Photo Organizing

by Christina Rowsell
The Brighter Side

Last summer you promised you'd make time to organize your pictures.  If even, just get them off of your camera and print them, and put them in an album.  Then by the fall you didn't get a chance to work on that.  Now the kids are in school, you'll have more time to not only organize your pictures, but you'll put them in a book, you'll put them in frames and you might just get to make a professional book!  And then... that didn't happen either.  Now it's the new year, and you keep taking great family memories, but you find yourself showing off your pictures, from your camera.  You have thousands of pictures on there!  Which is why you bought a bigger memory card.  Right? 

Okay, it might not be exact, but you get the point.  We always WANT to organize our great pictures, but time keeps on slipping away and your picture file just gets bigger and bigger!  It's time to hand the work over to a professional!!  Photo Savvy with Cindy Browning! 

As a former Executive Assistant with over 20 years of experience, being organized just comes naturally to Cindy. She was organizing her family, friends, colleagues and bosses long before she realized she could make a career from it.

Seven years ago she decided to take a chance with her talents and ability to organize and started her own business.  This led her down the path to becoming the savvy photo organizer that she is today.

Cindy was not afraid to try many different avenues of work to find where her passion lies. She has worked as both a corporate and residential organizer, and has also coordinated many events in between. Along the way, she came to realize that there were still many possibilities that had been previously unexplored, such as photo organizing. She immediately loved the idea, and photo organizing quickly became her specialty because of her passion for photos, and that you can tell a family history through photographs. It became more apparent to Cindy how important telling that family story through photographs was when her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Cindy’s interest in organizing led to her becoming involved in the Professional Organizers in Canada and has sat on the board of directors for the past three years. Cindy has ‘organized’ the organization’s annual conferences, and she currently sits as the Director of Development.

In addition to becoming a member of APPO she continues to explore many ways to market and promote the unique service she provides as a photo organizer. Cindy strongly believes in the importance of enjoying what you do, giving back and having fun along the way.

HIRED!  That's what's so GREAT about Photo Savvy.  Cindy helps you not only START your project, but she'll help you finish it!  Even if that means she has to do ALL the work. 
Get those pictures off of your camera and put them out so everyone can see them!  Make your own coffee table book.  It's that easy.  All you have to do is make the call (or click) to Cindy Browing from Photo Savvy!

Here's your own check list to see if you NEED Photo Savvy:

Do you ever ask:

“Where in the world is that photo?” OR “What in the world do I do with all these photos?”

Do you have:
  • stacks of old photos crammed in a Rubbermaid container,
  • trays of slides you don’t know what to do with,
  • thousands of unorganized, digital prints on your computer?
  • old albums that are yellow or faded?
  • home movies on tapes you can no longer watch?

Cindy can help you with all of these!  (From anywhere in the world!!) She can help you create a digital scrapbook to give as a gift!  She knows how overwhelming it can be at the thought of organizing your photos, or feeling guilty because you haven't done anything with them at all.  You are NOT alone.  She can help!!

The Brighter Side is all about Good News, Great Ideas and Amazing People!  Photo Savvy is all 3! 

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Top Inspirational Quotes

by Christina Rowsell
The Brighter Side

Wish big, live life to the fullest and smile so the whole world can smile with you! ~ The Brighter Side

Smile and the world smiles with you
Photo by Christina Rowsell
Wish big, live life to the fullest and
smile so the whole world can smile with you!

Enjoy all the little things in life.... One day you'll look back and realize they were the big things! ~ Unknown

Enjoy the little things
Photo by Christina Rowsell
Enjoy the little things in life,
one day you'll look back and realize
they were the big things.

Never be afraid to fail.  Be afraid of not learning from mistakes.” – W.Brett Wilson

W. Brett Wilson

No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas CAN change the world. ~ John Keating

Words and ideas can change the world
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No matter what anybody tells you,
words and ideas CAN change the world.
John Keating

Adopt the pace of nature.  Her secret is patience. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Adopt the pace of nature
Photo by Christina Rowsell
McKenzie Lake, Calgary AB Canada
Adopt the pace of nature. 
Her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is made up of the little things that make us smile.  Live, Love, Laugh ~ The Brighter Side 

Things that make us smile
Photo by Christina Rowsell
Calgary Zoo Butterfly Exhibit
Life is made up of the little
things that make us smile.
Live, Love, Laugh

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners who make our soul blossom.

Charming gardeners who make our garden blossom
Photo by Christina Rowsell
Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, Canada
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners who make our
souls blossom.
Marcel Proust

To find the right path in life, follow your passion. ~ The Brighter Side

Find your path in life, follow your passion
Photo by Christina Rowsell
Mt.Kidd, Kananaskis Alberta, Canada
To find the right path in life,
follow your passion.

A blessing is born the moment we're thankful for all the wonderful things in our lives. 
By having an attitude of gratitude, you can create these amazing blessings.  ~ The Brighter Side

An attitude of gratitude, creates blessings
Photo by Christina Rowsell
Having an attitude of gratitude,
you will create blessings.

"Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a duty, complete it. 
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it."

Mother Teresa quote
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


Wonder Girls Camp

by Christina Rowsell
The Brighter Side

I always said, "if there was a time I wouldn't want to live again, it would be my teen years."  But I now take all of that back, IF I had Wonder Girls Camps when I was younger.  I truly believed that I was the ugly duckling who would never grow up to be a beautiful swan.  I was never really comfortable in my own skin as a teenager.  It wasn't until I was in my early 20's that I really had the confidence to believe in myself. 

Ugly duckling
waiting to become
a swan
It's not easy growing up.  No one ever said that it was.  But, now there's an amazing organization that wants to at least let girls be heard and express themselves.  Through dance, creative expression, laughter and making new friends.  

Wonder Girls Camps is a place your daughter between the grades of four to nine can go to build her confidence, think she's beautiful and feel empowered to come out of her shell and achieve greatness.  Now THAT sounds like a GREAT IDEA.  It's an hour of dance/movement, creative expression, laughter, making new friends and so much more!  It's a safe place for your daughter to be herself, not feel judged, and to have fun!  

Wonder Girls Camps creator Aime Hutton is on a mission to have no girl be left alone feeling that she's not beautiful, powerful, or creative due to something that has been said or done to her, in her past, by others.  As a youth, the same age as the girls in this camp, Hutton was severely bullied at school for six years. She invites you to connect with her at aime@wondergirlscamp.com.  For more information, visit Wonder Girls Camp online.  

Let the Ugly Ducklings blossom into the Swans they are meant to be!! 
(This coming from someone who used to be the ugly duckling!)

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Enjoy the "little" things!

Through all the tough and heartbreaking news of late, it's time for some inspiration!

"Enjoy all the little things in life.... One day you'll look back and realize they were the big things!"



Having kids is so inexpensive ~ said no one EVER! 

From life necessities to growth spurts to your teenager not wanting to do that sport anymore... it's expensive.  But it doesn't have to be.  Thanks to KinderSwag.  But it works both ways.  Once you get everything you need, it just keeps piling up and taking up storage space.  Why not make some money off of your gently used furniture, toys, clothes, sports equipment!!

Especially with the holiday season upon us, you're only going to get more stuff.  With KinderSwag you can make room for the new and out with the old.  This is a fantastic way to clear out your old clutter, and start the new year with a few extra dollars in your own pocket. 

Or maybe you are looking to SAVE!  You know how fast kids grow out of stuff, and paying full price for something that another child hardly used is worth it.  Best part, you decide if you want it or not. 

KinderSwag is super easy to use!  It only takes a minute to create a posting and submit it.  KinderSwag Mom will check it to confirm it's in the right place (as spammers are not welcome), and then everyone in your own community can see it.  Buyers and sellers then agree to connect and complete the deal!
And the best part is, you'll see who is in your own community (by distance - not names or addresses).  So if you live in Hidden Valley in Calgary, you'll see how far away it is to the product you want.  It could be your neighbour down the street, or 25 km away.  And this works in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto. (But not limited to those cities ~ as it works through your postal code if you're in smaller cities)

You'll search by category or search by keyword, it's up to you.  And because KinderSwag is all about "local", you're not sifting through thousands of items that you have no interest in.  You can even sort by distance to find stuff that's really close to you. 

KinderSwag is a Canadian parent-driven networking website dedicated to finding new homes for your great used kid gear.  They're also ad-free and all their listings are screened or, as they like to say, ""Mom approved."

And for those looking, KinderSwag can help with everything from high chairs, cribs, clothing, toys and sports equipment.  SIGN ME UP!  I have been "stocking" up on our gentle used boys toys and clothes! 

**Pictures shown are actual items up for sale (as of Dec.6/2012 and are subject to being sold.)**

That's NOT all... KinderSwag is also about giving back.  And with initiatives like Toy Mountain, which brighten the holidays for so many families, KinderSwag is doing their part and will be taking NEW Toy Swag Bags to add to the mountain of toys! 

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