About Share Life Plus
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. Those stories were a fun read, but most have been lost over time.
In her later years she put a lot of effort into writing about her life, family traditions, writing down select quotes and life lessons. These efforts were on paper, in Word files, in photo albums, recipe books — all over the place.
The work is not easily accessible, so it hasn’t often been accessed. I’m quite sure the work has been rarely accessed by her 6 grandchildren. That’s a shame.
About two years ago, I had an urge to write about things my life has taught me. I thought it would be a great gift for my girls so, at a young age, they could understand things it took me a lifetime to learn. I quickly realized I would wander into the same trap as my mother and the work would be largely wasted. I stopped writing. Again, a shame.
Every one of us has a lifetime of learning to share and very few of us write it down for our current and future family to benefit from. A shame right?
Also, within our family, as in most families, there had never been a tradition of documenting family history, life stories, memories and knowledge. That too is a shame.
Imagine being able to read the thoughts of our ancestors 100, 200 years ago! Few families have that luxury, those treasures. Some do.
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 tragedies faced, the difficulties 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.
The goal of Share Life is help families create a tradition of documenting and preserving family memories and learning. Building a collection of family memories and learning is like taking genealogy and flipping it upside down. Share Life future focused, not backward looking.
It’s about documenting our memories and learning so that future generations can, learn from our mistakes, learn from our experiences, learn the wisdom we gained along the way. The hope is that, armed with that knowledge, they will make better decisions. The intention 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 all around 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 highten 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 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 most forms of media to Share Life.
Share Life is not intended to lead you down a designed path. It is not a guided experience. You decide what you want to write. Again, anything is better than nothing. So don’t worry too much about style, form, or if you’re doing it the right way. That’s not the point. Substance over form. We do provide a Knowledge Base which provides writing prompts and ideas to inspire your writing. We will always look for ways to enhance the Knowledge Base. Please tell us how to make it better.
Users Will Drive Development
Share Life today is by no means a finished product. We have many ideas to make Share Life a deeper, richer experience for everyone. Your feedback is critical. Our users will decide development priorities. We very much want Share Life to be a the product of our members collective wants for the product.
So, sign up, use the product and tell us where you want it to go!
Share Life pricing is accessible. We view keeping pricing accessible 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 firstname.lastname@example.org