Six-word memoir » You Can Sleep When You're Dead: Blog by Colleen Miniuk

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Sep 042012

Hi Everyone!

Whelp, it’s official.  I’ve entered the blogging world.  It’s about time I caught up with the rest of the world, right?!  Truth be told, I have wanted to start a blog for some time.  I simply couldn’t come up with a fitting title…until about a month ago!

I was reading Tina Seelig’s book, inGenius, where she mentioned she asks her students to introduce themselves in her creativity courses at Stanford University using a unique six-word memoir.  Though I didn’t have the chance to take a class from her when I attended Stanford my freshman year in college, I wondered if I could apply this intriguing concept today to my own life.

As a photographer, I try to fill the frame with a visual story as every “picture is worth a thousand words.”  As an author, I often must adhere to specific word counts for articles and books.  But trying to come up with a six-word introduction that adequately captured my entire life seemed daunting!

In Seelig’s book, she also recounts a situation where someone dared world-famous author Ernest Hemingway to sum up his memoir in a mere six words.  He reportedly wrote, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

After a few minutes of pondering my own short story, I decided on –  probably not surprisingly for those who know me – “You can sleep when you’re dead.”  Yep, that’s right.  Not only do I try to live my life according to this motto, but I also I fully believe we ALL can sleep when we’re dead and should make the most of our time on this Earth.

Voila!  The blog name was born!

As the header above suggests, I’ve started this blog to share my adventures and learning’s in photography, the outdoors, and life in hopes it inspires you to get outside to experience the beauty of the world, record photographs you’re proud of, and have some silly fun along the way.  Through sharing my successes and failures (and I have a lot of those!), I hope it helps encourage you to follow your own passion and give you confidence that you can do ANYTHING you put your mind to, whether that be in photography, your job, hobbies, relationships, or life in general.  It might take a lot of work and a lot of time, but in the end, you’ll live a much more fulfilled life.

I also hope this is an interactive community where you’re sharing your comments and ideas as well.  So don’t be shy – feel free to chime in via the comments below.  In fact, why don’t you start off by introducing yourself with your own six-word memoir?  I can’t wait to hear what you come up with!