The idea for this business began germinating several years ago, not because of any deep understanding of the importance of capturing family stories, but more from an innate love of listening and writing, a desire to know what other people think and feel, a curiosity about where people come from, why they do what they do, and how they end up where they are. And somewhere inside, I think I instinctively understand how important it is for our stories to be told, especially to our loved ones.
Our stories matter. They matter to us and to the people who love us. There is growing research that indicates the sharing of one’s story and learning the details of our family’s past is beneficial to our physical and mental health. I’ll be discussing some of this research in future posts. But for now, I’ll stop here with an encouragement to capture your loved one’s stories, thoughts, and memories while they are still here with you. Whether you tackle this project yourself or hire someone like me to help, the important thing is to do it.
~ Sue Monk Kidd
Hi. My name is Kathryn Elizabeth Wilson Englert. People call me Kathy.
I live in Seattle, Washington with my husband and daughter, but our daughter is all grown up now and attends Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. We miss her.
Although I live in the Pacific Northwest and absolutely love it here, my roots are in North Carolina. There are things I miss about the South (a warm ocean, the sound of cicadas, dramatic thunderstorms, BBQ and sweet iced tea, and, of course, my family) and I get to enjoy all of these when I visit each summer. But the Pacific Northwest is home to me now. Its mountains, rivers, evergreens, wild coast, progressive ideals, and people have endeared me to this place. I think I'll stay a while.
I hope you enjoy my blog. In keeping with the theme of personal history, I write about the importance of story and why it matters that we capture the thoughts and memories of our loved ones.