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Goodbye, November

Let’s say goodbye to the month that has been and get ready for the next with a roundup of 10 questions, recommended reading, and fun/useful links.

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How has your month been? Thank you so much to everyone who pre-ordered or purchased a copy of The Year of You: 365 Journal Writing Prompts for Creative Self-Discovery! Several people emailed me to say the paperback version wasn’t showing up on Amazon (sorry!). That’s all fixed now, so if you’ve been holding out for the physical book, it’s available right here. If you have the book and are enjoying it, I would really appreciate you leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Reviews are super helpful for discoverability (especially for indie authors like me) and helping other potential readers decide if the book is a good fit for them. Thanks in advance!

Also, just a quick reminder that the 2017 Becoming Who You Are Advent Calendar starts on 1st December (Friday). The calendar runs from 1st-25th December and you’ll get one short and sweet writing prompt in your inbox each day. The prompts will help you reflect on 2017 and think about what you want from next year. This is one of my favourite things to do each year and previous participants have said they’ve found it really helpful and enjoyable. If you haven’t already registered, it’s free to do so, and you can join us below:

OK, on to this month’s questions…

10 Questions for you

November

  1. What was the highlight of November for you?
  2. What was something memorable you read/watched/listened to this month?
  3. Describe something you did (or didn’t do) in November that you feel proud of.
  4. What did you learn about yourself this month?
  5. What did you create during November (literally or figuratively)?

December

  1. What do you imagine could be your biggest challenge during December, and what can you plan or decide right now to face that challenge head on?
  2. What are three words that summarise how you’d like to feel next month?
  3. What is one thing you’re going to say yes to during December?
  4. What is one thing you’re going to say no to during December?
  5. How can you end 2017 on a high?

Articles of the Month

This Is What ‘Self-Care’ REALLY Means, Because It’s Not All Salt Baths And Chocolate Cake

Battling Creative Exhaustion—How to Refill the Well

The Anger Iceberg

How to Declutter Your Mind

Everything You’ve Been Taught About How To Read a Book Is Wrong

The science of giving yourself a pep talk

The long-term toll of keeping a secret

Quote of the Month

Being ourselves means something having to find the courage to stand alone - Brené Brown

“Being ourselves means sometimes having to find the courage to stand alone.” – Brené Brown

Book of the Month

The Year of You: 365 Journal Writing Prompts for Creative Self-Discovery by Hannah BraimeThe Year of You: 365 Journal Writing Prompts for Creative Self-Discovery is my new book, and it’s out now in ebook and paperback!

The Year of You is an invitation to discover more about yourself, become more conscious about what you want, and create a rich and fulfilling life through one journaling prompt a day.

With this book, you can take the guess work out of journaling and use one writing prompt each day of the year to explore and unpack the most important aspects of your life and your being. Whether you’re new to journaling or have enjoyed a reflective writing practice for some time, The Year of You offers a wealth of inspiration that will deepen your understanding and awareness of what makes you who you are.

P.S. The paperback version makes an awesome holiday gift for a loved one (or yourself!)

Resource of the Month

As the end of the year approaches and you might be thinking about your goals and aspirations for the next year, I want to share a productivity system I’ve found super helpful not only for making progress with my biggest goals but also keeping tabs on commitments, ideas, and things I want to do, try, and experience in the future.

Getting Things Done takes work to set up and requires a commitment to maintain, but in my opinion it’s well worth it. Over the last month alone, it’s helped me navigate moving back to Europe after two months in the US, launch The Year of You, write a 50,000 word novel for NanoWriMo, organise the 2017 Advent Calendar, plus continue to work with coaching clients, and take care of general life things, all in a couple of hours a day when I’m not spending time with my daughter. Phew. (Full disclosure: this is not a typical month! I embrace slow living and November has been particularly crazypants, but GTD has been pivotal in making all this possible without burnout). I don’t use the system perfectly, especially when it comes to things like responding to emails, texts, etc. but even with my half-baked version there’s something very cathartic about knowing most of my open loops (anything unfinished, unresolved, or unrecorded) are written down and stowed away safely for later.

In case you missed it: on Becoming Who You Are this month

Join us for the 2017 Becoming Who You Are Advent Calendar!

3 Ways to Build Your Self-Efficacy Starting Today {guest post by Zak}

The Year of You: 365 Journal Writing Prompts for Creative Self-Discovery is here

7 Posts That Will up Your Happiness Level This Holiday Season

5 Positive Life Habits That Actually Work {guest post by Andy}

Wishing you a wonderful December!

 

Photo by Warren Wong on Unsplash

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