Buy something that is a warm hug on a cold day; that shows them know how much they matter to you.
When it comes to buying for our younger family members, it's hard to know what to buy (without a screen).
As we get older, things that used to be really important, don't seem to matter as much.
We tend to cherish how we spend our time and the people we spend it with, more as each day passes.
But the one thing we all seem to lack the most, is quality time with the people we care for deeply.
Our lives have changed.
We want to have more time to spend with our families, friends and loved ones but the fact is we don't.
You may not have the time with them that you want but you can pass down what is most important to you today without evening taking any of your loved ones time.
You may be thinking, it's too hard!
It's not hard.
It's not technical.
You don't have to know anything other than your life's stories.
You can capture your stories today:
I was a caregiver for my Mom most of my adult life
And it was hard to find the time to take care of my family, myself and spend the time with my Mom that she wanted from me.
When she started to get really sick, we scrambled to capture the stories of her life and important lessons
She passed away when my kids were 3 and 5.
Her biggest fear was that she wouldn't be remembered.
When she passed, I found boxes of mementos for my kids to give them after she passed.
Moments that she knew she would miss, captured to share with them in their lives.
Moments that as a child that you would want to be comforted by your Nana.
This was the greatest gift she could ever give our family... her legacy
If you don't start capturing your legacy today, there's always tomorrow, right?
One thing we all have in common is... we are getting older.
And we don't get today back.
And as cliche as it may sound... time really does fly by.
My Mom dreamed of being a dancer and I had no idea she loved to dance.
It is NEVER too late to give your family your legacy to learn from for years to come.
I had never seen her dance. To know someone your whole life and never see them do what they loved...
that gave me the worst feeling deep in my soul.
I hurt my soul that I didn't know what my Mom loved.
I knew the person that:
But I never realized until the moment, that she was a person first, with hopes and dream, before me.
I was so very fortunate that I got a chance to get to know my Mom.
I vowed that I would get to know the ones I loved for who they dreamed of being, were and are today.
I didn't have any grandparents to get to know, it was just me and my Mom.
But she was all I needed.
You may have lived through things unimaginable, endured heartbreaking pain, seen things that you don't ever want to see in your lifetime again
But you have amazing stories to share.
If you have people you love, share the essence of who you are, while you can.
Can you imagine, being a young person trying to find your way in the world, struggling with failure
and getting a message of encouragement from your great grandmother whom you never had the honor to meet
but somehow you were given comfort and a sense of wellbeing
You may be thinking, "I can't do that. It sounds too difficult and I'm not technical!!!"
Before my Mom passed, I was fortunate enough to get to know her for who she really was outside of just being my Mom.
It was the greatest gift I was ever given and it
meant more to me and my kids than words could ever express
Because I know you may think this is hard, I am gifting it to you.
I am giving you hours of frustrating internet searches that yield no help and making it simple for you.
Basically, I did all the grunt work and you get to do the fun stuff.
Spend as little or as much time as you wish.
But I implore you, do something, today, not tomorrow, please.
Bethanie & her Mother, Morganna
My hope for you is that you live a full life. You live the way you were meant to live. And that may not be where you are right now but you do have the power to make changes even if you don't see it yet.
Proud daughter, wife, mother and mentor. I am honored and so appreciative that you have taken the time out of your life to spend it with me. I am super excited about this new direction of my life helping people capture their lives and build legacies for families.
You can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 866-831-9888.
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