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.

E0032 – JESSICA NIGRI – KIND OF A CRAPPY STORY…

In Episode 32 of A Story Not Forgotten, Liam is joined by spokesmodel, voice actor, and cosplay superstar Jessica Nigri as she shares a story about how she and her family used to amuse themselves back in the day. (And why you should never share eyeliner with her…)

View the Video Version of this Episode on our YouTube Channel

Check out Jessica’s work here:

https://www.instagram.com/jessicanigri/

https://www.youtube.com/user/jessicanigri

https://www.patreon.com/JessicaNigri

https://twitter.com/OJessicaNigri

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialJessicaNigri/

Photo by Darshelle Stevens

E0029 – Emre Cords – A Tunisian Welcome

In Episode 29 of the A Story Not Forgotten Podcast, Liam reunites with a fellow performer from the short film profiled in Episode 21, Emre Cords, who shares a harrowing story of his younger days attempting to flee Libya to a less than warm welcome, and then a few tales of his experiences in the musical industry after landing on Canadian shores.

Find Emre on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/EmRecordsMusic/about/?ref=page_internal

Find Emre on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvh8H4VWNd_UFr6ZUTYGOFw

E0028 – Warren Cummins – Northern Cuisine

For Episode 28 of the A Story Not Forgotten Podcast, Liam sits down with Warren Cummins, a fellow distinguished gentleman he met through the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, when Warren offered up his sidecar as a rolling camera platform for the event. But there is so much more to Warren than just a cool bike. He shares a story of a research trip in the far North and the sorts of cuisine (and practical jokes) that you find out on the tundra…

Warren in the owner of Rocky Mountain Sidecar Adventures:
http://www.rockymountainsidecar.com/
https://www.facebook.com/rockymountainsidecaradventures/
https://twitter.com/rmsidecartours
https://www.instagram.com/rockymountainsidecar/
They ride on Ural Motorcycles:
https://www.imz-ural.com/

He is the Hertog of the Vikings Vinland Society:
http://www.calgaryvikings.com/
https://www.facebook.com/VestrheimVikings/

And he is the Director of the Northwest Mounted Police Commemorative Association Brass Band:
http://www.nwmpca.ca/brass-band

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is an annual charity motorcycle rally that happens every September in cities all around the world:
https://www.gentlemansride.com/

 

EVERYONE Has A Story

At Capturing Legacies, we continue to capture stories. Stories that matter.  Stories that help mankind know itself, and stories that show where we came from as well as all that we have been through.  Every day more and more people are recognizing the importance of recording life stories.

If you have ever wondered how you can give back, and contribute in some way to a worthy cause, please consider our new crowdfunding campaign.   Through this opportunity, Capturing Legacies will record the stories of those people who would otherwise never have the chance to do it themselves.

Alternatively, no matter where you are in the world, you can still contribute through your ability to write and communicate with people.  Take a look at the volunteer opportunities available with Capturing Legacies and do your part to record real history from the people that lived it.

 

The Best Gift You Can Give Your Children

Yes, puppies are cute and pretty much irresistible, but a puppy would only be a small part of your child’s entire life.  What if you could give your child the ultimate gift, the gift of immortality?!

Imagine for a moment if your parents recorded every event of your life as you were growing up.  They had photos of you right from your birth through to your graduation.  They wrote down who your teachers were, your classmates and friends.  What if they wrote down all the details of every family vacation and family gathering.  Maybe they even have video clips or even pictures of all the artwork you created when you were growing up.  Wouldn’t that be something?  As you got older you could take over and record the rest of your life, as it happens!

With our online life story software you can capture your child’s life from day one.  It is easy to use and you can even upload videos and images.  At any time you can connect, even on your smartphone, and write down anything you like about your child’s life.  Perhaps you have some words of wisdom for their future?  Maybe you have some important things to tell them that they are too young to understand right now.

For a small monthly subscription, AStoryNotForgotten.com will give you the easy-to-use tools to record your child’s life.  Other family members can connect and contribute as well.  Don’t you wish your parents could have done this for you?

Get started today, your children and future generations will thank you forever.

Consider Your Legacy for a Special Gift

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We have put together a really simple and short survey about Considering your Legacy.

To thank you for taking a few minutes to respond and provide your valuable input, we will give you a free 3 month subscription to our online life story software so you can get started on your own life story.

Please use the following link to access the survey.  Once the survey is complete, if you include your email address and create an account on AStoryNotForgotten.com we will upgrade you and give you 3 months free.

– Consider Your Legacy Survey –

It means a lot to us to hear from you.  Thank you in advance for supporting our work.

Interview With Grant Pollock

Grant Pollock - Retired Sportscaster and co-worker of Ed Whalen

On Friday March 24th, Capturing Legacies Inc. was honored to have the opportunity to interview Grant Pollock, one of Ed Whalen’s co-workers from 2&7, the television station they both worked at for many years.  Grant had some wonderful stories that gave us some more insight into what Ed Whalen was really like.  Thank you Grant, we appreciate your time and your stories.  Watch our YouTube channel for some of the interview clips.

For more information on the Ed Whalen project, please create your FREE account on our Life Story Project Management System: http://AStoryNotForgotten.com  You can follow along with the progress on the Ed Whalen project and you can even add a monthly subscription to your account to create your own life story or the story 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.

Global News Video & Story

AStoryNotForgotten.com

 

It’s Time To Tell YOUR Story

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It’s Time To Tell YOUR Story

After a year of banging away at our keyboards, we have launched our online life story project management software.  Now you can easily create your own life story or capture the legacy of someone you love.

 

It is FREE to sign up so visit http://AStoryNotForgotten.com to check it out.  Also please subscribe to our e-newsletter to learn how you can get a free upgrade and even make yourself some cash for sharing.

A Story Not Forgotten Software

Writers, the system has a professional level subscription to allow you to manage the biography projects for your own clients, including managing the financial aspects of your business.  Contact us for more information.