52 Stories Project – Week 3

Here is the third week of 2019, sorry it is a little late – I have been under the weather. Here are the writing prompts for this week.

What is the 52 Stories project? Click here for details.

Please select one of the following writing prompts (or all of them if you want to be an overachiever).

1) What is the smell that makes you feel safe and cared for?

2) Who is someone you admire and why you admire them?

3) What are your favorite things about the town you live in?

4) What event in your childhood had the most impact on your life as an adult?

And as always if you want to share them with the world feel free to leave them in the comments!

Want to catch up? Here are the links for previous weeks:
Week 1
Week 2

52 Stories – Week 2

Week two!  Are you ready to add to your story this week?  
 Not familiar with the 52 Stories Project?  Click here for details.

1) What is your best memory as a teenager with your friends?

2) What was the first moment you felt truly grown up or independent?

3) Describe a time you felt especially valued and loved.

4) Name a book that spoke to you on a personal level. Why?

And as always if you want to share them with the world feel free to leave them in the comments!

Want to catch up? Heres the link for last week:
Week 1



52 Stories – Week 1

Pen to paper or fingers to keyboard, write down your memories.

Here is the first week of 2019, and to kick off the 52 Stories Project here are the writing prompts for this week.

What is the 52 Stories project? Click here for details.

Please select one of the following writing prompts (or all of them if you want to be an overachiever).

1) What goals do you hope to achieve this year?

2) What goals are you actively working on now?

3) What have been the most important and valued friendships in your life?

4) Do you remember how your elementary school smelled? Where was your desk in 3rd grade? Share some primary school memories.

And if you want to share them with the world feel free to leave them in the comments!

Defining YOUR Dash

Start writing your personal history with the 52 Stories ProjectOn nearly every headstone or marker, no matter how plain or ornate, is carved one universal symbol. It is a simple horizontal line – a dash – separating two significant dates. The first marks the day one precious soul entered this mortal life. The second marks his or her inevitable journey onward.

A well known poem by Linda Ellis, “The Dash,” speaks of this symbol.

 “For that dash represents all the time that they spent alive on earth. and now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.”

We are each, right now, standing somewhere in the middle of our own dashes. Because its human nature to think of our lives in terms of beginnings and endings, the approaching New Year gives us the perfect opportunity to make sure we are making the most of that dash, filling in the details of our lives so our loved ones and our posterity are not left wondering what happened in between.

All of us are “in the dash”. But you may be thinking, “I’ve got plenty of time to record my story.” Or more often, I hear, “No one would be interested.” But a study published in the Journal of Family Life in 2010 states that they found teens who knew more stories of the extended family were more resilient in the face of adversity. They showed higher levels of emotional well-being, and also higher levels of identity achievement. Children with the most self-confidence have what’s called a strong “intergenerational self”. In other words, they know they belong to something bigger than themselves.

Don’t expect to sit down and pour out the events of your entire life in one epic writing session. Just like the journey of a thousand miles begins with the single step. Writing your history begins with a single story. Followed by another, and then another…

And that is where the 52 Story Project comes in. The idea is to write one brief story about your life, past or present, every week this year. You can do it in a handwritten journal, on your computer, or in a series of videos. At the end of the year you will have 52 little pieces of your dash.

Sounds easy enough in theory, but what on earth are you going to write about each week? Should you just start at the beginning and record all the events of your life chronologically?

Actually, no. That’s the most challenging way to go about this project. Memory isn’t orderly, structured, or predictable. Recollections are more likely to surface randomly, sparked by various external triggers. Embrace the randomness, and just start writing. You can always organize your stories later if chronology matters to you.

You don’t have to look far for a great series of memory triggers. Bee Hive Support will provide each participant in the 52 Stories Project, a weekly writing prompt from one of 12 themes, from “Goals & Achievements” to “Education& School” to “Holidays & Traditions,” over the year you will be provided a total of 144 questions, giving you plenty of options to choose from as you build your library of 52 Stories. At this time next year you will have a wonderful gift to share with your children and grandchildren.

To participate – please complete this form.

Sharing stories across the generations makes for happier more resilient teens and young adults.
Share your life with your kids, grandkids, great gandkids, with weekly writing prompts.