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Love taking pictures? Welcome to the crowd. The Conversation, an academic journal, estimates one trillion photos were taken in 2018. For reference, a trillion is 1,000 times one billion. That is a lot of photos. How about you? How many photos do you have that have not yet found their special place? Beth Gibson Lilja says she has thousands of print photos dating from childhood to 2005. Thereafter, Beth still has 50,000 family digital...

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Do you crave starting your own business? Then read on. Today Beth outlines the process she developed to turn her passion into her career. Consider it a blueprint for you, whatever hobby you love. Beth’s evolution began abruptly in 2003 when, after 10.5 years, the company she worked for laid her off in a round of “right-sizing.” (Talk about euphemisms!) Beth worked part-time in investments and financial services, specializing in estate...

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Back in B.C. (Before Cari), Beth Gibson Lilja often wondered why some clients took so “ridiculously” many photos of their pets. “There’s only so many photos you can take of a dog lying on its back,” thought Beth. Now, 11 delightful years later with Cari, Beth’s bichon frisé, Beth is nearly possessed about photographing BGL & Associates, LLC’s CMO (Chief Morale Officer). So today, here’s some advice from a professional pet...

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Ask scrapbookers and photographers why they document life, and the answers are many. Besides fun, joy and legacy building, there’s also credibility. Our past actions prove who we are and can predict our future actions–or provide motivations for change. Our histories are the currency of trust. Many corporations and organizations also preserve their histories. They are decision-making bellwethers. The question is: Are these...

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While I’ve talked much about downsizing, rightsizing and de-cluttering, there are some treasures destined to become legacies. Those things, of course, honor the memories of loved ones who have passed. But as those who have cleaned out closets of the deceased, what to keep and what to donate can be a daunting task at a tender time. Today’s blog considers trends in commemoration. While quilts have been a tradition for centuries, many...

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It’s December: Christmas. Hanukkah. Kwanza. Are you exhausted yet? Did you find a place for all the new “stuff?” How about one more gift—to yourself: Minimalism—or at least minimizing? How about more quality and less quantity—in both “stuff” and activities for the New Year? Minimalism takes many forms, but the bottom line is: do more with less. That’s everything from lightening your load with a whiter calendar (fewer activities and...

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