I’m very excited about my new blog series.
52 Weeks Forward was an idea that came rushing through me when I first saw this quote grace my social media news feed a few months ago.
There are a lot of reasons to put things off (like keeping up with my blog posts), but when ideas continue to tug at you it’s time to put one foot in front of the other and restart the journey.
52 Weeks Forward is a series of activities and actions designed to simplify and clarify the path forward. Every Monday, after Thanksgiving, I’ll share a new post with you – please consider this your personal invitation to join and be part of this 52 week journey. (HINT: Sign up for our newsletter)
Full disclosure: I’m not a life coach or a therapist, although I do a lot of business coaching. I am a busy mom and savvy business women that uses a lot of tools to help me plan and stay focused. When I started listing them out I realized I had enough ideas for a year worth of blog posts.
It is my hope that engaging in some of these activities and tools will help bring you closer to living your dream too.
Whether you’re starting an exercise regime (I started a HIIT program this year – oh it hurts so good), expanding your business, or exploring your passion these fundamentals are meant to challenge and change the way you look at obstacles and see them as the opportunities they are.
52 Weeks Forward Tools
I believe Creativity is the corner stone of problem solving so I always have a notebook on hand. I write, I doodle, and sometimes I create a full on art page to help me explore ideas.
Keeping a journey journal is a great exercise. Not just for exploring, but for documenting. I suggest using a sketchbook, a few drawing tools, scissors, a glue stick, and just about any other art medium you can think of. This is not necessarily art journaling, although feel free to take it as far as you want to go.
For me it’s about exploring an idea from a different angle.
I love using heavier Mixed Media pads because the paper holds up well. They come in a variety of sizes; I prefer the smaller ones because they fit in my bag. Also, these books come with 60 pages which is more than enough to cover the themes we will explore this year. PS: you can pick up anything you’ll need in the way of creative supplies at my favorite art supply store BINDERS Art Supplies and Frames.
In our busy lives it’s easy to get lost in the minutia of activity. Giving myself Space to experience what I’m feeling and what I need, helps me stay focused and gives me a moment to pause.
These moments are something I share with my little one. When she gets stressed we have a 2 minute quiet time. We pay attention to our breathing and this helps calm her down and often diffuses the impending drama that can only be created in the mind of an 8 year old girl.
Over the next year I will include quiet time (or as its commonly called – meditation) tracks for both relaxation and rejuvenation. It’s amazing the things that will bubble up to the surface when we take a moment to breathe.
These moments are truly about taking time for yourself. Finding space. Accepting stillness. You’ll need nothing special. A quiet room and the patience to sit with yourself for 10 to 15 minutes.
There are a few kinds of me time we’ll be practicing. We’ll truly sit quiet and still with the intention of letting ourselves explore emotions and thoughts. We’ll also engage with active meditations that will provide a focus to ponder and explore with a fully engage mind.
Active change involves a knowing of where you’ve been, how you got there, and a way forward. Occasionally I’ll include Action Sheets that I use to help clarify an idea or an action. In most cases these will be downloadable pdfs.
This week I’ve included a “Planning for a 52 Week Journey” sheet.
The first space is for one of your favorite inspiring quotes or words. I included it here because it was a quote that sparked my desire to organize a blog series around #52WeeksForward. Write down a quote that speaks to you.
The second space is for that idea that keeps popping up in your life. The one you can’t seem to let go of even though it feels out of reach. Put it on paper and lets see how close you are to it a year from now.
The third space is an opportunity to write down three goals you’d like to achieve this year. What three things would you’d like to say you accomplished this year? What would make you proud?
The fourth space is for your signature. Together we are committing to a 52 week journey.
These tools are meant to get us started, to help us stay engaged with the idea that we’ve got to stop wanting and start doing.
The 52 Weeks Forward posts start December 1st. Please join me as we document the journey of one year!
What one thing can you start today that your future self will thank you for? What would you like to accomplish over the next 12 months?
The possibilities and YOU are limitless!
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