I’ve always loved reading other people’s life stories, both fiction and non-fiction.
When I was kid, I spent hours reading novels and short stories. Then when I grew up I found that I much preferred non-fiction. I loved knowing that the stories I were reading were real, from people who had actually experiences them.
I didn’t just like reading them though, I enjoyed sharing my own stories. It’s one of the reasons I started blogging in the first place. Back in 2012 I started a blog called Young Mommy Memoirs where I talked about what it was like to be a young mom. Sharing my experience was important to me, and I believe in the importance of sharing your story, too.
The Importance of Sharing Your Story
No matter who we are, we have all been through terrible events in life, or survived awful moments. For some people it can be as ugly as an addiction; for others maybe their worst memory is bad hair day. But no matter how big or small a horrible memory is, there are people out there who have been through something similar.
When we share our stories, we help those people. We give them the assurance that they’re not alone. Sometimes we give them the hope and inspiration to keep going, to move past it and live their life. And if they’re still stuck in that situation, reading your story might help them get through it.
As humans we crave connection. We want to relate to other people in one way or another.
Sharing your story helps you connect with other people. It can bring you to common ground, connecting you through similarities, or even differences. We even begin to understand one another through the stories we share.
Leave Your Mark
Now more than ever, people want to leave their mark on the world. So many of us want to leave the world a better place than when we came into it.
Sometimes the best way to leave your mark is to share your story. Think of stories like The Diary of a Young Girl*, the very real diary from Anne Frank, a 13-year-old Jewish girl who spent two years locked away hiding from the Nazis. Her story, although tragic, has touched people for generations. And then there are stories like Eat Pray Love* that inspire us to live more adventurous lives.
And finally, sharing your story can help you find peace. When we write about our experiences, not only do we get to analyze it and learn from it, we also release it.
But reaping the benefits of sharing our stories only happens when we’re honest, when we don’t stop to worry what other people will think, or filter what actually happened. We need to share the honest, raw truth, something that so many people neglect to do.
Instead we’re surrounded by blogs, social media posts and magazines that seem to flaunt these unrealistic, polished lives, and I’m tired of it. Seeing all of these perfect people with their perfect jobs, success, families, houses and clothes leaves me feeling exhausted and worn, like I’ll never be good enough. And that is why it’s so important that we share our stories, our real stories, the unedited versions of ourselves.
Holl and Lane Magazine
I was thrilled to come across Holl and Lane magazine! A magazine with a focus “on all aspect’s of a woman’s life” that comes out every 2 months.
Reading the March issue, I realized this isn’t just any women’s magazine. While most magazines geared towards women leave me feeling ashamed of myself, Holl and Lane left me feeling exhilarated.
The entertainment section includes book reviews, as well as songs and movies about following your passion. I love that the theme is “passion” because those are my favourite kind of movies! They also have sections on style and beauty, interiors, business, food and fitness, DIY, life stories, family and travel.
Unlike so many magazines I’ve read, all of the product recommendations and style trends were realistic and affordable. All of the recipes, crafts and workouts were realistic, too, and I can actually see myself trying them (I even made one of the recipes for dinner!). Not to mention, the models look like real people! 😮
My favourite part of this magazine was near the end: Life Stories.
Although the business section was inspiring, I really enjoyed reading people’s personal stories of struggle and triumph, like a friendly reminder that we’re all dealing with our own thing, and that nothing is impossible.
*This post was in collaboration with Holl and Lane. All opinions are my own! Some affiliate links in this post.