If your phone was to break today or your computer was to crash, would you have everything you need on file?  What if the internet or cell services were hacked somehow?  If you died today, would your family have anything more than the information on your cell phone?  These are things we should think of in a volatile and technological world.  You never know when something may go wrong with your devices or the world in general.  That is why it is so important to keep hard copies of your things.  Here are a few items for your consideration: 

Keep a paper trail

Most of us are paying our bills online these days.  However, if there should ever be a glitch or you need to prove payment, it is wise to keep record of the day of your payment and the confirmation code on paper.  This way you can handle any disputes or issues.  I have a filing cabinet and I keep all of our information in it such as social security cards etc.  I also keep track of our bill payments and dates.  I also have a file that has all of our passwords in it.  If something should happen to me, family members would need these passwords in order to access my information.  Another important thing to have in your filing cabinet is information on your bank accounts, insurance and loans. Do not forget to hold on to information regarding your house payments whether you are renting or have a mortgage.  A locked and fire proof cabinet is even better.  Give the keys or the code to a few trustworthy people so they know how to obtain your information.  You also have to consider times where you may need information for court.  You never know when something may happen.  Courts want proof on paper.   

Print your pictures

This is one I am far behind on. Will your kids and family have pictures to look back on? I have lost countless pictures just switching phones. Even though the cloud holds them, there are many that came up missing. Social media will come and go as well. There will be sites we frequent and post pictures on, but they might die out and we will move on to the next thing. Do not rely on your phones and social media to hold your photos. Not to mention, your family may not even be able to access those photos on older phone models. As quickly as technology is moving, it is important to have actual copies of your photos. Another tidbit of advice: do not prohibit people from taking photos of you. One of my biggest regrets was not allowing anyone to photograph me when I was pregnant with the twins. At the time, I felt like a beached whale. Now, my kids want to see pictures of me and I have none. This is something they will never get to see.

Start a book collection

A ton of my books are on apps.  I love to read.  However, I recently decided to start obtaining hard copies of some of my favorite books.  These books can be cherished and read long after my days.  I encourage you to also keep copies of your favorites.  If you read an e-book you really enjoy, you should buy it and save it.  Not only can you refer to it later, people who love you will have a taste of your style long after your gone.  Another reason to keep books is because of the censorship going on these days, especially if you are a Christian.  It would not surprise me that one day these will be banned from selling.  You will want to have these around to refer to and read, especially your Bible.  I recently discussed in a post about a gender-less God the fact that they were willing to switch wording of the Bible around to suit an agenda.  Having a Bible that has not been changed is so very important.  You want to read the inspired words from long ago, not words made by men who are afraid of offending people.  

Keep a diary

Long ago, it was customary for families to keep diaries of cooking, cleaning, and so on to pass down to their children.  These children would continue the tradition.  In Biblical times, they kept account of the actions and things they had heard.  We have relied far too much on social media and have forgotten the importance of these things for people to have around and cherish.  Start keeping a diary of some of your favorite things like recipes, events, and what you enjoy doing.  Someone will cherish that down the line.  One really cool idea is to write letters to your kids on their birthday.  Save them until they are 18 and hand the letters to them as a graduation present.  I think writing letters to the people you love is a beautiful thing they can treasure for years to come.  

Keep a calendar and a phone book

Always keep a list of phone numbers on paper.  I have heard one too many horror stories of people losing all of their contacts on their phone either because they switched to a new one or it crashed.  You never know when your phone may land in water, get dropped, or whatever other accident may happen.  Keep a calendar for this same reason.  I love having a phone to remind me of things, but having extra back up is always important!

Do you have anything to add? Leave it in the comment section below. I would love your feedback!

One hard copy I always have handy is my Bible.  Keeping tabs in my life is important, but knowing where I am going after this life ends is just as important to me. I never leave a post without telling you the news of Jesus Christ.  God will be your guide, your best friend, your biggest cheerleader, and the best therapist ever!  Why don’t you consider learning how to know and grow with God today!


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I am a Christian writer with a BA in Psychology and a certification in Family Studies. My goal is to help others find balance in their lives. I use Biblical and psychological perspectives and believe if we have a willingness and desire to change, we can for the better.


Sarah Brumley · July 25, 2018 at 3:48 am

I love this post because I love hard copies. I still write everything in a notebook and love to read hard copies of books!

    admin · July 25, 2018 at 5:01 am

    I am glad you enjoyed it! I love hard copies as well especially when it comes to books. I enjoy having a collection to refer back to. Thank you for reading my post!

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