Journaling – A Priceless Gift to Humanity

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Do  you journal?  For many people that do journal, they think of it as their own private diary or resource that helps them keep track of their thoughts as they make their way through life.  It is interesting to note that hundreds of years into the future, those same thoughts might be an incredible gift to mankind.  In the case of Leonardo da Vinci, he documented his thoughts in great detail with images to help describe his forward thinking ideas.

In an episode of “Gates Notes“, Bill Gates talks about one of Leonardo da Vinci’s journals that he recently acquired and how the scientific detail in da Vinci’s journals was so far ahead of its time.

Perhaps in your journal you are not solving any major scientific problems, but when you sit down to record your memoirs or autobiography you are definitely going to have a valuable reference to trigger old memories.  If you don’t yet journal then you better get started!  Perhaps our online writing application will help you organize your thoughts and get you into the habit of journaling.  Visit AStoryNotForgotten.com to get started today.

If you have inherited old journals from a family member who has passed on, consider our  Audio Journals project to bring their words to life.  Alternatively, using those journals along with information from surviving family members and also research, we can put together their life story to be enjoyed and cherished for generations to come.

Contact us today to get started on your legacy project.

Writing Your Autobiography – Your Gift for Future Generations

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You know who you are, but did you know there are actually many versions of you out in the world?

There are in fact, hundreds, if not THOUSANDS of versions of You out there. Everyone who has ever met you has created a picture/profile/backstory for You in their mind. Every person in your life carries around a version of You that you have never met. Some of the “You’s” might be heroes. Some might be villains. Some of them are so different that it will make you wonder what kind of impression you could have possibly made on them, and some of them might even be frighteningly close to the real You.

The truth is that only you know the real You.  That is why you need to tell your story. Why is your story important?  Well, think about your family history. Some of you may know who your grandfather was, where he was born and what he did in his life.  A small subset of you may even know who your great grandfather was. But what about those who came before? Roll back the clock and imagine if you knew who your ancestors were.  Better yet, not just who they were, but what they did in their lives. Maybe you are a little stubborn, or people have told you that you are very particular about certain things.  Ever wonder where that may have come from? Wouldn’t it be interesting to find out that you were a direct descendant of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?  Or perhaps maybe Napoléon Bonaparte or Joan of Arc.  More importantly who were the lesser known people in those past years that kept your family tree growing long before you were born?

Do you see how valuable your story is to those who follow after you?  What words of wisdom do you have to share? What have you been through that would be important for others to hear?  Perhaps your story can help prevent someone from making the same mistakes in their lives, or give them something to think about when they are feeling like their life has no purpose or meaning.  You may not think your life was all that interesting, and yet you could be an inspiration to someone you will never meet. If you don’t record your life story, you are robbing future generations of knowing who you were and the impact, big or small, that you had on the world.

Here are a couple more reasons to leave your legacy:

Leave your Mark:  Writing allows you to present YOUR side of a story – your interpretation of the facts in a way that allows you to connect with readers and share your triumphs, disappointments, joys, and trials.

Reconciling with the Past: Writing your autobiography gives you an opportunity to revisit the past and reconsider the events and circumstances with the perspective of wisdom and experience.

Writing your personal story can be a painful but cathartic exercise. Recalling times and people who were important in your life can stimulate simultaneous feelings of joy, nostalgia, and sadness. It is an exercise that requires thoughtful reflection and introspection, and it can be the one of the most satisfying experiences of your life, reinvigorating old relations, cherished memories and clarifying purpose.

It’s Time to Get Started

Recording your life story is undeniably important, whether you feel that you are interesting or not.  There is a chain of people starting with you that will go on for generations to come, and they deserve to know who you are.  Every day you delay is another day lost forever that increases the possibility that your story will never be told. Do not wait until it is too late, record your life story starting today.

660 News Feature on Capturing Legacies

On February 24th, 660 News Calgary’s Kendra Fowler connected with Liam Rathgeber to discuss Capturing Legacies and the Ed Whalen Story project. To view the project in progress, you can create your own FREE account on our custom life story project management software where you may also want to start your own life story, or that of someone you care about.

Global News Story

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On February 23rd, 2017 David Boushy, Reporter with Global News Calgary interviewed the founding partners of Capturing Legacies Inc.  The piece appropriately titled: “Unique Calgary company ‘Capturing Legacies’ sets out to preserve memories for generations to come” was shown to television audiences at 6pm, 11pm and again the following day on the Global News Morning Show.

The story also highlights the Ed Whalen Story project that we are doing for charitable benefit of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.  To view the project in progress, you can create your own FREE account on our custom life story project management software where you may also want to start your own life story, or that of someone you care about.

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Holiday Memories

The holidays are upon us. As we visit with our families, eat too much and hope that Santa brings us something wonderful, consider that you are adding to your life story.

If you are lucky enough to have your parents or grandparents with you this year, I hope they tell you more of their stories.  Many people don’t have the option to hear those tales, life lessons and adventures, and they would give anything to be able to.  You are truly blessed if you have them to listen to.

Even better, consider capturing their legacy so those stories can be told for many years to come.  Share them with your children, grandchildren and future generations.  We can help you with your life story project.  Perhaps you might consider giving a Capturing Legacies life story project to someone you love as a very special gift.  It wouldn’t just be for them either, it would be a gift for your family and all those future family members that haven’t even arrived yet.

Regardless of what you do, enjoy this special, and magical time of year.  From all of us at Capturing Legacies, Happy Holidays!  May you have a wonderful end of the year and a happy and prosperous New Year!

You ARE Your Story

Spain 1959When you look back on a person’s life and consider what they have accomplished, consider what actually matters. Is that life defined by the nice car they drove or the education they received or the job they worked?

What about yourself? When you think about your life, what is the first thing you think of? What defines YOUR life?

You probably think back about where you came from and what you have been through in your life. Some more pondering may bring up various accomplishments that you have achieved or perhaps even some regrets.  There are people you once knew and events that may be forever burned into your memory.

Some people believe they are not really that interesting, but actually, if you think about it, you have been alive for 365 days multiplied by your age.  So even at 25 years old you lived 9,125 days.  It is pretty much impossible to say that nothing interesting happened to you in that period of time.  If you are 50, you have been alive for 18,250 days.  So what if you are not a rocket scientist working for NASA.  You still have accumulated interesting life experiences.

Ultimately, when your journey on this earth is over,  all your stuff and everyone you know will be left behind.  Your possessions will be distributed in some way that you have no say in.  The only thing that remains is your story.  It is not too late to record  your life experiences for future generations.  If you don’t know where to start, we can help.

 

Recorded Interviews for any Occasion

When a client brings us in to capture their life story, or in the case of the video linked above, to capture the life story of someone who is no longer with us, our first step is the interviews.

As part of our Ed Whalen Life Story project, in the video above we visited Ed Whalen’s son, Tony, to hear stories from when he was a child and what it was like having Ed as a father.  Interviews are powerful tools, especially as a way to gather information to write a book.

If you have ever considered writing a book, whether it be your life story, or any other topic that comes from your heart, begin with a recording.  The video is optional, but it does have its value.  If you are able to record video as well, the video has the added advantage of capturing the essence of the person being recorded and is of great value to loved ones down the road.

Take advantage of the professional interviewers at Capturing Legacies Inc. and have us look after the entire interview process.  We know how to ask the right questions and take the pressure off of you.

The interview process can also be used for other opportunities.  A good example is preparing a “well wisher” video for an upcoming wedding.  We can interview the families of the bride & groom and prepare a video that can be played during the wedding reception.

Interviewing can be used as a powerful tool to deliver a message.  Perhaps you have something to say to someone before you leave this earth.  We can record your thoughts and deliver them to that person at any time you wish.  Maybe you would like to pass along some words of wisdom to your not-yet-born grandchild and you may not be around to say those words in person.

Contact Us today and let us help you record your thoughts, memories, stories and words of wisdom.

For more wonderful recorded stories from Ed Whalen’s family and friends, please visit our YouTube channel.

The Gold Watch

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When someone has dedicated years of their life to an organization, they become much more than an employee number or the balance of their contributions. They are a part of your company’s soul, its history, and its legacy.

At the end of a storied career, the traditional retirement is a small get-together and the gift of a gold watch. After everything they’ve given, don’t they deserve more?

Treasure the person behind the contributions by capturing their legacy. Learn the stories that made them who they are. Show them that the real value is the person behind the position.

The truest stories of a company are the stories of the people who make it great.

Capturing Legacies Inc. Everybody has a story.

The Calgary Stampede

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Calgary Stampede Parade 2010 (photo by Aduro Photography)

Here in Calgary, Alberta, Canada where Capturing Legacies Inc. is based, we have the Calgary Stampede, an annual event that began in September of 1912.

Running for 10 days each year and starting with a massive parade in the downtown core, it is known as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”.  On the date of this post, we are in the middle of Stampede week and I was thinking about the history of this long standing tradition.

Celebrating the Calgary Exhibition & StampedeOn the Calgary Stampede website they have information and a great video on Building the Stampede Legacy.  With an event that is over 100 years old, there is a lot of history there.  With a public event of this magnitude, there has been a lot of photos, video and news articles produced over the years and the life story of the Calgary Stampede has been written several times in numerous books .

People often think of a biography or life story being about a specific person.  Actually a life story can be written about a place, a building, a long-running event like the Calgary Stampede, or even a specific thing like an ancient artifact that tells a story about human history.

Knowledge of our past is important.  The history of mankind including our people, our creations, our events and our stories all need to be recorded for future generations.  You can write your story or we can help you do it.  The important thing is that it gets done, so now is as good a time as any to capture your legacy.

 

The Start of the Ed Whalen Story

Capturing Legacies is thrilled to have been selected to chronicle the life of the legendary Ed Whalen.  The press release is here.

This Sunday, we made the trip out to Canmore to conduct our first interview with Nomi Whalen, his wife of 34 years. She shared some fantastic stories with us and gave us a rare glimpse of the real man behind the voice.

Nomi is a collector of collections, not the least of which is Ed’s numerous awards and memorabilia. But her prized possession is a ring secretly commissioned for her by Ed in 2001. While he never had the chance to see it finished, the jeweler made sure that Ed’s final gift made it to Nomi’s finger, where it has remained ever since.

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Here is a link to the video of our interview with Nomi Whalen talking about her Ring Story.