In this product review of the booklet, The Secret Ingredient to Self-Care and Wellness by Jennifer Wise, we will discover something we never think about in self care. It is the important role of having physical, actual photographs to touch and look at in our lives.
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This little book is a must read for moms of the digital age, like me, who feel powerless and too overwhelmed to do anything about the years of photos stuck in digital storage. I myself have five years of photos stuck there. I am embarrassed to say that the only physical baby photos I have of my youngest child (now 18 months old) are from JC Penney for his newborn, family photo at two months, 3 month, 6 month, 9 month, 12 month and 15 month photos. I don't have any at the hospital or with his siblings, or of me holding him (my husband is holding him in the family photo). It makes me cry to think “What if we lost all that digital storage? He would never have a photo of his mother holding him as a baby!” Some people believe that there could be an EMP, which is an electromagnetic pulse, which is a short burst of electromagnetic radiation, which does not cause casualties directly, but could cause electronic grids to go down, etc. to where we would not be able to develop our photos and get them out of that digital storage anywhere.
I am not saying you have to believe this or trying to scare you in any way, shape or form and the author of this book does not even mention this, it's just the stuff that I tend to think about, I guess. But, Jennifer Wise does mention other ways in which people sometimes lose photos that have been stored digitally. I know how tragic this is, as I have lost six months of photos that can never be replaced. Her book shows me that physical, tangible photographs are so important for children's wellness and self-esteem. I want my children to know that I was always there for them, that their lives matter, and that I care about them so much. Reading this book really made me want to take action to get on top of my photos so my “babies don't grow up to be jpegs” (one of Jennifer Wise's wise sayings).
After reading this booklet, I do not feel ashamed, or depressed, or too overwhelmed to tackle this great task. On the other hand, after reading, I feel inspired and empowered to pick up where I left off and take care of my photos. She gives a practical structure of how this time can be scheduled into your routine. In the past, I thought I was “being selfish” to want that time to “do photos”, but now I can see that it is actually needed as a part of self-care and wellness. I have already asked my husband if it is fine to do this and he is on board, as long as I stay in the budget! So now I will feel no guilt for incorporating it into my already busy schedule.
In her very short book, she offers a “Ten Step Escape Plan” that I will be using! Step 4: Focus on one thing at a time will be the biggest challenge for me because I want to start 5 years back, where I left off, but I also want to start 18 months ago, when my baby was born. She has somewhat addressed this type of situation in her “Two-In-One Plan” in Chapter 7. She also offers several ways to have your photos, like creating books online and having them printed and shipped to you, or making pocket pages, etc. She also holds online and in-person workshops so I feel like I am not alone and have a helper. I am not made to feel “dumb” in any way, shape or form. My condition of five years of photos is a very common thing and I am so happy to know that she is willing to help, guide and encourage me through this! I highly recommend reading this booklet. It will change the life of your family for the better and is needed in the home!
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How To Find Jennifer Wise:
Facebook: Jennifer Wise's Heritage MAKERS
Blog Contributor: https://livegrowgive.org/ (she's the weekly #familyhistoryfriday contributor)
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How to get this booklet: https://lifetalesbooks.blogspot.com/2018/03/the-secret-ingredient-to-self-care-and.html
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