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Sue Thornton
Feb 12 @ 3:40 pm
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Valentine's Day

If you are engaged or planning to be over Valentine's Day - Congratulations to you!

This is such a special exciting time in your life.  Everyone is happy and wanting to start planning that "Special" day.  But it is also time for you to enjoy your love for one another.

So much planning ahead of you, but fun as well.  Make that special day about each other. Make plans that you want your day to be. From the Save the-Date cards, to pre-wedding showers there are so many ways to celebrate.

I love the website, Zazzle, myself. Here you can find all kinds of items for the bride-to-be. There are invites to showers that you can basically design yourself in whatever colors you need. The invitations, the thank you cards, gifts for the wedding party, you name it and everything is there.  Contact me for more information.

Sue Thornton

Sue Thornton

Resolutions …….Are You Over Them Already?

 

Every year we are encouraged to make New Years resolutions to try and make us come up with those things we ‘should’ do each year.  Some of the most popular resolutions are to lose weight or go to the gym three times a week.  Don’t know about you, but I am OVER IT !!!!

This year I decided to forgo setting up resolutions that I know will never be kept and to come up with an action word that I can use to keep my world in 2019 running on all cylinders.  So, for 2019 my word is EFFICIENCY !  This can mean many things to different people and on many different levels.

I plan to become more efficient in my role of a digital photo organizer.  That also means being efficient in paperwork that is required, getting more done in a shorter period of time, and replying to inquiries in a timely manner.  I worked on my Vision Board this past month and it has helped me to set my goals for 2019.  EFFICIENCY was one of my top values that I want to pursue.

The dictionary defines efficiency as:  the ability to do something or produce something without wasting materials, time, or energy:  the quality of degree of being efficient.  

 As a photo organizer it is important to be efficient and timely in working with client photos. Other words that i feel are important in 2019 are: challenge, creativity, humility, originality and trustworthiness.  Typically i am working on more than one project at a time, so my days are eaten up with lots of decisions from which job to work on, do I need to write a blog, or send an email blast.  Do you have that same issue with your job?

 

So, in 2019 my word of the day is EFFICIENCY!  

Let the fun begin. 

 

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Make Popsicles!

Helping your aging loved ones survive the heat!

You don’t need us to tell you that it is hot out there! Many of us, especially those of us here in TEXAS, are experiencing a July heat wave making walking outside feel like walking into a sauna. 

When it gets this hot outside, it’s hard to find the motivation to do anything other than take shelter in air-conditioned room and relax. As caregivers, it’s important to keep your aging loved one active, even in the summer sun. Here are a few ways to cool off and keep active on the hottest days!

Make popsicles – Creating popsicles is as easy as freezing fruit punch. This is the perfect activity for hot days. Fruit juice popsicles are also a tasty way to stay hydrated.

Swimming – Of course the pool is always popular on hot days. Try going early in the morning to beat the highest heat. Check out your local gyms for water exercise classes for seniors.

Reading – Visit your local library for reading groups for you and your senior. Make going to the library a weekly venture where you can find new books and escape the hot sun.

Movie Date – Movie theaters are always a cool place to relax on hot summer days. Catch a matinee (with a senior discount), and enjoy the latest action or romance movie. You don’t need us to tell you that it is hot out there! Many of us, especially those on the east coast, are experiencing a July heat wave making walking outside feel like walking into a sauna. 


When it gets this hot outside, it’s hard to find the motivation to do anything other than take shelter in air-conditioned room and relax. As caregivers, it’s important to keep your aging loved one active, even in the summer sun. Here are a few ways to cool off and keep active on the hottest days!

Make popsicles – Creating popsicles is as easy as freezing fruit punch. This is the perfect activity for hot days. Fruit juice popsicles are also a tasty way to stay hydrated.

Swimming – Of course the pool is always popular on hot days. Try going early in the morning to beat the highest heat. Check out your local gyms for water exercise classes for seniors.

Reading – Visit your local library for reading groups for you and your senior. Make going to the library a weekly venture where you can find new books and escape the hot sun.

Movie Date – Movie theaters are always a cool place to relax on hot summer days. Catch a matinee (with a senior discount), and enjoy the latest action or romance movie. You don’t need us to tell you that it is hot out there! Many of us, especially those on the east coast, are experiencing a July heat wave making walking outside feel like walking into a sauna. 

When it gets this hot outside, it’s hard to find the motivation to do anything other than take shelter in air-conditioned room and relax. As caregivers, it’s important to keep your aging loved one active, even in the summer sun. Here are a few ways to cool off and keep active on the hottest days!

Make popsicles – Creating popsicles is as easy as freezing fruit punch. This is the perfect activity for hot days. Fruit juice popsicles are also a tasty way to stay hydrated.

Swimming – Of course the pool is always popular on hot days. Try going early in the morning to beat the highest heat. Check out your local gyms for water exercise classes for seniors.

Reading – Visit your local library for reading groups for you and your senior. Make going to the library a weekly venture where you can find new books and escape the hot sun.

Movie Date – Movie theaters are always a cool place to relax on hot summer days. Catch a matinee (with a senior discount), and enjoy the latest action or romance movie. 

 

Published by Senior Helpers-2018

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Sue Thornton | sue@photoorganizingsolutions.net  |  469.544.9525

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Smart Phones All sizes and shapes of smart phones today.

Once upon a time the only camera families had were the Kodak "Brownie" Camera.  Do you remember them?  These cameras were basically point and shoot and took black and white pictures.  Then color film came out and we could actually have a color copy, and make extra copies if we wanted.  Then Kodak came out with smaller cameras with a flash cube so we could take pictures in low light.  

There are still cameras being sold today due to all the improvements that have been made.  They have bigger sensors, but in more compact camera bodies, improved optics, better performance, and now can have limited WiFi.

Before the Smart Phone came to be it was known as the 'camera phone' we took more photos than ever before because it was easy.  However the first 'camera phones' were not as good as they are today.  Yes, the photos were okay but you really couldn't get a great photo with them.  The Smart Phone of today (2018) can do just about everything. We are always connected to the internet and we can edit, enhance, then share items. It is a small computer and can hold more information than ever, almost like your desk top or laptop computer. 

Samsung and Apple are coming out with new, improved smart phones several times a year now.  Apple users usually stand in line to get the latest and greatest phone whenever a new one comes out.  Samsung, Android phones, come out with new versions on a regular basis as well.  We seem to be wanting and needing the latest technology and the manufacturers of these items know the consumer will purchase them.

Sue Thornton
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Meeting Essentials

As a small business owner there are so many things to do when starting a business and knowing how to network with various groups is important to spend some time doing until you feel your business is going in a positive direction.  I feel that you need to do a lot of networking to help get your business noticed in your community.  But one of the most important things you need to remember is that you will not immediately be able to gain business.  Most people who start a business think they can just walk in the door and everyone will want to do business with them immediately.  That doesn't generally happen, you need to cultivate a relationship with each group.

Several places that any business owner should consider joining are:

  • Your local Chamber of Commerce
  • A networking group such as Master Networks
  • Look for groups that you can find a synergy partner
  • NextDoor (neighborhood groups)

You will find that the more you get involved with networking groups the more fun you will have and enjoy the people in those organizations.

I believe that joining the local Chamber of Commerce is a great return on your investment.  My business grown every year by being a member of the local chamber of commerce.  as a member, I can have a website on their platform and that gives me more visibility in the community.  You can add specials on their site and point them to your own website.  But the relationships with other members have helped grow my business, and meet new friends in the process.

Each chamber has various committees that you can join and find the one you feel comfortable in or that meets your business needs.  They have a networking group, and other committees to help you get involved and get noticed.

The cost to join a local chamber may look overwhelming, but the return on investment is something you need to check out every six months or so.  If you are a niche company the chamber is a great place to get seen by many people.  Don't limit your networking to only one group.  Check out Meet Up and their various groups around the city. There is something for every type of business, from photography clubs to how-to clubs (Linkedin, Google+ and other type groups.)

Sue Thornton
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Passport ready to travel

Announcing my new service - Travel Album Concierge Service !!  

This is the easy way to start and finish your latest travel destination memory book.  Starting this month, just in time for summer vacations to start, kids going to camp, visiting grandparents and any other fun summer activity.

With seven easy steps you can have the satisfaction that your memories will be ready to share with friends and family.

1.  First we set up an online storage program for you.

2.  You take lots of great pictures on your trip

3.  The photos will automatically upload to your cloud account through an APP on your phone

4.  When you return we will choose the best photos

5.  I will draft an album for you

6.  We will meet to review the draft and finalize

7.  You can add journal entries or some anecdotal information

Then it will be printed and sent to you!

Contact https://www.photoorganizingsolutions.net  for more information.  Check out my website for information about my services.

Get that passport out and start packing for your trip.

Sue Thornton
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Make Order out of Chaos Call for an appointment!

Many people do not really know how many photos they have laying around in boxes, in bags, or in old family albums.  This article will highlight some ideas on preserving those photos for generations to come and at the same time enjoy the process.

Do you have boxes of older family albums?  Do you have boxes of loose photographs?  Do you want to preserve those items for future generations? Most of us want to pass down those family memories to our children and grandchildren once we are gone, but don't know how to do that besides just handing them boxes of stuff.

One way we are preserving our family legacy is to digitize the photos.  Scanning a box of photos sounds simple enough for a single week's task until you stare down several large plastic bins of photos that you inherited from other family members.  Your first thought is what do I do with all these images?  Your second thought is will anyone care about these besides me?  When sorting through a box of old photos, develop a keep-toss-share mentality to help you organize, and preserve family photos for scanning.

Sort your images based on time periods, groups, family members, trips, events, etc.  Many people choose to set aside the scenic images, whether they know where they were taken or not, and business photos.  Photos of family friends get their own separate pile.  If this sounds like a lot work, you are correct! Cry  It can be over-whelming to even think about starting the process.  So remember to set aside about 4 hours of time to start, then check to see where you are after that initial session.

I am dedicated to helping you preserve your family legacy photographs and projects.  Check out my website, www.photoorganizingsolutions.net and sign up for my newsletter if you want more information.

I am on Twitter and Facebook as well.  I look forward to chatting with you soon. 

 

Sue Thornton
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The Long Weekend

I was looking around some of blogs of people I know and usually have some great content.  Lisa Montanaro, a Productivity Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker and Author who helps people live successful lives.  I wanted to highlight one her blogs talking about productivity which I thought would be good for this time of year.  With Thanksgiving and Christmas is coming up so quickly many of us will be taking either a long weekend or even a vacation during this time of year.

 

How To Ease Back Into Work Productively After a Weekend Break


This is a past interview with NewsRadio KFBK out of Sacramento discussing productivity after a long weekend away... Even though this article touched on the Labor Day weekend, with the long Thanksgiving break upon us, it is equally as relevant.

According to Lisa Montanaro 

"Most people become energizer bunnies heading into a holiday weekend. They want to get it done. They know they are going to be away from their desk and hoping they can take some real time off. So some might say productivity peaks before those days off but what about the return to work?"

Coming back to work we experience what Lisa Montanaro, Productivity Consultant and Success Coach in Davis, calls "reentry shock."

"They get back to their desk and they're like 'Wait. Where was I?' So sometimes it can take a little bit of time to catch up to your projects, your to-do list and also just mentally get back into the groove of working and being very productive again," said Montanaro.

I believe that any of us here in the Dallas Metroplex have the same 'reentry shock' especially after the current Thanksgiving and upcoming Christmas vacation times.  How many times have you worked like crazy before a holiday just so you can ' relax' during the holiday? 

Overall, she says you will boost your productivity if you really allow yourself the holiday weekend.

According to Montanaro, your productivity after returning to work also depends on how you enjoy your life/work balance.

"Some people are separators and they really need to get a separation from work. Other people are integrators and they can be checking email by the pool or drafting documents while they're at their kid’s soccer game integrating both, where as other people really need a clean break," added Montanaro.

She says figure out which one you are and honor that. It will give you a better experience when you are away from work and coming back. She explains, "Don't worry so much about being perfectly balanced but honor your own habits and the way you enjoy integrating or separating and just go with that."

 

 

Copyright 2016 © Lisa Montanaro


Lisa Montanaro is a Productivity Consultant, Success Coach, Business Strategist, Speaker and Author who helps people live successful and passionate lives, and enjoy productive and profitable businesses. To receive her free Toolkit, Achieve Powerhouse Success with Purpose, Passion & Productivity, visit www.LisaMontanaro.com/toolkit. Lisa is the author of several books, including DECIDE to be Organized: An Empowering Process for Change. Through her work, Lisa helps people deal with the issues that block personal and professional change and growth. To explore how Lisa can help you be purposeful, passionate and productive, contact Lisa at (530) 564-4181 or by e-mai at Lisa@LisaMontanaro.com.

Sue Thornton
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I took the pledge! Did you take the pledge to "Save Your Photos"

What is so important about saving your photos?

Photos tell the history of our families and knowing all those little known details are so important to hand down to newer generations of our families.  Check out the Save Your Photos link to see the various blogs and information for an event near you. 

If you have ever lost your photos you know that saving them are very important.  I'm sure you have had a computer hard drive crash at least once (come on raise your hand), gone on vacation and dropped your phone in the lake or ocean and you were unable to retrieve any of your photos.  Or lost the small memory card out of your camera.  

And you might have been unlucky enough to have gone through a tornado, a flash fire, or a hurricane at some point in your lifetime.  Saving your photos by downloading them at least once a month is a way to make sure you don't lose them.  Make it a practice to set a time once a month to do this.  

As a photo organizer I help many people to save their family history through their photos.  Some of these photographs are so old they are nearly falling apart, but we are able to scan them and put the digital print in a safe place.  It is interesting to go through a family's photos and see the way they lived, and many do have writing on the back which identifies who is in the photo and sometimes where it is located.  Once a photo organizer starts working on a clients photos and memories we become almost like a member of the family.  

Touching Lives --  the psychological impact photo organizers have on their clients.

Our community Save Your Photo Event will be on September 10, 2016 it is a great opportunity for us to get started in preserving their photos, slides and precious memories.  Don't forget about those VHS tapes that are hidden in the garage, or attic.  Most of us don't even have the equipment to view these home movies anymore.

Come see us on Saturday, bring up to 50 photos for FREE scanning.

 

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Bulk Scanning Services
 

Photo Organizing Solutions offers bulk scanning services for your printed photos and documents. We bring your items to our office and take care of scanning those items and then put them on a DVD/CD/thumb drive (your choice).

 

Why should you consider scanning all those items?

 

  • If there happens to be a natural disaster (like a tornado or flood) you are likely to lose many of your photo memories as well as important documents.
  • You can save time in finding all your photos when they are all in one place, which could be on your computer, on a cloud service, or backed up on an external hard drive (EHD).
  • Get rid of clutter in your home.

 

What’s in it for you?

 

  • The satisfaction of knowing you have done everything you can to save your important papers and photos.
  • Your family will thank you for putting these items in one place.

 

I don’t have time to do all that work.

 

  • Wanting to do this, but never finding the time to make it a priority is difficult. This is when you contact a photo organizer and talk to them about your project.

 

There will be less excess paper in your home if you decide to scan any of the above items.  At this point you might want to have a back-up service, hopefully in the cloud, to keep track of all items safe. You can also download copies onto CD/DVD/thumb drive.  Suggest you have an EHD that you can put into your bank box.

 

For more information about our services, check out our website, www.photoorganizingsolutions.net or email me at sue@memoriesbysue.net and I will get back in touch with you and answer your questions.  

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