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Your Life is Your Story, Issue #155 – The Halfway Point
June 30, 2018

"Your past is your story up to now. The future is the story yet to come. The present is where you live with that experience, your hopes and your dreams."

Your Life is Your Story Newsletter

June 30, 2018
Issue #155 – The Halfway Point

From Tom Gilbert – Editor and Writer,

In this Issue:
Opening remarks: The Halfway Point
Featured Article: When I Walk
Featured Resource: Catch My Story

Opening Remarks: The Halfway Point

We are at the halfway point of the year. June is always a special time of year for me, in many ways my favorite month. As a fifth grade teacher I love young minds and helping them learn and grow, but I also love the summer break. Those of you who also work in schools can surely relate.

Aside from the well-earned summer break, June ushers in summer and gives me a chance to slow down, take stock, rest and recharge. It occurs to me that the halfway point of the year is also a good time to assess how your life is going. Are you living it to the fullest? What about any goals or plans?

If you are doing any writing then the halfway point can be a tricky place. I hope you stick with it, because we all have a stories to tell and important things to share about our lives. But sometimes we get bogged down and start losing our enthusiasm. Motivation stalls.

One of the best ways for me to get inspired is to go for a walk. It is a very good way for me to do some “pre-writing” as well as to enjoy exercise and nature. I write about it in this issue’s Featured Article.

Thank you so much for being part of the Your Life Is Your Story community. Thanks to all our subscribers. I hope you enjoy this month’s issue. You are receiving this e-zine because you signed up for it or someone who is subscribed passed it along to you. If a friend DID forward this to you consider subscribing by visiting our signup page . Also, let me know what you’d like to see more of in this newsletter – simply reply to this email e-zine.

While the main focus of this newsletter is to share thoughts, ideas, and insights on life story writing you should know that I offer various services and also mention some products and services that can be helpful. You are under no obligation to purchase anything, but if any of these products or services are helpful and you decide to utilize them then I am most grateful.

Thanks for reading. – Tom

Featured Article: When I Walk

By Tom Gilbert - Copyright © April, 2018

When I walk I go to another place. Literally, of course, as in the places my feet take me. But I am speaking also of another place, a meditative and contemplative space, where I can think, reflect, dream and just be.

For me, walking is more than exercise. Surely it does satisfy that necessary movement of body parts. Staying fit and limber is important, especially as I age. When I walk, however, my perceived age is not my actual chronological age. Certainly I do not feel sixty-two as I stroll, amber or trudge the path.

The Path. Part of my purpose in walking is to be on this Path. Not a destination, instead a journey. When I walk I write. Yes, my head composes thoughts and reflections that often turn into prose. I walked about a mile and a half before sitting down to write this piece. When I walk I slow down. I take in the surroundings, breathe the air, and my sense of smell and sight goes to work.

Read more.

Featured Resource: Catch My Story

Catch My Story is an online story-builder that is easy to use – very easy! Using the process can help just about anyone with a computer and online connection put together their story. The online platform is very affordable and guides you in capturing your memories, organizing them, and then sharing them with friends and family. Once you have written your narrative and uploaded your photographs you can then preview the book. Making revisions is easy. And your finished story can become a beautiful hard cover book.

Over the years I have encountered many ways, including several online platforms and sites that provide a way to tell your story. I think Catch My Story is a good one and I am currently using it for a book project of my own. I am excited to be able to offer you a discount arranged for you, the Your Life Is Your Story readers. When you visit Catch My Story and are ready to begin then enter this promotional code YLYS18 at the Get Started pageand receive a $5 discount off the already low price of $29.99. The online software program is easy to use and you can start putting together your book – your story – right away.

Closing Information

That’s it for this month’s issue. Thanks for reading. Be sure to visit our blog regularly, and here’s to telling your story. Do give it some serious consideration because I just know you’ve got a great story to tell! Be sure to see the Get Started section.

Any comments, ideas or feedback is greatly appreciated. Just reply to this ‘zine and tell me what you think!

Until next time, – keep your story alive!

Tom Gilbert

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