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On Friday, I turn 40.

I’ve been so looking forward to it. Racing towards it, ready to start a new decade, totally up for it. I’ve been looking to the future, feeling good.

Then last week I started reflecting and reminiscing. Looking at old photos, for a birthday project and prepping things for TANGIBLE Time Capsules.

The blessing of boxes of photos is re-living it all. I’m grateful for that. But I’m also dealing with all the emotions that come with it.

Finding photos that make me cry. In a good way, for a life that’s now gone. Here was me and our first baba at nap time in our home in Thailand. I’d forgotten I’d captured it.

Luke and I before we became parents still living in Asia…

The boys and I on Cosmo’s first birthday in the back garden of our flat…

I began noticing that I’d been doing ‘selfies’ way before they became ‘a thing’.

I’m going to encourage those taking my TANGIBLE Time Capsule course, that even the photographer should get in the frame now and again… is good to see those you love, but it’s also good to see yourself. To remember what life was once like. Even if at the time, you don’t think much of the photo – in years to come, it will be a treasure.

I love to prompt you all to print your photos! – I know how much I’ve enjoyed looking through my boxes of prints, it’s so much easier rather than scrolling through my hard drives.

TANGIBLE Time Capsules is open for registration… join us for photography prompts to capture your life as it is right now, with plenty of encouragement to print, so you can build a real “hold in your hand” time capsule.




  • Jillian In Italy
    Posted at 21:25h, 27 March Reply

    Happy 40th! My twin daughters turn 12 tomorrow so we’ll also have a day
    of celebrating. It’s funny what you said about going through old
    photos and reminiscing about years gone by. I was doing just that this
    afternoon and had a few weepy moments myself (seeing photos of my chubby
    babies can really put me over the edge). I’ll be hitting the 40 mark
    in a few months and I really feel like there’s a shift happening in my
    life (and psyche). A good positive shift though. Here’s to growing old
    gracefully (and happily). xxx

  • mummydaddyme
    Posted at 14:49h, 27 March Reply

    I love this post Xanthe, if ever there was a reason to take lots of photos it’s right there. Memories captured give me goosebumps. Happy Birthday for tomorrow. x

  • Bonnie
    Posted at 02:04h, 27 March Reply

    Happy Birthday! It seems you share a birth date with my son who will be 11 this Friday 🙂 I love your photos. Don’t worry about turning 40 (somehow, I don’t think you are worried, though). It’s just another number.

  • Melanie Mackie
    Posted at 10:47h, 26 March Reply

    Happy 40th Birthday for Friday Xanthe! I am going to be 39 on Friday and am starting to think about it being the last year of my 30’s and how to transition in to celebration rather than too much reflection, but this is a beautiful idea. We have so many photos taken stored digitally on our PC that I have completely forgotten about and rarely look at, so thanks to your post I will make this a 39 project for the year ahead. Enjoy Melanie x

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