Everyone possesses a story teeming with priceless wisdom
Many years ago, one of my cousins suggested I capture our family history. This was at a time when both of my paternal grandparents were still alive, along with all of my aunts and uncles––and my father. At the time, I was busy raising my children and divorcing their father. I didn’t have the energy or the inclination to delve into a project that I knew would take me many hours.
I Missed a Priceless Opportunity!
Now that I have grandchildren of my own, I wish I had those stories. I have memories and some of my father’s writing, but both he and my mother have passed and many rich family experiences were buried along with them and their siblings. My regret runs deep and now I’m scrambling to piece our legacy together by speaking with the few remaining aunts, uncles, and cousins who possess their own memories.
Your Family Legacy is Important to Preserve
A life story doesn’t just say what happened, it says why it was important, what it means for who the person is,
for who they’ll become, and for what happens next .
~ Chelsea Beck, The Atlantic
And perhaps more importantly, our children and grandchildren long to know about the people in their heritage. They want the stories of triumphs and the stories of how we overcame those opportunities to rise above our most challenging situations.
I want to ensure that other families don’t have to live with the regret that I have. So I created these programs to help you pass down the rich memories and stories of your family heritage to the generations that follow you.
The Legacy Keeper for Families I
Here, I will guide you in writing your own family story. I’ll teach you how to choose the right photos for each of these stories and provide you with the information you need to see your memories published for your family members.
The Legacy Keeper for Families II
Not everyone has the time or energy to write the stories of their family––even though they know they must be preserved. I take on a few special assignments each year to help families pass on their legacy––not their regret. I’ll interview key family members and record (either by audio or video or both) our sessions, and have the interviews transcribed. From there, if we’ve had the opportunity to film, the video will be edited. I’ll personally write the story of your family, work with you to choose the right photographs to include, and see that your story is published for your family members.
The Legacy Keeper for Families DIY
This online course will allow you to write your family story at your own pace. Watch for more details in the early part of 2018 as this course is launched.
The Legacy Keeper for Families - Retreats
Traveling away from home and being surrounded with the support of other writers makes capturing our stories much easier. It builds momentum and community with others who are on a similar mission––to leave a legacy that will benefit family members for generations to come.
Retreats are being planned for San Diego and Colorado in 2018. Watch for dates.
Private retreats: If you’d like to gather a group of your own for a private retreat, I’ll travel to your destination, as well.
Remember, Stories Hold Power ~ Your Story is Important
The Legacy Keeper is the Keeper of Knowledge, hard won knowledge paid for through the experiences of life. The good times and those challenging ones are all part of the human experience––all make us who we are today and weave the story of our legacy. Recording the lessons of triumph and lessons of loss and pain––and capturing the gold that can be mined from them––is the mission of the Legacy Keeper.
This is the priceless gift we can leave to our children, our grandchildren.
Our legacy––and theirs.
If preserving your family history is important and you want to ensure that your legacy lives on, please contact me and we’ll work together to make that happen.