Scientist turned Storyteller

S is for Scrumptious Stories

Here’s the good news and bad news about the stories we tell:

Our stories are like boomerangs, bringing back what we throw out there.

Or, in other words, we reap what we sow.

If you tell gossipy stories about people, prepare to be gossiped about.

If you tell the tale, “I’ll never get out of this job,” prepare to stay stuck where you are.

But like I said, there’s also good news.

If you say, “I expect to find the perfect job,” and mean it, prepare to see opportunities arise.

Our lives are the sum of the stories we tell; you can feel significantly better—and soon—by not complaining and looking for the good in life’s events.

But you can also go deeper into better-feeling territory with scrumptious stories.

When I stopped working for the feds, I never imagined that it would take many years for me to get to the starting point of a new, viable career.

As you might imagine, I felt like a failure at times during that transition.

But I didn’t give voice to what I felt; instead, I dreamed up stories about career successes.

Scrumptious stories.

Like mmm, mmm good stories.

Stories that helped me forget my “failure” in the moment, while at the same time see a bright future.

If you’re not feeling good about your career, or want to make a good career great, write scrumptious stories as a way of setting the direction you want to go.

I’ve been writing scrumptious stories for years now. And the funny thing is that when I read the stories after some time, I can see that I’ve made progress toward the things that I still want without consciously trying.

If passive progress sounds good to you, cue up that Word doc, honey.

When I write a scrumptious story about my career accomplishments, I do so in the style of a personal Wikipedia page—I mean, everyone who’s anyone has one, dahling.

But seriously, that’s a format I like to follow. You can follow a Wikipedia format too, or make the process easier by inserting your name in the bio of someone whose work you admire, and making other tweaks as desired.

And here’s something else to keep in mind as you do the exercise, should you choose to do it:

You are worthy of any tales you feel worthy of telling, so make your stories so scrumptious that you’d be bashful showing anyone what you wrote.

Even if you take a modestly scrumptious route, you still may want to keep your stories to yourself.

Why?

Because you don’t need folks talking you out of your vision, or calling it crazy while you’re getting cozy with it yourself.

And here is where I won’t take my own advice and show you snippets of a scrumptious story I wrote to help you get started writing one of your own:

Mary-Elizabeth “Mimi” Harmon is an American scientist turned storyteller, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Her books about living a better-feeling life are enjoyed by countless readers around the world. With no formal education in business, Mimi grew one of her companies from a three-thousand-dollar investment into a million-dollar venture in a three-year period.

The seventh of eight children, Mimi was born in Ann Arbor, MI, and at age nine moved with her family to Nairobi, Kenya. It was there that she met people living without resources that she took for granted. That experience gave birth to her desire to one day use half of her money for philanthropy, long before she’d heard of Warren Buffett and The Giving Pledge.

Today, Mimi works with city leaders to create jobs by establishing community centers, credit unions, affordable housing and neighborhood-based healthy food hubs in underserved communities. She has also established a scholarship fund to grow a more accessible population of functional medicine doctors, who focus on food as medicine and address the underlying causes of dis-ease, versus masking disease with drugs.

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