Monthly Archives: January 2014

What’s your word for 2014?

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I picked “embrace.”  It came to me, in a conversation with my journal.  I’d had a dream about grains, and, when I looked up the symbolism, it was all about prosperity and happiness.  So, my journal suggested I “embrace” this idea.  Then I looked at the cover of my journal, where it said, “Embrace The Day.”

Hmmm. Is that clear direction from the Universe, or what?

Emerging "embrace" collage for 2014.

Emerging “embrace” collage for 2014.

I like the idea of “embrace.”  It’s not…grab. Seize. Snatch. Just…gently hug.  To hug the day. Am I willing to do that? Can I embrace my life, and everything around me, without clutching it? (This was a necessary skill I used last night when I agreed to my teen-agers not being home with me for New Year’s, but “out” with their friends. Breathe, Jennifer, breathe.)

Somebody asked me today if I make “resolutions.”  The answer is, not anymore.  It seems too direct.  Too demanding.  Too much of a setup for failure! Instead, I’d rather do a diagram, or write  in my journal, or make a collage about what I hope will manifest in the new year.

Which, in fact, I did today.  All three of those things!  And I like what’s emerging.

When I asked some of my friends what their word for the year was going to be, they came back with “Risk.” “Faith.” “Trust.”  Then one of them sent me a text about what she had done to usher in the new year (and I quote):

“You girls will laugh but I’m insisting on a successful and blissful…. That being said, my friend Christy and I looked up all these crazy New Year’s rituals from around the world….The cliff note version of our night included eating beans for dinner (mex food). Taking our dogs to the park while wearing lots of different colored underwear where we then burned all the things we want to let go of and sent them away with love in red paper lanterns, came home and threw orange peels and money in our entry ways, opened up all our windows to let out old and in new, walked in our doorways with our right foot first, then watched some tv while eating 12 grapes -making a wish for each one!! Today we will eat all round food and black eyed peas, avoid cleaning, poultry, using sharp objects. We will take a walk, bury our wishes for 2014 and open up our brand new clean calendars for the year! If this doesn’t cover All the bases then I don’t know what will!!”
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New Year’s Eve dinner soufflé

I did laugh.  And, I opened my windows, stepped with my right foot into the door, and plan to eat all round things for dinner tonight!

Journal prompts:

  • What is your word or phrase for the coming year?
  • What is the biggest risk you took back in 2013, and, what did you learn from taking that risk?
  • Who are you most committed to being in 2014?

Feel free to post your responses in the comments below. I have more prompts for the new year and to wrap up the old, if you are interested. Contact me.

Ready to invest in yourself this year?  Register for the first ever Women Writing for (a) Change, Jacksonville, Core Class, beginning January 15.  I have four spots left as of today. 

Each day of this year is a blank page.  Consider writing your story in a circle of supporting women. I’d love to welcome you into the circle with a warm embrace.

What We’re Manifesting This Year!

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January 2014 Newsletter

Happy New Year!
It’s a brand new year, and, as I watch the birds and write
in my journal this morning, I’m curious to see what will
manifest in my life this year. How about you?

Four Spots Left for Spring Series!
Perhaps a women’s writing circle is in your future!
If so, I’ve got 4 spots left for the first ever
Women Writing for (a) Change, Jacksonville,
Spring Series, starting January 15.
Only one week left to sign up! You can register here.

I know. You’re scared. Yes, it does take time
to build community. Yes, it does take time for themes
to emerge, for trust to be built, for the voice to be revealed.
And yes, for so many of us, it has been well worth it.
If you are ready to manifest something new
for yourself this year, please join us.

Have You Picked Your Word?
Speaking of manifesting your future, have you
“picked your word” for the year?
I’ve picked mine: Embrace! And I’ve posted some journal prompts
to help you use words to shape your year:
http://www.womenwritingjacksonville.com. Check it out!

Planned for 2014
In 2014, we’ll be conducting a Spring Series and a Fall Series,
leading a workshop at MOSH in February, offering
the Journal-To-The-Self workshop in May,
and planning women’s writing circles at the jail
as well as the Women’s Center. I also intend to support
the work of Hope At Hand and create and exciting art/writing event
with artist Sarah Crooks Flair in her new studio space.

Outreach: We Made A Difference!
We raised $1,000 for Rethreaded through donations from our
Sampler Series in October! That means through writing,
we helped women coming out of the sex trade
find dignified work. Thank you, Women Writers!
Also, thanks to the Women’s Center for allowing me
to lead their Bosom Buddies Support Group
in a garden-themed writing circle.

Special Thanks
I want to especially thank the three women
who sponsored seats for our Fall Sampler:
Beth Horn, Darlene Goetzman, and Karen Knight,
all of whom are changing the world their way.
Thanks also to Rethreaded’s Kristen Keen
for helping to promote the Sampler.
p.s. check out Darlene’s 20-minute Busyness Break at 1 p.m. EST Wednesdays!
http://www.darlenegoetzman.com

It’s Official!
WWf(a)C Jacksonville is now officially licensed,
as I signed the final papers in December at the headquarters of
WWf(a)C in Cincinnati during my graduation from
the Conscious Feminine Leadership Academy.
More info on WWf(a)C activities: http://www.womenwriting.org

In The Garden
I’ve been writing quite a bit so far this year, including how
the bluebirds came to visit me on the first day of the new year.
Please take a look at this and my other blog posts.
I would love your feedback.
http://www.inthegardenofthedivine.com

A Final Word
It’s taken me a long time to find my voice,
and to begin to listen to it. I found that voice in the pages
of my journal and in my women’s writing circles.
I hope that you, too, will find the time and the resolve
to listen to your own inner voice this year.
If you hear the call, register today for the Spring Series.

Blessings on you in the new year.
Cheers,
Jennifer Wolfe
http://www.womenwritingjacksonville.com
http://www.inthegardenofthedivine.com