30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 12

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 12

Day 12 - If I Could Turn Back Time We all may wish for a do-over button, or at least the opportunity to talk to your younger self (maybe shake some sense into your self). If you had the chance to talk to your 16 year old self, what would your message be? Our lists of things we wish we did or didn't do would be rather long, or maybe that is just me.   Take out a picture of your younger self and come up with the advice that wish you had received at that age. How would it have made a difference? Granted we are not the sum total of our past experiences, and some may make the argument that those experiences were necessary teachers. Let 's put that aside, what lessons would you have rather not to have learned the hard way? What lessons would have made your life a bit better if you had heard and followed the advice?   Maybe we can't do it over. Maybe we wouldn't even if we could...but, maybe one of our descendants when given the same options might be able to make a Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 11

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 11

Day 11 - That's Hilarious What do you think is funny? Does slapstick put you in stitches or leave you scratching your head? Or do you have a drier sense of humor and love a good pun - especially when not everyone catches the subtlety of your jest? Whether it is nature or nurture we all have a sense of humor that makes up who we are. One of the things I miss most about my dad is his sense of humor. He was full of witticisms, jokes, puns, and humorous stories. He told them all with a twinkle in eye and a devious little smirk. Over Christmas, my son and I were remembering one of grandpa's jokes and he was suddenly there with us in spirit. So, what make you smile? What makes you laugh out loud? Have you ever laughed until you cried or snorted? Share the laughter. Bring a smile to future generations. If nothing else, they will laugh about what you thought was funny, or, they will recognize their own sense of humor in yours. Make them smile and write it down. Better yet - get Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 10

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 10

Day 10 - The Wind Beneath My Wings I want to celebrate the mentors, teachers, the person who inspired me. The people who were there at the important crossroads in my life. It may have been just the right words at just the right time, it may have been a shoulder to cry on or a kick in the butt. It may have been encouragement when all seemed dark. A quiet example or a very vivid one. Those people who gave us a gentle nudge or a GIANT shove that helped make us who we are need to be recorded. I wish I knew who my ancestor's mentors and inspiration were, wouldn't you? Record who your mentors, inspirations, your champions are/were and what they do/did to make a difference in your life. Want to feel really good? Share this with them or their descendants if they are no longer alive. I know they would be so grateful to know that they had a part to play in your life. I have so many great people who continue to inspire me,what a difference they have played in my life. I try and pay it Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 9

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 9

Day 9 - Things That Drive You Crazy Why is it is easier for me to easily list the things that make go coo-coo? Maybe it is because I notice right away when thing set my teeth on edge, because normally I'm a pretty easy going person. As even keeled as I am though, there are certain things that just push me right over the edge. Wouldn't you like a list of those things from the people in your life? Depending on who it is of course. I wouldn't give that list to someone who was trying to prove me insane so they can take control of my vast estate...oh, wait, I don't have vast estate. WHEW! I'm good. What I am interested in is knowing if some of these things that are so irritating to us are inherited in some way. My daughter and I are both are made crazy by the touch, sound and even the mention on styrofoam. Worse the nails on a chalkboard. Several in our family detest crowds and have some degree of claustrophobia. I think it would be worthwhile to write these things down for Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 8

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 8

Day 8 - A Few of Your Favorite Things Sometimes we just like things for no particular reason - we just do. Then, there are things that are our favorites for a very particular reason. For instance, I love Cracker Jacks, even though they don't come in the cool box, or have the neat-o prizes anymore. My grandfather would always give us a box whenever we came to visit him and that sweet caramel corn with too few peanuts will always bring him back to me. I love family history, for me it is not just a hobby or a past-time, it is my passion and a calling. I want to write about why I feel that way, so that maybe my family will be a bit more understanding when I bring it up....again. What things make you smile, brings you joy and make your day a little brighter? Today's challenge: Write about 8 of your most favorite things. This is a lot harder than I first thought it would be. There are lots of things I like, but what are most favorite things? As I sat and pondered, I felt a rush of Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 7

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 7

Day 7 - Witness to History There are days in our lives that we will never forget. My family was living in New York at the time of the attack on 9/11. I watched with my young children huddled around me as we watched with horror the towers go down. History will record the events, the players, the aftermath, but our families experiences and feelings are unique. We were a witness to history. I want to honor those who lost their lives by not forgetting. I will record for posterity my family's thoughts and feelings on that day. My son, who was just short of his 11th birthday was so impacted by the events of that day, that he felt a desire to someday serve in the military. He is now in the Army ROTC program at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. What events in history do you want to bear witness to your children about? I remember when I was first married, my husband and I were watching on CSPAN the questioning of Oliver North before congress. We were shocked when we later watched the Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 6

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 6

    Day 6 - Love Notes A love letter written 500 years ago was found buried with a Korean mummy. A grieving woman writes a beautiful letter mourning the loss of her beloved husband and buries it beside him. Centuries after it was written, the love and sentiment expressed continues to touch hearts and inspire people around the world. The widow actually made slippers for her husband woven from her own hair, and he never had a chance to wear them. While that is kind of creepy by today's standards, I can appreciate the feeling. Her expressions of her love spans time.   In a day of texting, emails, Skype, instant messenger, actual handwritten letters of love are quickly disappearing. How will our love inspire future generations? How will your love span time? We all have people we love - a spouse or significant other, a child, a parent, a grandparent, a friend. Love letters can written to express more than romantic love. For some reason when we take the Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 5

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 5

Day 5 - What Do You Believe? Everyone has them, their core believes, the things that they hold near and dear to their heart. Those thoughts that you believe to be true, regardless what others may say or do. I'm not talking religion here, though religious beliefs are part of it, or can influence your core believes. When talking to my young adult son, who was getting serious about a girl he was dating a few years ago, we had a conversation about the this very subject. He thought they were very compatible because they had very similar interests and hobbies and they both liked the same things . But, when I asked about what her core believes were, he wasn't sure what hers were. I pointed out that when people have core believes and values in common, their relationships will be more in happier because they will agree on the subjects that matter most. It may not seem to matter at the beginning of a relationship, but it will always be an issue later on. Our core beliefs will shape how we Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 4

Day 4 - Your Top 10 Stories There are many ways to document your life and many people start by doing it chronologically. Being married to a professional Safety Man, I have learned to look ahead and picture the worst case scenario, always asking, "What if?" What's the worse case scenario in this case? You die tomorrow or something happens to you and your best stories are locked inside of you. Depressing, but it doesn't have to be. It motivates me to get a move on it! People may piece together your vital records - but your stories, the ones you most valued will remain untold unless you do something now to prevent it. Let's begin with what's most important first - the stories you value most. Some are going to say, "10 stories! I don't have 10 stories." Others will say, "10 stories! Only 10 stories, how am I going to narrow it down to 10?" Either way, let's start with 10. Top 10 Stories Criteria: the 10 stories you would most regret having left untold or recorded events, Continue reading