Last year, I set out on a mission to start a writing challenge for my readers. I started No Shame November and I had quite a few really great submissions that I shared on Dalai Mama and I would love to do it again.
You can read last year's submissions:
Indeed, I want to hear from you, readers! I know that you all have a story to tell and I can't tell you how much I love a story written in a letter form!
What I am wanting you to do is think about a pivotal point in your life. Maybe it was when you met your spouse, had your first child, moved away from home, lost a loved one or made a major life choice. Whatever your pivotal point is, I want you to write a letter to yourself at that point in your life.
- What would you say to yourself?
- What advice would you offer?
- What things would you change, or would you?
- Would you tell yourself to run fast the other way or would you pat yourself on the back for a job well done?
- Would you offer words of encouragement or tell yourself to snap out of it?
We all have an important time in our lives where we could have taken a different path, done something differently or responded in a different manner. Let us inspire one another with our stories. When you write your letter, I want you to be shameless in your delivery. I want you to be brave and honest with yourself. Tapping into what choices we have made and coming to terms with those choices can have a very healing and calming effect. Trust me when I say that writing can be very therapeutic for the soul.
So, women and men of all ages, I challenge you tap into your inner "Dalai Mama" and have a great conversation with yourself. If you haven't done anything for yourself in a while, I challenge you. After you put the kids to bed, finish your homework, or get off work, I challenge you to sit down and write yourself a letter. I challenge you to write for just 5 minutes, to get started. I promise that once you start, it will be hard to stop until you're finished.
So here is how it is going to work:
You will dedicate some thoughtful reflection time to yourself and write your letter. You can send your submission to me by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be accepting submissions for your letter to your younger self from Sunday, Nov. 2 until Sunday, Nov. 30 at 10pm. Once I have had time to review your submissions, I will post your letters on Dalai Mama throughout the month of November.
If you choose to remain anonymous, I will respect that and your name and likeness will not be included. If you are a fellow blogger, I will link back to your blog if you would like. I will also share your posts on Facebook and Twitter.
I can't wait to hear your letters. I will be working on mine and it will be posted on Dalai Mama. Now, get to writing!