Nov. 21 2016
How I Find Appreciation in the Daily Chaos
We now live in a time period of fast, instant, and digital. For many reasons this is great, and other for reasons not so much. A few years ago my belated sweet Granny said “I don’t like those digital camera things, I never get photos from you anymore.” Uggh, those words tug at my heart so much.
It wasn’t until recently that I learned how to infuse my digital brain with my memory keeping heart. This is where “Project Life” comes into play.
There’s a few different ways to use Project Life, but my favorite is by using the Project Life App. The app is super easy to use, very user friendly.
Every week I spend some time going through my weekly photos and putting together a few layouts. Then I journal about my recent thoughts, cute things my little ones say, and listing out our day to day happenings. This app makes doing this super quick, like maybe only 30 minutes per week, it’s almost therapeutic for me in some ways.
This helps me to appreciate my life so much. You see, there are so times when I go to bed each night feeling exhausted, frazzled, and a little defeated. But when I take some time to reflect back on my day or the week…I feel so much better! It makes me realize how many wonderful moments that happened, even the crazy, stressful, wild moments become sweet when reflected on later.
Then the best part is printing out the pages, slipping them into page protectors, and inserting them in an album for my family to enjoy. I love this because it’s not a bound book, it’s an ongoing process. You also have the options of inserting tangible memorabilia if you want to. (like concert stubs, kid’s drawings, love notes, etc.)
Then I display in our album in a place in our home (opened up) for our family to be able to flip through it easily as they pass by. I love moments when I catch my girls glancing through it. It’s really cool hearing them point out loved ones and reflecting back on fun things that we did.
I simply love that we have a physical album of our memories. Our sweet memories aren’t just sitting in files on our computer never being shared or appreciated. I hope this is something I can keep up with for a long, long time. I hope one day to have a big beautiful bookcase in our family room filled with albums of our special times.
If memory keeping is special to you, I highly, highly recommend you check out Project Life, I’m quite sure you’ll love it.
With Sincerity & Style, Jennifer Starr
J.Starr Stylized Weddings