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Wired for Story

You can call me a lover of words. I get most of my inspiration from words I read; from a book, a quote, an ad. There’s just something about the way words weave into stories. And stories…

connect us.

They connect us to our past and our future. Most importantly, they connect us to each other. I mean, we are wired for stories. Quite literally, our brains are wired for it. Stories can make us feel close to others (by triggering the release of oxytocin in our brains) or they can make us feel anxious or stressed (triggers the release of cortisol). It doesn’t take long for us to “mirror” the feelings of the storyteller. In essence, these connections make us feel alive.

I used to think it was just me. Science says it’s in our DNA. Who knew?

Have I told you the story of how our house came to find us?

Our home is located in a tiny little town in Vermont.  It’s big, beautiful and it’s walls are filled with over 230 years of history.

Over the years it’s come to be known as “The Old Homestead”. People would come far and wide, by train, bus and ferry to stay and be with friends. This past November 2017, The Old Homestead became a respite for our family as we left all that we knew and loved in search of a more intentional life.

The Old Homestead has been loved by the same family for over 7 generations. After a few quiet and vacant years, the owner’s greatest hope was that the tradition of love and joy within the historic village home would be enjoyed by others. The Old Homestead was listed for sale.

It had been on (and off) the market for a few years when my friend Laura heard of it. Something about the home made her think of our family and this is the part of our sweet little story.

The part where The Eggleston's middle meets The Old Homestead's end, and a new story begins.

We all have a story. Infinite stories.

What is one of your favorite stories? Where are you in it, the beginning, the middle or the end?

Resources

I’m reading Rising Strong by Brene Brown and I was moved by her words: “we’re wired for story”. This was the beginning, so to speak, for this post. It’s a great book. I’m only a couple of chapters in, so far so good. Obviously.

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