The Life Book E Course.
Create your very own Life Book, and a set of January Goals that actually stick.
The Life Book, January chapter is a planning and review process my husband and I came up with 10 years ago. Through many years of trial and error we have designed a system that results in meaningful reflection and planning with heart; a system that really works. It guides you to find your big picture and create goals that help you get there, even in small ways. It’s all about making goals that feel good (rather than feel like punishments, all too familiar in the ‘new year, new you’ BS). It’s ultra adaptable to your life and circumstances; whether you work in a busy 9-5, part time from home; love or hate your career, or a mixture of all of the above. It works whether you’re in a relationship or not, whether you have kids or not. It’s focus is holistic and looks at the whole; although if you want to laser down on a few key areas the system supports that too.
It is both an individual and collaborative process. I have seen again and again, both in my relationship and in the relationships of previous January Bookers, that doing this process with your partner can lead to surprising and important discussions and can help you to be strategic not just about work but about your personal life too.
I’m not going to tell you what you should include or how you can craft a ‘perfect life’. I’m not a coach or a therapist. I’m a person who loves to write and journal, who loves to plan and reflect. And this process has been tried and tested over 10 years to bring you the very best version yet, incorporating all the mistakes and changes we’ve learned from along the way. I want to share this process with you and help you create your own plan, customised exactly to you and what you need and want; so you can create your very own Life Book.
We first did this book in 2009, and over the following years we credit this process for being the basis for many of our mega life changing decisions-from having babies, to choosing again and again to work on our marriage. Career changes, coach hiring, health decisions, house moves, radical-seeming decisions to step back off the grind, choose self care, and health and family, make more time for play and joy. So many things.
The system is effective because of how little we stop to just look at our lives. We get so caught up in the details of our everyday that we forget to stick our heads up above the noise and just look at where we are against where we’d like to be. It’s so simple, yet so flippin’ powerful.
We have changed the name of it to “The Life Book” (although you’ll probably hear me speak about it interchangeably as “The January Book” too!) because this is about far more than January musings, this is a process to guide you throughout the whole year and beyond.
The e-course might be for you if:
You want a tried and tested planning process that helps you to identify what really matters to you, what your big picture looks like and practical help in making achievable goals that feel great.
You want to be part of an online community who are all working through the same process, to share ideas and inspiration with.
You’re willing to set some decent chunks of time aside to work through the questions and prompts alone and where applicable with significant others too.
You want a combination of written and live and pre-recorded video content. The course can be self paced or live, this s up to you.
You would like 3 months of hand holding and gentle prompts to help you integrate the Life Book plans into your daily life.
You’d like to learn how I use the Life Book and hear about how I integrate it with my journal and daily life.
Dave and I have condensed 10 years of learning into the guide; all the things we have tweaked and changed through the years to make it more effective, and we really hope it can be useful for some of you.
The E-Course Details:
The c-course is open for enrolment until THIS MONDAY 14TH JAN AT 8AM and continues until Friday 22nd March. It costs £45, and it won’t be this price again. I say that not as a sales technique but simply because this morphed into something much bigger than I originally intended.
The E-Course comprises of 5 modules of written content (plus intro and conclusion)
Introduction: some practical tips and some of the underpinning principles of the process.
Module one: Big Picture. Guidance on taking some time to think about the wider picture of your life- How do we figure out what we want? How might it feel to be there? How do we make it happen?
Module two: Looking back. Here I’ll talk through why we work through categories and the importance of joy. Then we’ll look back with kindness, find the positives and the lessons learned.
Module three: Looking forward: In this module we Look ahead and focus on setting goals that come from a place of love. We talk a lot about the power of feelings, and the importance of the language we use.
Module Four: in this module we get really practical. I’ll take you though the exact process I use to integrate it into our everyday. (Every time I write this, in my mind Olivia Newton John sings ”Lets get physical” but replace ‘physical’ with ‘practical’. Anyway)
Module 5: word for the year: Then we’ll talk about why and how to find a powerful word for the year.
Conclusion. Talking about making it work for you.
PLUS 4 bonus sessions:
Huma Quereshi is going to focus on the writing part of The Life Book; she'll help us to think about private journal-keeping not just as a place to observe yourself for your well-being, but also to stretch yourself in terms of expression and language. She'll talk about using writing as a way of exploring feelings and words and being open about where that can lead. You can find more about Huma here https://www.ourstorytime.co.uk/
Ray Dodd, my SIL and collaborator (we run the day retreats in my home together) is going to talk about the power of the stories we tell ourselves and specifically how beliefs become things. This was the topic of her session in Januarys day retreat. You can find Ray at https://www.raydodd.co.uk/
I asked Nicola Rae Wickham to talk to us about the language we use. She is trained in NLP and will be teaching us about the way our language affects our behaviour. She'll talk about how our brains work and why so many of us set goals that we are all excited about initially but then just don't carry it through. https://www.alifemoreinspired.com/
A video from both Dave and I about how the process has helped our relationship. Some of the mistakes we have made, the changes to the process that have helped, some of the surprises that have come up along the way, and how the process encourages us to work on it.
A Facebook support group:
There will be an accompanying closed Facebook group for members to share any questions or thoughts. During the course, I’ll show you parts of my own January Book and journal, something I have never done before. There will be prompts and questions and talking points, and discussing lots of practical tips to keep momentum with The Life Book through the year.
The January chapter of the Life Book will finish on Friday 22nd March. The final few weeks in the course will be less teaching intensive and simply allow students to catch up. I’ll pop in with some reminders and prompts and i’ll also introduce you to the first quarterly review too.
E-course spaces are non refundable and non transferable.
Do I have to be on Facebook?
The bulk of the information will also be emailed to you so it’s not a necessity, but you’ll get more value from the course if you’re able to join in with the conversation directly with me and others.
Can people join anywhere in the world?
Yes. It’s an course so it’s open to everyone. You can catch up on videos and content at a time that works best for you.
Are spaces refundable?
No, spaces are non refundable and non transferable.
I’m single, how much of the course will focus on relationships?
The course is totally adaptable whatever your relationship status. I will be talking in part about my relationship (as well my parenting, work etc.) because it’s a core part of my life, but you don’t have to engage with this part if you don’t want too. You create your own unique Life Book.
I have never written a journal, will this course work for me?
Absolutely! This would make a great introduction to journalling, whether you decided to set up a daily practice or just focus on the Life Book categories
How long will it take?
I take a while to work through the process, usually the whole month and sometimes longer. It’s the perfect cosy winter activity- I love doing it listening to favourite music, tucked under blankets with a cup of hot tea steaming away nearby. Taking the process slowly is also useful if you are juggling a lot. You might get it done in one sitting (we have in the past, pre kids- ha) or you might stop and start all month. The important thing is not to force it. An hour a week is probably about average but this depends on you.