How are you? I hope you are doing well and have had a very enjoyable holiday. Are you ready to make 2019 one of the best years of your life? I know I am. In fact, I have just learned about an idea that I think will help me, and, as I think it can help you too, I wanted to share. Here it is:
As a writer, I am constantly looking for ways to improve my writing. This led me to the book Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling by Matthew Dicks. I am still reading this book, but one point the author makes is how everyone can benefit by becoming better storytellers. First dates, job interviews, sales presentations etc., they can all be improved through a better understanding of story. It is not my intention to give a full review of this book here, but if you’re curious and want to check it out, feel free to click on the link below:
Click HERE to view the book Storyworthy by Matthew Dicks.
Here’s the important part, though. One of the techniques he recommends is what he calls Homework For Life. I know that sounds horrible, lol, but hear me out. The idea is that everyday before you go to bed you should write down 1-3 sentences (and that’s it!) about something that happened to you during the day. It can literally be anything. The reason Matthew started doing this is that he was looking for ideas for stories to tell. He was literally hoping to get one or two good story ideas a month. Instead, he found that he literally had hundreds of ideas for stories that he could tell, if he wanted to.
But that’s not the important part.
The best part is how it helped him appreciate his life more. Have you noticed how; as you get older, life becomes almost a blur? Time seems to move so slowly when you’re young, but as you get older, it’s almost as if whole months go by and you can’t even recall a thing about them! Christmas, Easter, birthdays, summer, they all become jumbled up almost as if your life is like a giant flip book that someone is going through with alarming speed. With Homework For Life, what Matthew discovered is that it helps him slow things down by making life more meaningful. The act of writing events of significance down, even if they are really small, makes that day stand out and it becomes unique. In fact, a student of Matthew’s once told him that he always strove to never miss a day because, if he did, it felt like he lost that day forever.
Does this sound interesting to you?
Anyway, here’s my idea. I have already started doing this and love it. However, I love it so much, I wanted to share, so here’s what I propose. Starting today in my private Facebook group I am going to start making daily posts outlining my own personal Homework For Life. What I thought would be cool is, if you wanted to participate, you could reply to my daily posts with your own Homework For Life. What happened in your day that was unique or special, others and I would like to know! I’ve found that when you want to start doing something, it’s often best to do it in a group as it keeps you accountable. No one’s going to be mad if you miss a day, but from my experience, you’re not going to want to. I think it will be fun and a great way for people to get to know one another.
If this sounds like fun to you and you’re not already in my private group, click the link below to request to join. I’ll approve you within 24 hours and you can join in on the fun.
Click HERE to request to join Julia’s private Facebook group.
That’s it for now and here’s to all of us having a terrific 2019!