Tuesday, December 16, 2014

How to Host a Reflection & Rejuvenation Party

The new year is almost upon us! 

I don't mean to skip ahead--Christmas isn't even here yet--but I find that I have to stay one step ahead during this season in order to minimize my stress. Although I love Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, I especially love the new year. I love the fresh start, the opportunity to reflect on the past year and set intentions for the new year. 

I decided to host the Second Annual Reflect & Rejuvenate Get-Together. I invited some of my closest female friends as well as some people that I hope to get to know better this year. 

The process is simple:
  • We get together for two hours in the afternoon on New Year's Day (just us, no children).
  • I provide light snacks and drinks.
  • I make copies of different a reflection form for people to complete (electronic version, print version). I've also used Andrea's form in the past, and I really like it.
  • I provide old magazines, scissors, glue sticks, and card stock so people can make a visual collage of the kind of year they want to have this year. Here's what my looked like last year.
Last year, it was just three of us, but it was still a lot of fun. This year, it looks like there will be at least 9 of us, so I'm thinking about providing name tags and maybe doing a brief get-to-know-you activity. I just want people to have a chance to introduce themselves and start to feel connected with each other before they delve into such personal work alongside each other. Maybe we'll do the one where you select a penny and then share a major event from the year on the penny. 

I should also think about providing clipboards in case people want to move to the couch area. 

I'm excited! 

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Erin said...

Hi Sara-

I'd love it if you'd write a post on sharing at some point. Both from a Montessori perspective, and what you teach your children at home. I have a 19 month old son, and the Montessori perspective on sharing really resonates with me, but I find it SO hard to implement, given all of the societal expectations around children sharing, and the very mixed messages we send them ("don't take other children's toys, but if they take yours, you should share.")



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