I love the feeling of a fresh start that comes with the beginning of each new year. I see it as a chance to release the past and renew my focus on the things that matter.
As a creative life coach and an avid journaler, I frequently focus inward on my values, thoughts and feelings, but the start of a new year offers a a clean slate to remind myself of where I want to direct my energy.
That’s why I’ve created this free mini course for you – creating your own yearbook to make this a magical, inspired and purposeful year. There is also be a free printable version of the workbook with gorgeous lettering, prompts and imagery should you wish to use the prompts but not create your own journal.
What is a yearbook?
I got the idea for a ‘yearbook’ from my wonderful friend Akiyo over at Journaling Sage. She has one notebook that she keeps for the year where she puts anything that is significant to her for that year. As she tends to go through many journals quite quickly, she wanted one ‘yearbook’ to store the things that she needed for the year, rather than putting these things into her journals. See this video for more on how Akiyo uses her yearbook (and other journals).
I see it as a sort of guidebook for the year ahead – a map to guide you through the year. Much like a manual for the year – with the values and goals you want to focus on, guiding you through the next 365 days.
I think it’s important to be deliberate and intentional in our lives. This is why I love journaling so much. It’s easy to get so busy with life, running from one thing to the next, that before we know it the year is over and we can barely remember what we’ve done with it. Have you ever been so busy that it’s not until they put up the Christmas decorations at the mall that you actually realise that the year is almost over? This is me pretty much every year! This is what I mean by life passing us by.
If we find a way to be more conscious of our day to day life, by getting intentional about what we want from life, then things can look a lot different. That’s why I recommend creating a yearbook – so you have something to steer you in the right direction for the year ahead. Whenever you feel aimless, bored, disconnected – the yearbook will serve as a map to get you back on course.
Why make your own yearbook?
There are a million and one awesome workbooks out there, for example, Leonie Dawson’s workbook, which is filled with gorgeous illustrations. It’s a fantastic resource for letting go of the previous year and thinking about what you want for the year ahead. There are many more – with even more appearing each year.
Last year I made my own yearbook, but in full disclosure – I’m using Leonie’s workbooks this year. I really wanted to make my own yearbook, but with bubs arriving in January I know I won’t have the time/energy to create a yearbook. In an attempt to save my sanity, I’ve opted for filling in someone else’s beautiful yearbook, and I’m reserving my creative time for my baby’s record book, which I am making from scratch. I figure with a newborn I’ll only have so many creative resources to go around!
Last year, however, I decided to create my own unique yearbook, and wanted to share the process with you. I used a journal I had at home, and brought in some of my favourite creative journaling techniques to make my own yearbook. I encourage you to use this mini course to guide you to do the same.
There are several reasons I chose to make my own workbook. Firstly, I wanted to be able to use my own journaling supplies – paints, stamps, washi tape, magazine images, etc. As gorgeous as the workbooks online are, I wanted this to be my own design. It’s going to be my own sort of bible for the year ahead, so I wanted it to reflect me and my own style and not feel like someone else’s work.
The other thing is that I wanted to be able to customise what went into it. Leonie Dawson’s workbook, for example, has sections for each part of your life. It can actually be a little overwhelming, thinking about all the different areas of your life at once. Personally, I think it is easier to focus in on the specific areas you want to work on, rather than looking at all the areas of life at once (more on that in lesson number two).
How the course is structured
There are more than 8 lessons in the course. You can do them all, or only the ones that appeal to you. Each lesson includes detailed instructions, guided prompts and images of my own yearbook from 2016. The lessons are as follows:
- Supplies – All you need is a journal, a pen and some magazines – and if you want, there are a few optional fun art supplies.
- Basic Techniques – Plus, learn my favourite painting technique (it’s super easy) and my basic lettering technique (again, super easy!)
- Goals – Why you shouldn’t focus on every area of your life, and how to pick what’s most important for the upcoming year
- Guiding values – Why I don’t choose just one word for the year, and why you shouldn’t either
- Divine connection – How to stay spiritually connected this year – whatever that means to you
- Looking after yourself – Prompts to ensure you take care of number one in 2017
- Staying inspired – Create a sure-fire inspiration list, and other ideas to keep you feeling inspired
- Visioning – learn my visioning technique (wait until you see what I manifested these past few years!)
- Using your yearbook – How to incorporate the yearbook into your year and make it a regular part of your life to keep you on track for 2017
There is also be a free printable version of the workbook with gorgeous lettering, prompts and imagery should you wish to use the prompts but not create your own journal.
How do I get access?
If you are already signed up for my newsletter, then you should receive an email with the link and password. Otherwise, pop your name and email address into the sign up form below (or in the sidebar) and get instant access to the course, along with a Self Love Kit and a few other goodies.
I hope you’ll join me in making 2017 a magical and purposeful year!
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