This is an ad but I only do ads for things I legitimately adore and Storyworth is 100% one of those places. It is probably the best present I have ever given and if you haven’t used it yet then let me convince you because I desperately wish I could go back in time and buy it for my grandparents and great-grandparents so that I could capture all of their stories.
Here’s how it works:
You choose someone you love who you want to know more about…a parent, aunt, spouse, old friend….and every week for a year Storyworth emails them a different question about their lives. (“If you were to do it over what would you do differently?” “Have you ever feared for your life?” “What things matter most to you?”) You get to see the questions first and can pick and choose which ones you think are the best and skip the ones you don’t like or that might not fit. Then they just email back their answers. Easy-peasy. At the end of the year Storyworth wraps up all the questions and answers into a beautiful hardback book of memories that quickly becomes a family heirloom. I did one for my mom and one for my dad and they were so fantastic that I ended up buying extra copies for my sister, and I loved it because Storyworth uncovered stories we never knew or thought to ask. (If your parents or grandparents are still around go do this RIGHT NOW.)
It’s also nice because each week when your family member answers the question you get a copy of their email answers so you can ask them more about the time their dad dug up their great aunt’s body to look for a murder. (Just my family?) And on holidays you have great conversation starters to use to distract people if an old lady fist-fight breaks out. (Again…might just be my family.) Regardless, it is a gift for you and for future generations.
Another way you can use it? As a kickstarter for that memoir you want to write. Gift it to yourself and use it to write down all the stories you want to tell. It gives you an excellent series of prompts, it keeps you writing and it’s simple.
AND through January 1st you can get $10 off so you should click here and go do it right now.