Storytelling is important, which is why I love memory keeping. I made a list of stories to tell for myself, for those days when I want to write & scrapbook, but inspiration lacks. Thought I’d share them with you all. So here goes:
25 stories to tell
Document the stories in a journal, scrapbook, a video, a song or a piece of art.
Tell the story of…
- this day, last year
- the destinations that are on your travel wish list. Why do you want to go there?
- the person for whom you would fly to the moon and back
- your favourite children’s book
- what you did at 10.00 AM this morning
- what you had for lunch and why
- the last spontaneous thing you did
- a memory from 1998
- the first memory you can recall
- your future self
- things you do for you
- the last book or movie you really loved. How did it made you feel?
- your afternoon routines
- the music you love these days
- something you did for someone else
- the goals you set for yourself
- things that are important to you
- the last time you took a nap
- your first job
- the last time you swam in a pool, sea or ocean
- items on your to-do list that you keep putting off
- the last conversation you had with someone on the phone
- the last bill you paid. What was it for?
- your most treasured piece of jewellery
I’ve always been fascinated by the everyday life. As a child I imaged what a day in my life would look like, living on my own. When travelling, I enjoy blending in with the locals. Go where they go, do what they do and thus discover the rhythm of everyday life in another country.
Whenever I visit a different city or town than my own, I wonder what it would be like to live there. To bike on those roads, to shop in that store, to walk that street – when those surroundings are part of your everyday routine.
I love documentaries and books on history. I love reading memoirs, diaries and blogs. The later might even be my favourite. Those blogs that portrait the everyday life in particular. Of course.
In the end it all boils down to a fascination with the everyday life. How we live, how we used to live and what the future may bring. I’m nostalgic for sure, but what I love most is that by looking and what has been and what is right now, I can imagine what might be, one day. And whatever you dream about, well, it might become part of your everyday life. Some day.
This picture was taken at my parent’s place last week. What I love most about it, are the old rooftops of the shed and the house next door. I took this picture one early morning; it was still warm enough to be outside for a bit without a coat. It has been a weird autumn so far – weather wise. Only right now, as I write this post, it feels like autumn weather is finally here. Early morning, blanket wrapped around me, writing and drinking coffee. Pure bliss, if you ask me. I’ve been longing for these kinds of autumn mornings for a while now. I love the coziness that cold, dark weather brings. I love wearing cardigans, sweaters, mittens, a scarf! I love the light of candles and twinkel lights in the morning (well, all dy to be honest). And while this year seems to go down as the warmest year in history for this small country of ours, I cannot help but hope for a rainy and grey autumn, followed by a cold and white winter. Fingers crossed!
I first started blogging in 2004. Which means that I’ve been documenting my life and the things I love online for ten years. The first two years I blogged in Dutch on a platform that no longer exists. Those archives are long gone. And even though the archives of 2006-now are in my possession, this is the first post on this blog. At least for the foreseeable future. Because it is taking me some time to sort through all of the posts: I want to remove dead links, find lost photo’s etc. So bear with me for now, and enjoy the new content!