When you listen to a story, your brain waves actually start to synchronize with those of the storyteller.How Stories Connect and Persuade Us: Unleashing The Brain Power of Narrative, Elena Renken, NPR
A Fresh Start
One of my favorite things about the new year is that I have a chance to start fresh. I like to consider each part of my life and what worked in the last year so that I can build on that. Of course, last year brought with it plenty of challenges, so I had lots to consider.
One of the most important changes I wanted to make was to find a way to connect with you through my social media accounts, especially Instagram. As I have learned to use Instagram more and more, I am fascinated by the ability to connect with you in real time.
I also love the IGTV feature, where I can follow my other dream of being a TV writer/director/producer! As I considered the fact that I can now create episodes in a series and share them with you, I thought of several themes to discuss.
If you follow me on Instagram, then you may have noticed that I’ve been playing around on IGTV with a series of “How To” videos. If you haven’t seen them, you should head on over to Instagram and check them out! So far, I’ve done a video explaining how I create gift sets and a couple other videos about gift wrapping ideas.
But anyone can do a video about gift wrapping and gift sets… what about going a little deeper and discussing the gifting experience? What about telling some interesting stories and sharing ideas through stories?
I had so many ideas and questions to answer, that I decided I would dedicate a series on my IGTV to just that – stories and gifts. So, I would like to introduce my second IGTV series – GiftStories!
Why do we tell stories? Why do we buy things, wrap them in pretty paper, and give them away?
As I pondered these questions (and many more) over the past few weeks, I came to realize that our stories and our gifts are connected. Whether we like it or not, each gift we give tells a story.
The thing I love most about writing this blog every week is sharing stories! I went back and re-read some of my first blog posts. In almost every blog, I write a story about my own family, a gift I received, or a short history of an upcoming holiday or event. I love the power of storytelling. As a child, I enjoyed hearing stories from my family members, my friends, anyone who had something interesting to say.
From what it means to see a loved one’s handwriting long after they’re gone to how to wrap a gift with style, we can learn a lot from a simple story.
Another take away from my previous posts is that I have always believed that the gifts we give are providing not only a tangible representation of how much we care about someone. They are also giving us a story to tell about our relationships and connections with others.
For example, when you think about Christmas, do you remember exactly what you received as a gift? Or do you recall how wonderful it was to see your family members for the holidays?
The Stories our Gifts Tell
Gifts create memories for us.
So from now on, I am calling my blog “GiftStories” in honor of the many stories I hope to share both here and through IGTV. Whether they are my own stories or the stories of others, I feel called to connect the act of purchasing gifts to something meaningful.
When we give a gift to someone, we are sharing something we love with them. Maybe we’re trying to make their life easier, more beautiful, or celebrate a big event in our lives.
Whatever our motivation, our gifts and our stories are intertwined in an endless circle of memory and personal connection.
As I share stories about gifts, I want to explore what we can learn from the stories we tell about gifts we’ve given, received, and everything in between. From disasters to delights, I’m discovering the way our gifts and our stories connect, learning new things, and hopefully having a few laughs along the way!
What I’m Loving This Week
Last week I added a new product to the store – the Playful Pineapple Botanical Watercolor print. I am absolutely in love with this sweet Southern emblem of hospitality. Originally hand-painted by the talented Gwen Smith, this print would be a great gift for a new homeowner, or for your own home!
The New and Improved Bleckley House Gifts!
It’s finally here! The new website and shop are live. I have been working over the past several weeks to make the new shop a great place to visit. I hope you’ll check it out, as well as be patient with me as I learn the ins and outs of the new system I’m using!
Please don’t be a stranger, and let me know if you have any questions or need help finding your favorite products.