What Story Are You Telling with Your Life?

If you have followed my blog for more than a few months, you know that I am a huge fan of Don Miller and, especially, his most recent book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story. In fact, I recently had the men in my Mentoring Group read through the book and discuss it. It is life-changing.

That’s why I am so excited to share with you about Don’s Storyline Conference. This is a two-day event held in Portland, Oregon on June 6–7. Don designed this conference to help you examine your life—who you are and who God created you to be—and then guide you through the process of creating a more meaningful story.

Gail and I will be attending the conference this year. We are really excited. It could not be coming at a better time for us. I want to invite you to come along. I do hope you will sign up. I think it will be well-worth your while.

Don also has a special treat in store. Everyone who attends The Storyline Conference will have the opportunity to test-screen the new movie, Blue Like Jazz, based on his book by the same title. Director Steve Taylor and cinematographer Ben Pearson will continue to work on the movie, but the Storyline audience will be able to give their feedback before they make their final changes.

In case you are wondering, The Storyline Conference is designed for:

  • Those interested in personal development;
  • Those in the midst of a transition; and
  • Those who want to live a bigger, more compelling story.

Over the course of two days, you will discover:

  1. How you are uniquely wired
  2. How to create a filter for your major decisions
  3. How to be motivated by a single life-purpose
  4. How to take up every day knowing what you are supposed to do
  5. How to inspire the world with the story you are attending
  6. How to partner with God in the work He is already doing
  7. How to create a a storyline you can reference for the rest of your life

If you want to register for the conference, you can do so here.

Questions: What sounds interesting to you about this conference? Why would you like to attend? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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  • Stephanie Eft

    I want to attend the Storyline conference to better understand how my thread in the storyline intersects the threads of other characters around me in God’s bigger picture. As a young adult already enthralled with the power and impact of story in teenagers’ lives, I believe the storyline conference would make my story more impacting as well as better equipping me to help the teens in my youth ministry live out their stories with intention, purpose, direction, and confidence. If you pick me, I will write new characters into the Storyline conference’s pages by paying it forward each day my pen touches paper!

  • http://profiles.google.com/toddgorton Todd Gorton

    As I rapidly close in on my 40th birthday, I realize I’ve been pastoring and serving the local church for almost 15 years. It’s only in the past 6-9 months that I’m beginning to discover MY voice. That is, so deeply submitting to the Holy Spirit in me that God can speak clearly through me.

    Gone (or going away) is the baggage of looking, sounding, acting, needing to be a Pastor like all the other pastors. I pray for freedom and clarity as I develop that voice to see God’s Spirit work in and through me.

    I have no doubt that the Storyline Conference could play a huge part in my own life and many others in developing and growing toward deeply knowing God so others might know Him deeply.
    Thanks Michael for pushing us toward that discovery. Thanks Don for living your story as you submit to God’s leading. I pray for more men like you.

  • Matt Alberti

    I want to attend Storyline because I believe that understanding my story is essential to the process of God’s transformation of my life as well as the lives of every person my life touches through discipleship. It would be a true blessing to be equipped with the powerful insight of knowing my story and learning how to help others to do the same. To my mind, this is both a beautiful opportunity and a responsibility all at once.

    • http://twitter.com/mattalberti Matt Alberti

      It seems that most everyone here recognizes the power of the “Storyline” concept that God has placed on Don Miller’s heart. It’s truly a beautiful and powerful gift.

      Last night, after reflecting on the power of this concept, I decided that my wife and I could apply it to our parenting. We met with each of our three children, one by one, and asked them to share their story. We explained to our middle child (eleven yrs.) that the first ten chapters of her book were completed and asked her to share her outline for the rest of her book. We were blown away with what she related to us. It was one of the most profound parenting experiences we’ve shared. Next, we repeated the process with our youngest child (six yrs.) as well as our oldest child (seventeen yrs). Again, we were blown away by their stories. Now, I know that this is just a starting point; nonetheless, it’s truly a blessing to have a framework that we can use to guide our relationships as parents, disciples, and disciple-makers of Christ Jesus.

      Obviously, it won’t be possible for most of us to attend the Storyline Conference. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t seek to better understand the “Storyline” concept and ask God to help us to apply this wisdom to our lives and the lives of the people we are connected to. I encourage everyone to think about this. If you’re fortunate enough to go to the conference, I encourage you to share what you’ve learned with as many people as possible. Likewise, ask those who you share that knowledge with to share it with others as well.

  • Jmilligan

    I am comment #583 and yet with God I am no number :) He has uniquely designed and created me for a reason. I want to discover what God is up to in my life. That is why i would like two tickets

  • http://twitter.com/luvoflilacs Anna

    I would love to attend storyline to narrow down my vision for my future, or better yet, to get closer having a clearer vision. I have had opportunities to go to many places around the world, and have seen so much need at home and abroad. Now I would just like to figure out what it is I can do. I am working on getting my masters in Counseling right now, and love what I’m learning about people, and how to help them, but I haven’t a clue in what way exactly I would like to use my degree, or really, what I have learned. I know things will come together in time, but I know that something like storyline would better help me understand how I am wired to serve others, and how I can practically do that in my everyday life, something I try to do now.

    Thanks for giving these tickets away! I know whoever receives them will be oh so grateful. :)

    • Luvoflilacs

      My email.

  • Keri Dupey

    I’d love to go. Simply put, my husband and I would love to know in what ways we can take our individual passions, goals, and wild abandon – and mesh them together to make a better story for two. Here’s where I tweeted this link.

  • Luvoflilacs

    I suppose I should have followed directions. :) Will sign in again with email.

  • http://profiles.google.com/lindsaybharris Lindsay Harris

    I am a therapist and have been compelled both personally and professionally by the concept of our life being a “story.” More and more I have been trying to implement this concept in my work with clients but also in my own life. I work a lot of with clients going through various experiences of grief and loss, which sometimes propels them to think more intentionally about using the time they have well. They often become more mindful and present. Amidst the grief, the become inspired and so do I. So I would love to EXPERIENCE this conference. I have also been amidst a series of changes in my personal life these past 5 years (marriage, birth of 3 children, job changes and moves) and have struggled to find the time to slow down and reflect on my story– how I’ve changed as a result of new roles, on my passions, on how God might be leading, etc. It would be incredible to have 2 days to “slow down,” be inspired, be challenged, be open to what God might reveal…

  • Cyndi Hake-Castro

    I would love to attend this conference, first of all, because I absolutely love Don Miller and what he writes and stands for. His books and speaking gigs have encouraged me, as well as, my son Daley. Secondly, I know I have a story to tell, but need need time to focus in on where I am headed at this point in my life. Being the mother of six sons takes a lot of time….I would love a couple of days to hone in on the gifts and talents God has given me to share with not only my family, but others. Thanks for the chance to win a ticket!!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/jeremiahbowser Jeremiah Bowser

    frequent flyer miles: check.
    hotel points: check.
    complimentary conference ticket (or two ): ?

    You can make the impossible possible Mr. Hyatt… a $0 cross country trip for a very happy guy and his wife! :o)

  • redheadkate

    I am very smart & talented. At least, that is what my mom has always told me. Ideas? Oh, I have plenty. Things to do. People to help. Worlds to change. All worthwhile causes, but I feel like Goldilocks, constantly trying the next thing to see if it fits. It is a bit overwhelming. Actually, it is a LOT overwhelming as I jump from project to project. The idea that this conference could help me focus on one single purpose opens up that tight place in my chest. Because that is what I have been looking for all along, the thing that fits me “just right”.

    I tweeted about this giveaway (@redheadkate)

  • Kstanley1120

    I am longing to live life to the fullest, with single -minded purpose. There are dreams hidden and dead in me that long to be revived and rekindled. Yet, i do not want to just make things happen, I really want to join God where He is at work. And, I’m turning 50 in 10 days…

  • Mgbower

    Number 600! today i celebrate the year of having my throat cut! May 11th 2010 i had a large goitre removed and an interesting year of losing one voice and gaining another. I have already entered so i hope this doesn’t disqualify me but i wanted to give thanks to God for his generosity to me and look forward to continuing 1st Tim 6:6 which has been hanging on my wall for 44 years and just after writing it on a fb comment this morning I heard a whole halfhour radio programme by Chuck Swindoll here in New Zealand!! WOW! Thank you God!! Grace Bower New Zealand

  • http://twitter.com/mattmetzger matt metzger

    My wife and I are right in the midst of figuring out what the next part of our story will be. We have eaten up Don’s books and his “Your Story” CD set. This would be a great chance to process even further.

  • Tracey solomon

    Every mother has a story, one that impacts generations. My passion is to Help moms write better stories to live. I have worked with MOPS international for 20 years, helping moms discover there is more to their story. I am a public speaker, writer and leader in our field. if chosen for the storyline conference, I’ll be able to first, live a better story, and second, share the experience with other moms!

    (also, my first born’s name is Michael. Did that work?)

  • http://www.MamaSaysNamaste.com AshleyRose

    On June 2nd I’ll celebrate my thirtieth birthday…a perfect time to take a fresh look at what my personal storyline is. As a wife, mom, and daughter to a life coach and author, I spend a lot of time coaching others and understand the need to step back and look at my own story as well!

  • kat.

    I find the connectivity of social media makes it seem as if the six degrees of separation are condensed to about four and a half. Following my friend, bobgoff led to following donmilleris, which led to following GailHyatt (for a broccoli recipe of all things,) and then to following MichaelHyatt. Now I’m reading your blog, getting the newsletter, and I’ve downloaded “Creating Your Personal Life Plan.”

    I was registered and excited to attend the Storyline Conference last fall. However, in September my Mama passed away. In the following week two additional, unconnected deaths caused a great deal of turmoil and tasks, and I cancelled my trip to Portland.

    I’ve read the tweets and posts about you offering up tickets to the upcoming Miller Storyline conference. I’ve smiled and thought, “That’s nice.” But I hadn’t considered going until this morning, while reading an interview with Dave Morin, founder of Path. He was referring to a happiness science, talking about “…two selves — the remembering self and the experiencing self.” In the article Morin asked, “How do I feel in my life right now versus how do I feel about my life?” That’s a significant question for me.

    God has blessed me with a great life, full of wonderful people and amazing experiences. I have three kids, one by birth and two who are gifts. They are in their 20’s, just about launched. A couple years ago, I stepped away from corporate America (which I enjoyed) to help my Mama in her battle with cancer.

    So why would I want to go to the Storyline Conference? Right now, every area of my life is in and available for transition. The previous pages of my story are full, but the following pages don’t even have the barest outline. I am unencumbered by the typical responsibilities which limit others’ choices. Ready to reenter the workforce, I want to use my considerable talents and experience towards something worthwhile.

    I do not want to only be my “remembering self” I want to be my “experiencing self.” I need to learn where God wants the next chapter of my story to be.

    A side note: Thanks to the KickStarter campaign I’m one of the many “Associate Producers” of the Blue Like Jazz movie, and it’d be great fun to attend the test screening… (chances are in won’t be playing in Santa Cruz. Smile)

    Thanks Michael, for the consideration and the opportunity.

  • Modrig3

    Would love to attend b/c I’m an old guy (49 – minister) who feels like he’s getting lost in the middle of his story.

  • Julia Rowell

    I very much need to get my crap together, ahem, I mean, write myself a better life.

  • Jonathanghankins


    Thanks for the opportunity to win a ticket to Donald miller’s conference. My wife and I first read Blue Like Jazz about four years ago among a major life transition decision. Long story short, four years ago, I was a fairly successful pastor of student ministries and my wife was struggling to play a supportive role. Fast forward a few years through a miscarriage, a couple mission trips to a third-world country, our life’s story continued to unfold. We purchased a local coffee shop where we feel we have been able to do more “ministry” than ever before. We help start a simple house church where we learned more about relationships and helped cultivate intentional community. We’ve since had a son who has brought some amazing adventures and great joy into our life. My wife is a full-time student and will be graduating in June. With the economics being what they are, the coffee shop barely pays for itself, our house is in foreclosure, and we are currently living in community with my wife’s family.

    Our journey together has been a huge adventure through a lot of ups and downs. There are several others here who have far more reason to receive a free ticket, so I’m reluctant to even ask.

    Over a year ago I read “A Million Miles…” and when I heard of the first conference, I was thrilled but setback by the inability to pay. At Christmas, my wife’s gift to me was to come to this conference and her hope was that she could buy my way when she received her financial aid, which we have been living off of for the last year. After those funds were spoken for and we missed the early-bird deadline, I put the idea of attending, once again, behind me. But I haven”t forgotten about it, hoping there was a way for me to still go. In addition, my wife was bummed that she couldn’t fulfill her gift to me. I know that there will be more opportunities like this,so if I can’t make it this time that would be okay. We know that our economic situation should change when my wife starts working as an RN.

    When she does start working it would free me up to explore more of what I am interested in pursuing. In addition to helping raise our son and continue management of the coffee shop, there are some potential ministry opportunities “knocking at my door” as well as other things I am interested in pursuing. I feel as though the last few years have included some major transitions and I really need to focus. My heart wants to go a million different directions, but reality is calling me to focus. at the same time, I want to be able to articulate the story of my life that God is speaking to me and through me – to my son, and to our friends.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this and consider. I am having a difficult focusing on writing this and entering on time as my son desperately needs my attention and my wife is at school. If I was accepted to receive a ticket to the conference, I would be very grateful. We live five hours south of Portland, so transportation would not be too big of an issue. We also have friends in the Portland/Metro area who would be happy to let me stay.

  • Dave T

    I’m interested in this conference for my wife, actually. As a mom of three, and chief executive of operations for our family, finding time for herself to fully invest in her storyline is somewhat challenging. I think an opportunity like this would give her the ability to focus on what her storyline is and where it is headed.

    An added bonus would, of course, be to see the Blue Like Jazz screening. I missed our call from Steve recently which really bummed me out, but she could see it and tell me all about it!

    Thanks for this opportunity!

  • http://lizdugger.blogspot.com Liz Dugger

    The conference first got my attention because of the title and challenging question, “What story are you telling with your life?” I’ve been asking myself similar questions during this past year of transition, realizing that stories don’t end well by accident. Transitions can tweak with a storyline. For the past ten years I oversaw the worship/arts ministry at a large church in the Portland Metro area. It was a productive and challenging season. Since the season ended over a year ago, I’ve been seriously waiting on God asking, “What’s the next chapter? Where would You fit me into Your story at this transitional time in our world? What do you want me to do with my time, talent, experiences for the rest of my life? What do I need to let go of, or latch onto, as I continue this race? ” The idea of attending a conference like this seems timely. I genuinely want to connect with others who are like-minded, focused, aiming to be part of THE story. I’ve followed Don’s blog for quite some time and am a new follower here … I’d be honored and totally stoked to experience all that will unfold at Storyline. Thanks for listening …. !

  • Anonymous

    Our stories have a lot to tell about us, but it is only when we really example our story and put it into a practical plan that we can use to create a better story for ourselves. I have always been interested in and encouraging to others about developing themselves personally. At the same time, I just finished my Masters in Divinity and I am in the process of transition from going to school to now what do I do with it. I would like to have a bigger and more compelling story than the one that I have, but I want it to be bigger not about me but about God and what God has in store through me. I would like to learn more about how to be uniquely wired and how to help make major decisions. I have a personal mission statement and would like to see if there is anything that I can add to help to determine a single life-purpose. Sounds like this could be a life changing experience.

  • http://twitter.com/aquamnky Shermaine Barlaan

    P.S. I tweeted the conference link but hadn’t realized I needed to post it here also in the comments:



  • Anonymous

    The one interesting thing about this conference that excites me is the story telling element. Don is a great story teller and, as a pastor, a compelling story is a great tool for public speakers. So I would love to attend the conference for that reason. Plus, Portland is a pretty awesome city. ;)

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  • http://twitter.com/CallieTalk CallieTalk

    I would sell my spleen to attend this conference. Seriously, my life is undergoing a period of extreme pruning as I work with God on revealing and creating the second half of my life story.

    My life plans and perceptions of reality were shaken to the core when I became ill three years ago. I fought through it and got well. Nearly two years ago, my Dad became ill with cancer, and he died in May 2010.

    Losing Dad took me to a place I have never been. My larger than life Dad died. My hero. Things started to spin out of control. Wait. People can die??? It hit me hard but it has taken longer to start to understand the bigger truth: We are God’s vessels. As we move through the stages of human life, we glorify God by putting our gifts and talents into action.

    Writing was always my plan, but life got in the way. The week my Dad died, he said, “I wish you could use your writing skills in your career. I’m going to see if I can help you do that when I get to Heaven.” :)

    A few months later, my job ended, and I found myself with a new opportunity to rewrite the story of my life. There comes a point in life where you just go with your heart. I didn’t fight it.

    Writing has been my primary professional focus for the better part of the last seven months. First, I caught up on all of the style formats. Then, I started networking online. Now, I write and edit stories and am able to pay my bills as this new story unfolds.

    God is good. I hear and feel the way God built me in a way I never could have imagined before the age of 44.

    I shake my head as I write this, remembering my childhood dreams and always, always, always writing. What delayed this process?

    This is my answer, and I am sticking to it: I needed to have something to say.

    After 22 years in the music industry and marketing, peppered with a postulancy for Holy Orders, book publishing in NY, a year abroad in Scotland and two engagements, I have more than enough to say. My prayer is that there is enough time to say it all. 

    Fast forward to a few months ago. A friend who works at Thomas Nelson gave me a copy of Blue Like Jazz. Then, I had the opportunity to hear @donmilleris:twitter  speak at my church in Nashville (C3 Conference).  After that, I was led to the Storyline website, and I could almost envision the crowd participation and energy. Portland, I thought–no way. Not right now. Money is tight.

    But tonight I saw your blog posting and thought I would submit the seedling of my developing story. Storyline looks like an awesome opportunity for everyone involved.

    Thank you for reading my post. It would be a privilege to attend this conference.

    Sincerely yours,
    Callie Johnson  

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Fascinating story. I hope that you can attend. I can mark my life by the life-changing books I have read and the conferences I have attended. I think this will be one.

      • http://twitter.com/CallieTalk CallieTalk

         Michael, thank you for your reply. I will pray for an opportunity and look forward to meeting you one day.

  • Brooke

    Lately, I’ve been haunted by the Thoreau quote, “How vain it is to sit down to write, when you have not stood up to live.” I have known I wanted to be a writer since I was five, and yet I know if I am not living a good story, how can I write a good story?

    I have books inside me pressing to come out, but sometimes I think it will take some sort of risk, some adventure to be the driving force to get these words on paper.

    Don’s words have really shaped by writing style over the years, helping me find my voice. After reading “A Million Miles” I knew it was shaping more then just my writing, but my view of life.

  • http://profiles.google.com/daynamite79 Dana Metzger

    Just curious- have you chosen a winner for this amazing prize yet? Didn’t see it anywhere and still holding out hope. :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yep. I chose them earlier this week as per the original announcement.

  • Karl Mealor

     I started reading Don’s latest book just yesterday, and I’ve had a hard time putting it down. (Life keeps getting in the way of my reading time.)  I greatly appreciate his transparency.  He is hugely inspiring.