I've spent a lot of time talking with people at Expos, networking events, and other gatherings. One thing that has been a very consistent statistic is that about 1 out of every 20 people either wants to write a book or knows someone who wants to write a book.
As someone who has written (and published) several books, I can honestly say that there is nothing like holding your finished book in your hands, lovingly running your fingertips along the cover, seeing your name in print as a published author for the first time.
Nothing. Like. It.
When I ask people why they haven't written/published a book yet, I hear the same reasons over and over:
Part of what I do as a Legacy Book Coach is that I take those excuses away.
All of them.
Now is the time. Today is the day. You can have your Legacy Book in your hands in 2020. Caressing the glossy cover, seeing your beloved book in print.
Contact me today and let's get started on making your dream come true.
By the way, did you know you can help someone else's dream come true? That's right! You can purchase a gift certificate for someone who has always dreamed of being a published author! Just use the contact form to learn more.
According to a number of experts, you should plan for at least 8000 days of retirement (around 20 years). It's one third of your adult life, and it's a time that you need to be prepared for. (Because it could last longer than you expect.)
You've probably thought about the money part of things: savings, investments, whether you'll work part time or not at all, etc. (These are the things that everyone thinks about.) Maybe you've also considered how you'll spend your newly-freed-up time. Now you'll have time to volunteer, travel, or plant that vegetable garden you always talked about.
There is one thing many people don't consider. What is your legacy? What do you want your family and friends to know? How do you want to be remembered?
I always wanted to be remembered for more than when and where I was born, or what DNA I contributed. Sure, these are great facts to know, but they don't tell my great grandkids anything about me. I want them to know about my hopes, my dreams, my aspirations, my beliefs, and even my regrets. Don't you want your family to know all about you?
Your legacy is a crucial part of your retirement, and I'd love to help you with yours. Please contact me and let's get the ball rolling with your Legacy Plan.
(By the way, if you work with people to help them prepare for retirement, I'd love to see if we'd be a good fit to work together! Please use my contact form to reach out to me. I can provide a fun, lighthearted addition to a retirement planning workshop or event.)
Here are 7 Fun Family History Activities for Kids:
That should keep the kiddos busy, but if you need help (or more ideas), please reach out to me.
I have a confession.
I am ridiculously excited about our new logo. (I know. I'm a dork. Let's move on.)
The three hearts represent different generations, a lineage. They are all hearts (and similar) but they have different colors (as we all have different "flavors" in our personalities).
It's much more colorful and vibrant, and I love it.
You'll still see the old logo for a while in some of our marketing materials while we work to switch everything over. It's a work in progress! I love it!
(Have I mentioned how much I love it?)
When you think about legacy planning and family history preservation, most of the time people think about preserving the stories of older family members.
That certainly is a big part of it, but don't forget to record and remember the stories of kids, too!
My kids aren't little anymore. Back when they were, we didn't have nearly as many options for recording memories as we have now. I have pictures, of course, but not much else. (I didn't own a camcorder -- remember those?)
Family history preservation can be as simple as recording a short clip of everyone at a kid's birthday party -- including the kiddo! Ask a few questions for the birthday kiddo:
Going through a flea market with my 14 year old, we came across a table with rotary phones.
My son was fascinated with these relics. He picked one up, fumbled with it for a moment, then asked me in utter confusion, "What is this thing?"
Me, feeling very old: "It's a phone."
Him, looking at me like I am crazy: "But....it doesn't have any buttons!"
I then proceeded to tell him about what those phones were like and how this newfangled thing called "Call Waiting" was invented and....well, it became a day full of stories.
My daughter (20) told me that when she took Driver's Ed she told the instructor all about how car phones used to have to be wired into the frame of the car to work. The instructor was amazed. "How do you know that?" he asked. Her answer was that her mom told her! (See? Kiddos do listen.)
Your stories are history. One day your kids will be the ones telling the stories. Maybe they'll even share your stories.
Wouldn't that be awesome?
L. Shay Bradham is a Legacy Book Coach and a Legacy Letter Coach in the Boston area.