There’s an old African saying that when a person dies it’s as if an entire library burned to the ground. I actually think about that a lot when I encourage people to tell their stories and the stories of their loved ones. Nobody thinks his or her story is all that important or special–but if you don’t take the time to tell it, you’re lost to the world within a couple of generations. Your “library” of knowledge, experience, love, and lessons has essentially burned to the ground.
This month’s #familyhistoryfriday posts focus on that ever-elusive goal of catching up on preserving your photos. It’s easy these days to take half a terabyte worth, but that leaves us with a big challenge. When do we ever SEE them? If we have so many, how can we find time to publish them so they can be seen and loved in a tactile form? The good news is that there are several tools to help you conquer your photos. The great news is that I shared them all in an online class!
Catching up on preserving photos is a common New Year’s Resolution. Even when it’s not an official Resolution, it’s a common goal. I quite often hear people talk about their need to catch up doing something with their photos. This month on Evolve’s #familyhistoryfriday, we will focus on solutions for your resolutions. We will learn the first steps you need to take to be successful, options for both digital and already-printed photos, and the Two-in-One plan.
Christmas is arguably my favorite time of year. Christmas lights decorate homes and trees, and brighten shorter days. Festive music plays, and children are excited for gifts and we enjoy the spirit of giving. Hopefully, we remember the birth of our Savior and try to be more like Him through love and service to each other.
Christmas also brings with it gratitude for blessings over the past year and hope for the year to come. But for some, the holiday’s also bring anxiety, depression, feelings of loss, or even disappointment. Those feelings can be even worse for those who are sick, who have experienced divorce, lost a loved one, or who are far from friends and family.
Family stories (the building blocks of a family history) are beneficial to kids for many reasons. In addition to helping their self-esteem, providing a sense of belonging, and keeping entitlement in check, family stories help kids cope. The world around us is a wonderful place that can be difficult at the same time. Kids have to cope with stresses that just didn’t exist 20 years ago. Researchers have found that one of the best sources of strength and resilience for kids is knowing their family history.
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.
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!