Taking care of FUTURE YOU

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“To take care of you, you must take care of future you.” 

These words were shared with me by a fellow Boss Babe, Pia Fleischmann Park. I have been fortunate to enter my studio and find an encouraging note on my desk from Pia many a time. This small act brings oodles of joy and energy to my soul and I hope to pass it on.

Pia taught me how to take care of others as well as how to take care of myself. A simple note of encouragement to yourself could make a big difference for a busy day or a big event. Furthermore, leaving yourself reminders, preparing for a future endeavor in advance, AND making time for reflection is form of self-care.
Imagine a time when you de-briefed after big project, an event you planned or after teaching a lesson to children. Most likely you thought about:
– what went well,
– what you didn’t plan for,
– what you might do differently next time,
– and what was so kick-ass that you must plan to continue in the future

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How did you make sure you would remember what you discovered from the de-brief? Did you leave a note-to-self?
Consider how the simple act of leaving a note-to-self is an act of love. We can schedule notes-to-self through the schedule send option in Gmail (see illustrations later in this post). You can take care of future you by literally sending a note to yourself on an exact day and time, weeks, even years in the future. Yes, you will forget in the meantime, but that “hello there!” message will certainly be a treat when it arrives unexpectedly.

As we enter a new cycle and embark on this next trip around the sun, consider how self-reflection might support your personal growth.
What might you want to share about how you relate to CURRENT SELF?
What might you want FUTURE YOU to know a year from now? 

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Join me in this playful public service art piece about “How to Care for Future You” using the Gmail schedule send option.

I visited two sites, The Art of Simple and Brands for the Heart for inspiring questions that provoke reflection. Below, I share a list of questions from these two sites that are great conversation starters and opportunities for personal growth. Remember, having conversations with yourself is a form of intelligence!
What are your favorite juicy questions?

REFLECTIVE QUESTIONS FOR THE PAST YEAR AND NEW YEAR

  • What are you most grateful for about this past year?
  • What made you feel purposeful this past year?
  • What was the single greatest lesson of this past year and what did it teach you about yourself?
  • What new qualities, skills, superpowers did you discover about yourself this past year?
  • What was your most courageous action this year?
  • What was your most selfless act this past year?
  • What did you get absolutely clear on this year?
  • What relationship most supported your growth this past year?
  • In what way(s) did you grow spiritually?
  • What do you want to get absolutely clear on for next year?
  • What does success look like for you in the upcoming year and how might you need to redefine your definition of success?
  • What single thing do you need to do this coming year to feel more productive and intentional around how you manage your time?
  • What new relationships do you want to give more attention to in the upcoming year?
  • What creative projects do you want to bring into the world this upcoming year?
  • What is your single biggest challenge in making this next year off the charts successful in your eyes? What are you committed to doing to overcome this challenge?
  • What 1-3 words best capture last year? What 1-3 words best capture your intention for the next year?
  • What was the single most challenging thing that happened?
  • What was an unexpected joy this past year?
  • What was an unexpected obstacle? How did you work through it?
  • Pick three words your partner or close friend would use to describe your year.
  • What were the most memorable books you read/most memorable films you watched this year?
  • Who were your most valuable relationships with?
  • What was your biggest personal change from January to December of this past year?
  • In what way(s) did you grow in your relationships with others?

Thank you for listening, friends! Best of luck on this next solar adventure.

You Got This,
MJ

Published by mjallegra

Maker. Art Educator. Curiosity Junkie.

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