Back to school, back to basics, back to brilliance.
There’s a crackle of electricity in the air. And just a tinge of mania.
‘Tis the season to crack open a fresh book, find a paradigm-shifting mentor, revamp + rewire …
or simply try something new, for the sheer pleasure of intellect-sharpening.
If you need a little rut-breaking, risk-taking, heart-shaking inspiration, here’s my GO-list.
Get into it.
22 playful + productive + passion-stoking things to do, this September.
ϟ Craft a pristine + precise personal introduction, once + for all. Test it out on a gathering of toddlers. If they’re confused about what you do, most grown-ups will be, too.
ϟ Choose not to agonize about the shape or weight of your body for a month (trust me, you’re gorgeous) and instead, focus on something simple + non-angsty. Declare September to be the month of Excellent Posture! Or Adequate Hydration! Or Lustrous, Well-Conditioned Locks!
ϟ Ask yourself, “What am I bored of?” Let the answer guide you into thoroughly un-boring turf.
ϟ Be complicated. And don’t apologize about it.
ϟ Get a library card, already.
ϟ Find your Life Theme — and your Final-Breath Battle Cry.
ϟ Prowl through every last page of your website or blog and hunt for out-dated + inaccurate anachronisms (“Coming soon — in summer 2003!”). Clean up + shine.
ϟ Use A Better Queue to find streaming Netflix movies that match your interests + genre preferences! Foreign Romantic Sci-Fi Thriller, anyone?
ϟ Thank — really thank — your hardworking local barista. Then give them $5 and ask them to ‘surprise’ you, with a signature concoction.
ϟ Awaken your inner business adviser – that sagacious, centered voice that never leads you astray. Register for a free introductory lesson on September 7th, with the magnificent Hiro Boga.
Prepare to astonish … yourself.
ϟ Plot out your entire 2013 — and experiment with scheduling WIDE-OPEN days, weeks or months for personal passion projects (or unexpected magic).
ϟ Acquire a piece of luxe body armor. How very Joan of Arc!
ϟ Shake up your undergarment routine with a pair of POSITIVE PANTIES! Oh yes!
The project is still in the early stages, but a little birdie tells me the shop will be full of feisty pantaloons very soon. (This is one of those bookmark-the-site-get-on-the-list kinda moments.)
ϟ Write a really good, really true story. Y’know … about those crazy, amazing, touching and totally unbelievable-but-ordinary experiences that happen to you, every day. (Laurie Wagner’s Telling True Stories e-course is a perfect place to hone your craft. It all starts September 10th.)
ϟ Give $20 to a friend + ask them to mail it you, in six months time. (Snail mail is practically a mystical art, these days.)
ϟ Write a bonafide FAN LETTER to someone you admire. Gush away — but keep it classy.
ϟ Commission a professional portrait of yourself. I thoroughly recommend the immensely talented (and, in my opinion, far-too-cheaply-priced) Aurora Armijo.
ϟ Grab a gigantic fuschia pen + draw a heart around Fri, Feb 8th, 2013. That’s the first day of my first-ever CANADIAN writing workshop. It’ll be 3 days of winter wonderment, with guided wordsmithery (and yoga lessons!) in northern Alberta. Registration details coming in late September. Namast-yay!
ϟ Buy a pair of Jessica Swift’s glorious, disco-tastic rainboots. You’ll be supporting charity : water, when you do. Splish-splash!
ϟ Awaken your Wild Mind, talk to angels, and surf through reality with a spirit of curiosity + enchantment — in Amy Oscar’s Soul Caller Training. (I’m doing the program this September, and I can. not. wait. to begin…)
ϟ Commit a new mantra to memory. Reframe an old anxiety. Let it be secret + playful.
Need more-more-more? You might enjoy: 25 Thoroughly Un-Boring Things To Do, Be, Taste + Try.
Even MORE? Well, fine then! Peruse: 27 ways to be an (even) better person + practically levitate with awesomery.
And now, a brief word from our sponSOAR . . .
Fires, desires, soul, sustenance, beauty … and boys, of course. (What could be better?)
18 perspectives from 18 different women on one universal topic — BEAUTY.
18 conversations on defining, creating + embodying beauty — without judging ourselves for loving what we love + wanting what we want.
And, if you’re hungry for more, you can own the entire collection of Beauty Freedom Summit conversations — featuring dialogues with Baeth Davis, Kristi Frank, Forbes Riley, Fabienne Fredrickson + Vicki Irvin — for just $27. That’s a special ‘Friends of Franzen’ pricetag (the usual rate is $67).
CLICK HERE. Have a taste. Listen in. Here’s to a season of beautiful choices.