30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 24

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 24

Day 24 - Your Birth Stories A seemingly universal truth is that nearly everyone loves to hear the story of their birth. I know my children are fascinated with their birth story and want to hear them repeated over and over. If you have children, write in detail each of their birth stories. No children, write your own. A birth story provides drama, romance and occasionally comedy. What's not to love? What were your feelings about the births? What was the best part and what was the worst? Knowing our stories, helps us know ourselves. Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 23

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 23

Day 23 - Work, Job or Career What is your job and do you like it? How did you get started? What did you want to be when you were a kid? If you could start all over again would you choose the same career or do you wish you could do something else? How did you discover your career? Is it your passion or is just means to an end? What advice would you give to those wishing to follow you and just getting started in their careers? Would you steer them on the course you took or would you warn them to turn their ship around? Continue reading

Rootstech 2015 and Is It Worth Attending Again?

Rootstech 2015 and Is It Worth Attending Again?

Rootstech 2015 is over and definitely one for the record books. I wanted to take some time before posting,  as I definitely needed the space to process it all. After all, over 23,000 people were in attendance, and FGS Conference was also being held in conjunction, which meant lots of classes, lots of genealogists, lots of vendors, and lots and lots of people. FamilySearch really pulled out all of the stops with outstanding keynotes from Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna, writer and cousin to all A.J. Jacobs and the innovator Tan Le. Genealogy's top execs from FamilySearch's CEO Dennis Brimhall, My Heritage's  Mkle Mallin and Find My Past's D. Josh Taylor also spoke. Icing on the top for me was to have had Donny Osmond finally sing to me, while my daughter was thrilled to have had David Archuleta sing to her. Comedy troupe, Studio C also showed up on stage, which my husband particularly enjoyed. Rootstech was huge! For those who regularly attend national conferences this came Continue reading

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