The month of December can be a time of great celebration or a time to crawl under a rock until the month passes and the days get longer — depending on who you are and your circumstances. Perhaps you’re like me and it depends on the year how merry you feel. This year I’m just kind of meh about the whole thing.
Don’t get me wrong — I am grateful for my health, people I love to call family, the roof over my head, and even for the fact that I don’t have to do gift shopping this year. I look forward to eating a huge turkey dinner with all the trimmings (something I missed dearly at Thanksgiving) and being with my husband’s family. But this December feels more like a time of reflection than usual, and so that is what I will be doing as soon as Christmas Day is over… looking at my past year and planning for what I want from 2016.
What are your thoughts this holiday season?
I have a sackful ‘o gifts for you!
Just because I don’t have to buy presents for family this year, it doesn’t mean I don’t come bearing gifts!
GIFT #1: A SECOND FREE WRITING COURSE!
I want to thank you for being part of my growing WFTH Family. I love knowing people who are bravely daring to know themselves and be all they want to be. And because I’m so grateful to know you, I have a special gift for you:
From now until January 1, 2016, I am making video 2 of my 6-part series,
Guided Writing: Memory Prompts, FREE to you!
Yep, that’s right; I want you to see just how amazing assigned writing exercises can be to get you to go deeper and tell your stories.
Get Guided Writing: Memory Prompts simply by signing up for my newsletter.
If you’ve already taken this course (thank you), or want to share this gift with your friends pay it forward and give someone else some love and healing! Trumpet it out to the heavens if you wish — the more the merrier, and the more love there will be this season.
GIFT #2: REFLECT WITH ME
How about a little winter reflection? The darkest days of the year are upon us in the Northern Hemisphere. The land is dormant. Who couldn’t use a little reminder that the light and the warmth will indeed return? These cold and dark days are a time for writing in my journal on my warm and cozy dream chaise. Here are the guided writings I will be reflecting on between now and the end of this year. Care to join?
Guided Writing 1: the ghosts of this year past
Take some time to review 2015 and ask yourself:
- What are the most important lessons you’ve had to learn?
- What have you accomplished?
- What are those things it is time for you to let go of?
Whether it has been a relatively smooth ride, or a series of challenges, honour whatever has happened over the past year with gratitude and forgiveness. Then let it go. If you’re into rituals, you can take the pages that you’ve written and carefully and ceremonially burn them, outside preferably, allowing the wind to carry the year away, so you can start anew.
Guided Writing 2: listing the present
Reflect on your present life, especially what you are grateful for:
- Write a list of 40 things you are grateful for right now. Take your time, and write about what brings you joy, and why.
- Write a list of 40 positive “I am” statements. For example “I am a writer” “I am love (or loving)”, “I am healthy”.
- Write a list of 40 people that have had a positive impact on your life. (Bonus points if you write a letter to each of them [alive or dead] and tell them how grateful you are to have had them in your life. Mail them if you want to make their lives happier.) I’ve done this… it is deeply moving.
Guided Writing 3: Envision your 2016
Consider what is to come — all the different possibilities and potentials that exist before you.
- Allow your imagination to roam without limitation or ambition, and see what shows up.
- Notice how you feel in your body with whatever scenario plays out in your mind. If it feels good, write it down.
- These are previews of what is gestating, and you can manifest and grow them when you nurture these visions.
You probably don’t know this about me, but I create a vision board in the last week of December each year for my upcoming year.
GIFT #3: MONTHLY MEETUPS
In the early part of each month, I plan to host a monthly webinar-style live writing class. I’ll notify you through this newsletter, or on my Writing From the Heart course page on my web hosting site.
GIFT #4: MONTHLY GUIDED WRITING VIDEOS
Starting in January 2016, I will be recording short videos with a bit of a discussion, followed by a guided writing assignment. This one is ONLY available to newsletter subscribers.