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My journaling journey

When I was a little girl I couldn't get my film developed fast enough. Opening up that paper envelope, and spreading out my images on my bed, I would organize them into events, and then favorites. Into my journals they would go. I loved writing the stories of my little world. It wasn't until I was much older that I began to understand the absolute treasure that my photo-journals would be to me.

Through the years I have documented my life. I've written the stories in my journals, and I've photographed and filmed my life. However, there were quite a few years, very busy years, when I could barley keep my head above water as a mother of four young children. The best I could do was to get the photos taken, save them on hard-drives, and type the stories into my phone with my journal AP. I didn't have time to spend 4 hours designing a scrapbook page, but I knew that photos slipped into plastic pocket sleeves was also not the way I wanted to share my story. Nor did I want my cherished memories stuck on hard-drives, CDs, or on my phone.

Why I'm Here

About 1 years ago I found myself in a season of life that I could take some time to develop a better way and to finally get organized with all of my journaling. I'm not going to lie to you... It was a big project! I wish I had all of the tools available to us now when I had started documenting my family. However, I will say that I am so glad that I had the drive to get the stories written and photos taken at all. So there I was with baskets of photos, stacks of journals, falling apart scrapbooks, and boxes of CD's and hard-drives to go through. Does this feel familiar to you? I am happy to say that I have come up with a system that works for me. I am documenting my world in a simple beautiful way and not sacrificing quality. Furthermore, I am able to keep up with my journaling, without sacrificing actually living my life, enjoying relationships, & making real memories. If your overwhelmed with this, as I was, stay a while... I will show you how I've done this, and I'd love to hear what is working for you as well.

journals written
hours of filming
photos taken
current journals I keep