About Share Life Plus

The Backstory

Share Life Plus is dedicated to, and in many ways, the product of, my mother, Emilie (Schmalenberg) Mantay.

When we were kids, she wrote down some of our cute kiddie stories. In her later years she put a lot of effort into writing about her life, family and family traditions, surviving World War 2,  and writing down select quotes. These efforts were on paper, in Word files, in photo albums, recipe books — all over the place.

Given the events over just the last 20 years, it’s clear each generation lives through major historical moments. There’s great value in each of us recording and sharing our own accounts of the history we’ve lived, because each experience is unique and worth preserving. In a time where information has become infinitely more searchable and not always reliable, our life experiences may be one of the richest sources of information we can give to our children and grandchildren.

Imagine being able to read the wisdom of our ancestors from 100, 200 years ago!  Few families have that luxury. With Share Life you can create a foundation of your family history, life stories, memories and knowledge that future generations of your family can benefit from and build upon.

Create A Collection of Family Memories and Learning

The power of family history and life stories are not limited to documenting life journey’s.  The power is in the lessons learned, understanding the hardships faced and overcome, the knowledge gained. The power is in building a family collective memory, preserved in writing, photos, videos, audio recordings and built upon over multiple generations. The value of each generation being able to build upon the learning of previous generations is immeasurable.

Share Life helps families create a tradition of documenting and sharing forward their family history, stories, memories, and knowledge over multiple generations. Building a collection of family memories and knowledge is like taking genealogy and flipping it upside down. Share Life is future focused, not backward looking.

The hope is that, over multiple generations, the good is not lost and the best is built upon so that our future families can achieve more than we could. Much more. The effort we put in now can better equip our descendants for greater success in their lives.

Tangible Benefits For You 

There are also tangible personal benefits to you, the author and curator. Writing cultivates our ability to observe our thoughts and feelings and to gain insight into ourselves. Writing cleanses and heals.  Writing moves us closer to truth and to understanding. Sharing a lifetime of insight with your children and multiple future generations, will enrich your life.     

It doesn’t matter whether you are a good writer.  The value is in the process. Over time you will express yourself better. You will sharpen your messages and the process will increase personal awareness. What you gain from the process of writing and curating, will correlate with the effort you put in.

Share Life Plus Makes It Easy

Share Life has been designed in a scrapbook form.  The idea is to make writing things down as easy as possible.  Structure is not critical to the Share Life process.  Writing, adding photo’s, video’s, audio files and documents — anything authentic, will build a better body of work than doing nothing.

Share Life provides a simple Entry format.  Each Entry must, at minimum, have a Title.  From there, you can add up to 3 Tags per Entry and, if it makes sense, you can date each Entry in YYYY, YYYY-MM or YYYY-MM-DD formats — whatever makes sense for that Entry.  These features make it easy for future readers to identify Entries they want to read at any given time.

You can also add images, video and audio files to Share Life.

Share Life is not a guided experience.  You decide what you want to write.  Again, anything is better than nothing.  So don’t worry about style, form, or if you’re doing it the “right way.”  That’s not the point.  Substance over form. We provide a Knowledge Base which provides articles, writing prompts and ideas to inspire your writing. The idea is to enhance our Knowledge Base over time. Please tell us how we can make it better or lets us know of topics you believe members would benefit from — we will do the research and work to provide valuable information.

Users Will Drive Development

We have many ideas to make Share Life a deeper, richer experience for everyone. Your feedback is important. Our members will decide development priorities and we will seek member input at important points in the design process. We very much want Share Life to be the product of our members collective vision for the product. 

So, sign up, use the product and tell us how we can make it better for you!

Our intention is to keep Share Life pricing accessible to all. We view accessible pricing as a long-term commitment. We want everyone to … Share Life.

Share Life — Secure, Private, Accessible, Organized, Relevant, Easy

Ready, Set, Write!

Bernie Mantay, Founder, Share Life Plus

Feel free to reach me directly at admin@sharelife.plus