Memoirs & Journaling

Welcome to Memoirs & Journaling!

I’m so glad you’re here. This page is dedicated to helping us understand the value of keeping a daily journal and of turning our life experiences into memoirs to share with the world (or maybe just a bit of it. Whatever is your pleasure).

Journaling is more than just documenting our daily routine; it’s a timeless conversation with ourselves. Journaling offers a unique vantage point—the opportunity to revisit our past selves from the safety of the present. I began journaling during the most difficult period of my life. Going back to my journals reminds me that I made it to the other side of that terrible trial. God didn’t let me down.

When my mother died, I inherited her journals. Reading them was hard in some ways. I saw some of the pain I had unintentionally inflicted on her. But it was also so interesting to hear her talk about her life. She wrote that my father proposed to her, and she said she couldn’t marry him because she had too much debt on her charge card at the local dress shop. He said he’d pay it, so they got married six weeks later. That was definitely a side of my mother I’d never seen. I’m glad I won’t be around when my children read my journals!

Journals are heirlooms of the heart.

So, what exactly is a memoir?

A memoir is not just a recounting of events; it’s the artful crafting of our personal experiences into a narrative that captures who we are. A good memoir should read like a story. It should engage our emotions. Make us cry or laugh out loud—or best of all, both. It goes beyond the chronology of events, delving into the emotions, reflections, and lessons that shape who we are.

Not everyone understands that there is a distinct difference between an autobiography, which typically spans an entire life, and a memoir, which often focuses on a specific theme, period, or set of experiences. It’s a slice of life, a curated collection of moments that hold significance for the author.

In essence, a memoir is a literary snapshot—a window into the soul of the writer.

I’ve written a memoir entitled The Surviving Child: Living With My Mother’s Grief. My brother drowned when he was nine. This short memoir is my story of how my mother’s grief affected my life, both as a child and as an adult. It’s available on Amazon.

Do you have a story to tell? Of course you do. We all do. But most people never write their stories because they don’t know how. I want to teach you how, as best I can. I’m not sure if that is going to come in the form of a course you can complete on the website or if we’re going to do it as a group. I hope you’ll be thinking about the story you’d like to write and use the contact form to share the essence of it with me. I’d be thrilled to talk to you about it.

It’s going to take a bit to get all this put together, so contact me if you’re interested.
Many Blessings,
Marilyn