This is my first post on this site, and I'm excited to introduce myself to you, and to get you excited about writing your life story—or at least begin journaling on a regular basis.
First, a little about me. I became interested in writing life stories a few years after my dad passed away. I was approaching middle-age, when it seems we finally are mature enough to wonder about those who came before us, instead of focusing on ourselves so much. I knew next to nothing about his life as a child, or even a young man. I never knew his parents, and he was only close to one sister. But by the time I began wondering, she in early stages of dementia and I couldn't get answers from her. I finally accepted the sad fact that there was no one left who could tell me anything about my dad's first 33 years on earth.
I vowed not to let that happen again, if I could help it. I began interviewing my maternal grandmother, in her 90s by that time, to find out more about her early life. I worked with her for a couple of years. Thankfully, she was in good health and of sound mind until after she'd turned 100! I compiled all her stories in a book and presented it to her on her 100th birthday. She was overjoyed, and the book was the hit of the party, being passed around from one of her many descendants to another. Eventually I had enough books printed so that each grandchild would have one.
Since that time, I've written a "How to" book, Write Your Life Story in 28 Days, and—since 1998—I've taught hundreds of workshops on the topic. I've also worked with many clients over the years to help them get their stories written and published.
In this blog, I will share my memories, I'll offer tips on writing your stories and ideas on what to write about, and I'll be here a support if you have questions. The important thing to remember about writing about your life is ... it doesn't have to be great literature, it just needs to written down.