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This guest post comes to us from the amazing Amy of Lemon and Raspberry
Newsflash: No one is going to tell your story but you.
Not your mom, not your kids, not your neighbor, and not even a historian. They all will have their own version of your story, but your story is particular to your own point of view. It is YOUR story. Your habits, your choices, your history, your silly quirks.
Up until, say, the last 50 years or so, everyone who wasn’t an educated white man was not able to record their stories. Even now it’s still inaccessible to large demographics. No one is going to tell our story but you. My ability to tell my own story is a privilege that hopefully I never take for granted. That’s why I take the time to write out all the details of our vacations, or compile photos of a day in the life.
But sometimes, it’s not always easy to see what your own stories are. You live the same days over and over again. Wake up, eat, work, maybe a little relaxing and then in bed to do it over again. It’s hard to know what stories you might be missing.
Here are four easy places to find ideas and inspiration for journaling your story:
Your email, twitter, Facebook archives
Say what you will about the pervasiveness of social media, one of the lovely things about being connected all the time is the constant recording of our stories.
Are you like me and have years and years of emails to sort through? Go back and re-read some of the oldest ones – there are probably some great little stories in there that you’ve forgotten about. Or, glance through the last few months of your Instagram feed. Are there stories that can be expanded or that deserve their own full blog post? Tools like TimeHop can help you find what you were tweeting this time last year. Facebook’s timeline layout lets you easily jump to your posts from years past.
There are all kinds of stories you’ve been posting about on social media – you could write more about any one of those.
Scan your calendar back through what you did last month. Paper calendar or online calendar, you likely wrote down a meeting or call or appointment that could be expanded into a larger story.
For example, a quick glance at the image above – my calendar for September – tells me that is when the work load my little part-time job as a photographer’s studio manager doubled and tripled for our busy season. Maybe you spent a week in and out of doctor’s offices, and haven’t yet written out that story.
Your calendar can be a great source of inspiration for your stories.
I have a terrible memory. That’s one of the reasons I take so many photos – because otherwise the memory would just fly out of my head.
The photo above could prompt journaling about how often I do chores, or about how we chose everything when we had to redo our kitchen, or a story about one of the individual mugs you can see in the shot, or about how I had to do dishes by hand when I was growing up.
When you’re looking for just a little kick start of inspiration, take a look at what you’ve recently taken photos of. What stories are in those images that should be recorded?
Journaling prompt products
Like One Year of Journaling or Three-Sixty-Five or a Big Picture Classes workshop or ebook. One Year of Journaling is a year-long weekly email series. Each email includes a journaling prompt as well as questions and ideas about how to interpret the prompt. All with an example of how one of the contributors interpreted the journaling prompt.
One of these resources can provide you with an easy go-t0 list to peruse when you have the time.
Make time this weekend to tell your story. Just one of these sources of inspiration could be an endless well of source material. Start with the room you’re sitting in – how did you get there, when did you move in, where did the furniture come from, what do you usually do in that room?
You can keep the stories to yourself, blog them, or even publish a memoir. But you’re the only one who can tell your story. And it is a story worth recording.
At the daily blog Lemon and Raspberry, Amy T Schubert helps you tell your story, build your platform and find your GREAT WORK … and how those all combine to help you live your best creative life. She has been a writer, photographer and encourager for most of her life. If you’re looking for a free guide to jumpstart your creativity or one-on-one blog-business coaching, head over to Lemon and Raspberry. For more day-to-day fun (including cat photos), follow Amy on Twitter and Instagram at @amytschubert.