Hello, hello 2017! A bit late in the game since 2017 has already begun–I meant to begin this Next Chapter series two weeks ago, but the last few months of 2016 have been radically stormy and challenging for me, and it’s been a hell of a ride. Having that said, I intend to channel the optimism and courage I have garnered from my experiences and pour all that goodness into the upcoming blog posts.
As you have probably guessed, I love using “story” and “storytelling” as a motif for living life. I am going to do something slightly different this year, however. For the most part, you are still going to be bombarded by a series of metaphors, since they are a cup of tea that I don’t get tired of sipping from (chuckle). For 2017, I am going to introduce the concept of threshold mapping.
Well, what the heck is it? It’s really just a fancy figurative term that I use to encapsulate the process of preparing for a transitional time in life. A new year, the resetting of the calendar is a threshold. A career change is a threshold. The breakup of a relationship is a threshold. Entering motherhood is a threshold. Anything that signifies “change” is a threshold.
Threshold mapping for 2016-2017 is essentially the process of reflecting and digesting your experiences in 2016, recognizing and validating where you are now and how far you have come, and then getting ready for the next chapter, or the next adventure of your life (that will take place in 2017). It taps into concepts of gamification and encourages the creative imagining or reimagining of one’s life in order to make life more fun, more exciting, more productive and more fulfilling. Of course, it also actively incorporates the language of mapping, journeying and questing as central metaphors to spice things up. Hence, threshold mapping.
Let me just say how excited I am for The Next Chapter: Hello, hello 2017! series. Personally, I love experimenting with and researching into productivity systems as well as ways towards self-betterment and fulfillment. I look forward to sharing some of the insights that I have gained with you. Hopefully, the following blog posts will inspire you to experiment with your own productivity and wellness systems and help you “level up” your life. 🙂 To me, nothing is more exciting than getting that delicious upgrade!
Let’s tread together into this brand new year that has yet to unfold!
Upcoming blog posts in this series:
- threshold mapping: what is it and how you can use this concept to level up your life!
- bite-sized tips and advice on tackling procrastination + how to be consistently productive
- Shadows Grow in Open Light: love what you hate about yourself
- resources: books, websites and other goodies you can look into to continuously expand!