The other day I was looking for more photos to print for our hallway photo wall and I got really upset at myself. I was upset because there were no photos of me. Even from 2017 when I did my 365 project, I took one photo for every day and not a single one had me in them. So this year at least once a week I am trying to get myself in family photos. Not just selfies, which I hate taking, but real photos of us all interacting.
It's also a good way to practice self care, since it is self care Saturday. How, is probably what you are asking yourself right now. We are all our biggest critiques right? Some more than others. But it helps to see yourself in photos because your family doesn't care what you look like as long as you're having fun with them and that's evident in the photos. It's a lot like children when they see photos of themselves with family. It gives them a sense of belonging, but this is not just great for children, but parents too. When you see yourself laughing or smiling or nurturing your family in pictures it gives you a feeling of inclusion, that you found your tribe, your people and that they care. I know a lot of moms out there that feel taken for granted, so this is a great way to feel appreciated. It's also a reminder to ourselves of what you already have and not what we are always wanting.
So because I am still working on getting pictures of myself I am doing a little throwback to when I did have pictures of me taken. I really need to get these old photos printed and on my walls. I want it to look like I live in my house too.
And dads, this is your chance to pick that camera or phone and take a picture of your wife, girlfriend, whatever. She wants to feel as much as a part of the family as you do. So, moms be a nag about it. Ask your husband to take a picture. If he's on the sidelines and you're in the trenches tell him you want a picture of what's happening. If you have a fancy camera teach him how to use it or just switch it to auto and hand it over, just having the photo is more important than it being perfect. As you can see the photos above are not perfect, but I am still really happy about them.
Last, but not least print them out. Print, print and print! Your walls should be filled with photos of your family. Pinterest has an enormous amount of ways to hang photos. Get them off of your computer, where you look at them once a year, and get them displayed. Again, it doesn't have to be perfect and the pictures don't have to be "good" they just have to be something that makes you happy and feel included. I am challenging myself and you to make this a part of your self care. I would love to see in the comments how you are getting more photographs of yourself and how you are displaying them. So go do it already!