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Welcome to my blog! I write, and take photos, and use Photoshop every day. I love learning and surprises and my sweet family and being a transplanted southerner.

What Will Live On

I read a snippet from Real Simple magazine today that resonated with me. It’s the last item in an article called, “10 Ways to Shop Smarter This Year”. And while I found the actual shopping tips to be okay, #10 was different:

#10 Stock up on experiences. Recently my wife and I returned from a biking trip abroad. We had bought some stuff, mainly clothes, that you don’t find here. It’s nice to tell ourselves those items will remind us of the trip, but they’re bound to go the way of all things cotton or wool. What will live on are the moments, captured in memory or snapshots or both. And that’s what I call money well spent.

I love that this isn’t about saving but, as the author says, “being more mindful with your money”. You can spend your money and your time in ways that deeply satisfy, or don’t, and the choice is yours. :)

It’s one of my goals this year to do this very thing - stock up on experiences. And I don’t think you need a biking trip abroad to make a memory - just looking for simple ways to make more experiences, and an increased focus on relishing and enjoying the experiences that do come, “captured in memory or snapshots or both”. Money, and time, well spent.

Announcements

Now for a bit of news! And more bullets!

  • The very talented Danielle Thompson, owner of Kitschy Digitals, has joined our team of designers at JessicaSprague.com! Her first product is already in the shop, and she’s busy working on more! Check out these amazing Vintage Cabinet Cards:

  • I have just confirmed that I’ll be teaching at the Creative Escape event in Mesa, AZ on August 26-28! I can’t WAIT! No word yet on whether my class will be hybrid or all-paper, but we’re sure to get our hands-on fix either way. I am so honored to join Heidi Swapp and the other instructors!
  • I wrote an article for the Shutterfly blog about creating a Year-in-Review photo book. It includes a free template, so go check it out! (Also: just found out the link to download is broken, here is the correct link)

Also, wow. I am really glad it’s Saturday tomorrow. Coming back from a long trip is hard enough, but coming back sick? Bleh.

Some Christmas pics, & Etc.

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