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LIFE:CAPTURED began in August 2013 when we held our first full-day workshop at RAW Space in Sydney, Australia. Our mission is to help people document their stories and create tangible keepsakes to be treasured for generations to come. We offer intensive design, photography, and memory keeping workshops, as well as interactive online classes. We are advocates of honest photography, minimalist design, and memory keeping that's simple, beautiful, and tangible. We are the pioneers of the story book, and we offer flexible templates that enable everybody to tell their story. We believe that life is worth remembering and that it is never too early or too late to start documenting yours. LIFE:CAPTURED was founded by Rhonda Mason (of the Pink Ronnie blog) and Trish Chong (of Tealily Photography).

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The official blog of LIFE:CAPTURED Inc, the modern school of memory keeping. We believe that life is worth remembering and that it is never too early or too late to start documenting yours. We blog about design, photography, and how you can preserve your story with timeless, tangible keepsakes.

The heart of memory keeping: See the magic, and savour it

Ronnie

The heart of memory keeping - A blog series by Rhonda Mason for LIFE:CAPTURED Inc (The modern school of memory keeping)

| Written by Ronnie |

If I'm to be totally honest, ninety percent of the time, I am thinking about 'the next thing.' 

The next surface that needs wiping. The next piece of paperwork to file. The next bill to pay. The next bed to make. The next piece of paraphernalia that needs putting away. The next cup that needs rinsing. The next email to reply. The next Instagram post to share. The next project that I need to start. The next bit of homework that I need to mark. 

And perhaps this is okay - ninety percent of the time.

After all, so much of our week is played out in the mundane, chore-driven humdrum of life, that perhaps we do always need to think one step ahead in order to survive and make it through to the end of the week.

But the thing is - in the midst of the familiar and the mundane, there is magic.

Magic in those little moments that are unexpected and precious.

Like when the boys share an inside joke during homework time that makes no sense to me, but which sends them into fits of laughter.

Or when my husband reaches out in the kitchen and pulls me in for a kiss.

Or when our littlest climbs down the stairs in the dark and asks me to "sing song."

Or when I spy my father sitting and reading with the boys on the couch in the playroom.

Or when our eldest whispers to me at bedtime that, "you're the best mum in the world, and dad's the best dad in the world."

Yes, moments like that are magic. Pure magic.

Often, they pass by in the blink of the eye. And if we are too caught up in 'the next thing', it's easy to miss the magic.

Which means that when magic happens, we need to slow down. Soak it in. Savour it. Store it up in our minds. Save it for later, when we have time to sit down and write our hearts out. 

Yes, in order to preserve the magic of those fleeting moments, we need to first see it and feel it. 

So, friends, let us learn to slow down and see and savour the magic, so that we can preserve it for years to come.

You can read the other posts in this series here.

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