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I was once a bank teller- HATED IT!

Did you know this about me?  First of all- NO DISRESPECT to any bankers out there. I actually may have loved it if I’d taken a different approach. No placing blame, it’s just a story with some lessons.  I was in college and needed a summer job. I jumped at the opportunity to collect a regular paycheck -without considering if I’d LIKE the work. I can honestly say it was the WORST job experience of all time for me. Can you relate?  Looking back, it’s now easy to find so many good lessons that were waiting to be learned from every experience- even the unpleasant ones. At the top of the list- knowing what I DON’T like is just as important as knowing what I DO like.  Without a challenge, or negative emotions to help us recognize something we dislike, how else would we look for something better to aim for and appreciate? Rewards are all around us, waiting to be allowed in!  Now [...]

The Perpetual Worry Wheel

Are you stuck on the ‘worry wheel’ of emotions about losing your family photos to the next natural disaster?  Do you find yourself overwhelmed when it comes to managing and protecting your family’s stories? Insurance can never replace your lost or unprotected photos from the next hurricane or tornado. You can’t put a price tag on family memories no matter how amazing your home insurance policy is. If you’re afraid of losing all the precious memories you’ve created over the years, and don’t know where to start, you’re not alone. This is why it’s so important to have help organizing your family’s memories so they are not lost or forgotten and can weather any storm. After 2 decades of working directly with families protecting their treasured memories, I developed a system that I want to teach you. If you’re sick of worrying about losing memories and want to protect them, you may just need Digital Peace; A self paced online course (with live support)  [...]

Demo to Delivery; Kindness shines brightly

MORE KINDNESS: It’s the soothing emotion that calms a feeling of need. It’s the gold bottle of water from a Lyft driver on a hot summer day. It’s reminiscing over a rediscovered moment, for the purpose of letting a grandchild know their late grandfather better. It’s the card my grandmother wrote me when I was away at college, that I keep in my old Bible so I find it when I open it each time and her voice is immediately brought back to mind by the sight of her handwriting. That's one way I practice kindness for myself; I allow that memory to continue to bless and affirm me. In my work, I love witnessing and delivering moments of kindness through my clients' rediscovered memories. That’s why I love #DeliveryDay. Kindness is the current that flows, but it doesn’t happen instantly. Much happens behind the scenes before #DeliveryDay can happen. Speaking of "behind the scenes," those close to me can attest to my love and adoration [...]

Saving the World With a Photo Album

Ok, ok. Maybe that's a bit over-the-top, but the truth of the matter is we are living creatures in an energetic world, meant for human interaction and without "touch" we would cease to exist. Literally, we as a human race cannot thrive without human touch.. sure we have discovered many things we didn't think of doing virtually until a pandemic hit, and now we are masterful at things we didn't know we would be. However the suffering from separating loved ones from one another and their communities has taken a toll. I am so thankful that my immediate family survived and in some ways thrived through new skills acquired, however I've never been more committed to my mission than I am today; Helping people live their best lives and share them with other to inspire greater connections, stronger communities and an enriched future! I just happen to use photos/videos to accomplish that. Now, back to the topic at hand: PHOTO ALBUMS. This is an [...]

Where is it?

After over two decades of working with client photos, I’m rarely surprised when I hear someone describe the frustrated state of their photos. They’re all unique to the individual, however there are always common threads of frustration that unite a large concentration of photo lovers. The common pain point I’m referring to is “Not finding what someone’s looking for” and I feel for them. Do you count yourself among that group of people? Strangely, the solution is often overlooked when a particular moment is rediscovered. We celebrate when we find a particular memory (woot woot!) but do we go a step farther to avoid that situation from happening again? Or do we move on to the next subject, and dismiss the time and energy wasted? The problem that lurks in the shadows of our captured moments and the root of the “not finding” pain remains, and possibly deepens if we don't make a shift in our systems. Who knows if you’ll be that successful [...]

By |2022-06-13T22:55:33+00:00June 13, 2022|finding help, managing photos, photos, Uncategorized|

Wait-“Replaceable & Duplicatable Albums”? Are you kidding, Kris?

NO, I'm not kidding. This is a thing. And if you never considered this, allow me to explain... If you've been around long enough to hear my story about a garage fire that threatened to take my home along with all of my photo, video memories away, you already know why I made it part of my mission to protect these tangible treasures. This is part of the insurance I love to deliver my clients. The ability to not only replace, but reproduce albums so they can be preserved and shared with more than those who have the originals in their hands. Here are some examples of when digitizing albums has been the go-to solution for some of my clients: Families who are re-organizing, splitting up or transitioning to more than one home. Giving reprinted, streamlined copies to grandchildren, relatives and loved ones, Sending digital printed copies to seniors moving into senior housing with smaller spaces, Downsizing individuals who simply don't have space in [...]

By |2022-05-20T17:04:10+00:00May 23, 2022|capturing moments, digitizing, Photo Tips, Uncategorized|

3 Essential Travel Photo Tips

If you travel much or just once in a while and you enjoy taking photos as you discover new places and experiences, then this post is for you! Many of my clients appreciate having a vacation album or wall collage  to help them relive their best travel memories. They often take months or years to actually have an album in process  because they can’t seem to select the best moments and often never do because of the excess of time needed to to select (and remember) the best memories. Here are some important tips to shorten the distance between vacation and album (or just the best images ready to view.) Make sure you delete the excess as the day goes on, when you’re traveling, waiting in line, a down time or before you go to sleep. Get picky, then you won't be weeding through to find the good ones. The following tips build on this... Try to be intentional about snapping photos. Don’t feel the [...]

By |2022-05-06T21:25:54+00:00May 2, 2022|managing photos, Photo Tips, Uncategorized|

Happiness Hack

No nonsense- here’s my hack: Thoughts determine feelings therefore by choosing more positive thoughts, you’re choosing positive feelings. It’s really that simple, and I didn’t say it was easy. You must be wondering why I'm writing about this mindset topic? Simply, it's because I want my legacy to be full of stronger, happier people and stronger, happier relationships. In order to make that happen, one must choose positive thinking skills that can override the toughest mental blocks that keep one from picking up the phone, or reaching out or taking that first crucial step towards a resolution when something is causing pain. I PROMISE if you stick with me on this read, you’ll have the best foundation for the methods I’m rolling out in the next weeks, months and the special tools I’m bringing you this year. Please stick with me... When you think about what you want and DON'T have, that’s the recipe for feeling lack, need, scarcity and even desperation. That’s all [...]

By |2022-04-19T14:21:04+00:00April 18, 2022|Uncategorized|

Peace

PEACE OF MIND comes when you know exactly where to find something that's important to you.  I HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED that knowing where to find your things brings mental peace. Whether it’s a tool, a yearbook, a photo or anything! I could bombard you with research or we could simply take a moment for personal reflection.  IMAGINE: You’re getting ready to leave for a celebration of a close family member or friend, a thoughtfully wrapped gift in hand, and suddenly you thought of that perfect photo from a time long ago that is sure to bring smiles- you decide you must bring it with you.  YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHERE TO FIND THE PHOTO. You go right to that shelf, open the sort box, grab the photo, (or open your laptop, select the facial recognition feature, click on that person’s face, scroll down and hit “print”...) then tuck it under the bow with the card, and off you go.  You’re FILLED WITH POSITIVE EMOTIONS humor [...]

By |2022-03-24T13:41:58+00:00April 27, 2020|managing photos, Uncategorized|

Back-up

Assuming you've been streamlining your digital memories into a user-friendly online cloud storage like Google Photos, it's important to have a local backup for peace of mind. I compiled some thoughts to share with you and hope this will help you make the best decision for you! IF you haven't done that yet, I highly recommend going to my 4/6/2020 post and videos.  About having local backup... there are so many options but honestly they're not all created equally, so I'd like to make sure you considered what your best choices are. NO, I do not condone 10 locations... then you have not just digital clutter but CONFUSION! Let's work smarter, not harder friends.  Here are some pros & cons for some of the most common options. I'd love to hear your preferences but please read and reflect so your decision is as informed as possible. What we've "always done" isn't necessarily the best option. Your home computer: Well, you may need to access some [...]

By |2022-03-24T13:44:16+00:00April 14, 2020|Uncategorized|
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