HereAfter’s Question List

The HereAfter app has hundreds of questions to inspire your storytelling. To see some of the possibilities, click on the topic categories below.
Advice
  • If you’re struggling with something in your life right now, my advice is...
  • When life is overwhelming, I’ve always found it very useful to remember that...
  • If you’re feeling stressed out, here’s some general advice...
  • When things go south, the thing that’s most been helpful for me to remember is that...
  • If you’re having trouble with someone in your life right now, it’s good to remember that...
Ancestry
  • Here’s a story about an ancestor of mine that I have always found interesting...
  • Here’s what I know about my mother’s ancestry...
  • Here’s what I know about my father’s ancestry...
  • An interesting ancestor of mine is...
  • A secret about my family that I would like to share is...
  • Something that has been passed down for generations in my family is...
Celebrations
  • One of my favorite holiday memories is...
  • A holiday that was very important to my family was...
  • A unique holiday tradition of my family is...
  • One of the best gifts I ever received was...
  • One of my most memorable birthdays was...
  • One of our favorite family traditions is...
  • The thing I remember the most about my 21st birthday is...
  • The best party I ever went to was...
  • My best Halloween costume was...
  • A memorable New Year’s Eve I had was...
  • A memorable Fourth of July I had was...
Childhood
  • Here’s the story about when I where I was born...
  • Here’s what I know about my birth...
  • One of my very earliest memories is...
  • I loved/hated where I grew up because...
  • A story that my family tells about me when I was little is...
  • A memory that sticks out from my childhood is...
  • If you were standing in front of the house where I grew up, you would see...
  • A time when I was especially happy as a child was...
  • A time when I was sad as a child was...
  • A time when I got into trouble as a child was...
  • A time when I was really proud of myself as a kid was...
  • One of my best memories from growing up is...
  • One of my worst memories from growing up is...
  • A scary thing that happened to me as a kid was...
  • A thing I really liked to do for fun when I was a kid was...
  • A toy I loved when I was a kid was...
  • One of my favorite places to play when I was a child was...
  • A favorite game I liked to play when I was young was...
  • Three words that describe my personality as a child are...
  • A perfect day for me as a child was...
  • One of the best vacations I went on when I was growing up was...
  • When I was growing up, I wanted to be a...
  • A memory that sticks out from elementary school is...
  • As a child, a secret that I hid from my parents was...
  • My favorite hiding place when I was a kid was...
  • My nickname as a child was...
  • My favorite television or radio program when I was a kid was...
  • As a child, I was fascinated by...
  • The thing I miss most about my childhood is...
  • When I was a kid, I once got lost at...
  • The biggest difference between my childhood and how kids are raised today is...
  • My favorite candy as a kid was...
  • Someone from my childhood who had a profound effect on my life was...
Children
  • When I first found out I was going to be a parent, I felt...
  • This is a story about the birth of my [son/daughter]...
  • When I saw my [son/daughter] for the first time, I felt...
  • A story that I remember from when my [son/daughter] was little is…
  • A story that I remember from when my [son/daughter] was a kid is…
  • A story that I remember from when my [son/daughter] was a teenager is…
  • A time when my heart was bursting with love for [child name] was...
  • Three words that describe the personality of [child name] are...
  • A quality of [child name] that I especially admire is...
  • A funny thing that [child name] once did was...
  • A time when [child name] got into trouble was...
  • When [child name] was little, we really liked to...
  • One of the most challenging part of raising kids is...
  • One of the most rewarding parts of raising children is...
  • I am proud of [child name] today because...
  • A way that being a parent changed me is...
  • If this was the very last conversation with my children, I would tell them...
  • My greatest hopes for my children and grandchildren in the future are...
  • An important value I have instilled in my children is...
  • One thing I never told my kids that I want them to know is...
  • When I’m gone, I want my children to remember me for...
  • If you’re having trouble with one of your children, the best advice I can give is…
College
  • I went to [college name] and majored in [subject] because...
  • Here’s a memorable story about when I was in college…
  • One of my favorite college classes was [class name]. I liked it because...
  • Leaving home for college and living on my own for the first time made me feel…
  • My favorite place I lived during college was [place] because…
  • A great friend I made in college was…
  • One of the ways I had fun in college is...
  • One of my favorite extracurricular activities in college was...
  • Things were different when I went to college compared to how they are now. For example...
  • One of the ways college changed me as a person is...
  • A person I met in college who has significantly influenced my life is...
  • The part of college that made me happiest was...
  • The most challenging part of college for me was...
  • I attended graduate school at [college name]. I studied [field of study] because...
Dating
  • As a teenager, my first love was...
  • Before marriage, one of the best dates I ever went on was…
  • The story of my first kiss is...
  • The first person I fell in love with was…
  • My first serious relationship was with…
  • The worst breakup I went through was…
  • Here’s a story about having a crush on someone who didn’t feel the same way about me...
  • I [do/do not] believe in love at first sight because...
  • The most awkward date I’ve ever been on was...
Feelings
  • One of the happiest times in my life was...
  • One of the hardest times in my life was…
  • One of the biggest triumphs in my life was...
  • One of the most rewarding experiences in my life was...
  • One of the saddest moments in my life was...
  • One of the scariest moments of my life was…
  • One of the most funny moments in my life was…
  • One of my most embarrassing experiences was…
  • A time when I had to laugh at myself was…
  • One of the stupidest things I’ve ever done was...
  • One of the smartest things I’ve ever done was
  • One of the strangest things that ever happened to me was...
  • A time when I felt really proud is…  
Friends
  • A great friend of mine from childhood was...
  • A great friend of mine when I was a teenager was…
  • A great friend of mine from college was…
  • A great friend I made as an adult is…
  • One of my best friends in life is...
  • One of my longest friendships is with…
  • In my life, the thing I’ve gotten most from my friends is…
  • The reason that I was so close with my friend [name] is…
  • My friend [name] and I drifted apart because…
Grandparents
  • This is a short overview of what I know about the life of my grandparent [name]...
  • My grandparent [name] had an interesting life because…
  • A favorite memory that I have of my grandparent [name] is…
  • Something I loved about my grandparent [name] was…
  • A special time that I shared with my grandparent [name] was...
  • I was very close with my grandparent [name] because…
  • My favorite thing that my grandparent [name] cooked was…
Historical
  • A major historical event that affected me personally was…
  • The first major news event I remember as a child was…
  • I’ll never forget [historical event] because…
  • The most upsetting historical event I’ve lived through is…
  • The most uplifting historical event I’ve lived through is...
  • The technological change that has had the greatest influence on my own life is…
  • A historical figure I wish I could have met is…
Illness
  • A humorous accident I had when I was a child was…
  • A serious accident I had when I was a child was…
  • The worst accident or illness I’ve experienced is…
  • Having to deal with serious illness has taught me…
  • When my mother or father died, it made me feel…
  • The thing I have learned from watching family members face serious illness is…
  • My attitude about death is…
Interests
  • I really enjoy doing [hobby or activity] because…
  • I’m really interested in [hobby or subject] because…
  • I find [hobby or subject] gratifying because…
  • I’m good at [hobby or activity] because…
  • I’m not that good at [hobby or activity] but I still enjoy it because…
  • An especially good time I had doing [hobby or activity] was when…
  • Something that I enjoy doing that most people don’t is…
  • One of the simple pleasures in life that I truly enjoy is…
  • I would describe my perfect lazy day as…
  • A great concert I attended was…
  • A memorable sporting event I attended was…
Jokes
  • Here’s one of my favorite jokes…
  • Here something that I like to say that makes people laugh…
  • I am/am not a good joke teller because…
  • The type of joke that I find the most funny is…
  • Laughter is important in life because…
Parents
  • My is [name], and here are a few basic facts about her life…
  • A memorable story about my [mother/father] and me is…
  • I was [close/not so close] with my [mother/father] because…
  • I love my [mother/father] because…
  • I sometimes struggled to get along with my [mother/father] because…
  • Something my [mother/father] and I really liked to do together was…
  • A time in my life when I felt especially close to my [mother/father] was…
  • The personality of my [mother/father] is…
  • Personality-wise, I’m more like my [father/mother] because…
  • My [mother/father] [liked/didn’t like] his work because…
  • Something that I fought about with my parents was…
  • A valuable lesson that I learned from my [mother/father] is…
  • Here’s how I would describe the type of relationship I had with my parents…
  • Something I always admired about my [mother/father] is…
  • Something I never really understood about my [mother/father] is…
  • The parenting style of my parents was…
Personality
  • One of my best qualities is…
  • One of my worst qualities is…
  • A compliment I once received that’s stuck with me is…
  • A trait that has made me successful in life is…
  • A trait that has held me back in life is…
  • One of my most unusual qualities is…
  • Something people would be surprised to find out about me is…
  • One of the best compliments that I ever received was…
  • A funny story my people always tell about me is…
  • I would describe myself as more of an [introvert/extravert] because…
  • A sound I love is…
  • A smell I love is…
  • If I could be famous, the type of celebrity or notable person I would be is...
  • My best party trick is…
  • Between talent, intelligence, education, or persistence, the quality I have most of is…
  • The one person, living or dead, I wish I could have dinner with is…
  • I had to choose someone to portray me in a movie, I would pick…
  • My favorite sport is…
Pets
  • One of the best pets I have had in my life was [name] because…
  • Here’s a memorable story about one of our pets…
  • I love [cats/dogs/other animals] because…
  • I have never really been a pet owner because…
  • One of the most amusing things I have ever seen a pet do is...
  • Here is a [adjective] story about my [dog/cat/other pet] [name]…
  • The smartest pet I have ever owned is [name] because…
  • An ugly but lovable pet I once owned was…
  • Losing [pet name] was especially painful to our family because…
Reflections
  • One of my proudest achievements is…
  • One of my greatest regrets is…
  • One of the turning points in my life was…
  • Something that I was really conflicted about in my life was…  
  • One of the greatest intellectual challenges I’ve ever experienced was…
  • One of the ways my life ended up different than I imagined is…
  • A time in my life when I had to stand up for my principles was…
  • A brilliant piece of advice I once received was… 
  • Not counting family members, the most important person in my life has been…
  • The person who has been the kindest to me in my life is…
  • A time I felt the most alone in my life was…
  • When I’m gone, I would like to be remembered for…
  • A key expectation I hold myself to is…
  • A time when I had to make a difficult decision was…
  • The happiest decade of my life was my [decade] because… 
  • The hardest decade of my life was my [decade] because…
  • Something important I’ve changed my mind about over the years is…
  • One of the greatest physical challenges I’ve ever experienced was…
  • A moment I wished I would have photographed was…
  • If today was my last day on earth, I would want to…
  • The last time I cried was because…
  • Something I accomplished with my own two hands is…
  • I am [afraid/not afraid] of death because…
  • After I die, I believe…
Sayings
  • Here’s one of my favorite sayings…
  • Here’s one of my favorite quotes…
  • Here’s a motto that I like…
  • Here’s part of a favorite poem of mine…
Siblings
  • Here’s a quick overview of my siblings, including the birth order and their names…
  • A good story about my [brother/sister] [name] and me is…
  • A humorous story about my [brother/sister] [name] and me is…
  • Something that my [brother/sister] [name] and I have in common is…
  • A big difference between my [brother/sister] [name] and me is…
  • Something my [brother/sister] [name] and I really liked to do together was…
  • When my siblings and I were growing up, we fought about…
  • I was [close/not close] with my siblings because…
  • The personality of my [brother/sister] [name] is…
  • A time when my siblings and I got into trouble was…
  • A time when my siblings and I made my parents proud was…
  • As an adult, my relationship with my [brother/sister] [name] is…
  • My [brother/sister] [name] sometimes drives me crazy because…
  • I love my [brother/sister] [name] because…
Spouse
  • Here’s the story about how I first met my [wife/husband]…
  • I was physically attracted to my [wife/husband] because…
  • The personality qualities that initially attracted me to my [wife/husband] were…
  • The personality of my [wife/husband] is…
  • A unique quality of my [wife/husband] is…
  • I fell in love with my [wife/husband] because…
  • An early date with my [wife/husband] that sticks out in my memory is…
  • A challenge that my [wife/husband] and I had to overcome before we could get married was…
  • Meeting my spouse’s parents for the first time [went well/didn’t go well] because…
  • Here’s the story of my marriage proposal…
  • When [spouse name] accepted my marriage proposal, I felt…
  • A few memories that stand out from my wedding day are…
  • A memory that stands out from my honeymoon is…
  • An activity that my [wife/husband] and I really enjoy doing is...
  • The topic that my [husband/wife] and I argue about the most is…
  • My marriage endured because…
  • My marriage to [name] didn’t last because…
  • A moment when my [wife/husband] and I felt especially happy was...
  • One of the most challenging parts of being married is…
  • One of the most rewarding parts of being married is…
  • Something I wish I had known about marriage when I was younger is…
  • My best advice for dealing with difficult situations with your [wife/husband] is…
Songs
  • I’m no professional, but here’s a song I like to sing…
  • When my children were young, I used to sing them this song…
  • Sorry, I can’t sing, but the types of music I like are…
  • A song that makes me cry is…
  • A song that makes me want to dance is…
  • A song that always cheers me up is…
Spirituality
  • Spirituality and religion [are/are not] important to me because…
  • The role that spirituality plays in my life is…
  • An experience that tested my religious faith was…
  • An experience that made my religious faith grow stronger was…
  • A time when I relied on my faith for strength was…
  • My faith [is/is not] similar to my parents because…
  • A miracle I have witnessed is…
Teens (from junior high through high school)
  • Here’s a story about when I was a teenager…
  • An experience that made me really happy as a teenager was…
  • An experience that was really difficult for me as a teenager was…
  • Something exciting that happened to me when I was a teenager was…
  • Something funny that happened to me when I was a teenager was…
  • Something embarrassing that happened to me when I was teenager was…
  • Something that I did as a teenager that I am still proud of is…
  • Something that I am ashamed to have done as a teenager is…
  • As a teenager, my personality was…
  • Here’s how I would describe my high school…
  • In high school, I was [popular/unpopular] and hung around with…
  • Some of the clothes and styles I liked to wear in high school were…
  • My best subject in high school was…
  • My favorite teacher in high school was…
  • The worst haircut I got as a teen was…
  • I [did/did not] like how I looked in my teens because…
  • I [did/did not] have high self-esteem as a teenager because…
  • When learning to drive, I felt…
  • As a teenager, I really liked to listen to [music type]…
  • A fad I embraced as a teenager was…
  • One of my best friends in high school was…
  • My first big crush was…
  • Here’s a story about my first real date as a teenager…
  • Here’s how dating was different when I was growing up compared with today…
  • My parents rules about my dating were…
  • As a teenager, I went to prom with [name]. The experience was…
  • Something that my parents and I argued about when I was a teenager was…
  • A song that always makes me nostalgic for my teenage years is…
  • One of my favorite moments playing sports was…
  • The thing I wish I could go back in time to tell my teenage self is…
  • The best thing about being a teenager was…
  • The worst thing about being a teenager was…
Travel
  • A moment from my travels that really stands out is…
  • A memorable vacation I took was…
  • A city that I loved exploring was…
  • One of the best hikes I ever took was…
  • One of the best views I ever saw was…
  • A great day I spent at the beach was…
  • The best road trip I ever took was…
  • One of the biggest adventures I’ve had was…
  • A culture that I encountered while traveling that really fascinated me was…
  • One of the best meals that I ever had on the trip was…
  • A travel mishap that makes me laugh is…
  • When growing up, my favorite vacation I went on was…
  • The type of place that I most like to visit on a trip is…
  • My favorite way to travel is…
  • The best picture I ever took on a trip was…
Wild Cards
  • A time I got into big trouble was…
  • A time I won big was…
  • A time I lost big was…
  • A time I had to say goodbye was…
  • An experience that changed my way of thinking was…
  • A time I got away with something was…
  • My proudest accomplishment is…
  • A tough decision I had to make was…
  • A night I looked my best was…
  • A person who inspired me was…
  • A moment when I had an epiphany was…
  • A time when I really helped someone was…
  • Here’s how I discovered that I was good at…
  • A time when I was on stage was…
  • A time I surprised myself was…
  • The biggest rivalry I had in my life was with…
  • One of the things that I’m proudest of in my life is…
  • A perfect day for me is…
  • A true story from my life that’s hard to believe is…
  • A smell that triggers a happy memory for me is…
  • A time when I had to put someone else’s interests first is…
  • My first car was…
  • A time I watched a sunset with someone was…
  • A terrible storm I experienced was…
  • A time I was starstruck was…
  • A way I express creativity is…
Work
  • Here’s a story about my work…
  • I was good at being a [job name] because…
  • The best job I ever had was…
  • The worst job I ever had was…
  • The weirdest job I ever had was…
  • I chose to be a [profession name] because…
  • The type of work that I am best at is…
  • A type of work that really doesn’t suit me is…
  • My job as a [job name] made me happy because…
  • I never really found a job or profession that made me happy because…
  • A professional achievement that I’m proud of is…
  • A type of challenge that I enjoy solving in my work life is…
  • One of the biggest challenges I faced in my career was…
  • A lesson I learned at work was…
  • A time when I struggled with what to do professionally was…
  • A memorable summer job I had was…
  • If I could do my career all over again, I would choose to be a
  • The worst boss I ever had was…
  • When I was growing up, I used to dream about becoming…
  • The first time I quit a job, I felt…
  • Here’s a story about a time in my career when I decided to try something new…
  • My best advice if you’re having a difficult situation at work is…
  • A turning point in my career was when…

Advice

  • If you’re struggling with something in your life right now, my advice is...
  • When life is overwhelming, I’ve always found it very useful to remember that...
  • If you’re feeling stressed out, here’s some general advice...
  • When things go south, the thing that’s most been helpful for me to remember is that...
  • If you’re having trouble with someone in your life right now, it’s good to remember that...

Ancestry

  • Here’s a story about an ancestor of mine that I have always found interesting...
  • Here’s what I know about my mother’s ancestry...
  • Here’s what I know about my father’s ancestry...
  • An interesting ancestor of mine is...
  • A secret about my family that I would like to share is...
  • Something that has been passed down for generations in my family is...

Celebrations

  • One of my favorite holiday memories is...
  • A holiday that was very important to my family was...
  • A unique holiday tradition of my family is...
  • One of the best gifts I ever received was...
  • One of my most memorable birthdays was...
  • One of our favorite family traditions is...
  • The thing I remember the most about my 21st birthday is...
  • The best party I ever went to was...
  • My best Halloween costume was...
  • A memorable New Year’s Eve I had was...
  • A memorable Fourth of July I had was...

Childhood

  • Here’s the story about when I where I was born...
  • Here’s what I know about my birth...
  • One of my very earliest memories is...
  • I loved/hated where I grew up because...
  • A story that my family tells about me when I was little is...
  • A memory that sticks out from my childhood is...
  • If you were standing in front of the house where I grew up, you would see...
  • A time when I was especially happy as a child was...
  • A time when I was sad as a child was...
  • A time when I got into trouble as a child was...
  • A time when I was really proud of myself as a kid was...
  • One of my best memories from growing up is...
  • One of my worst memories from growing up is...
  • A scary thing that happened to me as a kid was...
  • A thing I really liked to do for fun when I was a kid was...
  • A toy I loved when I was a kid was...
  • One of my favorite places to play when I was a child was...
  • A favorite game I liked to play when I was young was...
  • Three words that describe my personality as a child are...
  • A perfect day for me as a child was...
  • One of the best vacations I went on when I was growing up was...
  • When I was growing up, I wanted to be a...
  • A memory that sticks out from elementary school is...
  • As a child, a secret that I hid from my parents was...
  • My favorite hiding place when I was a kid was...
  • My nickname as a child was...
  • My favorite television or radio program when I was a kid was...
  • As a child, I was fascinated by...
  • The thing I miss most about my childhood is...
  • When I was a kid, I once got lost at...
  • The biggest difference between my childhood and how kids are raised today is...
  • My favorite candy as a kid was...
  • Someone from my childhood who had a profound effect on my life was...

Children

  • When I first found out I was going to be a parent, I felt...
  • This is a story about the birth of my [son/daughter]...
  • When I saw my [son/daughter] for the first time, I felt...
  • A story that I remember from when my [son/daughter] was little is…
  • A story that I remember from when my [son/daughter] was a kid is…
  • A story that I remember from when my [son/daughter] was a teenager is…
  • A time when my heart was bursting with love for [child name] was...
  • Three words that describe the personality of [child name] are...
  • A quality of [child name] that I especially admire is...
  • A funny thing that [child name] once did was...
  • A time when [child name] got into trouble was...
  • When [child name] was little, we really liked to...
  • One of the most challenging part of raising kids is...
  • One of the most rewarding parts of raising children is...
  • I am proud of [child name] today because...
  • A way that being a parent changed me is...
  • If this was the very last conversation with my children, I would tell them...
  • My greatest hopes for my children and grandchildren in the future are...
  • An important value I have instilled in my children is...
  • One thing I never told my kids that I want them to know is...
  • When I’m gone, I want my children to remember me for...
  • If you’re having trouble with one of your children, the best advice I can give is…

College

  • I went to [college name] and majored in [subject] because...
  • Here’s a memorable story about when I was in college…
  • One of my favorite college classes was [class name]. I liked it because...
  • Leaving home for college and living on my own for the first time made me feel…
  • My favorite place I lived during college was [place] because…
  • A great friend I made in college was…
  • One of the ways I had fun in college is...
  • One of my favorite extracurricular activities in college was...
  • Things were different when I went to college compared to how they are now. For example...
  • One of the ways college changed me as a person is...
  • A person I met in college who has significantly influenced my life is...
  • The part of college that made me happiest was...
  • The most challenging part of college for me was...
  • I attended graduate school at [college name]. I studied [field of study] because...

Dating

  • As a teenager, my first love was...
  • Before marriage, one of the best dates I ever went on was…
  • The story of my first kiss is...
  • The first person I fell in love with was…
  • My first serious relationship was with…
  • The worst breakup I went through was…
  • Here’s a story about having a crush on someone who didn’t feel the same way about me...
  • I [do/do not] believe in love at first sight because...
  • The most awkward date I’ve ever been on was...

Feelings

  • One of the happiest times in my life was...
  • One of the hardest times in my life was…
  • One of the biggest triumphs in my life was...
  • One of the most rewarding experiences in my life was...
  • One of the saddest moments in my life was...
  • One of the scariest moments of my life was…
  • One of the most funny moments in my life was…
  • One of my most embarrassing experiences was…
  • A time when I had to laugh at myself was…
  • One of the stupidest things I’ve ever done was...
  • One of the smartest things I’ve ever done was
  • One of the strangest things that ever happened to me was...
  • A time when I felt really proud is…  

Friends

  • A great friend of mine from childhood was...
  • A great friend of mine when I was a teenager was…
  • A great friend of mine from college was…
  • A great friend I made as an adult is…
  • One of my best friends in life is...
  • One of my longest friendships is with…
  • In my life, the thing I’ve gotten most from my friends is…
  • The reason that I was so close with my friend [name] is…
  • My friend [name] and I drifted apart because…

Grandparents

  • This is a short overview of what I know about the life of my grandparent [name]...
  • My grandparent [name] had an interesting life because…
  • A favorite memory that I have of my grandparent [name] is…
  • Something I loved about my grandparent [name] was…
  • A special time that I shared with my grandparent [name] was...
  • I was very close with my grandparent [name] because…
  • My favorite thing that my grandparent [name] cooked was…

Historical

  • A major historical event that affected me personally was…
  • The first major news event I remember as a child was…
  • I’ll never forget [historical event] because…
  • The most upsetting historical event I’ve lived through is…
  • The most uplifting historical event I’ve lived through is...
  • The technological change that has had the greatest influence on my own life is…
  • A historical figure I wish I could have met is…

Illness

  • A humorous accident I had when I was a child was…
  • A serious accident I had when I was a child was…
  • The worst accident or illness I’ve experienced is…
  • Having to deal with serious illness has taught me…
  • When my mother or father died, it made me feel…
  • The thing I have learned from watching family members face serious illness is…
  • My attitude about death is…

Interests

  • I really enjoy doing [hobby or activity] because…
  • I’m really interested in [hobby or subject] because…
  • I find [hobby or subject] gratifying because…
  • I’m good at [hobby or activity] because…
  • I’m not that good at [hobby or activity] but I still enjoy it because…
  • An especially good time I had doing [hobby or activity] was when…
  • Something that I enjoy doing that most people don’t is…
  • One of the simple pleasures in life that I truly enjoy is…
  • I would describe my perfect lazy day as…
  • A great concert I attended was…
  • A memorable sporting event I attended was…

Jokes

  • Here’s one of my favorite jokes…
  • Here something that I like to say that makes people laugh…
  • I am/am not a good joke teller because…
  • The type of joke that I find the most funny is…
  • Laughter is important in life because…

Parents

  • My is [name], and here are a few basic facts about her life…
  • A memorable story about my [mother/father] and me is…
  • I was [close/not so close] with my [mother/father] because…
  • I love my [mother/father] because…
  • I sometimes struggled to get along with my [mother/father] because…
  • Something my [mother/father] and I really liked to do together was…
  • A time in my life when I felt especially close to my [mother/father] was…
  • The personality of my [mother/father] is…
  • Personality-wise, I’m more like my [father/mother] because…
  • My [mother/father] [liked/didn’t like] his work because…
  • Something that I fought about with my parents was…
  • A valuable lesson that I learned from my [mother/father] is…
  • Here’s how I would describe the type of relationship I had with my parents…
  • Something I always admired about my [mother/father] is…
  • Something I never really understood about my [mother/father] is…
  • The parenting style of my parents was…

Personality

  • One of my best qualities is…
  • One of my worst qualities is…
  • A compliment I once received that’s stuck with me is…
  • A trait that has made me successful in life is…
  • A trait that has held me back in life is…
  • One of my most unusual qualities is…
  • Something people would be surprised to find out about me is…
  • One of the best compliments that I ever received was…
  • A funny story my people always tell about me is…
  • I would describe myself as more of an [introvert/extravert] because…
  • A sound I love is…
  • A smell I love is…
  • If I could be famous, the type of celebrity or notable person I would be is...
  • My best party trick is…
  • Between talent, intelligence, education, or persistence, the quality I have most of is…
  • The one person, living or dead, I wish I could have dinner with is…
  • I had to choose someone to portray me in a movie, I would pick…
  • My favorite sport is…

Pets

  • One of the best pets I have had in my life was [name] because…
  • Here’s a memorable story about one of our pets…
  • I love [cats/dogs/other animals] because…
  • I have never really been a pet owner because…
  • One of the most amusing things I have ever seen a pet do is...
  • Here is a [adjective] story about my [dog/cat/other pet] [name]…
  • The smartest pet I have ever owned is [name] because…
  • An ugly but lovable pet I once owned was…
  • Losing [pet name] was especially painful to our family because…

Reflections

  • One of my proudest achievements is…
  • One of my greatest regrets is…
  • One of the turning points in my life was…
  • Something that I was really conflicted about in my life was…  
  • One of the greatest intellectual challenges I’ve ever experienced was…
  • One of the ways my life ended up different than I imagined is…
  • A time in my life when I had to stand up for my principles was…
  • A brilliant piece of advice I once received was… 
  • Not counting family members, the most important person in my life has been…
  • The person who has been the kindest to me in my life is…
  • A time I felt the most alone in my life was…
  • When I’m gone, I would like to be remembered for…
  • A key expectation I hold myself to is…
  • A time when I had to make a difficult decision was…
  • The happiest decade of my life was my [decade] because… 
  • The hardest decade of my life was my [decade] because…
  • Something important I’ve changed my mind about over the years is…
  • One of the greatest physical challenges I’ve ever experienced was…
  • A moment I wished I would have photographed was…
  • If today was my last day on earth, I would want to…
  • The last time I cried was because…
  • Something I accomplished with my own two hands is…
  • I am [afraid/not afraid] of death because…
  • After I die, I believe…

Sayings

  • Here’s one of my favorite sayings…
  • Here’s one of my favorite quotes…
  • Here’s a motto that I like…
  • Here’s part of a favorite poem of mine…

Siblings

  • Here’s a quick overview of my siblings, including the birth order and their names…
  • A good story about my [brother/sister] [name] and me is…
  • A humorous story about my [brother/sister] [name] and me is…
  • Something that my [brother/sister] [name] and I have in common is…
  • A big difference between my [brother/sister] [name] and me is…
  • Something my [brother/sister] [name] and I really liked to do together was…
  • When my siblings and I were growing up, we fought about…
  • I was [close/not close] with my siblings because…
  • The personality of my [brother/sister] [name] is…
  • A time when my siblings and I got into trouble was…
  • A time when my siblings and I made my parents proud was…
  • As an adult, my relationship with my [brother/sister] [name] is…
  • My [brother/sister] [name] sometimes drives me crazy because…
  • I love my [brother/sister] [name] because…

Spouse

  • Here’s the story about how I first met my [wife/husband]…
  • I was physically attracted to my [wife/husband] because…
  • The personality qualities that initially attracted me to my [wife/husband] were…
  • The personality of my [wife/husband] is…
  • A unique quality of my [wife/husband] is…
  • I fell in love with my [wife/husband] because…
  • An early date with my [wife/husband] that sticks out in my memory is…
  • A challenge that my [wife/husband] and I had to overcome before we could get married was…
  • Meeting my spouse’s parents for the first time [went well/didn’t go well] because…
  • Here’s the story of my marriage proposal…
  • When [spouse name] accepted my marriage proposal, I felt…
  • A few memories that stand out from my wedding day are…
  • A memory that stands out from my honeymoon is…
  • An activity that my [wife/husband] and I really enjoy doing is...
  • The topic that my [husband/wife] and I argue about the most is…
  • My marriage endured because…
  • My marriage to [name] didn’t last because…
  • A moment when my [wife/husband] and I felt especially happy was...
  • One of the most challenging parts of being married is…
  • One of the most rewarding parts of being married is…
  • Something I wish I had known about marriage when I was younger is…
  • My best advice for dealing with difficult situations with your [wife/husband] is…

Songs

  • I’m no professional, but here’s a song I like to sing…
  • When my children were young, I used to sing them this song…
  • Sorry, I can’t sing, but the types of music I like are…
  • A song that makes me cry is…
  • A song that makes me want to dance is…
  • A song that always cheers me up is…

Spirituality

  • Spirituality and religion [are/are not] important to me because…
  • The role that spirituality plays in my life is…
  • An experience that tested my religious faith was…
  • An experience that made my religious faith grow stronger was…
  • A time when I relied on my faith for strength was…
  • My faith [is/is not] similar to my parents because…
  • A miracle I have witnessed is…

Teens (from junior high through high school)

  • Here’s a story about when I was a teenager…
  • An experience that made me really happy as a teenager was…
  • An experience that was really difficult for me as a teenager was…
  • Something exciting that happened to me when I was a teenager was…
  • Something funny that happened to me when I was a teenager was…
  • Something embarrassing that happened to me when I was teenager was…
  • Something that I did as a teenager that I am still proud of is…
  • Something that I am ashamed to have done as a teenager is…
  • As a teenager, my personality was…
  • Here’s how I would describe my high school…
  • In high school, I was [popular/unpopular] and hung around with…
  • Some of the clothes and styles I liked to wear in high school were…
  • My best subject in high school was…
  • My favorite teacher in high school was…
  • The worst haircut I got as a teen was…
  • I [did/did not] like how I looked in my teens because…
  • I [did/did not] have high self-esteem as a teenager because…
  • When learning to drive, I felt…
  • As a teenager, I really liked to listen to [music type]…
  • A fad I embraced as a teenager was…
  • One of my best friends in high school was…
  • My first big crush was…
  • Here’s a story about my first real date as a teenager…
  • Here’s how dating was different when I was growing up compared with today…
  • My parents rules about my dating were…
  • As a teenager, I went to prom with [name]. The experience was…
  • Something that my parents and I argued about when I was a teenager was…
  • A song that always makes me nostalgic for my teenage years is…
  • One of my favorite moments playing sports was…
  • The thing I wish I could go back in time to tell my teenage self is…
  • The best thing about being a teenager was…
  • The worst thing about being a teenager was…

Travel

  • A moment from my travels that really stands out is…
  • A memorable vacation I took was…
  • A city that I loved exploring was…
  • One of the best hikes I ever took was…
  • One of the best views I ever saw was…
  • A great day I spent at the beach was…
  • The best road trip I ever took was…
  • One of the biggest adventures I’ve had was…
  • A culture that I encountered while traveling that really fascinated me was…
  • One of the best meals that I ever had on the trip was…
  • A travel mishap that makes me laugh is…
  • When growing up, my favorite vacation I went on was…
  • The type of place that I most like to visit on a trip is…
  • My favorite way to travel is…
  • The best picture I ever took on a trip was…

Wild Cards

  • A time I got into big trouble was…
  • A time I won big was…
  • A time I lost big was…
  • A time I had to say goodbye was…
  • An experience that changed my way of thinking was…
  • A time I got away with something was…
  • My proudest accomplishment is…
  • A tough decision I had to make was…
  • A night I looked my best was…
  • A person who inspired me was…
  • A moment when I had an epiphany was…
  • A time when I really helped someone was…
  • Here’s how I discovered that I was good at…
  • A time when I was on stage was…
  • A time I surprised myself was…
  • The biggest rivalry I had in my life was with…
  • One of the things that I’m proudest of in my life is…
  • A perfect day for me is…
  • A true story from my life that’s hard to believe is…
  • A smell that triggers a happy memory for me is…
  • A time when I had to put someone else’s interests first is…
  • My first car was…
  • A time I watched a sunset with someone was…
  • A terrible storm I experienced was…
  • A time I was starstruck was…
  • A way I express creativity is…

Work

  • Here’s a story about my work…
  • I was good at being a [job name] because…
  • The best job I ever had was…
  • The worst job I ever had was…
  • The weirdest job I ever had was…
  • I chose to be a [profession name] because…
  • The type of work that I am best at is…
  • A type of work that really doesn’t suit me is…
  • My job as a [job name] made me happy because…
  • I never really found a job or profession that made me happy because…
  • A professional achievement that I’m proud of is…
  • A type of challenge that I enjoy solving in my work life is…
  • One of the biggest challenges I faced in my career was…
  • A lesson I learned at work was…
  • A time when I struggled with what to do professionally was…
  • A memorable summer job I had was…
  • If I could do my career all over again, I would choose to be a
  • The worst boss I ever had was…
  • When I was growing up, I used to dream about becoming…
  • The first time I quit a job, I felt…
  • Here’s a story about a time in my career when I decided to try something new…
  • My best advice if you’re having a difficult situation at work is…
  • A turning point in my career was when…