Wow, we’re really getting up there, next year will already be 2013?? Are ya kidding me?
Ok here we go.
Friends, countryfriends, new friends and old! Hear ye, hear ye! It’s time for our annual trip down memory lane, the most important project of the year! The Dear Me Project!
Now, new friends, stay with me here, this will involve you too. Keep reading.
It’s time to dig out those letters that we wrote to our future selves, last January in 2011. If you were with us last year, you know what I’m talking about. You can read about it here for a refresher.
You see, last year we asked all the sisters who were with us at the time to take a look ahead to January 2012. In fact, here are the directions exactly.
For this week’s project, I want you to close your eyes. (Well, after you read this.) And pretend that it’s January — of 2012.
One full year ahead.
And when you think about January 2012, think about where you are sitting. What you look like. Where you are. Think about all the things you did in 2011. How far you’ve come. The goals you’ve reached. The obstacles you faced in 2011. The things you learned. Visualize where you will be. Physically, mentally, emotionally. I know you don’t have much to go on since we’re not even out of January 2011 yet. But that’s kind of the whole purpose.
Now, ”future self” (*this is me waving to your future self and saying “Hi!!!”*), go ahead and write ”current self” a letter. Tell yourself what you’ve done in 2011 and who you’ve become. Tell yourself about all the scale and non-scale victories you’ve had. Anything that you think is valuable for your current self to know, go ahead, tell it.
Write the letter to yourself like it actually happened. No hypotheticals. Because “future-self” actually knows what went on in 2011! You have to trust her (or him)!! Channel “Future Self”. So that’s what it is this week. “Future-self,” write “current-self” a letter about what 2011 is like and what you hope for 2012.
This is one of those things you can actually hold in your hand when January 2012 comes around and you can see for yourself just what you’ve done. I am sure you will agree with yourself on that day and maybe even surprise yourself. Because you’ve got 11 more months to make it real. And you will. Because you rock and because you’re you, and ps. I already know what you’re made of. (And because future me told me so.)
So go ahead, ya’ll! It’s time! Bust em out, it is now 2012, dig into your archives pull out your letter, read what you’ve written and compare your reality now with your predictions of 2011.
Did you do it?
Did you do everything you said you would? (Of course you did!)
Did you do more????? I”m so excited to find out!
I’ll give you a brief preview of mine: I’m laughing hysterically over my reference to my clean desk since it really was no where near clean all year, however, it is clean now, just like 2011 me said it would be –ha! Apparently I feel the need to clean my desk every January! It also references balance, something I have actually been able to find more of over the year, and it was correct, I did not get a flat in the Augusta 70.3! Woohoo!
(There is more but I’ll get into more detail in my own post.) But for now, take out yours, compare them, write about it what it was, share your old letter and what really happened! We can’t wait to see how you did!
Oh of course there is a step 2!
You cannot move forward while you are still looking back.
So when you are finished look back, direct your eyes to the front, (keep your arms inside the vehicle at all times) then, firmly plant yourself into the shoes of YOU in 2013.
What do you see? Re-read the directions up top. Remember, you’re not imagining this. You are entering the time vortex continuium wormhole thingy and transporting yourself to 2012. You already know what happened so all you have to do is write about what you see and where you have been for the whole year. All of it.
Become 2013 YOU and then write about 2012. This becomes a very powerful post when you are writing it and when you are looking back at it. Because when you envision yourself actually doing something, it becomes real. It is no longer a “that would be nice” or “that’s possible.”
It is almost as good as done.
Picturing yourself doing things you’ve only imagined paves the way to reality and allows you (actually gives you permission!) to believe that, YES, in fact, THAT WILL BE YOU.
Now, if you are just starting out with us, we do this every year. We want you to do this too!
It’s an absolutely amazing, tearful, emotional experience (at least for me!) to see what the letter you wrote at the beginning of the year said when we take them out a year later.
You’d think that perhaps in the spirit of “resolutions”, that you might let yourself down. This is not so. I have found it is just the opposite! I tend to think “small” in my letter because the following year when I read it, whatever I had predicted, I did that AND MORE! And you will too, you will be so surprised when 2013 rolls around and you pull out this letter and you look at what you’ve said about yourself!
So, if you did a letter last year, write about it. Then write up your Future Me letters (2013) and come back here on Friday to link it all up. MKay?
Have an awesome kickass year! (Even though I already know you do. Your future me told me so. We’re actually all having coffee talking about our letters right now! In 2013…)