The Origin Stories

“Radiate in Midlife’s Sacred Spaces” - it took me awhile for the appropriate tag line for the rebrand of Life Souvenirs to reveal itself to me. But when it finally did, it stuck! Radiant Living is the intentional, strategic living out of our lives that create our stories. This is where our goals are often the stories of our best self. While this category is applicable for anyone at any time in their lives, my focus here is day to day life & midlife strategies for the Christian woman. Radiate Magazine (launching in August 2022) is born from this & serves to support & inspire the Christian woman in Midlife to embrace it as a beautiful journey - not something to be dreaded or fought off. I chose the word “Radiate” because of a Biblical example from Moses whose face was radiant after his encounter with God.

Grief & Loss

There are all kinds of grief - not just what immediately comes to mind over the loss of someone you love. There is also loss of a pet, a career, a season of life you treasured, a dream, and so on. Burn Out - common in midlife - is also a form of grief. It’s often the loss of one or more of the following: motivation, momentum, direction, purpose, identity, dreams, beliefs and so on. I can’t adequately create an adequate space to support women in Midlife if I shy’d away from this topic. Luckily, this is something I thrive in. Weird, I know. But it’s given me a unique purpose on this planet.

Then, of course, what hasn’t changed is what Life Souvenirs was originally founded on. This is also why I didn’t change the brand name.

According to Star Trek, we are "mostly bags of water." However, I dare to add that we are stories. And our stories are our life's souvenirs as well as the construct of our legacy which we will someday leave behind.

  • DNA Stories - our ancestry (stories that have already played out), our family (our present, unfolding stories in our lifetime) and our descendants - the stories yet to come.

  • Nurture Stories - Stories influenced heavily by our environment & childhood stories. These play a huge part in roles of adoptees, like myself, who have been cut off from their dna ancestry. This is more about circumstances & less influenced by our choices. Sometimes, are communities come into play in this category as well because there are aspects about our communities that we don't get to choose once we expand beyond our immediate spheres. Childhood stories also straddle the Choice Stories category because we do have childhood experiences that were more about choices we made and less about the childhood environment.

  • Volition - Choice Stories - Stories of adult life experiences & our choices. Life lessons, travel, career paths, communities, sphere of influence through the roles that we play in life, etc.

  • Savored Stories -Stories where we pause to soak life in. We savor the moment through our senses. We taste. We smell. We touch. We hear. We see. I call these the “spa experiences of life”! Our senses are proof that we showed up and they anchor our moments to memory.

  • Faith Stories - Stories as we partner our life with something bigger than ourselves. In my focus, this is God / Christianity. Kingdom identity, daily disciplines & spiritual practices.

  • Journal Stories - Our personal, internal stories. Often, these can be companion stories that run parallel to the stories that fall into other categories. These are also the stories of our personal preferences, personality traits, a day in the life, personal reflections, etc.

  • Celebration Stories - Stories that chronical our celebrations. Holidays, Life Events & other milestones including the flagship that Life Souvenirs began with, memorial tributes.

  • Our Legacy Story - the boldest, most life transforming, influential stories from our lifetime build our legacy story. This serves as the "highlight reel" from all of the categories.

  • Tangible Stories - the holdable. shareable, giftable keepsakes that honor and memorialize our stories. Books, biographies, photo books, legacy books, Audio, Video, Photos, time capsules, heirlooms passed from generations, our art, handwriting.etc. This is the living proof category - proof that we can see; proof that we were here. I provide the “how to” and resources; however, you can also hire me for story concierge services to


Rapture: experience intense joy or delight so magical that it transforms & transports you to sacred spaces that expand your Divine story.

Rapture is this journey’s goal. We can recognize and create sacred spaces in our journey. But it is God who up levels our experience as we reside in those spaces.


Story Concierge Services

In addition to offering all kinds of guidance for capturing and sharing your stories, I also offer story concierge services if you wish to hire someone to do it for you. There are a variety of services and level of services available. More information will be available in a catalog for this soon.


Why subscribe?

Subscribe to the FREE tier to get full access to the newsletter and never miss an update.

Stay up-to-date

You won’t have to worry about missing anything. Every new edition of the newsletter goes directly to your inbox.

Join others like yourself…

Be part of a community of people who share your interests.

Why the PAID Tier?

The PAID tier includes deeper dives, tools, printables, that guide you to a deeper connection with God, your people, & yourself. This includes a digital copy of the quarterly Radiate Magazine.

Why become a Founding Member (Tier 3)?

Founding members receive Tier 2 benefits + preferred pricing on Concierge services as well as discounts on digital products in my store (coming soon).


People

MelAnn
Founder / Writer / Designer / Family Journalist & Archivist Christian Woman managing midlife, capturing the stories with the desire to.live a legacy as well as leave one.