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The Story of Storybooking

May 15, 2014
Originally posted April 2014
by Candace May and Sharon Gibb Murdoch

 

Have you ever made a decision to do something bold and your friends and acquaintances thought it was crazy and/or impossible?

That’s how my daughter, Candace May, and I felt in 1996 when she interviewed my ailing father in preparation for a special tribute storybook she intended to publish as part of his 80th birthday celebration. She said to me, “Grandpa is my hero, and if I don’t write his story, my children will never be able to know him as I do.” My father was not famous by the world’s standards, but to his family, this little Polish gentleman will always be considered a true hero. Isn’t that what we all want in life?

Candy’s simple storybook gift eventually inspired us to form a new company, with a mission to strengthen family relationships and build heritage through the “power of story.” It began humbly in a Provo, Utah garage. We struggled as most start-ups do, but we managed to attract thousands of amazing distributors across the U.S. and Canada who felt the passion for preserving memories. Today, the surging interest in genealogy, photo sharing, and family culture make our industry one of the fastest growing movements in the world.

In 2013, a Top 100 direct selling company called Youngevity caught the vision and the passion behind Heritage Makers. They had a strong reputation for producing high quality, technologically advanced products, and also for serving their customers and distributors with integrity. They invited Heritage Makers to join their family of superior brands.

Today, Heritage Makers distributors continue to help hundreds of thousands of clients preserve and celebrate their stories. At the same time, they can now choose from a vast assortment of life-enhancing Youngevity products to further enhance their family incomes. As financial opportunities expand, growing numbers of men are being attracted to the company; and husband/wife teams are emerging. In fact, among our top ten front line leaders, two husbands have quit their full-time jobs to join their wives as they have recognized the strength of the business opportunity.

Oprah Winfrey, one of the most successful women in the world, also recognized Heritage Makers as the “best of the best” in the industry. In the December 2008 and 2009 editions of O Magazine she named Heritage Makers products as one of her “Top Ten All Time Favorite Products.”

The moral of our story is so simple. If you feel that you are in the right place, at the right time, with the right people… do NOT let the opportunity slip away from you! Thanks Youngevity, for giving us the chance to be part of your family while we continue to work to achieve our dreams, one storybook at a time.
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* Storybooking: We coined the word in 1996 as we approached the new century and recognized the digital era of memory preservation. Simply stated, “storybooking” is to the 21st Century what scrapbooking was to the last century.