Popping in with New Year Cheer

Greetings of the week of 15 January, 2018!
I am popping in today to quickly offer you some astounding positive story telling from two of the great story tellers in our midst right now.
​I came across this important project while reading the weekly newsletter by my favorite  writer, artist, poet:  Austin Kleon Newsletter.  He talked about copyright and inspiration and shared a project by another favorite creator of mine, David Bryne.
David Byrne (for those of you born after 1980) is a musician, writer, poet, who participated in a rather avant-garde music group called The Talking Heads.
I wanted to share this reasons to be cheerful project with you because I trust that good news is far more impactful and healthy in all of our lives ​than bad news (of which we have been given a snoot full lately).
So pour yourself a cup of Chamomile Lavender Tea (my favorite brand) and enjoy reading the project blog and Austin Kleon’s newsletter.
Yours in joy,
Jonni

Your story. My story. Our story.

Journals

As a certified lifestyle coach, all the stories I have heard (and told) over the years taught me more about coaching than my extensive training in psychotherapy.  Journaling, wring fiction and research papers, and standing up in front of a group are some of the ways a mere mortal like me has of telling stories.  And people like you.

This Blog is going to start out as a story telling process. I want to showcase stories of life, learning and work.   Learn along with me as we delve into the stories.

Let’s examine what story means to you, to me, to us.

Your story.  My story.  Our story.

Story telling an ancient art that is seeing an upsurge in importance and popularity. Why is story so important in this post-modern age?

Here is an example of a little story from last spring:

Last week was spent getting prepared for a day long workshop that my business partner and I give four times a year at a local Community College. We wrote scripts, practiced scenarios, and designed what we thought were interesting and useful handouts. It was a huge preparation and took all our energy.

We teach a group of 100 student athletes about life planning and career preparation. This training lasts one marathon day and is divided into three groups. It’s exhausting, exhilarating, and exciting. 

This time we did fun improvs all day and if you have ever seen improvisational comedy, you’ll know that it’s 10 times harder when the participants are not particularly creative. Most of the students did their best, however, and many even enjoyed the process.  Each improv had a great practical value lesson that could be used onward in their lives and careers

We did a good job and the college administrators liked it and so did some of the students.  Would we do it all over again?  You bet we would!

 

Your comments—Let’s be constructive and positive:

What was excellent about this story and what would improve it?  What do audiences crave in a story?

 

Next blog post:  Telling a personal story

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What color is your story?

 

What color should a story be?

When you look outside on a breezy spring day, what do you see?

Green grass poking its spears out from the winter-dead brown thatch.  There is a promise in that green.  Future growth is the promise of spring.

In each of our lives we have many chances to renew ourselves. New Year’s resolutions; birthdays; big life events like college, a cross-country move, marriage, baby, divorce, new job, lost job; are significant turns on your path that you can use as an opportunity for positive growth. Who are you? What do you want to be? Where do you want to go? What is your color of success?

Your own greening.  A fresh spring.

When you gaze out your window in the spring….see the green….what does it mean to you?

  

 

 

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