Year Six:
A Fresh Start!
Activity
Participants
Prompts
Lifelines
First Line



Pretend you're writing your autobiography. Give us your first line, a first chapter, or even just an image. What's the story of you?

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January 01
Your 2015, Reviewed



Give us the 30,000 foot view. Or, hone in on a few highlights. Let's bring last year to life before moving on to what's ahead.

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January 02
Get Analog



No screens, no technology – let's think about real world experiences. What did you do with your hands this year?

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January 03
In Your Eyes



Share a photo or paint us a picture with words. Show us something from your year through your eyes. Did you see something that took your breath away? Or maybe you just couldn't look away?

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January 04
Scratch and Sniff!



Scents have the power to take us all kinds of places. What smell takes you somewhere else? Where'd you go?

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January 05
Hear, Hear



Do you hear what I hear? Tell us about a sound. What do you hear in your house or at work?

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January 06
Thicken the Plot



We're all writing the story of our lives as we go. How can you make your story interesting in 2016? And if you can't see around the bend, it's okay to dream. Let's make 2016 one of the most riveting parts of our tale, shall we?

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January 07
Communal Circles

 

What new circles have you formed? Any unexpected ones? Did you start a book club or hang out in a tea yurt? Maybe you re-upped with existing friends. Explore your kumbaya moment from 2015.

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January 08
Dig Into Your Roots

 

How far back can you trace your family? What was their life like? What else do you know? Tell a story, share an old family photo or draw your family tree. If you know nothing, ask a relative for some history to share.

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January 09
Homies

 

Friends are our chosen family. They have the wonderful capacity to make us laugh till we cry, to hold us up in dark hours and to keep our secrets under lock and key. Tell a friendship story.

 

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January 10
Role Models

 

Life is so much easier when you have someone to help you navigate. What makes a mentor great? Have you ever had a mentor? Been someone else's?

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January 11
Play Date

 

You know the story about all work and no play... How did you play with others this year? Let your hair down and share how you escaped for an hour, a day, or more.

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January 12
Habitat

 

What creates a sense of home for you? Explore the space, artifacts or people who shape your habitat. When do feel the most 'at home'?

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January 13
Animal Kingdom

 

Write an ode about the unending loyalty or the curious antics of a furry friend. Did you learn something about yourself or the world from your pet this year? Maybe you learned a lesson from an animal in the wild, or a nature program?

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January 14
Life Swap

 

Switch places with someone for a day. Who would you swap with? Someone famous? Someone anonymous? Tell us who – and why!

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January 15
Be Neighborly

 

Maybe you fell for the girl next door or considered building a fence to keep out the nosy neighbor. Tell us a story, draw us a map, or give us a hidden gem about your neighborhood, past or present.

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January 16
Work Culture

 

Work culture is all the rage. What values do you bring to work? Is there any one cultural trait you want to import into your workplace? Create a punch list of small things you can do to nudge culture forward. Or, explore companies who seem to be doing it right.

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January 17
On the Fringes


Think of things that have piqued your curiosity. What leaves you with more questions than answers? Who or what do you wish you knew more about?

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January 18
Read Up


Let's explore the power of words. Did a writer delight you, make you think, or impact you in some other way? Write a review, or share a favorite line from something you've read.

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January 19
Tickets, Tickets!

 

What (or who) did you shell out or stand-in-line for this year? Was it worth it? What made you wait in line, log-on early, or form a lifetime attachment?

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January 20
Strange Encounter

 

Share a story about a stranger this year. Was it something you overheard? Someone you accidentally met & bonded with? A funny...or strange!...coincidence?

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January 21
It's All About the Journey

 

Where did you travel this year? Did it move or change you?

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January 22
Media Frenzy

 

Nervous at Airports? Created your first protest sign? Taken on a different perspective? How has what you've seen on the news changed you this year?

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January 23
It's Customary

 

It's a small world after all! What custom from another culture do you wish you could transplant into your own? Maybe you want siestas (Hola, Spain!) or Hygge from Denmark. Or maybe you want to create a new custom altogether?

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January 24
Good Deeds

 

Explore a good deed – yours, or one from someone else. How is the world better for it?

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January 25
Influencers

 

Did you witness someone influence others? Perhaps you experienced it directly. Share a tale of persuasion.

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January 26
Of Note

 

What achievement – from a person, a company, a nation – captures your attention? Who did something admirable this year?

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January 27
Alternative History

 

Imagine how your life today would be different if an event in history would've gone another way. What if the British defeated the American colonies during the Revolutionary War? What if Prohibition never ended? What if the 9/11 terrorist attacks never took place? What if...

(submitted by Kate Burkhardt)

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January 28
Write On

 

Why do you write? What have you learned by facing the page? Did anything surprise you about your reflections this past month?

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January 29
Legacy

 

What do you want to be known for? Maybe you want to change the world. Maybe you just want to make the best cupcakes known to man. Go all in and give us the deep life-long goal, or share a smaller mission.

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January 30
Last Line

 

We started with a first line, so let's wrap up our month with the last. Give us the final sentence, paragraph, or chapter of your life story.

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January 31