I am in awe of what I personally accomplished last year in my own life history. I’m just plain happy.
Recording all those wonderful memories of my childhood into one golden nugget of goodness. And I’m still not quite done. Still have a few prompts to complete (got a little behind in the fall madness).
But I love looking at my book. Here’s a 30-second peek into what I did last year.
Knowing what I have left behind for my children makes me happy. I wish–so wish–I had stories like that from my mom before she passed away. The stories that are just plain gone. No one will ever know why she kept this trinket or that piece of paper. Or what her favorite songs were or friends as a child and how they got along. I do have access to some stories from her two remaining sisters, but really, the essence of my mother’s childhood isn’t there.
And I want that.
I want that for my children.
I want my own story shared for my children and their posterity.
I can’t tell you just how important it is.
And with a class, like The History Project, you can do it in a fun and creative way–without all the foo foo of creating scrapbook pages–but still with a little visual delight.
Working on The History Project in 2014
When I started this project last year, a classroom and message board weren’t even a blip on my radar. Now that I do have a support system there, in 2014 I won’t be doing the weekly emails and PDF/accent mailings. That can all be accessed in the classroom. I will, however, send monthly emails of encouragement and reminders to help you keep motivated to do it.
My philosophy is: There is no behind. Just do it.
Setting aside one day a week to work on it and make it routine, is the best thing to do. I had a tendency to work on mine on Sundays. But maybe Mondays, when the kids have just gone off to school works better for you. Also, keep a notebook and jot down the subjects so that as you think of a memory, you can write it down. Because I will tell you, as quick as a memory flash comes into your head, it can leave just as fast and be forgotten.
What People Have Said About The History Project
I think that one of the biggest perks of doing this class is hearing how it has affected your own lives. I’m personally passionate about this project, but hearing your stories of what it has meant to you, has touched me deeply. It’s what this project is all about.
Here’s some excerpts from emails that I’ve received:
“Thank you so much I LOVE THE HISTORY CLASS brings up great memories had my 2 kids laughing so hard on one entry worth every penny to see them laughing like that thank you “ –K
“Ok, so I’m catching up from being behind on this project and I am LOVING getting these memories down on paper! It is turning out so great! Thanks for this great inspirational project! :)” –J
“My daughter was home from college last week and I found her reading the few posts I have completed in my journal. She looked up and said “Thank you Mommy, this is so great!” Now that is some serious inspiration.” –T
“I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the History project. It has been so encouraging and fun to write about each subject then ask my Mom if she remembers the same stories. Most of the time every story had to have “tweeking” to get Mom’s little tid-bits in that I had forgotten. —It is with much deep sadness that I will have to finish the remainder of my project without Mom’s help. Mom passed away Wednesday afternoon following complications from Heart valve replacement surgery….” –F
I’m quite emotional about this. Maybe it’s all compounded by the fact I don’t get to see my daughter for the next 18 months, but rereading these few comments touches me yet once again.
It’s why I did this project.
Not just for me, but for all of you.
It’s that important to me.
And at the risk of sounding like a cheesy tv commercial, it’s only a dollar a week and you get all the PDF help–writing + memory tips–as well as an exclusive KBS accent for your prompt. It’ll be something you can use your digital cutter with or print and add it to your book.
I want this to be affordable. I want it to be doable. I want it to be fun. I want it to be memorable.
Like I said, I’m that passionate about it.
This is your story your way and the time to do it is now.