I first decided to write a “how to book” on photo organizing in June of 2016 and signed up for a 3-month course called the Writers Academy with a great team from Publish Your Purpose Press. My goal was to write 2 hours a day, every day for three months and have the book out by September! Well, that was 18 months ago! In the process of writing, I got stuck. There were so many variables; printed photos, digital photos, PC vs MAC, home movies, children’s’ artwork, letters, slides, and negatives. I would stare at my computer and think, how do I write a guide that is interesting, informative and fun? Those questions caused me to stall, but all that changed last March.
In the spring of 2017, I was the keynote speaker at a conference of the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers in London. Also present was James Wallman, author of Stuffocation: Memories Live Longer Than Things, who said, “Experiences lead to stories, which lead to connections, which lead to relationships, which lead to happiness.” Suddenly, a light bulb went off, and I reworded his quote and broke through my writer’s block. I wrote, “We photograph our experiences, which tell a story, which leads to connection, which leads to relationships, which leads to happiness.” Essentially, we take photos to tell the stories of our lives.
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Now I had a purpose for the book, and the writing became easy. Throughout the book, I share stories, tips, and product recommendation to help you wherever you are in the process. Photo Organizing Made Easy, Going from Overwhelmed to Overjoyed is now available on Amazon (Kindle and paperback), just in time for you to start off the new year getting organized. So grab your own copy today. Check out my new website www.cathinelson.com as well.
If you need help organizing and preserving your lifetime of photos, videos, and keepsakes, find a photo organizer near you at the Association of Personal Photo Organizers.
Cathi Nelson is the founder of APPO (Association of Personal Photo Organizers) where she leads, trains and connects thousands of Photo Organizers from around the globe. She is also the author of Photo Organizing Made Easy: From Overwhelmed to Overjoyed. Regarded as a pioneer in the photo organizing industry, she is a sought-after speaker and has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, The Atlantic and Better Homes and Gardens. Visit her at CathiNelson.com.