Jenny Doan and her family started the Missouri Star Quilt Company. A decade later, Jenny’s quilting tutorials have been watched by millions, and her love of quilting has spurred people around the globe to create quilts of their own. Along the way, fans have sent stories behind the family heirloom quilts that have been collected into several books. Jenny discusses quilting, the importance of family stories, and how the two are related.
Today’s guests are part of a VA program that recruits interns, student nurses, community volunteers and others to record the life stories of veterans in VA hospitals. The narrative is included in the patient’s medical chart, a tactic designed to allow a fuller understanding of the patient by the care team.
Lili Shank is a life story professional who helps people preserve their stories as told by them, in their own voice. Listen as she discusses:
Donna Strickland knows firsthand how painful writing can be. When she started hating the book she was writing, she knew something had to change. That’s when she discovered the principles of mindful writing, a practice she teaches in classes and workshops across the US.
Like a lot of us, Brittany Bare was inspired by a relationship with a close relative to make the jump into the life story business. Where she’s different from most, though, is that she’s set up My Life, My Stories as a 501(c)(3)—a non-profit organization. On this episode, she talks about matching volunteers to seniors, serving seniors from under-represented populations (including those who speak a foreign language), and pitching her program to residential facilities and community centers.
Life story work is “heart-driven” work, and like other service-oriented professions, it attracts people who may not feel comfortable with the money-making side of their business. Sarah White knows how important it is for us to charge what we’re worth; more importantly, she knows how to help us over the obstacles that keep us from doing so. She has taken her training in Guided Autobiography and created a workshop aimed at helping us uncover our “story” about money: the attitudes and assumptions that we absorbed in childhood, the very attitudes and assumptions that may be sabotaging our financial success today.