You are unique! Let spring and Storied Gifs inspire you
to review and renew your life story by creating your own timeline!
Sign up for Timeline of Your Life Spring Edition workshop! Energize for your tomorrows by detailing your yesterdays. While you create your timeline, you'll recognize themes, note details and turning points. Through the use of prompting questions, discussions and lifeline calls you'll finish with your timeline in your pocket. You'll also receive a personalized Timeline Splash keepsake (pictured here). This is a great beginnig if you want to write your memoir, or just chronicle where you've been, celebrate who you are now and envision your future with clarity.
Location: WDM Community Center, 217 5th St. WDM, IA
RSVP & Questions: Sign up today via Meetup or Eventbrite. For questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 515.707.9455
Details: $45/per person, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Light snacks and beverages will be served.
It's a combination of things -- the upcoming workshop, the FB posts about everyone starting gratitude jars, the Legacy Stories reminder to review last year's calendar and photos to outline what took place in 2013 -- that made Dani Dipirro's post over at Positively Present particularly intriguing to me. And yes, it is also the fact that last year I started ambitiously with the idea I would blog each day (Ha!) and list things I was grateful for everyday (Ha, Ha!).
But this idea of a perpetual calendar fits it all together with tidy, too. On this record-breaking frigid day, I'm going to place an order and start keeping track of my gratitude this way. Not only will I get my good-feeling abundance vibe back on track, I'll also have the reminders of positive in upcoming years. Join me?
By the way . . . I'm grateful for a warm place to be and hope you all have warmth in and around you as well.
It bugs me, that line about "speaking my truth" because usually what it really means is that the person saying it is getting a cathartic release stating how they feel about someone else. There's no skin in that game.
I recently saw Paula Poundstone at a show here in Des Moines at Hoyt Sherman, and she joked about that other popular phrase, "I'm just sayin." Again, there usually isn't much sacrifice or humility that comes attached to it tagged on the end of a sentence. "Your ass is big because you eat too much . . . I'm just sayin."
In our speaking and in our doing, admit our agenda to ourselves at least because it is good for the psyche and shows through to others. Many times I've told my children over the years, "At the end of the day don't lie to yourself or you're sunk."
But that said, when I open myself to being honest about my motives it can be painful. I tend to feel bad, feel unappreciated and jealous of others too.
Sharing stories and insights about oneself is something that is best done without a hidden agenda because then creativity can truly fly. You can want to leave a legacy, pass on life lessons and connect with others, but without addressing what may be the primary reason, your own interest in you, the process can cultivate insecurity. "I'm not interesting. Who really cares?"
Believe me, I get this. It is THE reason I've had a blog since 2007 and yet have blogged so little. I start reading some great blogs like The Bloggess, and I think, "I can't write,or Jen Menke and think I'm not funny. My life is B-O-R-ING.
But recently I've been knocked up side the head with new-found clarity. I'm as significant and insignificant as everyone else, and so the best gift I can give me while I'm breathing is the present of permission to share my thoughts and stories. Does anyone care? Maybe . . . hopefully . . . but ultimately I do and that's what matters. Gretchen Rubin of the Happiness Project says it wonderfully in her video about Pigeons of Discontent.
So, I speak for me to reveal me, knowing it will heal and help me come to terms with my humanity. Share your stories for you first, a gift that costs no money (unless you hire someone like me!) but is actually priceless,and let everything else parcel itself out.
The other day I was watching one of my favorite Albert Brooks movies called "Mother." John Henderson, played by Brooks, goes home to live with his mother for an "experiment" to try and figure out where his life went off course. It's funny, well written dialog and I especially enjoy watching Debbie Reynolds.
As the film comes to a close (not giving away the end here) there are two lines that I particularly loved spoken by John Henderson.
Henderson to Mother Henderson, "Your past is plopped all over our lives."
"I'm okay now because I see you as a real person." Actually, he also said, "I see you as a failure."
Funny stuff aside, the truth is very profound. One of the important benefits of sharing our life history with our adult children is that they can see us, not solely as their parents, but as the humans we are with our own unique story. It's one of the wonderful gifts that comes when we get to know our parents when we're all adults. Knowing a parent's life story helps make sense of their choices in life and our lives lived with them.
I recommend this movie. Here is the trailer to give you a sense of the film.
David and I had an incredible trip to South Africa to visit our son Oliver last August. We were glad to have the opportunity to share a little slice of it in a piece published in the Des Moines Register.
Waterloo, Iowa is about a 2-hour drive away from Des Moines. I'm very excited to start a personal history memoir project with a woman who lives there in mid April. This will involve heading her way once a week for about 7 weeks to visit with her and interview her to capture her life stories.
This got me to thinking that perhaps you know someone special to you in Waterloo, Iowa. With Mother's Day and Father's Day approaching have you considered offering them a gift that demonstrates how cherished they are to you?
If a Storied Gifts gift seems like it might be the perfect gift please contact me and let me know a bit about your family member and why they are special to you. I offer a free consultation of course AND this special offer of no charges for travel with a 50% discount on the interview sessions. ($140.00 value).
This is a fun way to view your writing so I thought I'd share. If you go to Wordle you can enter your text for any document and see what kind of word cloud is generated from your writing. Here is mine for a "Get to Know" piece I've submitted for our local paper about Storied Gifts. See what words are most prominent?
Nifty. Now you try. Enter something you've written or some story that's on your mind and share.