The Tangible Movement

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I believe in the written word as much as I believe in photographs. Our world has become so extremely digital, the tangible is disappearing. It is not integrated in our daily lives anymore but I can tell you that the tangible records of moments, friendships, thoughts are the ones I’ll never let go of.

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When I decided I wanted to give an opportunity for others to create these memories through photography ( take a look at the Give Memories launch post, ) I knew I wanted to give it’s supporters an opportunity to share their memories as well. What better way than the handwritten note, the postcard, the ones we wrote when email and chats didn’t exist.

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These notes are a product of our very own documenters, the photographers of our city. The ones who take it upon themselves to document our world, our cities, preserving the charming presence these places have in time and in our lives. They are part of our community, they are constantly committed to creating and capturing memories.

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Give Memories is committed to The Tangible Movement, where we value taking our hands off the keyboard to document tangibly with photographs and notes.

We are looking for documenters, photographers from every and all cities and places who believe in our mission and believe in the tangible. Get in touch with us, we want you to be apart of the movement, we want you to help us give memories.

-chels

Give Memories

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Hello there! It’s been awhile, I know… but for good reason. I’ve been working hard on a project that has been a dream for quite some time. I cannot believe the day has come that I get to share it with you.

My childhood, like most of yours was documented with 4×6 photographs developed from film cameras that my young parents spent their months savings on. We look at these crinkled pieces of glossy paper and piece together the nostalgic feelings of our youth. It’s irreplaceable, we feel connected to that 2 ft child with ice cream on their face as a part of who we were.  And when I lost a loved one, I sought out these photos that had documented our life together even more. All the moments that I needed to remember, all the flecks of life we had together were there to comfort me.

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When my mom was 40 she was grazing through a box of my grandmothers things when she came across an old square picture. Somewhat out of place since all the photos in her house were glossy rectangles with time stamps and kodak stretched across the back. She asked her mom in quick spanish “Who are these ugly kids?” Even before my grandmother had time to dry her hands and walk over, the roar of laughter had my mom on the floor. “That’s me!” she bursted out.

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This is the only photo my mom has of her childhood.
As she recalls to me her memory of that day she says “If it wasn’t for this stranger who was visiting, I may have never remembered what I looked like as a little girl. He had this huge strange camera and we didn’t understand what we were posing for.” 30 years later, that man’s daughter brought this photo to my grandmother.

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My dad, always joking around used to say to me “Your mom and I we’re so in love, I didn’t spend a dime on our wedding. Just $4 for the polaroid!” It was not a lie, this is the only photo of my parents wedding.

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As I became mesmerized by photography, the capturing of people and moments, I always thought about how important photos become to our lives. They start conversations, they bring people together underarms with big smiles, in front of landmarks. It’s a beautiful thing.

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I thought to myself “what if I didn’t have this?” And I thought about how easy it would have been for me not to have this, for my parents to have not valued having a camera. The truth is it is not easy for many people to have this. Many people do not have anything to remember how their children or parents looked. How their first house looked like, maybe even before it was destroyed. Many people are missing this simple connection to their lives, one that can give them strength in loss and happiness in separation.

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And so Give Memories was born. I wanted to give photos to families that could not afford to have a camera. I wanted to provide tangible moments for people who do not have computers or phones.

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And because I believe in keeping our moments alive in many different ways, I crafted this project to allow the photographic community and all people ( those who can afford cameras and those who can’t) to be apart of this cause. I wanted photographers and creatives to contribute to this by capturing their cities before they change. I want supporters to have a way to connect with their families by offering postcards taken by local photographers where in turn their support connects the families that come to our events. Our Photo Days will give families an opportunity to create moments that we’ll capture for them. As a part of this project, we are keeping these treasures a tangible part of our lives.

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Give memories is an effort to capture people and moments, to share them relentlessly and to allow these treasures to warm our hearts, give us strength, encourage us to grow.

Head over to givememories.org to familiarize yourself with our cause and support us in anyway possible. We are on INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK we’d love for you to share us with your friends and families and join us in the effort to capture moments for others with #givememories

If you are a photographer or want to see the ways you can get involved, we welcome your thoughts and talents in with open hearts and minds. CONTACT us at hello@givememories.org

Thanks for all the support!

-chels

Denim Madewell

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Denim. It’s become a staple in our wardrobe and our culture. I’ve settled for the less than perfect pair before but as I start to simplify my closet, every purchase becomes a search for quality.

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Madewell has been a go-to ever since I discovered it. Not only do they offer a student discount, their commitment to ‘made-well’ clothing has made it easy for me to invest in staple pieces for my closet. Denim is no exception. The day I walked out with their Skinny Skinny Jeans I knew I had found a perfect pair.

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These are particularly my favorite because they have the perfect about of stretch for me to bike, hits right at the ankle (for my 5’6″ height) and months later the dark wash hasn’t faded.

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Check out how others are wearing their favorite pair at #denimmadewell

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Are you a madewell fan as well? Snap a pic today in your denim for a chance to win a $1500 gift card and your pic printed with artifact uprising, a sustainable printing company aimed at bringing your images off your device and into your life. (Contest ends today!)

-chels

Simple Closets

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I believe in a simple closet. One that that inspires the start of my day and reflects who I am. I believe in quality over quantity and supporting the handmade. But I also believe in the process. The curation of a simple closet takes time, practice and patience. I’m still on the journey and I want to share it with you.

simple closets is a movement towards conscience shopping. discovering personal aesthetic. choosing to revive pieces and sharing stories. I hope to build a community. Those who are on or want to begin the process of creating a simple closet. a closet that reflects their personality and lifestyle.

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simple closets is a store. it allows a sustainable way for us to curate and create a closet with purpose. it is a way to revive our pieces by sharing their quality with others.

To join the movement, follow @simpleclosets on instagram and look out for more posts here with topics on creating a purposeful closet, simplifying and detaching, letting go and sharing. -chels

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Dreamer

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I hope you dream today. Believe in your plans and goals. Take a second to see if where you’re at is helping you get to where you want to be. I hope you have the courage to change. Make a decision today. Create a way of reaching your next step. I hope that no matter where you are, you are happy and believe in the possibilities of today and tomorrow.

I hope the best for you in every aspect of your life, today and everyday. -chels

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On Family

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My parents married twenty-seven years ago today; that day they started a family.

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It was a journey they never expected and it inspires me everyday. Any one person or event that happens today could affect the course of your life from here on out. It blows my mind to know that a future could be lingering around every moment and event in my day; during my commute, at the coffee house, on the corner of the street.

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Family is such a unique blend. People we choose and people inherently part of who we are. This dynamic is gift to us all, a constant test of connection between each other. The unconditional, the lost, the distant, the affectionate, the sacrificed. All distinct measures of character found within our families.

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Today I celebrate the unmeasurable sacrifices my parents have made. The genuine and adventurous journey they took. I am the reflection and culmination of all they have accomplished and I am more than lucky and blessed to be. happy anniversary. -chels

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Life Manifesto

Everyday you are presented the opportunity to change. Praise beginnings, we are in endless supply. Today is not yesterday is not tomorrow.

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I’m 24 years young. A constant learner and dreamer. A survivor of heartache and lost. An acceptor  A seeker of change. A traveler and conversationalist. A dedicated daughter and friend. An introvert and a creative. A shock absorber.

so from here. my life manifesto.

live with purpose. do with purpose.

consume knowledge. share knowledge. without hesitation.

live today. ideate today. when tomorrow is today, repeat.

evaluate opportunities, be brave enough to turn down the unfitting.

keep going. even if you are failing, keep going.

learn to let go. constantly, let go.

learn the story of your possessions. buy with support.

nothing lasts forever. don’t force it.

conduct yourself with respect. everyone deserves yours.

believe in the impossible. believe in your dream. let it scare you but not discourage you.

stay humble. constantly learn from everything and everyone. we are never experts.

make a difference every chance you get.

simplify. your thoughts, your things. constantly evaluate what’s important.

-chels

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On Beginning

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It’s been a while friends but I hope you are enjoying this new season as much as I am. I am excited to say there are new things on the horizon and I am so passionately inspired to share them. And here I am beginning just as we all do, beginning over and over again. But my goal? To surpass the beginning.

Fresh starts are always a rim of hope and a jolt of inspiration but this time I want to be looking forward and backwards. I want habit and consistency. I want to feel constant achievement in the making.

It’s easier said than done of course. I will be sacrificing and learning but striving for better rather than settling in my ways. Here’s to a beginning but also an ending to abandoned beginnings. -chels

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At Home

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This little nook of mine is really starting to feel a like home. It could possibly be because of all the time I’ve been spending inside, away from this crazy winter. Nonetheless, I am not complaining. These windows hardly hinder my dose of sunshine and the snowy days look beautiful… from inside.
Here is the first peek into my space, my home.

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It is slowly becoming an extension of who I am, my life; a wonderful reflection of who I’ve become.
Just as every space should be. -chels

 

Work Hard

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When things get a little crazy, I tend to forget what everything I’m doing is for. I feel overwhelmed, exhausted, a little lost. I made this little reminder to keep myself motivated and looking towards the bigger picture. We all have sacrificed something to be where we are, our personal opportunity cost. We are here doing what we are doing for a reason, we’ve given up other things in the process and we are all on the path to something bigger.

Sometimes in the moment we forget what that is but I encourage you to think about it. Take this weekend to remember why you’re here. And above all the stress and discouragement, do your best, work hard because it’s your goals that you are working for, whether they are close or far, you are on the path towards them. -chels

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