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The Power of Being Storybooked

September 30, 2008   

Submitted by Sharon Murdoch 

A few weeks ago, I celebrated a big birthday with my two daughters (Candace and Angi) and six grandchildren. I expected the usual cake and massive candles. Nothing could have prepared me for what happened that day! Although it was Candace and I who began the storybooking movement some 10 years ago (our company name then was My Family Tales), with Candace writing the very first storybook for my father’s 80th birthday, I had never received a storybook written about me. I was about making it happen for others. Well, it happened to me-I was storybooked!

I cried and cried as I read my storybook and saw family pictures I had not seen for decades. Nothing prepared me for the buckets of tears. I kept saying to myself, “I need to find something funny as I will drown in my puddles.” And then it happened. I saw a picture of my mother’s and father’s wedding day and read the story along the side of the page.  

I knew that this wedding day had not been “pretty” with a lot of in-law fighting and the wedding being postponed from 2:00 in the afternoon until 8:00 in the evening. The words on the page read, “Do you think that the people in this wedding picture look happy? Well they’re NOT.”  Now, I couldn’t stop laughing. After I settled down, Candace told me that she attempted to fudge the wedding story but finally decided to just tell the truth throughout the entire book even though some of the story was highly abnormal for what we perceive as the ideal family. But this is me and my story, and Candace wanted my grandchildren to know of my trails so that they too could dream in spite of life circumstances and know dreams do come true, like our present company, Heritage Makers.  

Today, Candace and I have chosen to become storybook consultants, working throughout Canada and the United States, helping to ensure every family has an opportunity to discover their stories. I have long used the phrase to express the motto of the company, “Photos without stories are memories lost.” Today, I know first-hand that this is the essence of why we create storybooks.

Please follow my blog as I share storybooking tips, leadership ideas and stories of NEVER giving up. I love to dream big, and I do it all the time.

My Why

September 29, 2008   

Submitted by Heidi Arave 

When Sharon, Chris, and Candy introduced me to the concept of storybooking, I was intrigued. I was engaged to be married at the time and when I found out they did “Love Stories” I knew I had to tell my story. The thought of having my grandparents’ love story written in a book for all of their posterity to read was so exciting, but unfortunately I didn’t have their love story. I didn’t even know how they met. I knew I had to tell my story, not just my love story, but the stories of my life for future generations. I also knew I needed to uncover the stories of my ancestors and learn from their experiences, their trials and their triumphs. This was my original “Why”.A few months later I started working with Sharon, Candy, and Chris and began spreading the concept of storybooking. I knew that there was a future in their newly-founded business, not exactly sure what, but I knew that this was the greatest idea. And I wanted everyone to hear about it. I also knew that someday I’d have children and I wanted to stay home with them, but still be involved in the business. Seven years have now passed and I have two little kids, a four year old son and an 18 month old daughter. My second “Why” has come to pass. Everyday I am able to stay home with my children, play with them, and watch them grow and discover new things. I am also able to capture these moments and preserve them, help others do the same, and build a successful team of consultants all at the same time.

Heritage Makers is a company that makes dreams come true! I’ve seen it in my own life and in the life of other consultants. I’m so excited for what the future holds. This is an amazing company and I’m so grateful to be a part of it!

Working the Workshop

September 17, 2008   

You’ve heard the buzz about Workshops, now see how this fabulous new presentation is actually building businesses! Our business tip this month comes from Amie Austin in California. Be sure to stay tuned for more to come about Workshops and how your business will benefit.

“Workshops are going to be wonderful for our businesses! I had an experience recently that I just had to share with everyone.
 
I was at a street fair the other day and this is what I was telling people: “On (date) I’ll be having my once-a-month Workshop at my home here in San Clemente. It’s an all day event and I’d love for you to stop by. If for some reason you’re not able to, I will do a Workshop at your home and come to you, but only if you have 6 people there.”
 
The response was HUGE! I booked seven workshops! They all replied, “I could get 6 people there easily!” It was as if I was doing them a favor, me coming to them.”