Hello and welcome to Sunday Dinner Stories!
My name is Michelle Beckman.
I work with people who want to honor, empower, and connect all generations of their family before it is too late. I believe that everyone has a story to tell. Some stories are entertaining. Some stories are inspiring. Some stories are educational. But when told with heart, gratitude, and a willingness to help others, all stories have one thing in common… They can improve the emotional well-being of your family.
Preserving your stories does not need to be difficult or something that you delay. When you learn simple legacy saving and sharing methods, you will connect more fully with your family. Deeper connections between generations can improve the self-esteem, confidence, resiliency, and optimism of all members of your family.
My approach to preserving personal histories helps individuals overcome their fears and begin saving their stories. Did you know that you don’t need to be famous to be well known? Anyone can connect with their family if they recognize the importance of their stories, tell their stories from the heart, and commit to completing each personal history project in a timely manner.
Do you have a family member who should share his story? Have you ever considered saving your legacy for your family? Have you started, but stalled your project? Have you started butare looking for new ways to remember, organize, preserve and creatively share your stories? If so, then signup for my free report:
Have You Discovered Your Buried Family Treasure?
Ten Myths That
Prevent Families from Connecting Forever
This report outlines 10 of the most common reasons that people do not preserve their legacy. If you follow the suggestions for overcoming each myth, you’ll be on your way to connecting with all generations of your family forever.
This FREE report is perfect for individuals who:
- Have never thought about their legacy
- Have thought about their legacy, but don’t know where to start
- Have an unfinished legacy project
- Would like to encourage a loved one to preserve their legacy
Current Issue of the 4Ever Connected Blog
***Special Promotion for the month of June*** Since May was Personal History Awareness Month, I am offering a 10% discount on the Who Cares about the Heirlooms deluxe package. To honor all of our fathers this Father’s Day, I am offering an additional 15% discount on the same packages. Offers do not apply to any other services and agreement must be signed before June 30, 2014.
Who Cares about Dad’s Ordinary Heirlooms?
Reading Time: About 3.5 minutes
Audience: Baby Boomers, Busy moms (and dads), Grandparents & Great-grandparents
After I attended our Association of Personal Historians conference in Washington, D.C. last November, I drove back to Massachusetts and stopped overnight at my mother-in-law’s house. Her 90-something parents, my husband’s grandparents, moved from their single-family home to a beautiful, independent living community a couple of weeks before my visit.
Aside from spending some alone time with my mother-in-law, I was on a mission – an heirloom mission. When we heard that Pop-Pop-Pop and Mom-Mom-Mom (Pop3 and Mom3) were moving, my husband immediately requested Pop3‘s tools. As a young boy, my husband spent quite a bit of time with Pop3 and Mom3. In addition to activities like playing cards, enjoying the beach, and venturing off to amusement parks, Pop3 taught my husband how to use all kinds of tools – hammers, chisels, saws, planes, rakes, hedge trimmers, post hole diggers, etc.
One summer, they built an elaborate dollhouse together as a gift for my husband’s Aunt Eileen. This was no ordinary dollhouse. It was a cross-section Colonial about five feet tall and five feet wide. As if conceived by HGTV architects and designers, the dollhouse included three bedrooms, two baths, a living room, dining room, and office. The two artisans wallpapered and painted rooms, installed windows, and hung fancy chandeliers. They even painted the outside of the house a soft but confident blue with white trim to boost the home’s curb appeal. This dollhouse was not just a play toy; it was a new family heirloom.
What people say about working with Michelle
“Michelle introduced me to the concept of personal history. I didn’t think that someone would be interested in my life, but I learned that my children and grandchildren are so grateful for my stories. I am impressed by how well Michelle integrates bits and pieces from my childhood and encourages me to dig deeper. I have learned more about myself, my parents, and my own childhood.” William, Tewksbury, MA