Family Trees: Share Your Story

Every Memorial Day my family visits the grave sites of our loved ones.  When I was young, we visited mostly loved ones who had passed on before I was born, so I didn't feel ultra-connected to their memorials.  Now that I have grown up, those memories have become more meaningful and I have realized that all of my family members who have lived and gone before me are a part of my story.  


 

Today, we've got a special Style Steals dedicated to helping you remember all those who are a part of your story.

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The symbol of the tree is a perfect reminder of family.  The roots remind us of where we came from and those who have paved the way for us.  The branches symbolize our own growth and how we will branch off to start our own path.   Trees remind us of where we come from and where we are going.  This tree pendant is the perfect reminder of family. Wear yours, and remember your family tree.  The tree pendant comes in a variety of forms such as this sweet bracelet, earrings, necklace, and scarf.  There is something for everyone. 

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With the approach of Memorial Day I am once again reminded of those before me and the stories they have shared.  It has reminded me of how important it is for me to preserve and share my own story for those who will go on after me.  Sharing your story can sometimes seem intimidating and I am not a good daily journal writer but here are a few simple ways that I have started sharing my own story.  I hope these ideas inspire you to do the same!

1. Create an email dedicated to sharing your story with loved ones:  When I was first married, my husband and I created an email dedicated to writing our own story.  Here is how it works:  I created an email dedicated to my family.  I saved the email and password.  I rarely ever log onto the actual email but instead send emails to it from my own personal email.   I have sent emails about my wedding.  I have shared photos of our first house.  I have typed up emails about lessons I have learned from being newly married.  I wished I had started it even before I was married.  I would love to go back and see emails about lessons I learned in college or stories about my crazy (and I mean crazy in the best way) roommates.  

2. Create and display your family tree:  This family tree printable is adorable and completely free.  You do have to create an account on familysearch.org but you will be glad you did because making this sweet family tree printable is just the tip of the iceberg of all of the neat things you can do on this website.  With an account you can also upload photos and type up stories to share about your family from the past or present.  If displaying the family tree isn't your style it will still be a great thing to preserve and can lead to questions and answers about your own family history. 

3. Use social media:  Instagram was a fabulous invention and a great way to share your story.  Don't forget that using unique hashtags can group together photos.  If you create a special hashtag for photos that will help share your own story, you can quickly find them all just by searching for each specific hashtag.  Facebook and Twitter are also great places to post about your life.  You will be able to go back in years time and see what you were up to on specific dates.  (You'll also be able to laugh at all the silly selfies!)

4. Share digital photos with loved ones:  With the invention of the smartphone, taking photos has never been more accessible and that means that we now have more photos to sift through.  Some photos are meaningful and some are not.  Peridocially going through phone photos and computer photos to organize the ones that you want to keep will prevent you from erasing those special moments.  Sharing your photos quickly with loved ones via an online photo site like googlephotos or dropbox is a great way to get your memories out in multiple places and online tools like these make it easy to print the photos out later. 

5. Create hard copies of text and photos:  With so much digital media out there we forget the power of holding our stories in our hands.  Never underestimate the power of tangible family artifacts.  My favorite recent obsession is Chatbooks.  For $8 they will print and bind a book full of 60 of your photos.  These are awesome to create for special people in your life or just to keep around your house on the coffee table.  

6. Start A Blog:  Start a blog just for the simple reason for preserving your story.  You don't need to worry about having hundreds of followers but you will want to post regularly.  You can share about what is happening on the day to day or share important things you have learned.  You can create lists like, "The 5 best pieces of advice I have received", or "5 injuries I remember from my childhood".  It is sometimes so overwhelming to share all of your story because everyone is unique and has so much to share but not all of us are professional biographers.  Sharing little by little is so much more than nothing at all.