My grandma told me that she didn’t have a story worth telling. My jaw dropped. I thought her story was fabulous, and I wanted to hear as much as I could.
So one day I started asking her little questions about her life. What was college like for women in the 1930s? Where did my grandpa first kiss her? As if a piece of her heart opened to the world, my grandma started talking. She started telling story after story. They flowed from her heart.
I think she was shocked to discover these pieces that were still in her. She was surprised by the joy of just celebrating those moments.
Our stories are always in us. Sometimes we bury them deep in our hearts. Sometimes we open our hearts and write our stories down or share them with people. I think we need less hiding and more revealing.
Without story, the ordinary moments lose their importance. Our routines, our passions, and our joys all need to be celebrated. I think that’s why scrapbooking and journal writing are so important. That’s why we all gather here at Simple Scrapper.
You have a story, and it matters.
Of course, figuring out how to tell that story is an entirely different thing!
If I handed you a blank page and said, “Now write your life story,” do you think you could do it? It’s a pretty overwhelming task. It’s also why blank journals can often become records of all our sadness and frustration.
Listening to my grandma’s stories stories, I started wondering about all of the other women who have stories deep inside of them. I knew. It was time for me to stop merely listening to people’s stories. It was time to help people start writing – before it was too late.
I created an online journal and writing prompt shop, Gadanke.
It’s always so fun to connect here with Jennifer at Simple Scrapper. She knows the power of celebrating our stories, doesn’t she?!
When you have a passion or a dream, write about it. Write about plans. Write lists of loves. And above all, write about you. Scrapbook about you.
You have a story that is so very worth sharing.
I’m Katie; my goal is to help you think about your world, laugh, and most of all – celebrate your stories. Your story matters. I want to help you create the type of personal books that’ll be treasured.