So… why 20 Questions?
Honestly, the idea came to me just the other day.
I’ve noticed that this time of year — toppling toward the Winter Solstice and the New Year — seems to bring out a strong urge to dive inward.
Does this happen to you, too? Do you notice a shift in your introspection, an increased urgency to create change in your life around the end of the year?
I notice myself wanting to take stock, dream up new ideas, and find the courage to finally take action on things that have been simmering undone.
Anyway, there I was the other night in my living room after my daughter had gone to bed, thinking about this end-of-year introspection thing. I was thinking back to a podcast I’d listened to last year around this time — it was Katy Bowman and a friend of hers chatting about a long list of year-end-reflection questions. They summed up highlights and lessons learned, and talked about plans for the year to come, and I loved it so much — listening to their answers, and then considering my own.
Last year, I wrote down their whole list and journaled about them all, and had so much fun with it. Last year too, I taught a journaling workshop on New Year’s Day with a separate list of questions.
So there I am in my living room the other night, thinking “I should do that again — I should pull up those lists, but maybe think through some more questions — I’m in a question-pondering mood. I want to answer some of those questions every day between now and the new year.”
And then it dawned on me — maybe some of you are in this mood too, and we can do it together 🙂
I have a steady journal practice all year around, and one of the things that’s been feeding it a lot is a practice of little Q-and-A sessions with different parts of myself; like, my wise self will ask the anxious lump of dread in my belly (I’ve nicknamed her Lumpy) what’s actually going on with her, and the dialogue is always revealing.
So, over the rest of the month, I’ll be sharing questions with you, and a few snippets of what answers are feeling helpful. I’m hopeful we’ll all get to reflect some, and share ideas. I’m excited to see where it leads.
Want in on the emails??
Here’s what you’ll get: I’ll send you a question every weekday for the next four weeks.
My hope is that at least some of the questions will spark something for you. And when they do, of course, it’s totally up to you how to engage with them. Maybe you end up sometimes mulling them on the subway, or just notice your thoughts drifting back to them while you’re at the grocery store. Maybe one really strikes you, and you purposefully take a few minutes to journal about it, or record a voice memo with some thoughts, or you make a post on Instagram or what have you.
If you want to write me back, or tag me in a post on social media, I’d *love* that.
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