it and agreed to try the steps with me. It became the basis for our new life.
Everything became digital at this point in 2006. If we were to move from a 2400 square foot house to a 24 square foot Truck Camper, we had to get rid of EVERYTHING. The cellphones and laptops could stay, but print had to go. We digitalized the photo albums, gave away the scrapbooks, stickers, and papercraft, and in May 2007, started the new adventure of full-time living in a Truck Camper.
We lived in that Truck Camper for a few years, going to Rallies, volunteering at National Parks, and ultimately, Sasha retired from his career. I switched careers again by fulfilling a dream, becoming a National Park Service Ranger at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina.
Through this new career, we traveled west, bought a new-to-us RV and found different exciting experiences. My writing had gone digital, writing about our lives on a website with photographs to create a digital scrapbook of sorts. When we were able to work together at a NonProfit educational outdoor facility, we jumped at the chance and created something special for a while. (I was actually Sasha’s boss, an interesting experience for the both of us!)
It was at this time (2015) that I needed something more than what my digital calendars and notes just could not provide. I bought a simple calendar at Office Depot, with a pink cover and monthly calendar. A good friend at the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce had this awesome coiled planner, with months and weeks shown in beautiful colors and I was like, this is exactly what I need!
So started the love affair with Planners and their colorful accoutrements and accessories. Living in a remote area meant that there were no stores available, so everything was bought online. The Facebook Planner group in Las Vegas helped me meet planner friends when we went south for the winter. I would see my planner friends all winter long, going to meet-ups.
Life became a little topsy-turvy and crazy in the summer of 2017 when the West Yellowstone nonprofit got a new president and major changes happened. Stresses were at an all-time high for both of us. Sasha’s Dad was not doing well, and we decided to take a year off working so that we could be close to an airport, if and when things became extreme.
Thankfully, we were able to spend an entire month with Sasha’s parents when they stayed in Las Vegas, in February 2018. Laura showed off her planners and journals and used them extensively to stay calm and collected during that time.
When Sasha’s Dad passed in July 2018, we decided that it was time to get off the road, as full-time Recreational Vehicle (RV) people call it. We had found property in Pahrump, Nevada, only an hour away from Las Vegas. We would build our dream home, and I would get my craft room and office.
In December of 2018, we went back East to celebrate Dad’s Life. We stayed until January, when PlannerCon’s 2019 tickets went on sale. Sasha’s Mom graciously gave me money to buy a ticket. This would be my first Large Conference, but not my last.
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