Happy Stories – story starters

By Lynda Shadbolt

Thanks for coming to this page to get inspired to write or tell your story about the goodness that is around you in these times of COVID-19. You can do this! Your story matters and might just help someone! Stories will be collected from now until the spring solstice (March 20, 2021).

To get your story started:

  1. Everyone has a different process for getting inspired. Story ideas come to people in different ways. Some get them while having a shower. Some get them in a conversation with a friend. We are all different. Some things you might want to do to turn on your creative juices are…
    1. Go for a walk
    2. Look out the window
    3. Talk to a friend
    4. Read something that inspires you
    5. Meditate or do some tai chi or qigong or yoga
    6. Sing
    7. Have a shower
    8. Watch something funny on tv
    9. Pay attention to what is going on around you….. Be a quiet observer
    10. Breathe.
    11. Hae a cup of tea
    12. Finish one or more of these sentences:
      1. I look out the window and I see…
      2. My neighbour…
      3. I am happiest when…
      4. I never thought I would…
      5. I am so grateful for…
      6. It was such a surprise when…
      7. I was in awe …
      8. I was having such a hard time when…

2. Collect your story ideas… again, we all collect differently. Possibilities include:

  1. Write them on a Post It note and stick it on your fridge
  2. Jot ideas down in your journal or on a pad of paper
  3. Tell someone your story
  4. Do anything that helps you collect your ideas!
  5. There are no rules! Be wild… trust yourself. 

3. Pick a story that you want to tell

  1. We are all storytellers!
  2. We all have our unique perspectives about what is going on. 
  3. Readers love to learn about the author and what is important to them.
  4. You can do it! Remember it’s the little things that we are telling or writing about.
  5. You never may know how your story touches someone and helps them get through a day.

4. Write your story down or record it

  1. Some people prefer to hand write, and others use computers
  2. Some prefer to tell the story and record it, or have someone else right it down for them
  3. It doesn’t have to be perfect
  4. It has to be from the heart….
  5. Do what works for you

5. Send your story to Lynda Shadbolt


Box 1238

Haliburton, Ontario

K0M 1S0



Text (recorded stories)


6. Encourage you friends, family members, co-workers, community members to tell their story!

Thanks so much for supporting this project. If you have questions please contact Lynda Shadbolt at 705-854-0196 or email haliburtonyoga@gmail.com.