Katrine Strickland has always loved perusing old family photo albums, scrapbooks and baby books. After becoming a mom, she was inspired to create Soulments, an app that helps modern parents curate family photos and memories. Katrine offers up her favorite features of Soulments, some simple ways parents can incorporate mindfulness into their days and some sage advice on memory-keeping.
We love Soulments! How did you get the idea to create this app?
Thank you! Once I became a mom, my desire to capture life’s moments went into overdrive, but my time was much more limited. I had photos across multiple devices, words and phrases typed into a notes app, and then there were the videos – which I knew were the closest thing I’d get to making time stand still, but they stayed buried in my phone.
I knew there was a need for a modern, heartfelt place to keep family memories organized and private. A place more connected to the life we’re living than a scrapbook or fill-in-the-blank baby book could ever be.
Can you tell us about the journaling/prompt features of Soulments?
One of the best features are the journaling prompts. You can get custom prompts sent right to your phone based on your child’s name and age to gently remind you to capture those fleeting moments. An example might be, “Claire is 5 months today, what is she loving these days?” Other gratitude-type journal prompts might be, “What was your favorite part about today?”
Do you have any advice for other parents who’re intrigued by mindfulness, but don’t have much free time?
The good news is that mindfulness doesn’t need a lot of time, and parenting provides constant opportunities for practice. My advice would be to try and incorporate a greater awareness and curiosity in your day-to-day happenings. Pay attention to the experiences that give you joy, like holding your child’s hand, the way he or she mispronounces a word, or just being thankful to be there for those in-between moments you see every day. Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg is a wonderful and quick read to get started with mindfulness.
If you could hand off one chore to someone else each day, what would it be?
Dishes. I’ll do all the laundry. Deal?!
What is your favorite thing to do to relax and unwind?
I run. It’s a vice, hobby and therapy all in one.
What is your best parenting hack?
Especially after my second child was born, I felt like I never had enough time for the things I wanted to do for me. Self-care is pretty high on my list, so I created more time by turning off the TV. Now, days will go by without me turning it on, and I use this time for things that are more important to me like yoga, meeting a friend for coffee and meditating.
What is the best white lie that you’ve told your child?
The bowl of candy is a decoration. It worked for a surprisingly long time.
If you could describe motherhood/fatherhood in one word, what would it be?
A journey. I suppose that’s two.
A Soulments journalling prompt
What’s one moment in your motherhood journey that has made you proud?
At my daughter’s preschool, they had a fun tradition around St. Patrick’s Day. A leprechaun leaves green clues around the classrooms for the children to discover. My daughter thought this was just the best thing ever. One day this past March, she got home from school before my younger son did. She spent time cutting up pieces of green construction paper and finding her gold coins and hiding the clues around the house for her brother to find. She was so excited to pass on the St. Patrick’s Day fun, and her passion for sharing joy makes me prouder than anything else she does.
What is one piece of advice you want to pass along to your children?
People will always remember how you made them feel. So, in a world where you can be anything, be kind.
What is one piece of advice you would pass along to other moms?
We think we’re going to remember the moments. When we’re in it, we think we’ll never forget. But then the page turns, and what we thought we’d always remember has somehow managed to fade with time. Write the little gems of life down while they are fresh. Those moments will fill your treasure box one day.
How do you tackle the work/life balance?
I remind myself that it is possible to have it all, but not in the same day. Some days I’m working tirelessly on building something that I think will make the world better. Other days, I’m on the floor building a zoo out of Magna-Tiles with my phone tucked away in a drawer so I don’t get pulled away. And that reminds me that I have it all – already.
What was the last book you read?
The Minimalist Way by Erica Layne. I loved the worksheet-style pages that help you get focused on your core values and look at your calendar, your to-do list and your life through that important lens.
Favorite Beauty Product:
Beautycounter No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil. It’s liquid gold – trust me.
Favorite Form of Exercise:
Running. I used to compete in triathlons with my last race being a full Ironman. Go out with a bang, I say! Now I stick to running because I can get an awesome stress-reducing workout in 30 minutes.
What is on your DVR?
I don’t watch much TV. When I do, it’s mainly documentaries. Current watches are Heal and Men Who Built America. I also cannot wait for the next season of The Crown.
Besides Soulments, I love the Calm app for meditation. They even have lovely guided practices for kids!
Favorite Kids Store:
Hanna Andersson because I love the quality and the Scandinavian roots.