We tell stories everyday, to family members, friends, co-workers and more. You don't even realize when you've started telling a story … until someone asks you to write your story down. Many people freeze so we've collected several homeowner story ideas to help you outline your own story. We know there are other women who can learn from your experience and help you celebrate your success!
Homeowner Story Ideas for Grandparents
My friend and neighbor in New York, then California, asked for help with her story. As we've been friends for more than 30 years, these were easy to write. Norma and her husband now live in San Diego, about 20 minutes from two of their grandkids.
- Why Moving Near Our Grandkids Was the Right Decision
- What dreams did you have for retirement? Were your kids and grandkids part of that dream?
- What factors did you consider when deciding to move near your grandchildren?
- What were your top 3 to 5 requirements for your new house?
- What do you love most about your new home?
- How have you integrated your grandkids into your life?
- What advice would you offer to grandparents considering this decision?
- How Big a Retirement Home Do You Need … or Simply Want?
- Can you describe your old, pre-retirement home? Size (sq ft), # of bedrooms, etc. What features did you like best?
- What parts of your old home were most important to replicate in your new house?
- When picking a location for your new house, how close or far did you want to be from your grandkids?
- What challenges did you face searching for your new home?
- Compromises are inevitable. What tradeoffs did you make when buying your new home?
- What advice would you give to seniors searching for their retirement home?
Remodeling Story Outline for a Foodie
Charlotte and I met in New York when we both worked for IBM. She moved to Raleigh, North Carolina while I took an assignment in Tokyo … and we're now business owners. Charlotte is a foodie who loves to bake so we're looking forward to her insight on the ideal kitchen design for someone who loves to cook and bake.
- Designing My Dream Kitchen for Cooking, Baking & Great Parties
- Before Pinterest, what resources did you use for inspiration as you started planning your kitchen?
- What are the top three features you wanted in your dream kitchen? Did you include them all? Have you made changes since moving into your house?
- How did you plan the layout for your kitchen? Which activities did you prioritize? How did you blend cooking, baking and entertaining?
- What are the three things you like baking most (know one is bread)?
- What advice can you offer about including enough storage and work surfaces in a kitchen.
A Gardener's Homeowner Story
Kim and I met while we were working in Tokyo. Our kids were similar ages and our friendship has continued now for more than 20 years, sharing vacations and a wedding. Kim loves gardening and I'm always amazed at the variety of trees, plants and flowers in her yard … and I love that's she's also raising chickens for fresh eggs.
- When and where did you discover your love of gardening? Did you have a role model or mentor that helped you build your gardening skills?
- What was your your biggest gardening project? How long did it take from beginning to end, as I worry about starting projects I can't complete quickly.
- Do you plan your gardening projects before you go shopping? Or visit nurseries to find plants you love and then figure out where to put them?
- How do you fit gardening into your daily schedule?
- What's the most unique (chickens) part of your landscape?
- What tips can you share for beginning gardeners? What tools do they need? What time of day is best for gardening? And questions I don't know to ask …
Homeowner Story Ideas for Teachers
Parents are struggling with kids at home and keeping them focused homeschooling. Imagine if you were in the situation where you have two kids at home … and you're also teaching your high school students from home. That's the challenge that Tanya is juggling and I'm sure she will succeed as she always does.
- Describe your house and how you've organized homeschooling spaces for your kids and … your teaching. What's the most important factor in making this work?
- What are your biggest challenges keeping your kids busy and focused on schoolwork?
- How is teaching via Zoom different than standing at the front of a classroom? What do you do differently to keep your students focused on what you're teaching?
- Do you have to organized your lessons differently for online teaching? How do you monitor student progress remotely?
- What advice from a teacher's perspective, can you offer parents strugglingwith homeschooling?
- Do you have any tips for teachers who are teaching online, from organizing your day to dealing with technology?