beyond avoidance

day 20. reverb 10

What should you have done this year but didn’t because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing? (Bonus: Will you do it?) (Author: Jake Nickell)

When I lived in Salt Lake City about 5 years ago, I began tracing my family tree.   With the high percentage of Mormons residing there, Salt Lake City is the epicenter of genealogy and houses the largest archives in the world.  I found it thrilling to discover when (1891) and how (the steamship SS Moravia) my family arrived to this country, and piece together the lives of the very people I have to thank for my existence.

The SS Moravia

After leaving SLC my research has been quite intermittent.   I delay getting started because I don’t know what I’m doing.  And while I love the work, I  put a lot of pressure to make it perfect, since documenting one’s family history is no slight task.  (It doesn’t help that I ofen forget where I left off and end up redoing my own work.)

However, in 2011 I hope to archive and scan as many photos and memorabilia as possible and begin interviewing my relatives.  Later in the year I will  start a website to share my discoveries with the rest of my family to keep them up-to-date (and myself motivated to continue!)  And, yes– I will do it!

Photo: my great grandmother with my grandfather and uncle in the baskets!


About Pamela Malo

Pamela Malo is a yoga instructor, registered dietitian, writer and kindness coach. She provides support for individuals who are moving into a positive and loving relationship with food, and is the creator of the Yoga and Peaceful Eating Program. Learn about Pamela and her wish at
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