If you’ve never heard the “Burn the Ship” story, I’ll summarize it very briefly here – a Spanish Conquistador wanting to insure his troops didn’t leave without accomplishing their goal, is said to have “burned the ships” so the troops didn’t have the option of going home. There is some discussion as to whether this story is true, but the message is a good one – don’t allow yourself room to fail.
Two weeks ago I decided it was time to “Burn my photo and memorabilia ship.” I had several boxes of photos, memorabilia, etc all piled up in a corner of my studio. When I initially brought the boxes out of the closet and stacked them in the corner, my thought was; I’ll just work through them one at a time. Weeks, no months, later, they were still stacked in the corner. Looking at them was giving me hives. I knew I needed to use the studio to make videos the following Monday, that meant everything needed to be cleaned up, so…..Let the burning begin!!!
I emptied the boxes out into piles on my desk. I also set up a table behind my desk with some large plastic boxes. These would be used to store my photos chronologically once they were sorted. Next, I sorted the pictures by year. As I was going through the pictures and memorabilia I came across a lot of things that I wanted to keep, but that I wasn’t actually going to scrap. These items went into the Big Book Box. The Big Book is a good old fashioned scrapbook.
Once I got through all of the pictures and memorabilia it was easy to put them in chronological order
and then file them in the storage boxes.
Up on the top shelf of the storage room they went.
Last thing…I put all of the Big Book Stuff into the Big Book.
Sweet! It took me all day, but Ahhhh it’s done!