How often do we restart our computer, or on any given day click the “refresh” icon on our tool bar multiple times? Yet how often to we reboot, refresh our lives? For most of us, not as often as we should. Perhaps we fail to recognize the same importance or urgency in our lives as when our Internet connection fails, stalls or doesn’t yield the immediate results we seek.

When we look at the synonyms for refresh, there are a number of other words and expressions that are far more applicable to people than to cyberspace technologies – reanimate, recreate, rejuvenate, restore, revitalize, stimulate, revive, enliven, exhilarate, make like new, give new life to, breath new life into….

Not long ago, I realized how I’d let a number of my personal and professional interests fall to the wayside. Ten months ago, I set out to audio record Moments, also my last blog post. Since then, I’ve been busy about many things, mostly good things, but was remiss to refresh my vision for creating the audio series I was so excited about. At first, I was intimidated by the technology of my professional field recorder, actually still am, then one thing led to another. Moments was to be my segue to kickstarting a career path as a personal historian – a career I was excited about and explored back in 2009, the first time I became a member of Association of Personal Historians (APH).

I hit the refresh button of my life several times recently by working with Effie on the redesign of my website, rejoining APH, perusing the manual for my field recorder. Wish me luck! I hope in the days and months ahead you will join me on my journey to help others, possibly you, share your moments and your stories. I’m taking this one step at a time, learning one aspect of this business at a time, serving one person at a time, but very excited and enlivened to finally be taking this direction in my career.

For me, being refreshed is like blowing bubbles at the beach with my grandchildren. I need to do this more often! Wishing you the same.

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