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Friday, April 29, 2016

Love, loss and self curating

This week my latest post on America's Footprints went live.  It is titled "Don't Leave it For The Kids: The Art of Self-Curating."  I am going to be honest with you.  The post was a hard one to write.  However, it was necessary.

You see, my mother passed away unexpectedly a few months ago.  Maybe you have noticed the last
few months of odd posting and near radio silence on my business social media.  Sorry, it may be a while before I am back up and running at 100%.
Me and my mother on
my wedding day

The week after my mother's death we started the process of cleaning, pitching, organizing and moving my father in with us.  As I did that, with the wonderful assistance of my husband and mother in law, all I could think of was a conversation I had several years ago over lunch with Denise Levenick, whose is also known as The Family Curator.

We were having lunch talk about something, what I cannot remember, but she told me that she self -curates.  I have to admit I must have gasped and looked at her funny.  Then I distinctly remember her telling me that she was serious, 'cause there were just somethings that her kids just didn't need to know or see.

I mulled that over, mostly because too many of my ancestors were the type that burned everything "not useful" after someone died.  to be fair, I am also a collector and it hurts me to throw something sentimental away. Now though, I totally see her point of view.

In the near future, I may begin to self-curate a few items myself.  It may hurt me, but in the long run, it will be well worth it.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Shannon, for a lovely post at what must a difficult time. I hope you will be able to take your time and give yourself breaks in this journey. And yes, it will be worth it.