30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 22

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 22

Day 22 - My Family Wears Fur Are you an animal lover? Pets for many people are part of the family. What role have your pets that you have owned played in your life? Are you cat person or a dog person? No animals - why not? Do you prefer a certain bred? How many pets have you owned? How did you acquire the pet and what happened when the pet died? People can tell a lot about us by our pets or lack there of. Share your favorite animal stories. Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 21

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 21

Day 21 - Aunts and Uncles Did you have a favorite aunt or uncle? What were your parent's siblings like? Today, think about the visits, the stories, the events surrounding aunts and uncles. Sometimes, when we meet and interact with our aunts and uncles, we better understand our parents and our grandparents. What insights do you have about their family that they grew up in and what influence do you see carried on through the generations. We are all links in a great chain, one family tied to the next. What things, character traits, talents, etc. do you hope is carried on for many more generations? There are some things that need to end in every family. Who was the chain breaker for a destructive culture or trait? What do we hope is not passed on? Family, sometimes they make us crazy and somehow, love survives. Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 20

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 20

Day 20 - Your Grandparents Nana, Opi, Grandma, whatever we called them, there is nothing quite like grandparents. Were your’s the type that baked cookies and spoiled you or were they never around? Many grandparents help raise their grandchildren, and their influence is felt deeply in another generation. What were your’s like? What smells, sounds bring us back to grandma’s? What are your feelings about being a grandparent? What lessons did you learn from them or from their lives? Does knowing your grandparents explain a lot about your parents…and you? Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 19

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 19

Day 19 - Our Siblings Our brothers and our sisters, sometimes we love them, sometimes we wonder how we survived with them - but don't let anyone say anything about our's right! What are some of your favorite stories about your siblings. Are they horror stories of the mischief and mayhem and stories you could use for blackmail? What do we do if we do not have siblings to write about because we are the only child? Do you have a friend that is like family? Or write what it was like to grow up without any siblings. Our relationships with our families all helped to define us. How has yours defined you? Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 18

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 18

Glad I Did Don't you just love the days when you "get it right"! Think of a time when maybe at first you didn't want to do something or you were nervous or doubtful about the outcome and you yet you did it anyway. Then we realization that the " leap of faith" worked. Maybe it didn't or out the way that you expected or it. The result could have been less than expected or better than one could imagine. Taking risks, rolling the dice, moving past our fears and doubts and having those efforts payoff are moments that should be memorialized and cherished. We sometimes have plenty of regrets in life, but the "glad-I-dids" - now that is something to write about! Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 17

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 17

When Things Aren't As They Appear Some lessons that come easier than others. One of the lessons that many of us must learn at some point, is that things aren't always as they appear.                                                                                                                                                                             Sometimes the lines are unclear by circumstances or by design. When we discover that our impressions were wrong, it may cause us to re-evaluate and re-calibrate our guidance system. Can you recall a time when you thought you had something or someone all figured out but later discovered that you hadn't a clue? Sharing a hard lesson is a great way to leave trail advisories for those who follow. This also helps us to understand and learn from our experiences. Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 16

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 16

Our Parents Like it or not, our families play a major role in of our stories. Our parents helped to shape and define us, even if they were missing from our lives. Try to take a step back and write from an interested third party view. What is your earliest memory of mom and dad? What was your favorite memory? Do you have your mom's laugh or your dad's nose? Who are your parents, what are they like? What influence did they play in your life? What are ways that we hope we are like them and what are the ways that we pray that we will never be? Continue reading

Wow! A Lot Going On. Latest Update.

Wow! A Lot Going On. Latest Update.

  Sorry everyone that I have gotten behind in the 30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable Challenge, note to self, do not start challenges during your busiest time of the year. I'm speaking at Rootstech conference this week and if you are going to be there, come by on Friday at 4:00 pm, Ballroom J and say hi, and hopefully stay for the presentation. I was thrilled that FamilySearch named it one of their top 20  "can't miss" sessions. Very cool. Had a few other mentions in the media this week that I want to acknowledge. The Chicago Tribune had a very nice article entitled "How to write your family history: Genealogical experts offer advice" on February 5th and about how I got started in family history and featured some of my suggestions to getting started in writing your family history. Thank you Nara Schoenberg. The In-Depth Genealogist's  Jennifer Shoer interviewed me  and was just released. She gives you a sneak peak at my presentation at Rootstech. Thanks Jennifer! I Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 15

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 15

Day 15 - Educate Me Are you smarter than a 5th grader? What kind of student are you? What was your favorite subject in school? Everyone has a philosophy about learning and education - what's yours? Did you inherit that thinking or did you break the chains of tradition? My dad was one of the smartest people I know. Always reading and learning until the day he died. But, he couldn't stand formal learning and never made it through college - had no tolerance for the hoop-jumping. Did that attitude pass along to his children? Take a guess, only 2 of the 7 children attended college. Today's challenge is to take a look at your beliefs about education. Where did they come from and are they ones that you want to pass on to the next generation? What would you have rather studied or are you satisfied with your choice? Where did you wish you had gone to school? Do you really wish you had studied harder? Education is a privilege  -  what do you want to record for you posterity that Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 14

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 14

Day 14 - My Best Advice All of us have learned something along our path that is worth sharing, some wisdom - if not that, at least it is a cautionary tale. If you could have a sit down with your younger self or better yet, as I don't always listen to myself, picture your grandchildren. What would be your best advice? What wisdom and knowledge could you share about: dating parenting career education finance health You don't have to be an expert, but you can share what you have  learned from the school-of-hard-knocks. Maybe it won't make a difference...but, what if it did?     Continue reading