For those of you who have been following along, we've been talking about the important of documenting yourself and telling YOUR story! We, as women and memory keepers, often get so tied up in documenting our children's, our family, and our travels that we often forget or skip over the importance of recording ourselves. We are usually the one taking the photos or making the scrapbook pages and therefore, we get lost behind the story. Since starting this mini series, I've found just how many of you WANT to tell your story, but just aren't sure how or where to get started. If you're feeling like that right now, be sure to visit the other posts in this series!
And today I have a second round of inspiration for you!
Today, I have two more very special ladies who've shared how they are currently documenting themselves with some beautiful inspiration for you!
First up, we have Jamie Pate... Jamie's traditional scrapbook page showcases a very precious and touching story about her faith.
Here are some thoughts from Jamie:
Rhonna Farrer recently asked the question: "Have you ever thought of Selfies being a form of personal history?" Story means so much to me. And since I am living out my own story, it's important that I document just what it is that is inside my heart and head. Too often I assume that those who live with me or around me just know what's going on with me. It's not true. I have to get out of my head and write down my words and stories. Because it matters. It matters to me. It matters to those who will read the words and see the photo. Our personal stories matter.
I just love Jamie's thought here about how no one knows, or always understands, what is going on in your heart or life. It does matter and it's your responsibility to document it! You can visit Jamie on her blog or follow her on Instagram for more lovely inspiration!
Up next is Amy, who is a constant source of inspiration and encouragement on documenting herself. She really focuses on the story behind her creative pages and I just love that!
Read what Amy has shared with us:
I document myself because no one but me can tell my story. No else but me is going to tell my story. And sure: I could (and do) write in my journal about myself. But there is a different sort of happiness and satisfaction in matching a story, an experience, or a piece of knowledge with a photo. My experiences didn't lose their importance when I became a mother; in fact, they became more important, because some day in the future one of my descendants might want to know about my life. Honestly, though, I scrapbook about myself mostly because it brings me a sense of closure, almost: documenting one of my experiences makes it feel more real and permanent. It is a way of processing the good, bad, happy, difficult, memorable, and mundane parts of my life.
Next, is my good friend Julie, who you might know from my work with LittlePaperProjects.com. Julie is continually evolving in her memory keeping about herself and because of that, she's a fantastic source of continual inspiration!
Here a couple of quotes from Julie's blog and her thoughts behind her traveler's notebook stories:
Photo 1. | So what do you do when you have this great story to tell, you write it out, and post it somewhere? Is that the end of it? Does it stay there, buried in your newsfeed, for eternity? Or do you document it, in some way, so that you can refer back to it in the years to come?
Photo 2. | Every single time I go through a period of hardship, I know – even during the most difficult days – that this will shape me for the better. That I will grow. And that the new version of me, the version that comes after the struggle, will be someone I like even more than the person I was yesterday. That’s the beauty of challenge: it shapes you.
Julie's thoughts are so profound and unique! They only further my reason in saying that YOUR story matters!
So, LIVE IT. SHARE IT. DOCUMENT IT!
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