I'm getting back to some basics. After eleven years as a Creative Memories Consultant, I thought I had the need to keep my stories in an album pretty much ingrained in me. And the different activities I provided as a part of my business helped me to keep things close to current, at least most of the time.
But in the past year, with Creative Memories now gone, plus seven months spent looking for a new home and then the move afterwards, my memory keeping has been seriously derailed. I've been mentally reviewing my thoughts and actions for the past year, and I question whether I even have photos of the significant events from the past several months. And if I do, where are they?
The other issue is the lack of time. With a hugely busy job over the summer, and the stresses of moving and unpacking and getting kids registered for new schools, I have been completely absorbed in things unrelated to memory keeping.
So, how do I get back on track?
What is my plan going to be for “catching up” or just simply getting started again?
Really, I've got to make this more of a priority and set some goals with it. It's not one of those things that I can just say “I'll do it when I find the time” because that kind of time doesn't exist. With a goal, it's another thing that I can check off my list and say that I've accomplished.
I think my first goal is going to be finding all of this year's photos from all of the devices they may be on … tablets, phones, camera and Dropbox. Once I get them organized and tagged (which is thankfully made a whole lot easier with Historian), I can have the confidence that I know where they are and can start on a project.
So, my goal needs a deadline. I am going to commit to doing this within the next 10 days. Want to check back in ten days from now and see if I've done it? Want to join me and set a goal of your own?
This is definitely something we can't keep putting off “until we have time.” It's time to make the time, even in little pieces. Make your family's memories and experiences a priority.