January 17th was National Ditch Your Resolution Day.
Are you as amazed and confused as me that they have actually determined a day when people are expected to throw in the towel for something that 17 days earlier they believed was worth while?
There, for sure, is some humor attached to the concept that we all realize, even at the beginning, that most resolutions are doomed to failure at the moment they are made. But there is also a sadness that we are a society so easily defeated.
Have you made your 2019 New Years Resolutions yet?
It’s January 9th and many have already made them, broken them and abandoned them. Are you in one of those groups? Kudos to those who are out there and are still plugging along either motivated or unrelenting. Keep going… You are making a difference for yourself!
Well… my first attempt at becoming a blogger was educational, successful (to a point), and … short-lived.
I spent a few months learning a LOT!!! I went through an enormous amount of information. My motivational level was on fire! But… things came to a screeching halt when LIFE threw me some curves. It only takes one event to take the wind out of your sails sometimes and I put my blog on a back burner and drifted with the days over the next 6 months. I many times thought about my blog and wanted to get back in the saddle, but kept putting it off.
1992 … The beginning of my search into my family history.
My early years of research were filled with many poor research habits. I first started using paper and pencil with the many varieties of forms common in genealogy. I loved computers and was quick to look into the early genealogy databases that were available back in the day. My first choice was a program called Brother’s Keeper. It was one of the few available at the time and I loved the data entry process and the ability of the computer to keep track of the data without the need to rewrite it over and over. I also loved the neat forms and reports that could be printed and shared.
From there my appreciation of computer data programs for genealogy was set in stone.
As of May, 2018, PreserveYourJourney. com is up and running! If you’ve found this post, then you have met me at the early stages of blogging.
My purpose in these entries is not so much to give you all the step-by-step details about how to get your blog up and running. For that I would send you to the place where I found all my instructions and encouragement: Blogging Blastoff course offered by ItsALovelyLife. com.
Twenty-six years ago, I began my journey into genealogy. My mom had been interested for a number of years and I had an aunt who had been looking into one side for a while. My daughters were just 2 and 3 at the time. Mom and I had been talking about family stories and we just decided one day to jump into the “gene” pool and see where it took us.
We started in the most obvious place… Write down what we “know” and then… “Let’s talk to our older family members…….” Continue reading →
I started a personal blog about 8 years ago. It’s purpose was to give me a reason to write… something of a novelty dream of mine. I’ve never considered myself good, but always thought it would be cool to write books, fiction most probably.
Not being highly motivated, it became another form of a diary for my thoughts and opinions… a 21st century diary of sorts.
But the blogging bug never really went away. It just sounded “fun”.
The following is something I wrote several years ago, but has been in my thoughts lately. Take the time not only to Preserve Your Journey but also to create the memories that WRITE Your Journey.
Today I spent the day visiting my past… college days from some 30-ought years ago. Took my daughter (21) for our third venture to my college Homecoming. It was a beautiful day but strong winds and cool/cold temperatures.
We arrived early with the hopes of connecting with some college friends, but timed things poorly. The day’s events were pushed back later in the day then I had expected so we roamed the campus (although a small campus indeed) for several hours visiting a few of the campus buildings and taking a few pictures and remembering a few stories. Continue reading →
Grab a seat and a soda (or “pop”, lemonade, coffee, iced tea, wine…. or whatever suits you best) and put your feet up for some time to focus on your own personal journey as I share my own. This blog is born from a love of family and a desire to preserve what is possible for generations to come. That includes the stories, images, beliefs, goals and mementos of our treasured friends and family members.
My love of genealogy (the investigation into our family history) and photography, coupled with a family that loved to tell stories, has sent me in pursuit of ways to preserve MY journey. Continue reading →