A Trip Down Memory Lane…

Every once in a while, I like to go down memory lane by looking at “old pictures’. My parents got me into taking pictures/videos because my dad has always had a camera in his hand AND whenever he didn’t have the camera… one of us did. He was always taking pictures and without those pictures many of those special moments in life would have been lost forever.

Over the years, I kind of turned into my dad. I would always have a camera app readily available on my phone. Snapping a picture of those obscure moments when someone has their mouth wide open about to take that bite of cheesecake, or catching that perfect smile, or even those wonderful ‘runaway’ pictures…

I have to pause for a few seconds to talk about the ‘runaway’ pictures. These are the pictures of people that “don’t like to take pictures”. They are always trying to run away from the camera. The unfortunate thing about these people is that they are extremely selfish. Selfish is being “concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself”. Everyone loves to look at pictures, especially of themselves. So, why would you deny everyone, including yourself, the pictures of YOUR life’s journey? One of my cousins passed away and while going thru our pictures for the funeral, we realized that almost every picture of her was blurred because she was running/trying to hide, or you see her hand in front of her face, OR the photographer got tired of trying and she is missing. You know she was at the event but we didn’t even try to take her picture. Missing from history… SMH

But, anyway…
Pictures capture moments in time. The ultimate-best picture to take is totally natural. Natural pictures are those where life is happening and you just click it. There is no posing or preparing for it. Many times these pictures are 100% unexpected and most times unwanted. You know that moment when you show up early for a party and the person isn’t “dressed” for company with the rollers in their hair or the ultra cool guy that you catch wearing a wife-beater and a pair of socks with a hole in the toe.

One of the coolest things nowadays is that people aren’t waiting for the camera anymore… they just take a picture of themselves!! Instagram, facebook and twitter are all filled with self-portraits. I think this is cool because people get to see life literally thru YOUR eyes and they can enjoy your life’s journey WITH you.

Today’s assignment is to enjoy your life’s journey and while your walking it out, pull out your camera and take a picture. You never know how inspiring today’s photos will be tomorrow…

Remember life isn’t ONLY about the destiny but the ACTUAL trip.

I love you ALL!!!
Stay Blessed,
Jackie

Contact lists…

How many of us remember back in the day when your contact list could be written in a ‘little black book’ that fit in your back pocket and was no bigger than a wallet? Times have surely changed!!! Now, something as simple as sending out a mailer to all of your contacts is compared to climbing Mt. Everest!!!

I decided that I was going to send out an email blast to all of my contacts regarding my business. But, as I started looking at the list, I realized that, “Oh, these people are different from those people”. Then when I went to the ‘those people’ list, I realized that yet another list contains different people. The crazy part is that when I look at my iPhone/iPad contacts, everybody is all together!!! I’m walking thru “contact list hell”!!! So, I am combining my 3 Apple, 5 Gmail, YahooAOLHotmail, LinkedInFacebook, and Twitter contacts all into Plaxo!!

The funny thing is that once I get all of my contacts into one place then, I still have to move them into yet another program to send out the email. What I figured would be a simple 15 minute process, the longest part being the actual email, has turned into a project… Somebody needs to pray for ME!!!

I love you ALL!!!
Stay Blessed,
Jackie