It seems I’m finally up to speed on the Armchair Genealogist‘s writing challenge, finally only spending a day to complete each assignment. Today I moved on to 10. Lynn had a guest author for today’s inspiration, Julie Cahill Tarr. You can find her blog here. Julie suggests that entering a family history writing contest is a great way to help motivate us to write on family stories. I’m not ready to jump on that bandwagon but maybe after I finish this challenge I will consider it. Here are the contests that Julie suggested:
Today’s writing exercise was to come up with five lessons that you have learned from your family history and write an essay about it. Here are some of the life lessons I came up with from my Dad’s time in Key West at the Underwater Swimmers School.
- You never know where a new opportunity will take you.
- The grass isn’t always as green on the other side of the fence as it looks.
- A seemingly simple lesson can help you the rest of your life.
- I’m more like my Dad than I realized.
- The power and importance of a team.
- You don’t really know what amazing things someone else has done in their life.
- It is tough to live with no regrets even if they are just little missed opportunities.
- The importance of trust.