We knew things were going to be special when our client, Karen Black Snyder, began the story of this handwritten note with “My grandmother, Zilita, was an elegant, fearless pioneer.”

The note reads “You are the product of the decisions you make in life--only way you can create the change is to make the decision.”

Karen’s grandmother spent the 1950′s and 60′s traveling the world setting up corporations in Asia and Africa with her husband all the while raising four children. “Not an easy job,” notes Karen. “This phrase was a guiding light.” 

Seems the mantra was generationally transcendent. It can be traced as far back as Karen’s great grandmother and she can remember even her father saying the same thing to her when she was younger.

After Zilita passed away, Karen was packing her belongings and this note slipped out of a book. “I felt very lucky to have one last piece of invaluable advice from my beloved grandmother.  It has made all the difference in the way I live my life,” writes Karen. The photograph we made for her now hangs in her New York City entryway.

We could not love the sentiment of this note more. Your family tree is wise, Karen, and we adore you for letting us photograph this treasure.