Monday, April 29, 2019

Heart & Soul LinkUp #23

Welcome to another edition of Heart & Soul LinkUp, a collection of blog posts that are good for the heart and soul, contributed by a variety of blogger friends.  Did you know our LinkUp is almost 6 months old now?!  Thanks to all the readers and contributors who make it a lovely little place to visit.


First things first!  These were the most-read blog posts from those shared at last week's linkup, with links included in case you missed them:

from Jennifer at LifeTales Books

from Jennifer at LifeTales Books

from Flossie at Super Mom Hacks

Thanks to all the bloggers who participated in last week's linkup!  Featured favorites can share their excitement on social media and/or their blog using this image:

Now it's time to find new blog posts to love.  Bloggers will be leaving links to their blog posts all day today, so the collection will grow until Tuesday morning.  (Bloggers, remember that if you leave your links, you need to read and comment on at least 3 posts shared by others here.)  Feel free to show extra love on posts you enjoy by sharing on social media.  :)
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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Solve Your Photo Problems Once and For All

Pretty much everyone I talk to is overwhelmed with their pictures.  It's a crying shame because pictures are SO GOOD FOR YOU.  (Remember my post from January about {the self-care tradition of hygge and how to use your pictures and memories to hygge}?  Pictures have been shown to {actually make us happier AND help us relax.}  In fact, if you read the article in that last link, you can see the studies that show this.  Viewing your photographs has been shown to lift mood and increase relaxation by 22%--which, incidentally, beats out other go-tos for relaxing like chocolate and wine.

So why aren't we seeing and loving our pictures more than we are?  Bad habits is all.  People often just take photos and then send them to the cloud, never to be seen again.  Unfortunately, I think the cloud is quickly becoming the Junk Drawer of photos.

One way I love to help people out of Photo Overwhelm and help them actually ENJOY their photos instead of just dumping them is something I like to call Solve Your Photo Problems Once and For All.  Here's how it works.



The first step actually has two parts: choose a class and choose some friends.  Choose a class you're interested in, such as "How to Catch Up on Your Photos," "How to Stop Being Overwhelmed by Your Photos using Yearbooks," or "How to Transition from Paper Scrapbooking to Digital Scrapbooking." 

And guess what.  If you have an idea for a different spin on those main topics, I can actually create a class specifically for you and what you'd like to learn.  I'm cool like that.  Once you have decided the class you'd like to take, choose a group of friends who would like to learn about it, too.  I always suggest choosing about 20 because about 1/4 respond, and you'd ideally like to have a group of about 4-6.

The class is free!  We can do it online or in person, depending on how you want to go about step 3.  We can chat more about that.

After having learned strategies for conquering your mountains of photos (or whatever class you choose) and the highest quality ways to preserve your photos, step 2 is to just spend some quality time with friends working on photos and your individual projects.  I will have given suggestions for high-quality memory-keeping methods during the class, so after the class we'll spend time actually making it happen!  We can start opening accounts, sorting pictures, uploading pictures (for digital methods), etc.  Let me know ahead of time if you'd like to talk about digital methods only at the class or digital and paper memory-keeping methods, too, because that will influence how we spend our work time.

The two digital memory-keeping methods I would recommend at the class
are a step (or many steps!) above average "online photobooks" for several important reasons!
These two steps--taking a free memory-keeping class with friends and getting started actually putting that knowledge to work--give you something WONDERFUL:  a tribe.  Yes, you get tips, directions, strategies, high-quality products, and solutions to make your goals reality.  But you also get a group of people you already know and love working towards the same goal.  Now you can set up regular times (I suggest monthly) to get together as friends so you continue to catch up and stay caught up preserving your photos and memories.  Digital is always my suggestion because it's simpler, and all you need is a laptop and internet.

If you'd really like to Solve Your Photo Problems Once and For All, give me a shout!  My contact information is at the "about me/contact me" tab in purple at the top of this blog, or it's on the graphic above.

And, you know what?  If you just need a memory-keeping partner, I can do that, too.  I can help with everything from photo organization to making the actual book (or digital scrap pages, if you prefer) FOR you!  You can find information about my services {at this link}.


This is something just about everybody I know needs, so be sure to share this post via email or social media! 

Looking forward to hearing from you soon so we can start solving your photo problems once and for all.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Heart & Soul LinkUp #22

Happy Monday and welcome to another edition of the Heart & Soul LinkUp.  You'll find a lovely collection of blog posts that are good for the heart and soul at the bottom of this post.  Bloggers can leave links to their posts all day Monday.  If you're a blogger and would like to leave links to your posts, too, just {read the rules for blogger participation} and then share away!


First let's see which posts from last week's linkup were the most popular.  Favorites are featured below with links so you can visit them if you missed them last time.

MOST POPULAR:

from Flossie at Super Mom Hacks

from Pat at Mille Fiori Favoriti

from Jennifer at LifeTales Books

Thank you to all the bloggers who shared their blog posts with us last week!  If you were a featured favorite, celebrate with this image on your blog or social media!

I'm excited to find out what I'll love this week!  Remember to show our blogger friends some love by reading and commenting--and sharing on social media, too!
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Monday, April 15, 2019

Heart & Soul LinkUp #21

Welcome to Monday and our 21st blog sharing linkup!  This is the place each Monday where you'll find blog posts that are good for the heart and soul, from creativity and photos to personal growth and family.

And we welcome new bloggers, too!  The rules for leaving your own blog links today are at the bottom of {this post}.


First, let's feature posts that were the favorites from last week.  I've included links to them in case you missed them or want to revisit them.

MOST POPULAR

from Kristie at Love My Little Cottage

from Jennifer at LifeTales Books

from Debbie at Debbie-Dabble Blog

Thanks to all the bloggers who shared their posts with us last week.  If you were a featured favorite this week, you can use this image to celebrate on your blog or on social media.

See what your favorites are this week!  (Because bloggers can leave their links all day on Mondays, the collection might not be complete until Tuesday morning.)
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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Storing and Transporting Your Photos (with tips on just plain loving them)

Are you planning a move?  Do you know someone who is?  While it can be daunting enough to pack up pans and side tables and board games, it can be downright scary to consider moving the most precious thing you own:  your photos.

Amy from {Needed in the Home} has moved many times!  I consider her somewhat of an expert.  She always has lots of great moving tips on her website.  As it turns out, she considers me somewhat of an expert when it comes to photos, so I was thrilled when she asked me to write a guest post for her blog.  Amy wanted some pointers on moving your photos.  With so many options and opinions out there, photos these days can come in many forms, so my article addresses all of them.  I'm so excited to share it with you--and there are some helpful ideas for storing and loving photos even if you're not moving, too!

Here is {How to Safely Transport the Most Precious Thing You Own:  Moving with Your Photos}.  You're going to love my very last tip at the end!

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Heart & Soul LinkUp #20

It's the 20th Monday we've shared blog posts that are good for the heart and soul here at the linkup!  If you've been here before, welcome back and thanks for reading.  If you're new here, a linkup is just a fun way for multiple bloggers to share their good stuff all in one place.  You might find recipes, personal growth, home decor, or digital photo ideas in the blog posts today.


Before we see what's new this week, let's look at the featured favorites from last week.  Links are included if you'd like to read them.

MOST POPULAR

from Lori at Choosing Wisdom

from Jennifer at LifeTales Books

from Kristie at Love My Little Cottage

If you were featured, show off on your blog or social media!

Now on to this week's linkup.  Bloggers will be leaving links all day today.  If you're a blogger and would like to add links to your own blog posts, just {read the rules for participating} first, then add your links below.

Remember to show our blogging friends some love by commenting on their posts and/or sharing them on social media.
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Monday, April 1, 2019

Heart & Soul LinkUp #19

Welcome to the Heart & Soul LinkUp where various bloggers share posts they've written that are good for the heart and soul.  Remember that bloggers will leave their links down at the bottom of this post all day today, so if you're here early, don't forget to come back again to see the completed collection.  We're here every Monday!


Everyone visiting today is welcome to read any post that they feel drawn to.  We're always looking for new blogger friends, too, so if you're a blogger who would like to participate and share what you've written, just read the {rules for participating} first, then leave your links later on in this post.

Each linkup day we first highlight the most popular posts from the previous week.  If you missed these posts last time, I'm including links so you can click right over and read them.

MOST POPULAR

from Pat at Mille Fiori Favoriti
Congratulations to these featured favorites!  If your blog post was one of them, celebrate on social media or your blog using this image:

Ready for some new blog posts to love this week?  Here they are!
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