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63. veryLainie is a big kid

I had the pleasure of interviewing Lainie Holmes for this week's BIG KID INTERVIEW

Lainie inspires people to write their life stories and to make meaningful stuff.  

She has been writing memory books for her kids, creating mini-classes to help others capture life’s moments and sewing quilts that are filled with stories.  Growing up, she was the kid who loved arts + crafts sets and doing projects at school. 

Her background is in child development and learning design.  She was once a teacher, has her Masters degree in Education, and was a math and literacy consultant for a school board.  

She's a creative person who has always loved learning and stories. 

Right now she is fascinated by the concept of narrative identity - the idea that our present and future is shaped by the stories that we selectively replay from our past.  It sparked a four year exploration of her life stories, which continues to change the way she lives her life. 

She believes that our stories hold so much potential for healing, feeling grounded, and whole. 

It’s why she's created The Search for Self and why she's been writing for her children.  She wants kids to know who they are at heart so they can grow up living lives that are true to them.    

As for what’s “very Lainie,” she loves writing in coffee shops and wandering museums and art galleries.  Scandinavian design and people who challenge the status quo.  Drinking wine with friends.  A good story.  Time at the cabin with friends and family.  Finding ‘good’ mail in the mailbox… and she hates wearing socks.  

I asked Lainie to provide a bio of herself written from her younger self and I love how creative she got with the request.

In our chat Lainie shares a bit about what she has collects and how she organizes memories to put into books for her 3 children. She also shared some of the important things she has learned while making her books.

Lainie also shares her Big Kid shoutout and advice to her younger self.

Go show Lainie some love

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