Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Innovative Valentine's Day Gifts

February is quickly approaching, which means Valentine's Day will soon be here. In addition to the roses that will wilt within a few days, and the chocolate that be eaten, give your loved one a gift that will stand the test of time--just like your love. What better way to express your love than with a sentimental gift that will let you and your honey walk down memory lane... remembering how you met, your first kiss, the proposal, your wedding, vacations, your first child and so on. LifeBio provides an easy way to capture your love story with the Memory Journal, the MemoryBio Photo Album and much more!

Remember,Valentine's Day is the day for all types of love--love for your children, parents, siblings, friends and so on. Give your loved ones a keepsake gift they will never forget! Create your autobiography and give that keeps on giving. With a LifeBio membership, you create as many autobiographies and biographies as you like; so make it a family affair and get to know one another all over again!

Top 10 Travel Destinations for Baby Boomers

With snow on the ground and frost in the air, the summer vacation season seems far away; but now's the time to start planning your next vacation if you already haven't done so. According to Grace Lichtenstein of Away.com, the top 10 domestic travel destinations and activities for active baby boomers are as follows:

1. Hiking in Colorado
2. Canoeing and Kayaking in New York's Adirondack Mountains
3. Tennis and Golf in South Carolina
4. Walking Quebec
5. Horseback Riding in Wyoming
6. Trekking the Appalachian Trail in Maine
7. Fly-Fishing in Montana
8. Biking in Vermont
9. Birdwatching in Alaska
10. Archeological Dig in the Southwest

As most of us do when we vacation, I'm sure you'll take tons of photos on your vacation; but where do these photos usually end up? Rather than letting your photos sit in your digital camera, posting them online, or printing them out to let the photo speak for itself, capture memories along with your photos so you can share your adventure--along with other life stories--with your family for years to come. LifeBio's extensive product line, including the MemoryBio Photo Album and Memory Journal, offers an innovative way for you to capture your life stories, and the life stories of your loved ones. From an exciting camping trip, to a life lesson you learned as a child, to a favorite hobby you had in your 20s, LifeBio captures it all, and enables your family and friends to get to know the real you, and offers an opportunity for you to walk down memory lane as well. Visit LifeBio.com today and capture your story!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Narrative Therapy and LifeBio

Recently, while attending a conference, I was introduced to the term, “narrative therapy.” If you’re like me, you may not have heard of narrative therapy before. Narrative therapy, also referred to as “re-authoring,” was developed in the 1970s and 1980s by Michael White and David Epston. According to the Narrative Therapy Centre of Toronto, narrative therapy “focuses on the stories of people’s lives and is based on the idea that problems are manufactured in social, cultural and political contexts. Each person produces the meaning of their life from the stories that are available in these contexts.“

Narrative therapists recognize that various aspects of one’s life story can be positive or negative. It has also been noted that when people were asked to recount their personal life stories, they often discovered an “untold” story, which typically included positive accounts of hopes, dreams, desires and valued relationships with other people during that time in their life. While the discovery period cannot alter the negative aspects of a given event, the telling of one’s life story can bring out the positive aspects of a problematic situation.

After my initial thought of Wow, this is truly amazing, I began thinking about the narrative therapy qualities of LifeBio. While I do not claim that LifeBio products are a type of therapy, I will tell you that many people have found the process to be therapeutic. They recall the joys and challenges of life. They are reminded of their resilience in difficult situations. They have the chance to pass on wisdom and values gained from their life’s journey. It’s interesting that LifeBio’s 250 questions have the power to impact lives. While the questions are of either a positive or neutral tone, everyone has unique life stories, and therefore, the answer to these questions, and the tone and nature of the answers may vary greatly. For example, if your grandmother’s experience in grade school was turbulent, maybe recounting her life story surrounding that period in her life would initially bring up some sadness but then trigger positive memories of a kind girl who befriended her during that time—turning a negative into a positive. As that life story is shared with family or friends, others may have similar experiences to share. The best part is watching the relationships develop…we all have more in common than we might think. Our life stories help us see that more clearly.
Rediscover your life story or help a loved one rediscover theirs by visiting LifeBio.com.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

LifeBio: METAMOR: a new word for positive, older people...GROWING older (not getting older)

LifeBio: METAMOR: a new word for positive, older people...GROWING older (not getting older)

METAMOR: a new word for positive, older people...GROWING older (not getting older)

I was thinking that there needs to be a new word to replace "senior" in our language. I was thinking that aging brings about change....physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual changes. The new word needs to describe that transformation....so I began to think of butterflies and the change they undergo getting there. Metamorphosis came to mind...and then "metamor" emerged from that word. Now, not everyone who is getting older can be a "metamor". I see this word only applying to people who embrace the changes associated with living a longer life. I see metamors as people like my mother who are positive despite difficulties that she encounters as she ages. I see metamors as people like my friend, David, who is still advising a Boy Scout troop at age 95 or Vi who is still teaching classes at age 97 or Richard who continues to write books into his 80s. I see metamors as people who don't retreat from life. They see themselves contributing to the world no matter what. Their bodies and even their minds can be failing them, but they still see themselves, at their core, as people who can give and receive love and much, much more. If an older person wants to become a metamor, they must "metamorph". In fact, someone could say, I am "metamorphing" instead of saying "I'm retired." Metamors view every day as a GIFT and they say "Bring it on!" to each day of life. I like the idea that Metamor means BEYOND MORE. Let us all aspire to be a metamor as we age!

Eventually it will never get done

Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the biggest problem when you're thinking about writing your life story (or you want to interview mom, dad, grandma, grandpa). The second problem is not knowing what to write. That's why an autobiography template is a good way to make it happen. You'll have just the right questions so you can concentrate on what the answers should be instead of worrying about what questions to ask yourself. With an online autobiography or biography template, all you need is to answer one or two questions everyday and watch the story unfold. It's really an amazing process.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Year, New Hobby

As we enter a new year, many of us will make resolutions to spend more time with family and friends, learn something new and to simply take time out to enjoy life more. Bringing in the New Year with an original hobby that will help you achieve these resolutions could be just what you need for a fresh start.

Writing autobiographies and biographies is a great way to learn more about your family history and yourself while spending more quality time with one another in the process. LifeBio offers a fun, economical and easy way to capture life stories, and you can get started right away! If you think this sounds like a glorified scrapbook, think again. Your new-found hobby is bound to bring you and your loved ones closer, as Web memberships enable you to complete your autobiography or biography with anyone you choose to share your password information with. When you have completed one biography and have added custom borders and personal photos, you can have your story bound in a keepsake legacy book; but the fun doesn’t stop there! With a lifetime membership, you can create as many stories as you like!

As you bring in the new year, take a moment to walk down memory lane and reminisce using our thought-provoking questions and easy-to-use template…you may be surprised by what you find.

Monday, January 04, 2010

If I had a nickel...

If I had a nickel for every time that someone uttered the following words, I would be a very rich woman. "I wish I had recorded the life stories of _____________ while I had the chance." Then I normally hear about this incredible parent or grandparent who worked three jobs to keep the family afloat OR sacrificed everything so his or her children could go to college OR made the very best chicken dumplings OR played a mean piano. His or her favorite memory of that person is so wonderful for me to hear. I count myself one of the most blessed people alive because I am given the opportunity (even if just for a moment) to learn a little bit about that special parent or grandparent--someone I will never have the chance to meet on this earth. AHHH, but I DO get to meet him or her through that child's or grandchild's recollections, and I get to watch his or her eyes sparkle when recalling that special someone!

Of course, I tell the person I met that they are now the keeper of the legacy--that it's his or her turn to record and honor the memory of that person by writing down or capturing just a few favorite memories or life stories of that cherished person so they will be saved for all time. Some take my advice; some do not. Hopefully, if they never get around to writing it down, they will at least share the story around the dinner table OR at the next family reunion OR use it as a bedtime story the next time their grandchildren come to visit. It's valuable--like gold--a priceless gift to generations to come.