How Knowing Family Stories Helps Kids Cope

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.

Why I Stay Caught Up Preserving My Photos and Memories

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.

HM Digital Scrapbooking (How I Stay Caught Up on Pictures, part 3)

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.

Using Something I Love (How I Stay Caught Up on Pictures, part 2)

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.

Organizing My Photos (How I Stay Caught Up, part 1)

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.

Budget-Friendly Ways to Preserve Photos

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!

Are Talents Born, or Are They Created?

Why does it seem that some people are really talented and other people maybe not so much? Is it natural born talent? Is it that they just have opportunities others don’t? How did they get to be so amazing?

It can seem unfair when we compare ourselves to others. I have asked myself unproductive questions like: Why can’t I be the [insert adjective here] one, with the amazing [insert talent here], and the [insert personality type here]? We don’t get to pick the hand of cards we are dealt. We can, however, choose how we use them and what we do with them.

In his new book, Real Artists Don’t Starve, Jeff Goins addresses this question. He believes that a “starving artist believes you must be born an artist. The thriving artist knows you become one.”

I love this concept because we are all born with our own unique set of talents and abilities. Just because we are born with a talent doesn’t mean we will develop it or use it. And on the other hand, if we aren’t born with a particular talent, it doesn’t mean that we can’t work hard to make it one.

Real Artists Don’t Starve, an Introduction

I have followed Jeff Goins at Goins, Writer for several years, and he has become great mentor. I have read a number of his books and I have taken a few of his online courses. Today, I am excited to introduce you to his brand new book, Real Artists Don’t Starve. As a creative person, this book strongly resonates with me.  Especially the concept that artists don’t have to starve for their creativity, in fact, they can thrive.

Real Life, Real Passion Episode 11: Just Love People, Interview with Barbara Shidler

Welcome to episode eleven of the Real Life, Real Passion podcast. Today our guest is the cheerful and talented music and reading teacher Mrs. Barbara Shidler.

Mrs. Shidler is known to every student that attends Canyon Elementary School. She is fun and upbeat and is a living example of making a career out of doing what you love. She is passionate about teaching and beyond the curriculum, she strives to help her kids learn lessons that will help them in life as well as in school.

My son has been a member of Mrs. Shidler’s choir for the past three years and absolutely loves her. I think it is a fair assumption to make for any student that has had the honor of working with Barbara. She makes music and learning fun, and gives the kids opportunities to shine.

Click the link above to listen to the podcast.

From Photo-Stasher to Heritage-Maker

What’s the best tip you read this month on #familyhistoryfriday?  Why getting digital photos out of digital form is a must?  How to turn digital files into actual photos?  Tips to make these goals into reality?  I hope you’ve found a life-changing nugget this month!  Once you have, how do you make the transition from photo-stasher to heritage-maker?  In other words, how do you stop just amassing photos and start turning them into family stories and heritage?