Have you ever thought of conducting a life story interview with a family member? It’s probably safe to say that each of us has at least one relative who has led a seemingly exciting life, has inspired us because of their ability to overcome significant challenges and/or has actively participated in a significant historical event. You probably love to listen to their stories and may have encouraged them to write them down before it’s too late.
Maybe they’ve said they’ll get around to writing their stories one day…but they’ve been saying that for years. Or maybe they don’t see the value of their experiences the way you do. Or maybe they simply don’t like to write.
Rather than pleading – or worse yet, arguing – with them to get it done, consider a different approach. Ask them if they would allow you to record them as they tell you their story. It could be an audio recording or a video recording, but for the purposes of this article, I will focus on audio recordings.
You don’t have to be a professional journalist; anyone can press the “record” button on a digital recorder or smartphone. However, here are a few tricks of the trade that will enable you to achieve the best results possible.Read More
Being purpose driven, in my opinion, doesn’t necessarily mean being singularly focused or doing something grandiose. The following six ideas are small ways that you and I can simply yet effectively add purpose to our lives and simultaneously benefit those around us.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations and activities, especially as they pertain to gifts. Once I had children, the frenzy picked up its pace. There are old traditions from both my side and my husband’s side of the family to uphold, new family traditions to create, places to be and highly anticipated presents to buy. Read More
In just a couple of days, those of us here in the United States will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Family members will travel across the country (sometimes, around the world) to be together on this special day that is steeped in tradition. And while this would seem to provide ample opportunity to reconnect and spend quality time together, we Americans are busy people. We often disburse into various groups: those who watch the Macy’s parade on television, those who participate in local Turkey Trot races (often done in an attempt to compensate for the overabundance of calories they will consume later that day), those who gather to watch the football game, those who go brave the elements (and the crowds) to jumpstart their Christmas shopping, those who bustle around the kitchen preparing the day’s feast, and the list goes on.
Yet there’s one time that you can be certain that everyone will gather in one place: when the food is served. Typically, this brief time together is full of laughter and catching up with each other’s latest endeavors. But with a little advanced planning, you can extend this time of fellowship and turn it into an opportunity to share and preserve family history. Here’s how: Read More
Yes, I really did. I just sent a message to my email list containing a video I made about my new service and I posted the same video on Twitter.
Now I’m cringing, realizing that my video is cheesy. That I stumbled over my words. That it’s obviously recorded by an amateur. And while I’m very nervous of what comments may be made (“Wow – she has a huge forehead”) and how I’ll be perceived (“She had the gall to make a sales offer!”), I’m also excited to have pushed past my fears and complete something new and challenging. And even more than that, share it with others. Read More
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