Our lives are filled with little and large stories of happiness, laughter, sadness, lessons, and family and friends. Sometimes we just need a jump start to remembering them.
Life maps, time lines, and Place Maps help us think of the stuff of our lives.
A life map is a series of images that are symbols to important events or people in your life.
Here's an example; each images stands for an event. For instance, can you see the drum to represent participation in a band? the wagon to show the fun memories with family or friends as little kid? the favorite pets and the stories just waiting to be written of those adventures?
Draw a life map of your life. Choose one to write a full page about the details of that memory. Do this whenever you need a new topic. Here's an example.
Another example here (link is available during initial lesson only).
A time line starts at a certain place in your life, and lists the events in order. Use ages or years, add labels and images of the events in your life that affected you.
How to Timeline
Sample timelines: Traci One with ratings (a download)
An online timeline
Create your own timeline of important events. Choose one to write a full page about the details of that memory. Do this whenever you need a new topic.
An alternative to time lines and life maps are Place Maps. Think of the places in your life that have many memories: lake, campground, Grandmother's house, the woods, the mall. etc. Draw one of those places. Then mark four or five places with an "X" and label each "X" with a detail event that occurred there. Choose one to write a full page about the details of that memory. Do this whenever you need a new topic.