Gathering memories

Preparing to tell your story

Ways to tell your story

Writing about your life is is a fine way to tell your story and is something you can do on your own. 

If you like, True Life Recordings can help you tell a personal and full account of your life story. We offer a comfortable interview and use the latest digital video and audio technology to preserve your smile, laugh, and the sound of your voice. We are especially proud of our collection of carefully-crafted life questions. To see more on this click life story ideas.

Life story worksheet: A guide to help create your story - your way. Each item is optional.

• Full name (and maiden name, date of birth and place.)

• Today’s date:

• Educational history (diploma, certificate, degree, on-the-job or military training)

• Work history (dates, titles, descriptions, recognitions, promotions)

• Residences (and approximate dates)

• Memberships (clubs, unions, church, synagogue, community group)

• Grandparents (Full name, date of birth and place)

• Mother (Full name and maiden name, date of birth and place, occupation)

• Father (Full name, date of birth and place, occupation)

• Siblings (Full name, date of birth and place)

• City / state you grew up (urban, suburban, or rural)

• Do or did you have a spouse / partner (Full name, date of birth and place)

• Do you have children (Full name, date of birth and place)

• Grandchildren (Full name, date of birth and place)

• Consider creating a family tree

Gathering memories

• Photos bring back memories. Have a notepad and be ready to write. What do you remember about that day? If you choose to include them, thoughts and feelings are great content for a life story. What about others in the photo? Are there parts of the photo that help you recall that time of your life? Tip: Tag each written entry with the year the photo was taken (approximate is ok).

• Invite family for a visit to walk with you down memory lane. Ask them to bring their photos. We all carry our own memories of the past and a family member may recall something you have forgotten or did not know. If distance separates your family, alternatives involving a computer or smart phone such as email, FaceTime and Skype calling, and social media offer ways of communicating and sharing photos too. 

• Consider researching your family history at the public library or ancestry websites. Efforts here can lead to new discoveries.

• Carry a pocket notepad or note cards to write down memories as they come. Include the approximate year it occurred in the upper corner to allow an easy chronological organization later on.

• Keepsakes, family heirlooms and baby books can also bring back memories. 

• Letters can be a useful and sometimes detailed account of one’s life. Has a sibling, relative, or friend saved any letters from you that can be read again?

• A special recipe may recall a meaningful celebration or connection to a parent or grandparent or just helping out in the kitchen. There may be special recipes you want to pass along with your story. 

• News events of a time in your life may have shaped your impression of that period or even influenced the direction of your life.

• Listening again to relevant music from the past can help recall experiences and even bring back a feel for a special moment like a meaningful dance or celebration. A particular song can likely be found and at least sampled at no charge with a search of the title on the internet. 

• One by one, think about each significant person from your life and the connections and experiences you’ve had with him/her over the years. What special part did he/she play in your life? What do you admire about that person? How did he/she influence you?

• Think about your life in its entirety including your happy and challenging times, your values and beliefs, your relationships, passions, travels, and anything you think will tell the story of you.

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