Last week was significant for me as it was back to work after a break to hang out with my daughter while she was back in the old home town finding a wedding venue.
It took a week before last week to re-engage in writing, blogging group planning and events, a new take on local networking via social media, and…
You get the idea.
That was when I was struck with idea to encourage story-telling via February prompts, Women’s History Month, and an upcoming annual blog challenge whose incarnation last year kick-started posting on this site.
30 to 40 prompts to encourage readers to write on seasonal topics are being crafted. This will be the second installation of prompts that can help you in your creative efforts. Before the halfway mark between Winter and Spring, a time called Imbolc in old Celtic culture, falls at the beginning of February. It is a time when Spring begins tugging at us as we say good-bye and sometimes good riddance, to Winter. I will a post prompts focused on February on the WLP blog, it will also display on the front page of this site.
March is Women’s History Month
I will take this opportunity to say that women’s history should be celebrated every day, not corralled into 1/12 of the year. All history is women’s, and men’s, history if fairly recounted. There. I feel better.
During February I will be beating the drum to prepare to celebrate March as Women’s History Month by sharing your stories of women who shaped your life course. Check out the details of the Tell Her Story event and honor a woman who helped to shape your life.
April’s Blogging A to Z Challenge
I created the first original content for this site by creating 26 articles in 30 days. You can read more and sign up for the Blogging A to Z. Challenge here. April has this wonderful structure that allows creation of a thing, in this case a blog post, every Monday through Saturday during the month using the Alphabet as a template. The first non-Sunday day of April equates with the letter A, the second non-Sunday day of April equates to the letter B, and this pattern repeats all through the month through the last non-Sunday day of the month which would be dedicated to the letter Z.
This annual exercise gives me a way to focus on a subject and develop that subject through writing. 26 articles is usually more than enough to cover a subject rather fully. Matching the topics with A to Z words is challenging, but creative use of words turns this into a fun puzzle. Last year I created the A to Z of Women’s Legacy. This year I will be focusing on a more narrow aspect of Legacy – The A to Z How-to Guide to Women’s Legacy.
This exercise can be adapted to any topic. It is short, only a month, gives you one day off a week, and practical in that it give you structure. Why not give it a go with your own project? The A to Z could be a bucket list for living out your dreams. Live your legacy now. Or you might do an A to Z of your family, or community group.
We have a busy Spring ahead of us. There is much to acknowledge and celebrate as new life reveals itself all around us.
Planning makes challenges easier, more useful, and more productive than free-wheeling it. I hope you will join me in planning our upcoming Spring.