Triumph! We made it through 100 Days to Career Clarity. Who knew 100 days could be so intense?
First, my apologies for the confusing question from yesterday’s post. Here’s a better version of it:
Revisit your initial question from this series and answer it. The question was, “What do you want, from the deepest part of yourself, to emerge from these 100 days of reflection?” What has emerged from these 100 days?
Second, buckets of gratitude to all of you for journeying alongside me and one another.
- Thanks for sending me your notes.
- Thanks for responding to the surveys.
- Thanks for commenting on the blog.
- Thanks for sharing on Facebook and LinkedIn and Twitter.
- Thanks for reading.
Third, both you and I will be blessed with a hiatus of posts. No blog posts in January (beyond today, of course). Who knows what February will bring. Definitely not daily posts. Maybe weekly. I genuinely don’t know, and I’m taking the time to percolate, so expect news in February.
Fourth, I’m looking forward to meeting with those of you who sent me your responses to the questions posted here. To claim your free session:
- Send me an email (just reply to this email or write to maggieinfoco at gmail) by January 15.
- List 4 times that you’re available to meet for 90 minutes between January 15 and February 15.
- Specify your time zone.
- Let me know whether you want to meet in person at the Old Town Library in Fort Collins or via phone, Skype, GoogleHangout, FaceTime, or some other medium.
- Tell me what you want as the outcome from our meeting – how will you know it’s been a wildly successful meeting?
Blessings to you on your 2015. May it bring you connection to yourself, to positive catalysts, to the work you’re called to do right now, to wealth and success on whatever terms you outline.
This activity came from my friend Sarah. She calls it her Paper Doll Life.
When Sarah has an idea about a direction she might want to pursue, she explores it using collage and journaling prompts in a special binder/journal. Usually, she has a title (perhaps even a new name) such as Sarah MD. Then, she cuts out words and images that seem to speak to this dream…where she’s living, what she’s doing, how much money she’s making, what her home looks like, what hobbies she’s exploring, and so forth. She may even pick out a special wardrobe for this paper doll life.
In her journal, she might use prompts like, “If I were Sarah MD, my typical day would include…” “Sarah MD is often seen wearing…” She indulges (on paper) in this imaginary paper doll life and has found that it often gives her the feeling of having accomplished something important. And often she will see clues to commonalities between the paper dolls. Maybe they all run first thing in the morning or they all buy secondhand clothes.
You get the idea: she lives in the world she imagines she wants to step into and energetically she experiences it to try it on. Sometimes, it leads her to explore the next level of imagining that life, and sometimes, she notices that her interest wanes and she moves on to another idea.
A key question that she asks herself in this process is, “Can I get this feeling in other ways?”
The process is one of allowing, nurturing, and being present to her desires.
What Paper Doll Life do you want to create for yourself?
My friend Lynda sent me this exercise because she said that it helped her explore her underlying blocks. It’s from The Marriage of Spirit: Enlightened Living in Today’s World by Leslie Temple-Thurston.
The square exercise is outlined in Chapter 11 of the book, and it has 6 steps:
- Pick something that you’re conflicted about. Example: launching a freelance career.
- Create a square that frames these dimensions of your conflict:
- Desire to…launch a freelance career (top left)
- Fear of…launching a freelance career (top right)
- Desire to…stay put careerwise (bottom left)
- Fear of…staying put careerwise (bottom right)
- Explore each dimension of the square through by asking yourself how you fit into each corner
- Journal like wild
- Release your findings
- Leslie says “Wait for grace”