Because I’m habitually caught up on preserving my photos and memories, I’m sharing exactly how I do that this month on Evolve. Today I’m very excited to share the actual method I use because it’s so much fun. It helps me stay caught up on pictures because it’s addicting– I always find myself itching to create one more page or finish preserving the latest event I’ve photographed. As I mentioned last week, it’s very important to find YOUR thing when considering how to preserve your pictures and life’s stories. Trying to do something that doesn’t really jive with you doesn’t usually work.
This month on Evolve’s #familyhistoryfriday I’m sharing how I personally stay caught up preserving my own photos and memories. Being behind can be not only overwhelming but paralyzing. Last week I showed you my photo organization system that helps me know what I have and where it is. That’s the first important step to preserving pictures, but an equally important step is to do it using something you love. What type of memory-keeping method would make you look forward to sitting down and preserving your photos? Your chosen method should be something do-able, something in both your price range and interest. Mostly, though, it should be addictive. (I’m not kidding.) It should be something that draws you back again and again. Choosing a memory-keeping method you love is crucial to your success in staying caught up preserving your pictures.
Years ago, while study abroad in Israel, a field trip landed us just along the beaches of the Red Sea in the small town of Eilat. With a warning to keep our distance from the coral, we were given a snorkel, flippers and brief “how to” before being left to explore on our own.
Having never snorkeled or even experienced the painful beauty of coral, I ineptly worked my way into the water. I was not 10 feet away from shore when I witnessed another student exiting the water with blood running down his leg – the result of getting too close to the coral.
I stay caught up on preserving my photos and memories. It’s true! I know that puts me in a small minority, but it’s a great place to be! I’m very passionate about helping people join me in that Consistent & Successful Memory-Keepers minority, so that’s why this month on Evolve I’m going to share exactly HOW I do that. Organizing your photos is the big first step.
When I tell people I am pretty consistently caught up on preserving my pictures and memories, their reactions are usually a combination of surprise and envy. Being caught up is a great feeling, and preserving the story and experiences of your family benefits you and them in meaningful, lasting ways. This is something I truly want to share! So this month on Evolve I’ll be sharing with you HOW I stay caught up. Each #familyhistoryfriday I’ll tell you about my own experience and practices. By getting a peek into what I do and what methods work for me, I hope you’ll not only be inspired but also come away with some useful tools so that YOU can say, “I’m pretty consistently caught up on preserving my pictures and memories,” and reap the benefits.
Memories are something everyone has. Pictures are something almost everyone has. Preserving pictures and memories and personal or family stories is a sweet part of life because it creates connections, engenders a sense of belonging, raises self-esteem, increases resilience, and even lowers stress. If preserving pictures and memories is so good for the heart and soul, shouldn’t it be something everyone can do? Why would memory-keeping be limited by money? I believe memory-keeping should be affordable to everyone, so today let’s explore some ways to keep it that way.
Preserving your photos and memories in a tactile way, or memory-keeping, is an activity that requires a little planning and time but pays great dividends. In the struggle to find enough time in a day for everything we want to do, moving pictures from cameras or phones to a photo album or memory book oftentimes stays on our “wish list” and never makes it to our “to do” list. You’ve probably read several #familyhistoryfriday posts here about making time and some tips on making your memory-keeping goals into reality. One great way to accomplish any goal is to be held accountable for it, and this holds true for memory-keeping, too. Today we’ll look at one really fun, meaningful way to be accountable for preserving your pictures: making it a family tradition.
Early on the morning after a big rain storm, my husband and I set out on a road trip. The clouds were still churning and trying to determine if they had anything to leave behind. As we started over the mountain passes, I could see the sun struggling to make an appearance, and soon I saw my first silver lining. For years I had heard the metaphor, but I hadn’t witnessed one. I tried to capture the glowing edges of the clouds, but my phone didn’t do it justice.
As I’ve thought about the metaphor and the magnificent image now in my mind, I couldn’t help but compare it to the perspective I’ve had from an airplane. From a different vantage point, I’ve watched the sun’s rays reach out and blanket each puff and swirl. Instead of the sun appearing to move around the clouds, it was constant.
Because I hear so many people lament about not having time for preserving photos and memories, I write a lot of posts about time–ways to make time, myths about “not having time,” and such. After the topic of time, though, the runner-up of memory-keeping obstacles I hear about is money. We’re all on a budget. Preserving photos needs to be affordable. How do you preserve your photos without breaking the bank? Aren’t there some budget-friendly ways to preserve photos and memories? Actually, yes!
Today’s post was written for Lori Jackson’s blog Choosing Wisdom.
Environments are Stronger than Willpower
The last few weeks I have been actively re-organizing and re-decorating my home and office. My boys are with their Dad for the summer, and yet for some reason, the clutter remained. I didn’t realize how much it was negatively impacting me until I started finding a place for everything, started taking down old things, and replacing them with new things that I loved.
It is truly amazing how much impact our environment has in our lives. For example, imagine you want to loose weight and eat healthier but you have candy dishes out on the counter, soda in the fridge, and junk food in your closet. It’s going to be hard to eat healthy when you are surrounded by temptations. In this case, the environment is practically setting you up for failure.
“Environment is stronger than willpower.” – Paramahansa Yogananda
- Choosing Wisdom. (2017). Retrieved from https://www.choosingwisdom.org/environments-stronger-than-willpower/