pile of old black and white family photos

A Picture in a Frame

Michelle and I have been friends for years.  It was hard to believe that her oldest son (let’s call him Jack) was 13 and standing on stage at the temple for his Bar Mitzvah.  Time flies.  During the reception we pulled out our phones at different times to capture the moment.  Group pictures, pictures with old friends and family, funny poses, and happy moments.

As I watched the montage of Jack’s life at the reception, I asked myself, “Where are the pictures I took when we all went to the beach, what about the air show or the 3-mile walk for autism?  In my old Blackberry? My ‘real’ digital camera? Did I buy a disposable camera back then?  Where are those pictures?  Maybe on my first iPhone.  That would put them in the cloud.  That’s good.  Wait, didn’t I download my old pictures onto my laptop so I wouldn’t need more cloud storage?  Hold on, maybe I transferred those pictures to the camera roll on my new iPhone…”  Who knows where those pictures might be.

  • What if we organized our pictures?

  • What if we selected memorable pictures and put them in a frame?

  • What if we took three pictures from our collections of each person in our life that we care about, printed them on photo paper or actually had them professionally developed, and put them in a frame as a gift for the holidays?

  • What if we included a note that let the person know how much we love and care about them and the difference they have made in our life?

  • What if our gift reflected our love?  That would be a gift that would keep on giving.  Look for creative ways to express your love this holiday season without going into debt and have fun doing it!

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Lynell Green is an Entrepreneur and business professional with over 25 years of business and real estate experience. After graduating from the University of Hawaii with a degree in Accounting, Lynell was part of the Audit team at Coopers & Lybrand and went on to take various financial positions in the entertainment sector. She has been involved in numerous entrepreneurial endeavors including owning Bread of Life Christian Bookstore, JC Enterprises and numerous real estate ventures.  She graduated from USC’s Ross Minority Real Estate Program where she found her passion for land use and how it impacts the lives of people.  She is the President of the Lynell Real Estate Group where the mission is to build, restore and sell real estate to create financial freedom for investors and improve the quality of life in the communities she works in.  She also teaches courses to improve financial literacy and to encourage people to pursue their dreams as a means to financial independence.

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