5 easy ways to write about your childhood

I mentioned the other day that my grandmother passed away last week. My last living blood-relative grandmother is now gone (although, my grandfather’s wife is pretty fantastic). All the stories from Grandma Jaye’s long life are now gone.

It’s so cliche, I know. But I so wish that she had journaled more stories about her childhood. She was almost 6 years old when the stock market crashed in 1929. She remembers having to downsize to a smaller apartment sometime in the 1930s. She grew up in Ohio and worked in nightclubs during WWII (and did her share of entertaining soldiers and sailors).

Don’t let your own stories disappear over time …. Journal about your childhood this week.

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Pull out your photos

Hopefully you have at least a couple. I have a ton (or, rather, my mom has a ton and I need to get copies from her). Journal about what you are doing in that photo. Journal about who else is in the photo. Journal about what you are wearing, about how you got all your opposite-gender-cousin’s hand-me-downs. Journal about where you are, about how you lived 5 years in that house and only have 2 memories from it. Journal about who took the photos of your childhood. Journal about the visual, what you see.

amyReread your journals, letters, and hand-written notes

I used to have binders and binders full of hand-written notes from high school and at some point, during one of my dozen moves, I threw them out. AND I AM SO BUMMED. Don’t make the same mistake I did.

Rereading letters you received, or your early diary entries or even school progress reports will help kickstart your memories and remind you of stories that you would like to write about now.

Review the media from that time period

What movies were in theaters during your childhood? What bands and music do you remember listening to? What books did you read over and over before bed? What stories were going on in the news that you have memories of?

Revisit the physical locations 

From your childhood home, to your school, to the 7-11 you walked to every afternoon in the summer to get a Slurpee. Here are some more tips on writing about your childhood home specifically.

Ask people who were there

Mom and Dad, yes, but what does your little brother remember about your 10th birthday party? What does your best friend remember about your 6th grade class trip? What about your babysitter? Your neighbor? Your Sunday School teacher?

BONUS: Register for MyDetails ecourse from Megan from Nerd Nest and Kristin from rukristin.

This ecourse has a TON of pre-class resources and new prompts begin May 4. Over the next seven weeks we will share with you twenty different creative prompts to document the details of your life.

You’ll be inspired by over 70 unique and exclusive MyDetails projects, 30+ of which are brand new to the 2015 Edition.

Megan and Kristin have spread the wealth and will be sharing projects in the form of mini-book pages, pocket page spreads, traditional scrapbook layouts, art journaling pages and more!

Return to these prompts again and again to document your details at any point. Return to them at a later date and translate them into documenting the details of the other important people in your life.

  I’ll be in the class! Hope to see you there!


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Resources to feed your wanderlust

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 As this post goes live, I will be embarking on a day of travel. Checking out of a hotel, catching a cab to the airport, waiting, flying, being picked up from the airport, fighting traffic and probably getting home late afternoon.

My weekend in Austin was work-related, I didn’t do anything touristy or even see much of the city other than the conference hotel.

But, you know what? STILL A TRIP. I’m counting it.

I have constant wanderlust and am always pricing out plane tickets or hotels or road trips or weekends away or SOMETHING. I love having travel plans in the pipeline. I love imagining where we’ll go next, what we’ll see, what I can take pictures of, what stories I will record when we get back.

Literally as soon as I started watching House of Cards, I started googling ‘Washington DC sublet’. I wish Amtrak went through Phoenix. I am so grateful I can work from anywhere, because lord knows I have a lot of trips on my wishlist.

If you’re like me and are dreaming of an adventure, here are some resources to help feed your wanderlust:

And some resources for recording your trip when you get back:

So I’m right now coming back from Austin, I will be in Phoenix this coming weekend, I want to make plans soon to visit friends in the MidWest, I’ll be going back to Austin in September ….. and I’d like to plan another trip somewhere new soon too!

What are your travel plans?




P.S. Today I am Austin-bound


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Currently around here

Amy SchubertTwo days ago I told you I needed a little RIGHT NOW project. Here we go …

Currently I am….

Watching: Just finished House of Cards and The Jinx. Took myself to see Newsies (the stage musical version) for my birthday. Watched the first episode of the new Game of Thrones season. Next I’m thinking about Mad Men season 7 (part 1) that just showed up on Netflix. There are SO MANY great shows I need to see!

Reading: Just started Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein. Not too far in yet, but I loved her first 2 books. Also looking for and poring over actual court documents and transcripts and things for murder trials, since I’m writing a murder mystery right now. Next, I think I’ll start a history book.

Listening: I’ve been catching up on podcasts while I shower. Currently binge-listening to Stuff You Missed in History Class (Ethan Allen, Lady Juliana, etc). I love history.

Making: I haven’t been *making* anything lately other than lots and lots of pages of notes for this murder mystery I’m writing. Between the actual murder details, the investigation details, the characters, the town, all their secrets and betrayals and interactions …. PLUS getting all the legal stuff accurate….. There’s a LOT of planning going into this series before even beginning writing. It’s SO MUCH FUN!

Feeling: Behind. Constantly behind. That’s the thing about working for yourself — you always have work to do. You can just do 40 hours/week and call it a full time job, but in reality you probably have another 100 hours’ worth of work to do. Working on feeling ok with never being caught up.

Planning: To go to Phoenix next weekend. My grandmother died Monday morning, and we will be having a memorial for her. Also hopefully planning to visit some friends a few weeks after that, but nothing is set yet. I need to travel. I need to get out of the house.

Loving: Working for Sterling & Stone. It’s only a few hours a week, and it’s not even anything super impressive. But I KNOW I am needed and appreciated there. AND it helps me get in front of more readers (for whenever I do eventually finish the books I’m working on). This weekend I’m going to Austin for a live event with them and I’m really looking forward to it!

What’s going on with you?


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Projects to capture your RIGHT NOW story

I’m catching up.

February and March have kind of been a wash for me, but I am getting back in it! I need a little jolt of completing a project to get the ball rolling again. I need a little RIGHT NOW memory keeping project. Baby steps.

Here are some of my favorites …


This project — with cards and stamps — from rukristin papercrafts is the simplest project. I love it. I love it! I love how easy it is. I love that I just grab a card and jot down a list and then I’ve got a little bit of my right now story recorded. I don’t do these on any kind of schedule, but just whenever I am feeling it.

Grab some Currently List cards for yourself here.

30 Days of Lists

You already know … this project is close to my heart. Kam and I have been running this jouraling challenge 2 or 3 times each year since 2011. I have lost count of how many times that is. I love my little stack of #30Lists minibooks.

For a 30 day period, you just commit to journaling a short list on a given prompt. Something like ‘books on my to-read list’ or ‘places I’ve lived.’ Easy. 5 minutes. Capture your RIGHT NOW.

One Little Word

This year my One Little Word is Practice (photo above is from 2014), and each month I get an email from Ali Edwards with a new project to record my Right-Now story of how my word is.

Something simple like a little journaling or a vision board or a collection of photos. Just an easy RIGHT NOW project to represent the work done that month. This is the 3rd year I’ve taken Ali’s class and I still love it.

January RESET

This project is new for me this year. I’m still feeling it out, but so far I love it and I think it could be a really great project to do year after year. I’m working on a 3-month check in now to add to this book and it’s so great to have this spot to record my progress on this year’s goals. I am so looking forward to what this looks like at the end of the year.

What are your favorite RIGHT NOW projects?

P.S. 10 projects to capture your summer (which is either coming up, or just finishing, depending on where you live)


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5 (more) fast facts

Amy T SchubertJust for fun ….

I get stress headaches … and I massage my own scalp to help them go away. I worked 32 hours/week while I was going to college, and I basically had a headache through ALL of grad school. Literally every day. My mother used to tell me to go to the doctor, but it all went away after I graduated, so ….

I eat frozen vegetables …. frozen. It’s the perfect snack for a hot day. Instead of chips or candy, for example. I’m especially fond of frozen corn and frozen green beans.

I have terrible luck with technology. The worst. Through no fault of my own. I will be doing all the requisite backing up of data and the phone will fail. Andrew has used the same laptop and hard drive for 8 years, while I have gone through …. like 4 or 5 hard drives in that time. If someone drops their phone 75 times and doesn’t crack, I’ll just drop mine twice and it will fall apart.

I feel like my hair is blonder when I blow-dry it. Why would that be? I have no idea. I’m sure it’s not ACTUALLY blonder, but it feels that way.

I’ve never seen some ‘classics’ like The Simpsons, Citizen Kane, Veronica Mars or Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I’m sure there is a long list of TV shows and movies that I *should* watch. The Simpsons is the one that comes up over and over again.

Also, bonus fast fact: Today is my birthday! I’m going to the theater tonight to see the National Touring cast of Newsies and I am SO EXCITED!!

P.S. I realize I haven’t been around here a lot in the last month+. I have a TON of stuff going on and I’ll tell you all about it sometime. In the meantime I plan on being back here soon OR check out my author site here (I’m in the middle of 3 different books to release in the next 6 months or so).


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