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10 Ways Anyone Can Keep Their Precious Memories Forever

10 Ways Anyone Can Keep Their Precious Memories Forever

At the end of the day, life boils down to your experiences. You’ll have good experiences and bad experiences but you are a culmination of the things you’ve done and learned. That means it’s important to keep those memories around so you can enjoy them. What are the best ways to keep memories? Let’s take a look.

1. Get creative!

People have come up with all sorts of crazy ideas to keep memories alive. Some have painted their favorite quotes on their walls, while others have important memories written on dinner plates (literally). You can get your kids’ crayon drawings stamped in silver and turned into jewelry or commission an artist to draw funny caricature drawings. Any one of these ideas is kind of lame if done badly, but when done well and you combine a few of them, you’ll have a small stash of fun memories that can also double as art or jewelry.

2. Create your own website to hold your memories for you

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    The ultimate way to keep your memories alive is to create a website dedicated to them. You can create the website, write down stories, upload photos and videos, share easily with everyone, and do pretty much whatever you want. That’s the freedom that comes with a website. You may want to try Squarespace to build your own site because it’s easy to use and there are many awesome templates to choose from! Memories are important. They remind of us of who we are, who we were, and all the amazing things we have done. Immortalizing them is something everyone should be looking into doing.

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    3. Tell stories!

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      Telling stories as a way to remember things is a tradition that is as old as history itself. For generations, the village elders told stories to keep the history of a tribe alive and that’s the only way they could until they invented writing. This is still something that happens today. The television series How I Met Your Mother was a dad telling his life story to his kids. We’re not saying you should drone on in Bob Saget’s voice for nine years, but spinning a tale every now and then is a good way to keep memories alive.

      4. Create some vacation jars

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        This is a fun idea that can also double as a decoration. Let’s say you go camping. Grab some pine needles, a pine cone, a good picture, and some other small forest or camping things and then stuff them in a jar. With a little effort and some glue, you can create a lasting piece of art that not only helps keep memories alive, but also looks really nice on a shelf.

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        5. Get an external hard drive

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          This is probably the least creative way to keep your memories forever, but that doesn’t mean it’s not effective. External hard drives are cheap, and if you buy a good brand they’ll last for a long, long time. They’re easy to store, they’ll be there if your computer crashes or if the internet were to go down forever tomorrow. Don’t make it the only place to store your photos, but everyone who wants their memories kept safe would be wise to invest in an external hard drive. They’re even easy to use!

          6. Write them down in a book or a journal

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            If telling stories isn’t your thing, you could always write them down. I couldn’t tell you how many things in history we only know because some random person decided to write down what was going on. Writing it down and putting it in a book or a journal lets you relive those memories as you write them and then a second time if you ever read them. Plus you can pass the book on down to your kids or grandkids and show them all the fun things you did.

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            7. Use Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, or Google+

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              Social media is one of the de facto ways to store photos. You can upload them into albums to keep them organized, share with friends, and have them there whenever you need them. Sites like Tumblr and Google+ will let you upload pretty much any image size. Do beware, though, because Instagram and Facebook will scale down your photos a bit if they’re too large. With most of the world’s online population on social media, that’s where everyone is. That means it’s a good place for your memories to be because you can enjoy them with friends.

              8. Go find those things you had as a kid

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                When we were young, there were things that we loved. It could be old video games, a certain blanket or stuffed animal, or some other toy that you loved. Thanks to auction sites like eBay, it’s easier than ever to uncover those old things and own them a second time. Then you have your childhood memories right there with you whenever you want them.

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                9. Cloud storage

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                  It’s 2014 and that means more and more people are keeping their information in the cloud. Services like Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, and more exist for the express purpose of storing your stuff. All services give you at least a little free storage to play around with to see if you like it. You can upload photos and videos into folders and rename them to make them photo albums. That way they’re safely stored in the cloud and they’re organized! You can also share them with friends and attach them to emails at your leisure.

                  10. Make your own home videos

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                    We’re not talking about using a camcorder and getting footage of your family, but rather creating a video of things you already have. Using software like Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas Pro, or Final Cut Pro, you can put photos, video clips, and other special moments on a video you make yourself. You can even complete the video with music. You can save the video on your computer (or using #1, #7, or #3 on this list) or you can burn them to DVD and give them to your family. YouTube is also a great option for storing homemade videos. If you’re not into stuff like that, there are services that’ll do it for you.

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                    Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                    We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                    We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                    So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                    Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                    What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                    Boundaries are limits

                    —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                    Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                    Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                    Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                    Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                    How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                    Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                    1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                    Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                    You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                    To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                    You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                    • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                    • When do you feel disrespected?
                    • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                    • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                    • When do you want to be alone?
                    • How much space do you need?

                    You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                    2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                    Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                    Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                    3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                    Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                    That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                    Sample language:

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                    • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                    • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                    • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                    • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                    • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                    • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                    • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                    Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                    4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                    Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                    Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                    Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                    We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                    It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                    It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                    Final Thoughts

                    Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                    Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                    Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                    The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                    Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                    Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                    They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                    Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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