Everyone has a story. Old or young, everyone’s life story is worth preserving and sharing. We learn from our own stories. Story is a common theme here on #familyhistoryfriday — the benefits of family stories, what your family’s history has to do with your everyday life, using keepsakes to tell family stories, healing from grief through family stories, building self-esteem through family stories, and more. But have you ever thought about recording your kids’ stories? Their stories as kids are the foundation of their life stories.
A life story or memoir seems to be something commonly written during retirement years. The power in life stories, however, doesn’t have time restrictions. It may surprise you, but the best time to write your life story is now. Sure, you may update it later, but learning to know yourself through your own story has tremendous potential to increase your own happiness, sense of belonging, self-esteem, and sense of purpose. Here’s why this is true.
At #familyhistoryfriday here on Evolve, we talk a lot about family stories and what they do for us. We’ve talked about how knowing family stories gives us appreciation and perspective and how kids who know family stories are more resilient, deal better with adversity, and have higher self-esteem. Both kids and adults need these things today more than ever before. But did you know there’s another reason family stories make a difference to kids? Family stories combat teenage entitlement.
So many things vie for our attention these days. It seems like we hardly have a minute to sit still. We’ve got soccer games and piano lessons and grocery shopping and laundry and (ahem) blog posts to write. And we take pictures of everything these days. Preserving those photos and the memories that go with them tend to sit on the to-do list for long periods of time for most people. But not me! And I’ll tell you why.
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.
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.