One. If you're new here, please start HERE with your Solstice Declaration Kit Ingredients.
Why are New Year's Resolutions always a weird mix of positive / negative / guilty / shameful things? And why only at the beginning of the year? And why aren't these resolutions big and joyful and exciting to stick to? Exercise more. Eat less dessert. Call mom more. Drink less. Be happier. DRINK MORE WATER. (That last one is my perpetual resolution.) Sure, these are all important, but what's exciting about these? What makes you want to get up each morning and DO IT? NOTHING! It's not a matter of doing something once and being able to celebrate it, it's like you have to adopt these new things and slog through them every day...and there is almost guaranteed failure, right? One skipped day, giving up all together...it's like we're just setting ourselves up to not win. So, why not build giant mistakes and failure into the resolution itself. And who needs resolutions anyway. No resolve here...let's just DECLARE!
In so many ways a mistake is an arbitrary thing...and so are most rules. And if we spend our lives staying on the safe side of the mistake traffic barrier, how do we actually know what happens when we cross that line? Sure, maybe it's into errors and disasters...but what if it's just the other side of the line and it's actually just another way of doing things. Even more, what if crossing that line, or even getting right up there and dancing on top of the traffic barrier is glorious and sparkly and freeing and wonder-full and exhilarating and full of joy and discovery? How will you ever know if you don't cross that line, if you don't make those big mistakes?
So, in honor of FULL BLOWN GLORIOUS INTENTIONAL MISTAKES...here's your Solstice Declaration Kit Instructions. The only rule (HA!) is to follow each step sequentially. Please don't skip Step #1 and #2, they are the most important part of the magic elixir. This prompt really is meant to be quick. QUICK! Especially since you already have your supplies gathered. Don't linger. Act! (P.S. Doesn't matter when you are reading this, you can do it any time in the year.)
Solstice Declaration Kit Instructions : Everyone Welcome!
1. Make Time. Clear out at least 15 minutes (up to 30) just for yourself. Right now, later today, this week. Next week. But sometime soon. (There is no expiration date for this prompt.) Try to avoid reading any further until you are ready to tackle the prompt. Hint: Print this page and bring it with you if you want to tackle this project away from civilization later on (aka: computers, phones, and internet).
2. Fetch Your Solstice Declaration Kit Supplies. You should have these on hand. If you need a refresher, read HERE. Otherwise, the short list is below.
- Sometime to write on (you know, like paper, post-its, a napkin)
- A writing implement
- 2 Forever Postage Stamps
- 2 mailing envelopes
3. Make a...pot of coffee or tea or warm milk or iced tea or pop. And get cozy. This will help you be present in the moment. Start to notice how your body feels, and what your heart and head are trying to say to you.
4. Ready? Start with your paper and writing implement in hand. Re-read the three quotes at the bottom of the page for inspiration.
5. Go. Inspired by these quotes and being big and testing boundaries and pushing ourselves...WRITE DOWN AT LEAST FIVE MISTAKES YOU WANT TO MAKE BY THE END OF THE YEAR. You heard me. You can interpret 'mistake' however you want. Use your own definition. Think broadly and creatively about what feels like a mistake, an error, being wrong - all the things you instinctively, planning-ly, methodically, or split-secondly try to avoid. Are there any mistakes on that list that might actually be worth making? Just tackle at least five. (Yes, you can write them all on one page. Yes, you can use five different note cards. Yes, you can tear your page into five pieces which might actually be fun and feel really good.) Just don't overthink it. Listen to your gut and your heart and your head. Thing big and outside of the box. Think small and inside your day to day. Think about why all these things end up being filed under mistake in the first place. (If you want, write yourself any other notes or messages while you're at it.)
6. Tuck 'Em & Seal 'Em. Stuff all of your hopeful mistakes into one of your envelopes. If one of the envelopes is smaller than the other, use the smaller envelope. If the envelopes are the same size, put your mistakes in the envelope you like best. Once your mistakes are tucked in, seal the envelope. Then write YOUR ADDRESS (or an address where you can reliably be found in the future) on the front of the envelope with your mistakes in it. Affix a stamp.
Note: If you are outside the US, make sure your postage can get the envelope from the US back to you.
7. Prepare For Takeoff! You should have one envelope that is filled with your future mistakes, sealed, addressed to YOU, and stamped with appropriate postage. Now, take your envelope full of mistakes and tuck it inside the empty envelope-in-waiting and seal her up. Address the blank envelope to the address below, slap on a stamp, and send it out into the universe. It shall boomerang back to you sometime before 2017 is over...and hopefully at just the time you need it most. Address the outside of that envelope to:
Make Time Farm
6666 W Stuart Rd
Beloit, WI 53511
14. Things to Note: A. This, my friends, is how we manifest the future collaboratively. Sometimes it helps if we give each other permission to make mistakes. Up here we can tempt each other to be wild and daring, and down below we can slide a huge trampoline underneath the whole mess just in case. B. I promise I will not, under any circumstances, open your SASE envelope. That's your stuff, I'm just the boomerang thrower. C. You can complete this prompt at any time before the end of the year. D. Please feel free to share with friends or strangers or whomever! E. Whether we've ever exchanged an email or we're Instagram friends or we've met in real life or you're just a friendly lurker on the TinyLetter...everyone is welcome to play.
16. Why in the world do you do this Vanessa? This is a super-legit question. The TinyLetter and this prompt and everything we do here is free. No sneaky ads. No pushing you to sign up for some e-course. For me, this is a playground. This is where I test my ideas and make my mistakes and practice being an imperfectionist. It's my practice. As for this prompt, I just love opening my mailbox and seeing MAIL filled with your positive energy. And I love connecting even in this totally weird way where I don't even read your words that arrive through the mail. Your positive energy is enough. So, believe me when I say that this means a lot to me, and I get a whole bunch in return. (Also, I love my mail carrier. Her name is Lori, and she gets curious about all the fun mail I get!)
So. Dig in! Let me know if you have any questions. I am honored to hold on to your mistakes while you take the big leaps to accomplish them. Here's to jumping over all our make-believe boundaries while the days are long and warm.