Let’s Design that Year!
For years I’ve been designing, re-designing and re-re-designing how to make a plan for my year that was true to my heart, flexible for my soul and supported me in getting things done. With that vision in mind and a constant stream of refinements, my sister Shannon and I finally settled into something that really works. As the end of the year approaches, we set aside some planning time and go through the process of designing our year. We dream, we have fun and we get very clear on what we want for the year ahead. Even with our vastly different styles (my plan ends up held lightly on coloured cut-outs and Shannon’s is recorded, tracked and analyzed in Excel) we’ve found a process that works! I want to share it with you.
Divider: The Details
Format: This year’s live event has passed but don’t worry! Now the entire workshop is available as a recording for you so you can dive in and plan at the right time for you in the right pace for you.
Supplies: I’ve kept it really simple: something to write with, something to write on, post-it notes, a magazine and a datebook or calendar.
Here’s what people say about Planning Day…
Suddenly all those “shoulds” on my list (things I feel like I’m supposed to do, but resist) have taken on new meaning when I view them through the lens of my focus areas and values. Just one of the many “aha” moments I had during Planning Day thanks to Jamie’s thoughtful questions and expert guidance. Thank you for creating a structure that is powerful and actionable, while still allowing space for creativity and magic. It was just what I needed to get excited about the new year! Kim Sedgwick
I was honestly a little afraid to commit to this because I’m afraid to commit to planning. I’m so glad I did though. Jamie’s magical supportive style really drew me into the process of planning with form and freedom. And I feel like I have a start to something that I can really work with. I really look forward to using my focus areas to stay committed to what is important. And I love the idea of working in season. Now I’m off to hang up my season planning along with the calendars for the winter months of the year. I so appreciated being in community with all of you – creative souls – who participated. Thank you Jamie and all! Lisa DeYoung
I cannot thank you enough for providing this journey into the next year of heartfelt planning and practice. Planning Day brought clarity to me on several levels. The quick-fire questions and one-minute responses made me go with my gut for the replies. Each question was a step along the path and each path broadened and narrowed my thinking, which took to me a place of strength and clarity with structure and sunlight. I would definitely sign up for this again next year. Lorna Schreck
Jamie Ridler Studios never ceases to amaze me with all of their Creative Living Workshops, Behind The Scenes Videos and Creative Living Podcasts: the best workshops are the Full Moon Dreamboards Series and now, the glorious Planning Day which enabled me to come away with x30 planning skills/insights! I am happy to share that Jamie Ridler is always an inspiring and generous speaker: with the seasonal project planning format suggested I am embarking of four extraordinary projects I have been yearning to accomplish. My New Year will be filled with creativity projects, such as: poetic translations, art journaling, collage assemblages and revising children’s literature manuscript for publication! Thank you so very much, Jamie for being a guiding light and I look forward to all of your creative endeavors! Camille Hurlburt
At the beginning of the workshop my thoughts were heading in one direction for the year ahead – projects, planning, goals. Somewhere in the middle, emotions stirred in me and a shift took place.
Being forced to find an image quickly was a turning point for me.
The past few years have been tough but 2015 was a year of letting go and healing. I thought I would jump back into many things in 2016. The image reflected my yearning for breathing space and noticing my life and the things around me. I realized I have changed in the past few years, stripped down to bare bones and I want my home and my choices to reflect those changes. I have a tendency to fill any empty spaces. Right now I want to weigh carefully how to fill my time and energy.
The workshop really did shift my thinking and my focus. This morning I spent a couple hours going through my journals of 2015. My writings reaffirmed what I learned on planning day.
I would recommend this workshop to anyone who wants to get in touch with her own heart and flesh out that authenticity in her daily life. Thanks again Jamie! Paula White
Planning day was amazing!!! What an experience of clarity, insight and inspiration! It was really a “deep dive”… into my life and what I now want to create… so many wonderful ideas and plans emerged. I hope you make this an annual tradition. I highly recommend it to anyone who wishes to make their life and business happy and fulfilling. Thank You Jamie! You are awesome! Rene Cerrito
I was unfortunately not able to attend the Planning Day live but experiencing it as a playback was almost as good. I had planned to complete it in 3 hourly chunks but it was so fun and easy, I did it all in one session. I think Jamie brought such a wonderful energy to guiding the group through the planning process and the journal prompts were really thought-provoking. The use of the timer ensured an awful lot got done in that 3 hours. I feel like I now have an excellent handle on my goals and projects for next year. I thought Jamie struck a great balance between structure and fluidity in the planning methodology. Hearing the contributions of the people who attended live was really useful and I did feel as if I was genuinely participating. I would recommend this seminar to anyone who wants a super fun and simple way to capture their dreams and plan to bring them into actuality in the next year. Wonderful! Melanie Kemp
At the beginning of this workshop I had no idea how to plan at all. In fact I, being a highly creative person resist planning all the time. Jamie gave me a wonderful container to put my ideas into and the result was that now I think I love planning. I see how it can work for me. I know how to take my wants and desires and how to translate them to actual goals and create plans for them. I would recommend the workshop to any creative person, who resists planning but still feels a need for it. I’d also recommend to any online entrepreneurs. Kate Robertson
Working with Jamie is always a wonderful experience. Planning Day was all that I hoped for and more. I had time to focus on what is important in my life, celebrate what I accomplished and begin to think about and plan for the new year.
When Planning Day was finished I knew that I had a solid plan for how to begin my year but I also knew that my plan was fluid and flexible and that I could easily adjust it as needed. As always, Jamie was prepared, fun and always ready with a thoughtful answer.
Planning Day is something that I will do from now on. I’m not only ready but I’m excited to see what happens next! Thank you once again, Jamie for a terrific experience. Ginny Lennox
I did your planning webinar, using the recorded version. And I have never felt more ready to welcome a new year! Wow, it’s like “spiritual” planning, I’d say. Really getting down to core and then seeing what the priority is now… what’s ripe, what’s ready to be harvested and cultivated. It was so good! Kari Carlson
I was feeling really stuck in my life as I sat down to commence the workshop. Now I am feeling inspired, energised and excited about the year ahead. I can see the journey and I am ready to take the steps forward in a gently and loving way. Thank you Jamie for everything you do. I can recommend this workshop to anyone who needs to plan and focus in a creative way. This workshop is a real gem! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Sundari Austin
Planning Day was an intense, illuminating workshop that helped me get my dreams, projects, activities, and practices onto a schedule for next year without ending up with a lifeless and overwhelming “plan.”
My favorite insight was that going from the realm of ideas, visions, and brainstorming (Air) to linear, scheduled time (Earth) is always a bit of a shock. Jamie has you bring your ideas down to earth gently, seeing where a project that speaks to you might fit energetically into a season.
Another “aha” moment was that a plan that is too detailed feels “tight,” as Jamie puts it: uncomfortable and constraining, which is why some people avoid planning (raising my hand here). People need different amounts of structure to stay on track—and different amounts at different times. Her process is flexible. You can stick Post-its with projects on a page for the next season, lay out all your ideas for the next four seasons, or make a detailed month-by-month or week-by-week plan. I felt comfortable fitting projects into the winter season, and then planning each month in more detail as it arrived. Planning Day was wonderful! xxx Anne DeMarsay
What will you be saying?
If you’re looking to list every to-do for every project and plot it into your schedule from now until New Years, this is not the workshop for you. We’ll be designing your year with an eye on your vision, a way to work in manageable pieces and a focus on what’s next. In my experience, the plan-it-all-in-advance approach leads to hair-pulling, anxiety and wasted effort. Life is an ever-changing mystery so our plans need to be organic and adaptable. If that sounds good to you, come and join us.