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With graduation around the corner, so many of you are concerned about the fact that everything is being cancelled due to the current Pandemic. Although I definitely understand the concern and fright that may come with this as a senior, or as a parent of a senior, I urge you to try your very best to find ways to find the positive and think of other ways to create mementos that will last a lifetime. My goal with this post is to help you start brainstorming. Let’s start with these 7 different ways to create memories that will last a lifetime:
1. Create Your Favorite Playlist To Take You Through This Year
There is nothing better than your favorite song or your favorite playlist! It’s funny – when I was in high school and college, I had my favorite songs and playlists, but now, I forget them. Of course, if I heard a song that I used to love come on the radio, I would remember that it was one of my favorites. But, I don’t think that I would remember my favorite songs from my specific graduation year and I really wish I did. The songs that you sing in the car with your friends, the soundtrack to your favorite movie that you saw with your family, or the songs that were played at your senior prom. All of these matter (even if they do not seem like they are important right now). Just the other evening after my husband and I finished watching something that had all of the songs playing from his high school years you should have seen the excitement and nostalgic wonder he expressed hearing those songs that took him back to a time he fondly remembers as a kid. You will be glad that you created a playlist to listen to throughout the year and even took the time to note them in a journal or diary to look back on when this time becomes history. Plus, if you create another playlist to actually get you through the year, it can serve as your motivation during your entire senior year or another milestone year worth remembering!
2. Book Your Photo Session
In my opinion, all seniors need a photo session done. The great thing about this is that you can still capture great photos, even in the midst of a pandemic. You have a few options. First of all, you could find a photographer that is comfortable with meeting up to do an outside shoot. Of course, keep in mind that you need to keep your social distancing (6-10 feet apart, at all times), but this should not affect your photo shoot too much – you can still get great pictures! Another great option would be to have a family member take photos for you. This way, you can get photos indoors and outdoors, without having to worry about social distancing. These photos will last a lifetime, so make sure you are getting the ones you want! The third and final option is to wait this pandemic out. More than likely, it will be over sooner rather than later, so if you choose to wait it out, that’s a great option, as well! I even peeped a friend of mine on Facebook share their front porch special which looked really cool. Some photographers are being really flexible with dates due to the current state of things.
3. Put Together Your Favorite Fun Outfits
For your photo shoot, and for your graduation year in general, pick out some fun outfits. I hope that you went shopping before parts of Georgia received shelter-in-place orders (for non-essential businesses). If you didn’t, search through your closet and see what you can find – I am sure you have everything you need! I recently had a photo-shoot and most of what I wore were clothing I had acquired from my LulaRoe business and a quick run a few days before for styling products. If you do not feel like you have everything you need, talk with a friend and see if they have something that you are looking for. You can have them put the item that you love on their porch, pick it up yourself, wash it, and then wear it. Desperate times call for desperate measures! 😉
4. Don’t Forget About Your Dental Appointment For Your Close Up
One thing that a lot of people forget about is to go to the dentist before taking senior portraits. Don’t get me wrong – you should be going to the dentist regularly (not just before senior portraits), but I don’t blame you at all for wanting to get teeth whitening in Decatur done before your shoot. If you are looking for a dental office to help you with your needs before your shoot or before heading off to college, check out Metro Decatur Dental Group PC. Metro Decatur Dental Group PC offers preventative services as well as dentures (which they specialize in), missing teeth, gaps between teeth, general bite dysfunction, chipped, cracked, or worn teeth, unsightly, stained, or washed-out fillings, permanently stained or discolored teeth, and crooked or crowded teeth, as well! Since opening Metro Decatur Dental Group PC in 2006, Dr. Simms is dedicated to providing his patients with a caring and comprehensive approach to oral health. Their office believes that a subtle change in your smile helps you to project an image of self-confidence and high personal esteem, which is just all of you should be going for this year! If you want to feel more confident by getting dental work done for your senior portraits, or if you just need a cleaning before heading off to college, check out Dr. Simms with Metro Decatur Dental Group PC.
5. Get Your Family Involved During This Time Of At-Home Togetherness
You know, sometimes it is not about the things, but it’s about the people in your life. In fact, that’s the case all of the time, but it can definitely be hard to see things that way occasionally. Getting your family involved during this time of at-home togetherness is really important. This year – your senior year, matters. Creating memories matter. Unfortunately, things are probably not going exactly how you planned them to go this year because of the coronavirus, but that does not mean that you cannot take advantage of your current situation. Instead of moping around wishing that you could be doing something else, instead, get your family involved during this time of at-home togetherness. Create special memories with them! Have lazy movie nights, prepare for your next life stage, talk, and really get to know them. While, yes, this time is hard, it’s also so good for the soul if you take advantage of what is in front of you.
6. Stay Motivated Through Tuning Into Your Favorite Podcast
Podcasts are THE thing right now. During this time, it’s pretty hard to stay motivated. I’m right there with you! Instead of letting the lack of motivation defeat you, tune into your favorite podcast to get back on track – mentally and maybe physically, too! There are workout podcasts, mental health podcasts, and more. I am a bit biased towards this Podcast and I am sure that you will find something that fits your needs completely when searching for one!
7. Look Out For Incredible Deals And Online Events You Can Take Advantage Of While You Prepare For Your Best Life Yet!
The great thing about this time is that there are so many sales going on. If you need something for your next life stage, stock up now! Track prices and see if they are going up or down. There are tons of free classes available. I have a full list if interested that I share in my weekly newsletter to our subscribers. Some of these resources, trainings and technology systems are valued thousands of dollars but at this time they are offering them absolutely free. If you are headed off to college, maybe you want to attend an event to meet new people heading to the same college. A lot of these are taking place virtually, live and you should definitely take advantage of them!
How are you preparing to make mementos this year as a Senior or for your High School student? I’d love to hear your thoughts and share them on the next Episode of our Podcast if you are up to sharing!
Lots of Love & prayers,