002: Easy Ways to Capture Memories of Motherhood // Laura Webb

I have been an avid record-keeper since I started my first “Jernel” at age 7. That yellow binder is filled with crayon scrawlings of some of my deepest thoughts and questions, such as “Today we are going to a picneak. What will I eat there?”

This journaling habit continued into my teens and young adulthood, and, fortunately, my entries became more meaningful over the years. Since becoming a mother, however, it is much harder to find blocks of uninterrupted time to sit, reflect, and write.

Listen in as Laura shares ideas for…

  • Using technology to help us capture memories
  • Finding routine times or triggers to remind us to journal
  • Remembering that something is better than nothing when it comes to documenting our lives

What are your best ideas for keeping records of your motherhood experience?  Please share them in the comments or on Instagram @3in30podcast.  We want to learn from you!

How to Journal as a Busy Mom (Rachel’s article for Power of Moms)

Feature Image: Alexis Johnson Photography (Eagle River, Alaska)

Webb Family Photo: Brynmarae Photography  (Denver, Colorado)

7 thoughts on “002: Easy Ways to Capture Memories of Motherhood // Laura Webb”

  1. Loved this… I am always glad for good ideas on recording memories.. Thanks for these great ideas…I also love the one line a day journal, and keep notes on Evernote for family fun day to day. One thing that I also enjoy a ton is writing down my kids funny quotes..I use letter journal.. It’s not super fantastic app yet, still in beta mode but it sends my texts to a word doc on their site by date so I can pull all my ideas off easily without having to retype but quick to enter (just a text). Also love the idea of teaching my kids to journal more… Love this.

    1. Letter Journal sounds like a great app! Thanks for sharing!! Have you noticed that you’ve gotten a shout out in each of my weekly FB Lives so far? Ha!

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  3. Whitney Kirkham

    I just listened to this podcast and loved the ideas. Thank you for being so helpful and encouraging to mother’s. I have journaled on and off through the years, I definitely need to be more consistent and I think these 3 takeaways will help me with that.

    One question I have for you…to take this to the next step…being such the journaler that you are, do you have loads and loads of binders holding all of your entries and special momentos? And if so, do you plan on passing them along to your children when they are older or keeping them? Do you go back often and read through your journal? Do you store your binders somewhere where they can be looked through often, or just pulled out of storage every few years to be reviewed? I look forward to hearing your insight. Thank you Rachel!

    1. Hi, Whitney! I’m so glad the episode was helpful!! You ask some really great questions. Yes, I have loads and loads of binders. In fact, I have a tall wardrobe type cupboard with multiple shelves FULL of journals. Up until recently, all of my journals were just stored in boxes in the garage, but I was kind of like, “What’s the point of journaling if I never even look back at them again?” I mean, there’s still a point to journaling for sure (it’s cathartic in the moment), but it felt important to me to have easier access to them so I could look through them occasionally. So now they are in the house, stored in my room in this wardrobe. As for passing them along, I have no idea what I will do. Because I have more than one child. Maybe see who has the most interest in them and have him/her be the family “historian” and keep them all and pass on the entries that are worth passing on? I do try to keep a separate binder for each child with the entries/mementos that are about THEM specifically. It helps a lot that I type my journals because I can easily print off an extra copy of something and stick it in that kid’s binder. If you wanted to, you could always type your journals straight into a book such as Blurb and have multiple copies printed, one for each child? Something else I have thought about doing is passing a journal along to a child when they are at that particular age. So like, loan my journal from when I was a brand new mom to my daughter when she is a brand new mom. But then get it back to keep in the family history. This is all evolving for me–what ideas do you have? Honestly, I have not been good about journaling in the past year since I started my podcast because I’ve been so busy! But I MUST get back to it because it’s really important to me. Let me know what you decide to do!! I’m thrilled you enjoyed the episode!

      xo

  4. Yay!!!!
    I LOVE this episode so much!!!
    My friend and I have a journaling blog and Instagram account and if all goes well hopefully a journal line we’ll be able to print soon. And these are all the same ideas that we share in our classes and online all of the time.
    Thanks for sharing.

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