I was born in Wyandotte, Michigan, a suburb south of Detroit. When my children were small, we moved to Rochester Hills, north of Detroit, and have lived here for over 25 years. Rochester Hills has consistently been named in the top ten of Time Magazine’s 50 Best Places to Live in the U.S. We love it here!
My family now consists of my husband, Denny (married for 34 years and counting!); my son Marc, my daughter Sara and her husband Eric; my awesome 9-month-old grandson, Evan; and three grand-dogs, Bear, Shyla and Sydney!
The way I use Project Life is totally digital. My spreads are generally about ‘one thing’ (such as an event or something that’s on my mind or how I’m feeling at a certain time), rather than a week-at-a-time approach. I use Lightroom to post-process my photos, then Photoshop to design my page. Then I print my photos and put them in physical 6×8 albums!
To me, documenting life gives me an overview of my life; it lets me see my life reflected back and it lets me observe and organize the timeline of my life. It helps me remember details. It is the sum of all the small parts of my life; the little parts that make up the whole. It validates that my story matter. Documenting my life is the tool that helps me organize my thoughts and record them, clarify my internal and external goals and re-enforce my own personal purpose for living. It grounds me physically, emotionally and mentally. Documenting my life is the creative release I need to be happy and feel fulfilled. Documenting my life helps me be mindful, to be aware of what’s going on around me, to pay closer attention to the details of life and to live intentionally. It increases my gratitude and my appreciation of life and the people and things in mine. Documenting life allows me to document the story of my life and the lives of those around me for future generations.
Three things on my bucket list are:
1. Go on a family vacation with my whole family, in a condo, on the beach.
2. Drive cross-country in an RV with my husband.
3. Learn to use my DSLR in total manual mode.
Cultivating a good life means taking care of yourself so you can be a blessing to others. Eat right and get enough sleep and exercise. Drink lots of water. Forgive yourself and others. Declutter your house. Declutter your mind. Appreciate what you have. Focus on things that matter. Be balanced. Live simply. Slow down.