By Daniel Slone Replacing the unending pursuit of happiness with the quest for a meaningful life In college, Emily Esfahani Smith embarked on a search for happiness. Since everyone insisted that the path to happiness is success, that was the road her quest took. Yet contrary to what our culture told her, she did not find…

By Jamie Yuenger I never expected to become a confessor. When I founded StoryKeep in 2010, I was focused on the craft of storytelling itself—on pacing, narrative arcs, and the like. After all, my dream was to make documentary films and legacy books for families that were studio-quality. But having worked with over 80 families, I’ve come…

By Susan Turnbull Getting to the Heart of What Matters to Your Clients You occupy an extraordinary position for those you advise, at the intersection of practical and profound. Your clients trust you to deliver technical solutions to serve ends that are ultimately very personal, but attached to general concepts like values and legacy. Limited…

By Sheri Kohlmann If your house was on fire and you had five minutes to grab the items you value most, what would you save? This hypothetical question became a reality for me and thousands of others this October as California wildfires swept through our neighborhoods, giving us little or no time to react. As the…

By Michael F. Kay “We are what we believe we are.”  —C.S. Lewis This C.S. Lewis quote applies perfectly to our view of our money and our life, and could very well define our lives. We tend to see the richness in our lives by defining the relationships we develop and maintain or the difference we…

By Legacy Books Preserving Legacies Is an Art—and the Catrons Wrote the Book When John and Barbara Catron began restoring an old schoolhouse and church building in Riverton, Utah, they had no idea where the project would take them. For Barbara, the restoration was a labor of love. Her father’s first wife, Donna Rae Coy, had…

By Laura A. Roser On Consciousness and How Thought Structures Affect Our Reality Have you ever wondered if reality is subjective? Is what you’re experiencing similar to what other humans are experiencing? Do your senses interpret stimuli the same way as the majority of people around you? Is reality mostly molded by your thoughts, or is…

Almost Everyone Makes By Laura A. Roser Estate planning traditionally focuses on your financial assets. But when you think about what matters most, is it your car, home, or bank account? Of course not. The only reason those assets have any value is you’ve assigned meaning to them. You hope, for example, when you give money…

` Bob Harris Shows How Your Legacy Can Be Impacted by Even the Smallest Things By Bob Harris There’s a corner of the Internet where more than 2,000 people call themselves “Friends of Bob Harris” (FoBH). They mean me, personally. Neat. Even better: the FoBHs have only one purpose — generosity — and have now…

Writing Letters to Express Lasting Gratitude  By Lynette M. Smith Remember how heartwarming it was to discover a collection of Great Aunt Tilly’s letters in the attic? To read them was to savor them; to hear her loving voice all over again, to feel her in your heart, and to send your love back to her….

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