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Your Story: What are you doing with it?

January 5, 2011

photo courtesy: CFleenor

The start of a new year is a time many of us spend reflecting back and looking forward. I am reminded of an all-time favorite quote which comes from Annie Dilliard:  “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” These “days” – the yesterdays, this moment, and the tomorrows – compose our story. And this will be the topic of my January blog series. I’ll give you an idea of what’s in store, but first… here’s a quick background on me + story:

THEN: If you’ve been with me since the beginning of this {business + personal} venture, you know I’m passionate about preserving your story. I started off designing DearBooks which were albums that kept “what’s dear, near” – kind of like a yearbook for those wanting to preserve their family, wedding and baby memories – in a quick and easy {and good-looking!} way.

NOW: Over the past year or so, I’ve shifted my focus from PRESERVING to actually DESIGNING your story. I still make my albums but am spending more of my time working with clients {and sharing through this blog} how to CREATE THE BEST SURROUNDINGS {from home / work space to calendar / habits} that will best support the story they wish for themselves and families.

This month, I’ll share:

  • some of my favorite books/articles on the topic of “story” and what I learned from each
  • different ways to organize your photos {simple to more elaborate – depending on your preference} – and the crucial factor to include...no matter which way you go!
  • other ways {besides just photos} you can preserve your story
  • why giving serious thought to your story is one of the best things you can do for your children
  • the correlation between “order” and “story”
  • your ideas, suggestions, comments… what works for you, what doesn’t… {please…. I’d LOVE your comments right here on my blog – or feel free to email me: angela@AngelaHarrisDesign.com : )

This Sunday, our pastor ended her sermon giving us the exact number of hours we have left in 2011 – saying these hours are our gift and how we spend them is up to us.

These hours = our story. What will your story be?

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