Your Fierce Practice | Shining Light Back and Forward

Your Fierce Practice 12 25 17

#1: Magpie
#2: Six-Word Book Report (I can't wait to hear your book summaries!)
#4: Left Undone
#5: Let Go
#6: A Blessing
#7: Sorting What You Know
#8: Write Yourself A Love Letter

It's Here! IT'S HERE!

This may have a tone of rushing to it, and that may be because I feel like I am rushing. Rushing through everything and trying my d-a-r-n-d-e-s-t to be present. To be grounded. To wonder and wander. To make art. To make time. To not worry about what 'needs' to be done. To give myself small moments to get lost in time. Time of making. Relaxing. Reflecting. 

And, it's the reflecting part that's finally here. And I am excited. 


Because I am craving time to hold still and reflect. And I suspect you may be to. And because the end of the year is upon us, which also means the beginning of a fresh new year is emerging, I want to make that effort to sort and sift and see what this past year has been. I want to make the shape of it, and I want that shape tell me something. To teach me something. And because this year ahead is not quite here yet, and because it is still blank and shapeless and full of opportunity, I want to set a light so that it will glow from the inside. Because, like I said a few days back, reflections require LIGHT (or HEAT). And since I also require light and heat, it seems like a particularly good idea to go out in search of some of that light. The source for our shape and shadow-making. The dazzle in the glitter. The thing that makes the moon glow and the stars twinkle. I want to light all of this up, and see it, if only for a briefly illuminated moment.

How? With two(ish) weeks of prompts and activities to shine the light - both backwards and forwards. You can find them all here on the blog, or subscribe to the A Fierce Practice TinyLetter to receive a fresh lightbulb in your email each day. Be warned, they are interactive, and I LOVE to hear back from you. So feel free to drop a comment on the blog here, or send me an email at All of your responses are compiled and shared back anonymously.

Want To Prepare? 
Gather this list of things before you start. Tuck them in a corner or a box. We'll use them over the next two weeks. Sometimes it's handy to have everything on hand. No worries. You don't have to do any of this ahead of time if you don't want.

  • A few sheets of paper
  • Pens and pencils
  • 2 envelopes
  • 2 forever stamps (*not in the US, drop me a line)
  • Print this 9 page PDF. (No peeking!)
  • Really Big Piece of Paper (and maybe masking tape).
  • Matches or shovel
  • Your journal or notebook
  • A favorite writing utensil or medium

The only rule is that there are no rules. You can tackle these prompts at your own pace over the next few days (or weeks, or the whole month of January). You can make them as actual or literal or metaphorical as you want. You can make them as fast or as slow or as long or as short. It can be a thought activity while driving carpool / commuting / washing dishes or it can be a full-out messy craft table adventure. As always, I would love for you to share (photo/hashtag notes below), but truly it's all up to you. These are the things I need right now, so I offer them to you as well. You can scroll through the blog to find all the prompts, but I'll include them here too (at the top).

So, I hope to run into you over the next few weeks. May you have lots of love and light in ending this year that is, and welcoming the year that will be. Below is the Lucille Clifton poem with today's quote. Hugs to you!

i am running into a new year

By Lucille Clifton

i am running into a new year
and the old years blow back
like a wind
that i catch in my hair
like strong fingers like
all my old promises and
it will be hard to let go
of what i said to myself
about myself
when i was sixteen and
twenty-six and thirty-six
even thirty-six but
i am running into a new year
and i beg what i love and
i leave to forgive me

More from the December 25th missive HERE.