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When was the last time you hung out with your family, made some memories together, and freely expressed how much you loved them?

It’s easy to find excuses to not be together because you think you’re too busy.  However, making the decision to find quality time to be together will be the most important part of your day.

The family memories you make become perfect content for adding a personal touch to your writing.

Sharing special moments through your writing creates both interest and impact for your reader.

Storytelling adds another dimension to writing.

Keeping a journal of your story ideas is a great place to start. Take these stories you’ve lived and choose to be vulnerable in how you tell them.

I was blessed with two incredible, hard-working parents who were my greatest cheerleaders! As an only girl in my family, having three brothers made my life rich because I always felt protected.

My father worked long hours to provide for us, and until I was 15 years old I really didn’t know him. I remember actually being afraid of my dad because the only man I knew at the time was the man who was very loud and outspoken.

I was lucky enough to get to know the real person, the man who truly was a loving dad when I became a farmer’s daughter.

Our entire family left city life in San Diego and became Arizona farmers in the north central portion of the state.

It was a tough life, but it taught me the value of setting and achieving specific goals, choosing to be persistent, and the value of hard work that developed the necessary character to become a successful adult.

Everyone has a story to tell. Growing up there were so many lessons learned to share with my own children.

Can you begin to imagine all of your own stories?

The Universal Message You Can Share

Slowing down and finding quality time to be with people you love is a theme that resonates with just about everyone. When you share a personal story and then add a universal message, it takes what you’re writing to a far deeper level for the reader.

Your life’s a precious gift. Each day passes quickly. Take advantage of making memories and writing them down for a future generation to enjoy.

Apply this sentiment to build a stronger connection as you share your memories through writing.

“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast–you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” 

Eddie Cantor

You only get one chance to make a lasting impression.


Lorna McCarty is a Certified Life Coach, President of Phoenix Rising Let Your Writing Soar. Would you like to improve your writing? Are you ready to have a conversation about how we can work together? Send me an email at [email protected] and I will get back to you as quickly as possible.

I am here to help you get to your destination.

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