Additional activities can be found on the “build your own plan” page.
There are many ways to share your story and document your life. Not only will your posterity enjoy remembering or learning more about you, but writing and recording your journey will help you see your life in a new way, and no one can tell your story better than you can!
Sometimes it is easier to answer questions about your life than to try to remember all that happened.
You can write your responses down in a paper journal/notebook or on your computer. You can even video record or audio record yourself talking about these prompts.
Timeline: Vertically down the page (paper or electronic) write each year you have been alive on each line. Then go back and add important events that happened in your life those years.
You aren’t writing the story but writing a phrase to capture the memory.
Write about how you would describe yourself.
Physically? Mentally? Spiritually? Personality?
Tip: It’s ok to talk about how you are feeling mentally. Think of the healing that can happen if you share your depression or anxiety or what you worry about. Healing can come for you and for your descendants.
Goals and accomplishments
What is something you have accomplished? What is something you want to accomplish? What are the goals you are working on right now? What are you doing to accomplish your goals?
Who is someone that has left a deep impact on you? What did they do? Write them a thank you note. Send it if you want or just leave it in your journal.
Use pictures to tell a story today. Either use one picture and describe what happened in the picture. Include the date, people involved, place it was taken and of course the story. Or take pictures of your day. At the end of the day describe what you are doing in each picture, if you want.
Write about your first job or your worst job or your favorite job.
List all your jobs. Provide details like when and where.
What have you learned while working that you’d like to share?
Share any stories that come to mind when you think of jobs or work.
What games does your family play? Do you guys get competitive? Are there any special rules you have for games?
Who was your first friend? How did you meet? What do you look for in a friend? What do you do with friends? Who were your friends in elementary school? Middle school? High school? College? Adulthood?
How did it feel to become an aunt or uncle for the first time?
What is it like to be an aunt or uncle?
Who is your favorite Aunt? Uncle? Why? Or list all your aunts and uncles and something you want to remember about them
Write about some of the times you got to spend with an aunt or uncle.
Write about one lesson you learned from your mom. How did she teach you this lesson? What did you feel during and after you learned this lesson? How has this lesson affected your life? What else have you learned from your mom? What do you wish you could learn from your mom?
Write about your favorite trip. What was your worst trip? What is a future trip you’d like to take? Where would you go and what do you want to see or do there?
Write about your love story. Write about your parents’ love story.
What do you love? Who do you love and why?! What does love mean to you? What do you love about yourself?
When was the hardest you ever laughed? Write down the jokes you tell, don’t forget the punch line! Who is the funniest person you know? Why? What was your most embarrassing moment? How did you live through it?
Take some time today to write about your experience with the Covid-19 virus. How was the stay at home order for you? What did your daily life look during that? How does it look now? What do you hope will continue after the stay at home order? What are your feelings toward all that has gone on? Were you prepared for the shut down? What do you need to do to prepare for the future? If you have children, how are they coping?
What has been in the news lately? How has it made you feel? Go back to your timeline and write at least one major news event for each year you were alive. Write your memories of these news events. How have they impacted your life?
What traditions do you have? Holiday traditions? What traditions did you have as a child? What traditions would you like to have?
Write about one lesson you learned from your dad. How did he teach you this lesson? What did you feel during and after you learned this lesson? How has this lesson affected your life? What else have you learned from your dad? What do you wish you could learn from your dad?
What do you believe spiritually? Do you believe in God? Many Gods? No Gods? Do you follow a certain religion? (Catholic, Baptist, Church of Jesus Christ, etc) What does your worship look like? Do you go to church on Sunday (what does it look like)? Do you read scriptures? What is your conversion story? Any special holidays you celebrate?
Write about your siblings. Describe what they look like. What is their personality like? What do you guys do when you get together? What is everyone doing right now? How has each of them impacted your life? What have you learned from them?
What are some things you are grateful for? How many can you list in 5 minutes? Write a letter of gratitude to someone in your life. (You don’t have to send it.)
21 day experiment
Write about what you learned from this 21 day experiment. How have you changed? What are some goals you can set because of this change?
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