I was so honored to be a guest on well… women of worth. With Ganel-Lyn Condie. I'm a very private person but there are a few things that I am completely open about and one of those is my love for the temples and of the Savior. Check it out ....https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2142429559311570&id=1961648050723056
We live in a world of over documentation. But is that a bad thing? At a click of a button moments in life are documented.
Our cell phones take pictures, videos, text messages and everything in between and they are at our fingertips.
It is so easy to get overwhelmed with everything that is saved onto our devices. January 1st, i got a head start and cleaned out and backed up my files which automatically backed up to Google Drive. And then I deleted over 2,000 pictures. Of those 2000 pictures 2000 of them came from my phone. Those pictures were screenshots, videos, screenshots, my kids funny text messages that I want to store. thos 2000+ shots were from a total of 9 days. I know... I have a problem :)
You get the idea….. there's pictures everywhere. Because I have Google Drive and Dropbox on my phoneand my tablet they automatically are set sync to my laptop. I have 5 external hardrives at a minimum of 2 TERABYTES a pieces. and 1 is a 6 TB. I know I have a problem. I do safeguard my client work and my family shots.
I am a mom + I am a photographer. = I document everything.
I have way so many things documented, but i have learned that many are not necessary when I look back I really don't want to save them. I periodically go through and clean out my files.
I believe in over documenting, I believe in taking too many pictures and looking back and taking them out when i have a second thought on them. But they mean something at different times so i wait and not be hasty to delete.
We live in a Time I'm where we can do that we can fill up 32 megabytes of pictures and in reality only need need 3 megabytes all of those pictures.
We can delete them easy as pie. I pose the question.... what do we do to stay on top of all the pictures that we have documented before we get overwhelmed.?
I have a few tips on how to minimize being overwhelmed.
First…. Create a plan. Talk to your friends and find out what they're doing. Google options. There's great ideas. Project Life by Becky Higgins is brilliant. ( i have met her and listened to her process, she is spot on.) Get on Pinterest. Search blogs and word presses and figure out what works for your family needs. Then you can narrow down what will work for you. ( I saw and Instagram story from Becky Higgins late one night and it changed my mindset forever, so share your success stories... Becky said at some point in the day she takes a few minutes to go through and DELETE. AMEN. I try to do this daily now to keep up with extras that are multiplesor bad shots.)
Your phone will organize for you
Second….organize. I took the time to research how I wanted to document the documenting. For me I chose Chatbooks Off the recommendation of many people and I had remembered someone gave me a coupon code for $2 off Chatbooks. I figured it couldn't hurt. I went with that. and there is so many different ways that you can do this. you have to find what works for you.
Third... Figure out what you're going to keep before you start taking pictures
I manage 5 of my own instagrams and facebooks, but help with lots of other temple photography pages on Facebook. I was going crazy with all the saved images of others so the advice from Becky saved my chaotic, check list making mind.
Facebook Sites, its practically a full time job, not really but that would be a fun job.
Personal and business Instagram sites.
Fourth... hashtag and tag the people to save and organize. It may take you a few extra minutes when you take the picture and upload it but it is worth all the time.
I set a goal a while back to attend a religious service twice a week. Once at my local church, and once at my local temple. my goal was to do this for 52 weeks straight. 3 weeks into my goal and documenting, I realized I needed to save this because the experiences were rad. I spent 2 weeks figuring the best way to do this and Chatbooks it was. I hashtagged each image, then uploaded themsometimes more than 1 a week with #52weekgoal
I gave a title of #52weekgoal
Showed my work and my fun. Thanks Whitney Sims, and Maxwell Family
I did that for 52 weeks straight and the result was 84 pictures. It was all organized for me withvery little effort. I logged into chatbooks and uploaded the instagram tag name, and hashtag, within 2 minutes my book was created. IT WAS BRILLIANT.
Don't over complicate. Simplify. Take 10 pics, then delete a few.
Find what works for you and and start documenting your documenting.
I am asked all the time how I knew I had cancer, what kind, how ...when...why. Well I share, not to spot light me, but to show. You TOO can get cancer. If you are like me, and have lots of moles, that change and you worry. Dont worry anymore, go to the doctor.
I am so thankful for people that made me go. I did drag my feet, but such is life. I am Norwegian dutch, German and Irish. and a pale kind of freckly, red headed,white pale skin, green eye kind of descent. Did you know that green eyed people from western European decent are the most likely to get Basal Cell Carcinoma (cancer). Well i am within all the checklist of highest risk.
I grew up in Southern California and I am a water baby and I have always worn sunscreen, However I always burn. Always. I have been teased for wearing swim shirts and long shorts in the water. I protect my skin, and I got it.
I got my first cancer at 18 on my forehead. They removed it with no further worries that was in 1995 In 1999, I had 11 biopsies, and 3 were cancer. Tally 4 I regularly had my skin checked until 2013 I had 22 biopsies, with 4 being cancer and 1 that was the littlest on my face and a doooooozy!
1 biopsy, on what I thought was a pimple. surgery removal, facial reconstruction from a Scottsdale facial plastic surgeon and 50 stitches. the hole was so deep that had to take extra fat from my cheek to fill in the hole. Here i am 2 years later and my face is lopsided, my eyes are straight, there is still pain occasionally and I experience my face being paralyzed periodically, BUT. no cancer in my face! GO GET CHECKED.
1- a few weeks before the biopsy... Clueless of the destruction happening under my face
2- right after I had the cancer removal. I was awake and..... the hole was so big they couldn't close it so they put this band-aid on me and sent me across town where I was rushed in for facial reconstruction.
3- in the hospital still asleep from surgery
4- the day after surgery
5- 2 days after surgery healing
6-a week after surgery
7- a week or so after
8- I was in so much pain my eyes were having migraine type pain.
I was just sitting here, reading for my family psychology class and noticed that I had set my Nana's grandfather clock, and rocking chair right by each other in the loft. It was not intentional, but surprising, I have carried this clock, that doesn't work and hasnt for years to 3 houses. I officially am grateful for antiques that come from my nana. Every time I see it I think of her.
The rocking chair, no one sits on and is falling apart. I remember, vividly, as a kid Nana telling us not to rock on it because it would collapse and I would rock and it would collapse. I am a little afraid of the chair, still after all these years, but yet I have it sitting near my office. I don't know how or where she acquired these but, I know they both have stories to tell.
Neither is my favorite style,but I love them because they are mine.
I was inspired by another blogger to share things that have help me be a better Kary in 2014...I must first say I am private and dont like to be negative on social media, with that being said, I am not being negative, just real ;)
1. I stepped outside of my comfort zone traveling. I dislike traveling. This year we went to Mexico and found a new favorite family spot. Puerto Penasco. Colorado for David's work party, it was great but missed my kids. Pennsylvannia. I learned who I am and where I came from. I was born there and learned so much about my rich heritage and it was inspiring to say the least.Family history research has made me appreciate my family more. Families are forever, thank goodness. Technology makes it fun. I am thankful for my desire to learn about family history. I am thankful for the opportunity to see new places and appreciate getting out of Arizona even for short times...
2. The temple is powerful and the blessings we get from attending are real. Being a part of the new temple being brought to the valley inspired me to be a better patron in attendance. It blesses us. I am thankful for the knowledge the temple gives me.
3. I went back to college, at my favorite college. BYU- Idaho. If you know me then you know I love BYU. Period. I am thankful for education.
4. I read the Book of Mormon cover to cover after being inspired by an app on Instagram. It helped change my mind a little about my dislike for social media, yet here i am using it. I HAD to read the Book of Mormon for 2 of my classes and I am so thankful I had to because I got to read it. It was wonderful to get to read it again. . My testimony has grown tenfold. I am thankful for the scriptures that help me in my daily rollercoaster of life.
5. Because of the scriptures, my relationship with Christ, BYU and my husband and kids, trials seemed more doable. I have learned that the most important thing in life is to be surrounded by good people, that love and lift us. There are lots of good people that don't do that. This year I have realized the good in my life. We choose to be offended. I do believe to see the GOOD in people, but i do believe some do mean to offend. I have realized that I am oblivious, more than I originally thought. I am less trusting in people, trust needs to be earned. I am however much more trusting in the Lord. He is the only one not being persuaded by satan. I am thankful for those that show love to me and my little family, not hate.
6. I am so thankful for my health. More specifically for not having 1 shot or an cancer treatments this year. With 22 biopsies in 2013, 4 being cancer, No cancer treatments this year was awesome. I skipped 6 skin cancer appointments because I just couldnt do it. It felt good to not listen to the doctors for once, but mainly because I am a wimp. Cancer kicked my rear in 2013. 2014 was good! I am thankful for good doctors and good medicine.
7. My camera. I love to photograph humans and things created in this world. I have captured memories this year, some will never get back. This year I grew in a way I never knew I would by photographing life, and death, more than anyone should and I am so thankful for the trust in all my clients, friends and family as they let me photograph my favorite people. I am thankful for my NIKON Cameras !!
8. I learned how to find time to enjoy my kids. I am not a perfect mom, and still have a lot to learn, but my kids give me strength and help me be better. I love their innocence and honesty. They are real with me. I wish I remembered what it felt like to be a kid. They are so pure. I am so thankful to be a mom to kids that that love me unconditionally.
9. Miracles are real. Miracles really do happen and I am humbled to see it happen.
10. I have my own superman. Super Dave is what we call him, but he has strength like I have never seen. He is my favorite. He serves our family endlessly, while working full time, going to school fulltime, being the Bishop and serving endlessly and with great humbleness. We have been together over 17 years and he is mine. He really is the better half of me. He makes me better and teaches me and lets me teach him. I am thankful for him.
Happy New year to all my GOOD people. You are known and loved! May 2015 find you good.
I had the opportunity to go to Pennsylvannia with Dave while he had a trade show in Hershey Pennsylvannia. I was born in PA in 1977 and went back when I was 6 or 7. I dont remember any of it, so it was fun to learn where I came into this world. I have been doing lots of family history, genealogy so I have learned alot about...me. But i really got to learn about me... I did. I saw lots of sites, but when I saw the grave of my grandfather i never met. I cried...alot. I love doing family history. I have found out more about who I am it was awesome.
Paul Ivan Hatfield
World war II survivor
Looking for his grave was a needle in a haystack
Some sites from our romantic, fun trip.
Philadelphia Pennsylvannia Lds Temple. Gorgeous!
Working Amish farm.
Rowing crews in Philadelphia at sundown...
Independence hall where the declaration of Independence was signed!
SOY BEANS... Everywhere!!!
Buggy minus the horse
Capitol building in Harrisburg. I thought the gold statue looked liked Angel Moroni... for real!
Hershey kiss mobile car. It said kisses so we did.
Philadelphia museum of art The top of the rocky stairs!
Super cool. FYI, the Amish scowl at you if they take their picture!
Pretty amish Ladies
Mr. Hershey lived on this street
Hoopes land. They owned 600 acres in West Chester.
Hershey plant was so cool. the tour was awesome and yummy samples.
Hershey's Mansion across from the plant.
Super Dave as Rocky.
Capitol building in the rear
Cemeteries everywhere. Gorgeous headstones
We saw Some of the Hoopes Famly History as well. This is the last remaining part of the Joshua Hoopes Homestead in West Chester. It is on the Historical National Treasure List. the Home was built in 1736. It was surreal.
Abraham Lincolns Hat box. Unreal seeing these Smithsonian artifacts
Seeing all the things we saw of our Nations capitol made me proud to be an American. So many more pictures to share.
Norristown, Hershey, West Chester, Philadelphia, Harrisburg. I highly recommend making the trip.