#FindYourVoice Lesson One


I’m following along with Kristen in her Find Your Voice e-course this summer. It looks very interesting, and it’s free, so check it out if you haven’t already! There is an amazing community of women on the Facebook page that have been really inspiring to me over the past month.

I split this lesson up. The first four questions were answered last month when the workshop started. I knew I would be super pressed for time, so I did what I could at the time with the idea of coming back to it later. The last question were answered 7.30.13

For the first lesson, she gives a few questions for us to answer. They’re extremely thought-provoking, and I think they’re good questions for any memory keeper to answer.

1. What is Storytelling to you? What stories do you want to tell?
I started really thinking about storytelling when I took Stacey Julian’s Twelve class last year. It completely changed why I scrap. I feel like I’m just scratching the surface of my storytelling abilities. I think I’m rare in the memory keeping world in that I tell my own stories all the time (here on the blog and in my scrapbooking). I would like to tell more family stories, especially stories involving my grandparents, who were really fascinating people.

2. Who are you?
Isn’t that the question we all ask throughout our lives? Right now I’m the girl who just dropped meatloaf on her white shirt. I’m the woman who just spent half the morning on the phone with FPL and maintenance. I’m the stepmom feeling guilty for being on the computer instead of playing. I try to be a good person, but I never reach my high expectations of myself. I’m a pessimist by upbringing, and an optimist by choice. I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. I’m a worrier and a planner. I’m either the best daughter ever, or a brat, depending on which parent you ask. I’m a great sister. I try to be a good stepmom. I’m told I make a pretty good wife. I’m a hermit. I love talking about myself, lol. I’ll stop now…

3. What are your storytelling goals? How do they fit in with the rest of your creative & life goals?
I would love to find a balance in my storytelling. I think I vacillate between telling basic who-what-where journaling on my pages and pour-my-guts-out-all-over-the-page LO’s. I think they both have their place, but I think I could find more consistency. I think my whole life is striving for balance and consistency in one way or the other. Until you get too much, then thats boring 😛

4. What are your favorite stories? (think books, movies, music, history, etc). What do those stories have in common?
I love all sorts of stories. I think the only ones I don’t like are stories without a resolution. Even if I don’t like the outcome, I want there to be one. I love character driven stories. I love stories of redemption. I love adventure stories. I love mysteries. I love histories and biographies.

5. What style do you find aesthetically pleasing?
I’m a bit all over the map when it comes to aesthetics. In our home, we go for modern, but comfortable. I like clean surfaces, but walls filled with photos. I like clean and uncluttered, but not cold. I love new tech, but I love old things too, if they have a personal significance. (I don’t love vintage just because it’s vintage). I generally like store-bought over handmade,  which I know to some people is sacrilege, but I’m just not super crafty. In my scrapbooking, I tend toward theme-y products, because they inspire my storytelling.

6. Which storytellers do you admire? 
Right now I’m really loving the storytelling and editing in How I Met Your Mother. I found it a bit gimmicky at first, but it has definitely sucked us in. We’re six seasons in right now, with no signs of slowing down. I’m not sure how this will influence my storytelling in the future, but I do try to insert my sense of humor into a lot of my LO’s.

7. What is your ideal story? What do you hope to get out of the Find Your Voice workshop?
I hope to soak up all the information and inspiration that this workshop has to offer. I don’t have any specific goals in mind, I’m ready to go wherever it takes me!

There will be three prompts at the end of each lesson. A writing prompt, (above), a crafting prompt, and a photo prompt. I’m still thinking about the crafty prompt. I want to add my FYV materials into my Project Life in some way, but I’m not sure how just yet. I will be doing the photo prompts tomorrow, which is also Day in the Life.

I’m really looking forward to digging into this class more now that I have more free time!

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