January 05, 2013

Soapbox Saturday - Pictures of YOU

I got an email a few days ago from Emilie at Plucky Momo and she asked a favor.  Really, it was more helpful to me than "a favor."  She wanted to spread an idea and it's one that I fell in love with as well.

You can read Emilie's post HERE for the full story, but here's a shortened version of the story.  Aleida Franklin was a well-loved member/artist of the scrapbooking community.  Not only that, but she sensed the importance of allowing herself to be in her photos with her children.  She pointed out that children don't judge their moms the way we judge ourselves we look at photos.  They are just happy to see their beautiful mother.  

Aleida passed away a few years ago at the age of 41.  This was one of the last posts on her blog:

So the challenge is to take Aleida's concept and take a photo of your children WITH you in it every month.  How precious those photos of her must be to her children.  I love this idea.  I'm rarely in our photos, but I'm going to take this challenge and try hard to do it this year.

I'm going to try to post mine on Sunshine Sundays at the beginning of each month, to hold myself accountable.  I'll try to ignore the bedhead, lack of makeup, and extra weight and let my kids remember who I am - real and unposed.

So, are you in?  (Emilie has a button on her post if you want one.)  Even if you're not a mother, I think it's great to have pictures of yourself - not vain.  We need to love ourselves the way we are.  Have any of you already taken this challenge?  Any helpful ways to remember it each month?  

Thanks for reading.  (And thanks for passing on the challenge, Emilie.)


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