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the Memory Mine

Are you ready to unearth your memories & set your story free?

Does this sound familar?

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“I’ve lived a full life but I struggle to recall the details of my own story. I feel like I’ve lost my connection to my own history.”

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“I've never had a great relationship with my own memory. I know I’ve experienced many of the formative moments that other people share—first concert, first best friend, etc.—I just don’t remember much about them.”

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“My family knows next to nothing about my story. I’d love to share the stories that made me who I am with them. This is their history too. I want them to know where I—and they—come from.”

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“When other people share stories about themselves I feel disconnected from the conversation. I just don’t have access to my own memories in that way and feel like I can’t contribute.”

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Journalling has always seemed like something “other people” do. I’d love to keep a journal but I don’t have the time or the constitution for writing every day. What would I even write about?”

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I’d love to have a stronger connection to my own past. It would help me to make sense of who I am now and why I am who I am.”

The Memory Mine is the route to reconnection with your story and your memory.

Our memories — the stories we tell about ourselves and our experience — are cultural and generational touchstones.

They age us. They unite us. They define us as belonging to one generation, to one tribe or another.

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What if you could ...

Get unblocked, unearth and write your own story?

Connect to and believe in the value of your own story and history?

Recall the past without judgement?

Un-muddle the mystery of who you are and the stories that make you, you?

Work with family and loved ones to record shared stories?

Create a bank of personal stories to use in your creative projects?

Be more awake to the small moments that weave through your days and add richness to your story?

Record your past and your present for the future — for yourself and for your loved ones?

Develop a journalling practice that’s easy to return to when the time is right for you.

The Memory Mine ...

... is a six-week programme that guides you through the creation of your own memory journalling practice.

With my support, you’ll unearth your memories, find the value in your own experience, and create a bank of personal stories. Stories you can use in your own creative projects or to create a memory archive (a little piece of yourself) for your family and for the future.

If you’ve ever struggled with your own memory, or if you struggle to come up with content for your writing and creative work, this may be what you’re looking for.

The Memory Mine is currently closed

To be kept informed about the next round of the Memory Mine, join the waitlist.

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What you'll explore

Physical, sensual and emotional strategies to prompt your memory and improve your recall of events from decades ago

How digging for details can add life and colour to your stories.

How to consciously edit your memories—to decide which contain the spark of a story you want tell and which you’re ready to let go.

How to recall the past without judgement.

How to value and make time for your own story.

Tools to tune in to your daily life—to be awake to your experience and preserve it for the future.

Tools to unearth, record and collate your memories and create a bank of stories you can use for years to come.

Why you don’t have to journal every day to maintain a consistent practice.

By the end of the course you’ll have a memory bank of your own—a rich archive you can draw on for future creative projects. AND the tools to top-up your memory bank with stories from every-day life.

By the end of the course, you'll have—

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A journal full of memories to use in telling your own story—whether that’s on a blog, in a memoir, as a series of personal essays for publication, or just for yourself and your family. 

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A journalling practice that works with your energy levels and your schedule. A practice that is a joy to return to, not an obligation.

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An array of tools to help you notice and capture every-day experiences and future memories.

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A better understanding of how your memory works so you’re better able to encode and retain new memories. 

What people say ...

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I’m so grateful to you for doing the work you’re doing. I lost a family member last night to the coronavirus. This morning, I sat down to do my daily journaling and I tried to think about smells, textures - things I remembered about my aunt from my childhood. It was a very moving experience - and without your work, I would never have thought to try to dig in to those memories and I wouldn’t have written in that kind of detail.

— Cerries M

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Storytelling runs through Miranda, from her photos to the work she’s done for clients, to her own writing. Even her Instagram captions are mini masterpieces of storytelling.

— Kate M

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People who can communicate a message with a good story are so vital! Miranda does this so well. Her writing is light and bubbly and paints a clear picture of the world.

— Marian P

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As always, your words completely resonate. I read your latest post and literally exclaimed out loud as I read it and it was such an unexpected ending and such a delight to read.

— Cat S

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The world needs thought leaders, teachers, writers, artists, coaches, and entrepreneurs who embody a heart-centered approach, authenticity, and a fearlessness in embracing vulnerability. Not only does Miranda possess those qualities but her writing is exquisite.

— Suzy R

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I truly get sucked in by your magnetic writing. I wasn’t planning on reading the whole thing, as I was in the middle of something and now I’m even here typing a comment.

— Susan M

We connect to one another through story.

Your memories - your stories - are all part of the beautiful, chaotic, muddled mystery that make you you.

Why this work matters to me

I spent most of my adult life believing I had a terrible long-term memory. My short-term memory was just fine. I didn’t need a diary to remember appointments or present-day commitments.

Faces, people, places, all good.

But I could recall very little of my childhood or of my teenage years. Even my early adulthood was fuzzy. When my peers told tales of first concerts, first crushes, holidays past, I dredged my data bank of personal memories and came up with zilch.

I honestly thought my brain was broken.

As a writer, I often felt like a fraud. How could I be a writer if I had nothing to say? As a human, I felt less than whole when I couldn’t contribute to conversations about basic life experiences.

Our memories, the stories we tell about ourselves and our experiences, are cultural and generational touchstones. They age us. They unite us. They define us as belonging to one generation, to one tribe or another.

We connect to one another through the stories we tell and the memories we share. When you’re missing those shared references, you miss those connections.

A poor memory wasn’t something anyone seemed to talk about, except to make jokes about early-onset dementia, or how they couldn’t remember to put the bins out.

I thought I was the only one.

It was only when I started to open up about my own experience with a couple of close friends that I realised I wasn’t alone. I realised too, that the common factor I shared with those friends wasn’t actually a poor memory.

It was that we had been taught not to trust or to value our own experience.

Only by deliberately seeking out tools to prompt my memory, by challenging the story I told myself of my “poor memory” did I realise that the memories were there.

They just maybe weren’t the same as my peers’.

However unremarkable we think our lives have been, there are moments of beauty and joy and connection in all of us. We all have a story. Sometimes we just need a little help to find it.

I’ve refined much of what I learned on my own memory journey and turned it into this course. Over six weeks, I’ll guide you through the unearthing, understanding, writing and rewriting of your memories.

I’ll give you the tools you need to create your own memory practice and to collate a bank of stories for your own creative work, or as an archive for the future.

The Memory Mine is currently closed

To be kept informed about the next round of the Memory Mine, join the waitlist.

This is for you if ...

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you feel disconnected from your memory, have gaps in your story and are hungry for a stronger connection to your own history.

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you're keen to excavate your own story for its most important and beautiful lessons and explore how your history has made you who you are.

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you want to write a memoir, create a bank of stories, or tell your story to a wider audience, whether that’s your family or the world.

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you're ready to invest in yourself and in your story.

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you're on a personal quest to find the value in your own story.

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you want to connect with something solid in your past. 

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This is probably not for you if you ...

  • aren't ready for a deep dive into your own history.
  • are dealing with raw or unresolved trauma and don’t have a support system in place to help you work through painful memories that may emerge.
  • need individual, one-on-one support in this process.
  • have meticulous and indexed journals from childhood onwards and can remember who attended your every birthday party from year one and what they gave you as a gift.
  • are an active member of the TikTok generation, and already have a detailed digital archive of your life from birth to New Year’s hangover 2024
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How it works

The Memory Mine is a self-guided, online course. When you sign up, you’ll receive access to the private classroom where the Welcome module will be waiting for you. 

Content will be released every week for six weeks, beginning on Monday 12th February. You can work your way through the content at a pace that feels good for you. You have forever access to the class.

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Unlimited 1:1 support

For this first round of The Memory Mine, I'll be offering support via email throughout the entire six weeks. Think of me as your personal coach, providing problem-solving, cheerleading, tech support, and mentorship every step of the way.

This may be the only time I offer support in this way, so if you need a little extra hand holding, now is the time. Feeling stuck? Email me! Have a question about your journal setup? Email me! I'm excited to share the knowledge I've acquired over the last decade of memory hunting. I want to see you succeed!

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Forever Access

As a founding member of The Memory Mine, you’ll have forever access to the course content, including all upgrades and new versions. And if you don’t get results, you can get a full refund any time up to a year after launch.

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Limited Student Numbers

For the first round of The Memory Mine, numbers will be strictly limited, so I can fully support all students. I also want to test the waters and get feedback from students before I make the course more widely available.

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Low First Round Price

As a thank you for being part of this first ever round of The Memory Mine, the price is set at only £97. The cost for future rounds of the course will be higher. 

Topics & Schedule

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Week 1

Curiosity

Your first week is all about staying curious and paying attention. I want you to open your mind and your heart to the possibility that you might just remember more than you think. You’ll be setting up the groundwork for your memory journey—getting your journal set up for easy ongoing use, learning how your memory works, and tuning in to the everyday memories that bubble up and vanish unacknowledged.

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Week 2

Acceptance

Memories are messy. This week, I’ll guide you through memory overwhelm and the inevitable mess of your first unearthing forays. You’ll begin to build a memory practice that helps you to manage and keep track of your memories, and I’ll encourage you to actively embrace the mess.

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Week 3

Compassion

It’s time to delve into how the value you place on your own experience affects your recall of those events. Our focus for this week is on practising self-compassion for your own memories; letting go of judgement, and embracing what you might have previously believed were flaws, reframing them as essential parts of what makes you you.

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Week 5

Courage

Memories don’t get any more messy than when other people are involved. Now that you’re equipped with a greater understanding of how memory works and have done important work on self compassion and valuing your own experience, It’s time to talk about shared memories and sharing memories. We’ll have some fun exploring the weirdness of family rules and stories, before we spend time considering who is (and is not) a safe harbour for your memories.

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Week 4

Authenticity

You’ll draw on the reserves of self compassion you built in the last week as you investigate why certain memories are important to you, and give some thought to how that may have affected how you remember them. We’ll also touch on how different versions of the same story can exist at the same time, why we seek out stories that confirm our existing biases and figuring out a few of your own.

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Week 6

Being Present

Like yoga, mediation or gratitude, memory is a practice. It’s not something that can be perfected but a consistent memory practice can lead to a deeper understanding and connection with yourself and the world around you. In your final week, we’ll be reinforcing the habits and practices you’ve set up over the past five weeks and gathering a few extra tools you can use to keep you on track for the long term.

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Class begins on 12th February

The Memory Mine is currently closed

To be kept informed about the next round of the Memory Mine, join the waitlist.

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Meet your Memory Guide

Hi! I’m Miranda

I’ve spent almost thirty years telling other people’s stories—helping individuals and organisations, museums and exhibitions, to connect with an audience using time-worn storytelling techniques.

I was just where you are a few years ago. When friends and colleagues shared memories and stories from their past, I fell silent. The more energy I put into helping others tell their stories, the more unseen I felt. The more I realised I had no access to my own stories. I was blocked.

Ten years ago, I packed my life into boxes and moved from the urban hustle of London to the seaside stillness of the English south coast. I loved being by the sea. I loved our new home. But I never had the space to unpack my books, my photos and much of what made me me.

Without easy access to my own personal archive, I lost my already tenuous connection to my own memory.

I felt adrift. And I stopped writing anything that wasn’t for clients or for work.

Three years later, my partner gifted me a wall of bookshelves. I spent days unpacking, sorting and filing my books and my memories—finding snippets of myself in every object, image and note.

I found my creative art school self in old drawings and sketchbooks—my academic post-grad self scribbled in the margins of old ecology text books; my independent young adult working self in old calendars and notebooks—and a mishmash of memories from pre-teen to young adult in a forgotten photo album.

I started to write again—short pieces inspired by old photos and drawings. This new habit of focusing on my own needs made it easier to take notice of what was right in front of me. I started writing small observations about the garden and my daily walks. And I started to take photos again—adding to my memory bank for the future.

Gradually, I recovered many of the insignificant days and small moments which collectively add up to me.

But more than that, I started to consciously examine my relationship with my memories. I began to question some of what I’d been told was me. And I discovered that the me I’d been trained to be was no longer the me I either wanted or felt myself to be.

In time, I discovered a new version of me. One who, even before the move from city to seaside, before she packed herself into boxes, had been hidden under layers of expectation, guilt and obligation.

The unearthing helped me to rediscover moments of joy from my life—past and present—and realise where a lot of my old, unhelpful stories came from.

The Memory Mine is a gentle journey through that process.

The background, the content, the tools it contains, come from my years of experience of storytelling in different mediums. And from my personal struggle to access my own memories.

I will always be a curator of other people’s stories. I find great joy in that role. But that joy is immeasurably greater now that I also have the tools to share my own voice. Now I have the tools not only to say “me too” but to show “me too” and to guide by example.

Which is where The Memory Mine comes in.

This course is where I bring those two parts of myself together—the storyteller and the story facilitator—and offer everything I’ve learned to you.

FAQs

The amount of time each week will vary from person to person and really is up to you. You can spend anything from an hour to several hours, depending on your energy levels, availability and enthusiasm.

The course is designed to set help you create your own practice that works for you and your schedule. And you can always come back to the content at any time.

Not at all. Stories are at the core of all of us—whether you’re a writer, an artist, film maker, all or none of these things. All you need to be is curious.

YES! Throughout the 6 weeks of the course, I’ll offer unlimited support via email. Think of me as your personal memory coach, providing problem-solving, cheerleading, tech support, and mentorship every step of the way. I’ve blocked out my calendars for these six weeks, specifically so that I can be of service to you.

Not only am I offering support, I really want you to take advantage of this. The more feedback I get from you throughout the course, the better I can make the content for you in the future. This may be the only time I offer support in this way, so if you need a little extra hand holding, now is the time.

Yes, I’ll run this course again, but not at this price, and probably not with unlimited support. The £97 is a one-time, first-round price that will give you access to all future updates and new course content, as well as unlimited email support. This is the reason why numbers are limited in this first round.

There’s no such thing as behind in my book. The whole point of the course is to allow yourself a little kindness and find your way in your own time.

And remember, you’ll have forever access to the content. If something comes up (life happens), you can always come back to the content on your own time.

You’ll have forever access to the course content, including all upgrades and new versions.

At this time, I’m not able to offer instalment payments.

If you don’t get results within the first year after launch, simply show me that you’ve done the work, and if it’s not working, I’ll refund you the £97.

Why? Because you shouldn’t have to pay for something that doesn’t work.

There’ll only be a few spots open in this first round of the course because I want to test the waters and get feedback from participants before I make it more widely available.

As a founding student, you’ll be an integral part of the course and its long term development. I want to give you the best experience possible and have time to take on your suggestions and feedback.

I’ve got big ideas for how I want to grow this, but I want to do this in partnership with you, so it becomes something you find valuable and return to over and again. This course will be shaped by you.

If you have followed the course and still haven’t unearthed any memories, then yes. Just show me your work and show me that you’ve followed the course in its entirety and I’ll give you a refund.

The Memory Mine is currently closed

To be kept informed about the next round of the Memory Mine, join the waitlist.

What people say ...

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I’m so grateful to you for doing the work you’re doing. I lost a family member last night to the coronavirus. This morning, I sat down to do my daily journaling and I tried to think about smells, textures - things I remembered about my aunt from my childhood. It was a very moving experience - and without your work, I would never have thought to try to dig in to those memories and I wouldn’t have written in that kind of detail.

— Cerries M

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Storytelling runs through Miranda, from her photos to the work she’s done for clients, to her own writing. Even her Instagram captions are mini masterpieces of storytelling.

— Kate M

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People who can communicate a message with a good story are so vital! Miranda does this so well. Her writing is light and bubbly and paints a clear picture of the world.

— Marian P

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As always, your words completely resonate. I read your latest post and literally exclaimed out loud as I read it and it was such an unexpected ending and such a delight to read.

— Cat S

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The world needs thought leaders, teachers, writers, artists, coaches, and entrepreneurs who embody a heart-centered approach, authenticity, and a fearlessness in embracing vulnerability. Not only does Miranda possess those qualities but her writing is exquisite.

— Suzy R

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I truly get sucked in by your magnetic writing. I wasn’t planning on reading the whole thing, as I was in the middle of something and now I’m even here typing a comment.

— Susan M

There are moments of beauty and joy and connection in us all.

Sometimes we just need a little help to draw out the stories that make us.

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