Stories can immortalize the moments shared, the lessons learned, and the roller coaster of emotions felt on those occasions. So wouldn’t it be nice to chronicle your family’s adventures? Join your host, Mary Elaine, and guest, Ruthanne Warnick, founder of Capture the Journey, as they talk about creating a family legacy through stories. Fascinated with people’s stories, Ruthanne shares the importance of capturing and preserving these stories with intentionality. She also talks about the benefit to the mental health of the person receiving the care when they hear the stories from people about their impact and the difference they have made in someone’s life. So if you want to learn more about creating your family’s memoir, tune in and enjoy!
Outline of the episode:
- Legacy letters and guided autobiography
- How to help caregivers deal with the challenges of caring for their loved ones
- Creating a family legacy through our stories
- The kind of audience Ruthanne has
- The caregiver lifeline summit
About Ruthanne Warnick:
She founded Capture the Journey in 2013 after becoming a Certified Guided Autobiography Instructor through the Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies. She had been gathering her family’s stories for several years. Finally, she began to understand the importance and value of capturing the stories and experiences of past generations, adding her own experiences and life lessons, and sharing them with the next generation.
Like many others, she regrets the questions never asked and the time not taken to get more of the stories now lost forever. However, she was determined not to let that pattern continue, and her goal became inspiring and helping others to take action now, avoid regret, and create a legacy for their families.
Through Capture the Journey, she works with individual clients to capture and record their stories in multiple formats. In addition, she leads workshops guiding participants in writing and sharing their stories and experiences. She is also enthusiastic about speaking to groups about the importance of sharing family and personal stories, experiences, and life lessons, as the many ways to take action, avoid regret, stop procrastinating, and take action.
Her experience includes 30+ years of leadership in Hadassah, a national women’s organization that supports advanced medical care and research, youth development, advocacy mainly related to women’s health, and global humanitarian work. Advancing from the local to the regional and then national levels of leadership, she has been able to lead, engage, mentor and train other women to become leaders, as well as speak about the organization to a wide range of audiences.
When she is not busy capturing stories, she can be found walking the beaches in Oregon, hiking mountain trails, or working in her garden.
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