What We Do With Our 15 Minutes of "Me Time" - Part I
This new year, we resolved to find at least 15 minutes of "Me Time" every day to do something we love. If you haven't seen them already, you can read the blog posts we've written about "Me Time" here, here, here, and here. But of course, these are just four perspectives on the question of "Me Time" and what to do with it - we know there are many more. So we posed this question to the Forever™ Ambassador channel: "How do you find your 15 minutes, and what do you like to do with it?" We got so many great responses, we're breaking this blog post into a series! Here's Part One:
Executive Ambassador Madelyn Brownell
I'm finding my "Me Time" when I'm helping others with their "Me Time." I find that most everyone stops to tell me the story of the picture they're looking at, so while they're sharing, I'm DELETING and organizing 2016 photos.
Senior Ambassador Lori Lafferty
Where is my "Me Time"? That is my lunch hour at work! I have an hour that I can catch up on my photos without interruptions from my family! It is also a great, warm, fuzzy time because these are my great memories. So it gives me a personal morale boost to make it through the rest of my work day before I go home and get pulled in multiple directions again.
Ambassador Cassie McCreary
I'm striving for 15 minutes per day, mainly so that I remain in a habit of doing so, and I won't forget. I try to do it first thing in the morning but it always depends on my ever-changing schedule. I spend the first 10 days organizing my Forever™ Library photos into generic albums. Now, I have three albums to finish. Then I'll go back to Historian™ and my Forever™ Account to work on those together to get my other albums done. I've got big goals for 2017!
Executive Ambassador Elizabeth Shaw
My 15 mins of "Me Time" is best found at night. I work a full-time job, so when I am gearing down for sleep, I like to grab my laptop, and sit in the recliner with the family nearby. There, I can sort through my uploads from the day to see what I am going to keep from my phone. Once I finish that, I go to the current album that I am working on to continue organizing, journaling, and tagging my photos. My goal is to make sure that all of my photos are uploaded and curated by the end of the year. The 15 minutes of "Me Time "is definitely helping me accomplish that because 15 minutes usually leads to an hour. I get lost in the memories that I am reliving!
Lead Ambassador Becky Tallman
I love organizing my Forever Account from my phone! I can chip away at it in little snippets all day long!
Ambassador Jamie Schumacher
My "Me Time" is found in the school pick-up line. There is a lag in between when my two children are released from their schools each day. This time is used to be spent with me and my younger son, both of us bored, waiting for the teenager, because there wasn't enough time to go home. When we pull into the high school to wait, my son gets my phone to play games. So, instead of wasting time on Facebook, I have my laptop ready to go. I LOVE that I can use Artisan® while offline so I can work on my projects even when I don't have access to wi-fi!
Lead Ambassador Gabrielle Watters-Smith
"My time" is the evening while everyone is hanging out in the family room, and I LOVE that I can use my phone whenever I have down-time on the go!
Lead Ambassador Cheryl Sheehy
My "Me Time" is often scattered throughout the day and evening - depending on the day. So whenever I find 5, 10, 15 minutes while I'm waiting in line somewhere or at an appointment, I do some photo organizing. Since my phone is always with me, I can organize on the go with the Forever mobile app! It's amazing how much I can get accomplished in the small snippets of time throughout my day!
Executive Ambassador Terri Cave
My last two weeks have been all 'Me Time,' while I was on holiday in Canada and USA. At night I would take 15 minutes to go through the photos I had taken that day on my phone, and delete any blurry, didn't-quite-work photos. I would then connect to the hotel wi-fi and commence auto-sync into my Forever Account. This gave me piece of mind that all my photos were safe. Should anything happen to my phone, no amazing memories would be lost!
Ambassador Ann Marie Mahon
I find my 15 minutes in the a.m., between breakfast and getting ready for work. Currently, I as using my time to review, edit, and rate my photos in Historian, (one day at a time), then putting those 5-star photos in a new album or albums I have created the for projects I plan on completing later.
Lead Ambassador Lori Funden
I have been deleting photos and adding stories. I love the 15 minutes of "Me Time." I find I'm able to commit to a couple slots of time a day since I can use my phone or iPad rather easily. I can't wait to see that inbox empty!
Lead Ambassador Crystal Boates-Freeman
I am not a breakfast person, but my kids like me to sit with them while they eat. I find I needed something to do in these moments, so I have started using this time as my "Me Time." This time has become more of a MEmories time. As I am working on organizing and tagging the story behind the photo, my kids are looking photos that they have not seen in a long time. It has become a game of "Who is this?" They are twins, so it is neat to see if together they can figure out who is who.
Senior Ambassador Tannis Wing
Love using all the nooks & crannies of time I discover while I am WAITING. While waiting in lineups, I can delete my granddaughter's selfies from phone (by the hundreds). While waiting for appointments and school pickups, I can work in my Forever Account - where I tag, add stories, and create albums. While waiting for supper in the oven, I can start an upload into my Forever Account (now have 22,000 out of 56,000 photos safely & securely uploaded into Forever). While waiting for bedtime, I can work in Artisan and do a page or two. For 2017, I have challenged myself to a "17 minutes a day" challenge to work on photos & memories every day in 2017. I'm actually disappointed now when I don't have wait times...
Ambassador Valerie Yanku
I find my 15 minutes at the beginning of my day while I drink my first cup of coffee. I have been working in my Forever Account, tagging, and putting pictures from my Library into albums. I also like to save pictures from Facebook a lot. Now, I'm going back to those Facebook posts and adding the Facebook descriptions. That can be my journaling box later.
Stay tuned for Part Two of this series, and find your 15 minutes with our new and improved mobile app (you can now print photos to a nearby Walgreens)!