Living in the moment


Do you ever feel like you spend so much time taking pictures that you forget to actually enjoy the moment?  I do.

I love having a photo for every little thing.  On a stressful day or during a lonely moment, these photos remind me of every moment of greatness that my kids bring into my life.  They remind me to just be.

But the constant picture taking makes it hard to appreciate the moment that is actually happening right before me while I’m busy thinking about the lighting or smiles or silly faces.

In the past couple of months, I’ve made a huge effort to decrease tech time on the weekends.  The constant input from my beloved iPhone often drives me batty – and a frustrating exchange about a work situation a few weekends ago reminded me that I don’t need to answer every email/text/Facebook message just because other people want me to.  There was a time when people couldn’t reach me so easily, and part of me wants to return to that time.

But a funny thing happened as I was learning to set the iPhone to DND and let the clients, freelance projects, and just about everything else wait…I realized that I enjoy every little thing a little bit more when I’m not busy to trying to document it so that I can remember it at a later date.

Pictures might remind us of moments, but we carry our memories in our hearts.

Please stop by moonfrye to read about the importance of letting go of the pictures so that we can create memories

About Katie

Katie Hurley is a Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychotherapist and Parenting Expert in Los Angeles, CA. She works in private practice in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, writes for PBS Parents, Washington Post Parents, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of "The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World" (Tarcher/Penguin, 2015) and "No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls" (Penguin Random House, 2018)