Getting Organised, Memories & The ABC’s of Genuine Happiness

A few days ago I realised that all the photos and videos of Elijah as a newborn I have on my phone weren't backed up to my computer. This confused me because I regularly sync and backup my iPhone. After doing a little digging, I discovered what the issue was and have managed to start transferring everything to my computer.

It's not completely done yet, and it's not an easy task because I have thousands of photos and hundreds of videos from the past almost 3 years. Literally. I'm not sure if it's normal to have as many photos and videos as I do, maybe it's a mum thing? Or maybe not. Maybe it's just the type of person that I am, I love taking photos and capturing memories. We only have one life, and we are so lucky to have the technology that we do these days that so many of us probably take for granted. But honestly, I am almost embarrassed to admit just how many there were - over 10,000 photos and almost 400 videos.

I would be interested to know how many photos and videos other people have in their camera roll at the moment, just for reassurance if anything. Please do let me know in the comments to help me feel a bit more normal.

Anyway, while sorting through some of them (and trying to make extra space on my phone for new photos) I found a note I had saved and I thought it was too good not to share.

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The ABC's of Genuine Happiness


Accept your reality.

Be present. Be bold.

Create something exciting.

Drink plenty of water. Dance.

Exercise daily. Eat fresh foods.

Feel your emotions. Face fear.

Go outside and observe nature. Give.

Hug often. Help others.

Ignite your passions.

Jump through your comfort zone.

Kiss passionately. Keep looking forward.

Laugh. Love. Learn to let go.

Meditate daily. Make goals.

Never give up on what you want.

Own a pet. Observe beauty.

Pray. Paint. Play an instrument.

Quit a bad habit.  Quiet your mind.

Read. Relax. Reinvent yourself.

Smile. Sleep. Simplify.

Take power naps. Talk wisely.

Unleash your strengths.

Vent. Visualise your dreams.

Walk. Write. Watch the sunset.

Xerox your smiling face.

Yell less. Yield to your thoughts.

Zap negativity.


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I have been feeling a bit low for a while now, and it really helped me to read this and remember what is important in life. I truly believe that if there is a secret to genuine happiness this would be exactly it.


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  1. Tinuke March 30, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    Oh gosh, I lost all the photos of my daughter from the first couple of years of her life which left me heart broken and really made me a lot more savvy about backing things up ever since!
    You have so many photos! That’s awesome!

    Your a-z of happiness made me happy too x

    • Mrs Warburton March 31, 2017 / 5:58 pm

      I’m working on sorting through my HUGE photo library and am going to make sure everything is properly backed up! I really do have so many photos but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am so glad to hear that Tinuke, thank you for your lovely comments x

  2. Jaime Oliver April 16, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    oh love i know that fear … i felt it when I lost all of my eldest daughters photos recently … everything from 2001 through to 2010 i was devastated.

    I need to back mine up as I’m the same and have over 13,000 photos hanging about.

    Sending big hugs lovely x

    • Mrs Warburton April 16, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      I’ve been working on tidying up my photo library and am going to back up my computer very soon too. Thank you xx

  3. Jules Pondering Parenthood April 16, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    I have tons of photos too although not as many as you! I find that I take tons of photos of the same thing just to get ‘the’ shot, then neglect to delete all the others from my phone so end up with loads of almost-duplicates! I really must learn to weed out the rubbish ones at the end of each day.

    • Mrs Warburton April 16, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      I tend to do the same, definitely need to get better at deleting duplicates myself!

  4. Laura @ Life with Baby Kicks April 17, 2017 / 4:46 am

    I have about 3 dropboxes full of photos so you’re not alone!! What a wonderful reminder for the ABC to happiness

    • Mrs Warburton April 18, 2017 / 9:04 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one with so many photos! I thought the ABC’s of happiness was too lovely not to share x

  5. Abbie April 17, 2017 / 9:26 am

    Oh I love that <3 Really motivating. I just checked and I have 420 vids and 8879 pics on camera roll haha xx

    • Mrs Warburton April 18, 2017 / 9:05 pm

      It is lovely isn’t it. Haha, I don’t feel so bad having as many as I do now xx

  6. Jade McDonald April 17, 2017 / 9:37 am

    I have thousands of pictures. I rarely take time to go back through them though sadly. I may have a look today! Love that poem 🙂 xx

    • Mrs Warburton April 18, 2017 / 9:05 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one. I rarely look back over mine either but it is lovely to have all these wonderful memories when I do get the chance! xx

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