Special Online Workshop Series: The Stories We Leave Behind

with author and Laura Gilbert, Ph.D.

The Stories We Leave Behind is a legacy-based approach to preserving our stories while dealing with the stuff we’ve acquired over a lifetime. Rather than asking which items we can live without, The Stories We Leave Behind asks:

1. How do I want to be remembered?

2. How do I want to live today?

3. What themes and stories shape your legacy?

In the process you’ll highlight cherished items that tell a legacy story, identify and address distractors, minimize challenging decisions for loved ones, and reclaim space, time, and energy for you.

Join us for this interactive presentation! Topics include:

     How we got to this point

     Baby boomers - where the buck (and hutch) stops and why

     How and why to identify & preserve the top 3-5 themes of your life

     Tips to engage others in the process

What stories will you leave behind?

What will I learn in this first introductory session? Participants will learn they are far from alone in this challenge, how we arrived at a tipping point for how stories are passed on, and some tips to get started saving your stories and reclaiming your space.

A five-session workshop will be available in the following weeks for participants interested in developing a personalized action plan.

The 5-week workshop is a hands-on opportunity to create a personalized action plan to save your best stories and reclaim your space. Each week we will tackle one aspect of the process:

     Being ready

     Envisioning tomorrow

     Discovering your themes

     Curating and casting items

     Tackling the stuff

Together we will explore ways to connect as a group in an online format. The first and last 15 minutes of each program will be reserved for sharing and a time of Q&A.


Your Instructor

Laura Gilbert is a retired policy analyst and musician. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a J.D. from Hamline University School of Law. Laura is also a long-distance caregiver for her 96-year old mother (and all her stuff). Follow Laura’s blog here. Laura’s book is available on Amazon here and at the Grateful Table in Roseville Minnesota

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We want everyone to have access to this training regardless of financial standing. If your financial means are a barrier for your full participation, then choose an amount that works for you. If you have the means to “pay it forward”, please do. Regardless of the amount you choose, you will have the same privileges and access to content as everyone else.

Please choose an amount that feels right to you given:

  • Your financial means
  •  Your anticipation of value
  •  Similar trainings on the "market"
  •  What represents a gesture of commitment
  •  Your desire to support our work

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This is STEP ONE of a TWO-STEP Registration Process FOR EACH SESSION!

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Once you click on the links below and register, you will see both a confirmation page AND our booking system will send you a confirmation message to the email you used to register with us FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL SESSION.

Step Two: The ZOOM link contained on the confirmation or in the confirmation email will take you to a second page, which is the registration process for our ZOOM Virtual Conference Platform which will ask you to re-enter your name and email to confirm. That second registration will generate a meeting invitation email which contains your UNIQUE MEETING LINK AND PASSWORD and will allow you to log-in to the meeting/call/workshop at the appointed time.

Yes, we realize that a double registration process can be a bit frustrating, however this addition step is to protect our virtual meeting from uninvited guests gaining access to the online classroom and causing any type of nuisance or disruption.

Thank you for your patience with this additional SHIFT safety process and protocol.


This mini-course series is set up to build upon one another as you progress from the Introduction Session throughout the next 5 sessions, for a total of 6 workshops.

In order to allow the greatest amount of flexibility in your current schedules, we have provided two options on each session to choose from - Monday Daytime sessions and Wednesday Evening sessions. Please be sure to register yourself for one session each week, but you may choose from either a daytime or an evening session based upon what works most effectively for your schedule.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!


A 90 minute intro session to The Stories We Leave Behind; A Legacy-Based Approach to Dealing with Stuff.

In this session you'll hear how I decided the buck (and hutch) would stop with me - and how I rewrote the stories I'll leave behind and now can live fully today.

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Register for Intro EVENING

SESSION 1: Be Ready

Identify emotional sticking points that get in the way of action and ideas to work through them.

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SESSION 2: Envision Tomorrow

Build a great reward by reviving your vision for these encore years.

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SESSION 3: Discover Your Themes

Identify themes that have shaped your life and what you bring to loved ones and the world.

Register Session 3 - DAYTIME

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SESSION 4: Curate and Cast Items

Select items to bring your themes to life.

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SESSION 5: Tackle the Stuff

How to start and keep going.

Breaking through three common roadblocks: passing things along to family, sentimentality, and presumed monetary value.

Creative donation ideas. Where to start when you are helping someone else.

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