So I have this idea for a class.
You see, recently, I've been running into really wonderful people who are in a place of transition in their lives: some of them are considering career changes, some are in the middle of personal life transitions, while still others don't have any plans on changing their current routines, except that they just want more. I so get this: over the past three years, I've gone through my own transition from a practicing attorney to being a photographer, writer and author; despite some bumps and bruises along the way, I have to say that I've emerged happier than I even imagined.
So it's probably not too surprising that a couple of weeks ago, I was struck by the idea of an online course -- or really, more of a guided self-study program -- that I could put together to help those who might be in similar transitions (professional or personal). I began to get so excited about this idea, when we were in Port Aransas I pretty much monopolized my friends' time trying to talk through it with them. I couldn't help myself: I think I might be onto something.
But before going great guns, though, I wanted to ask you first: would there be some interest in doing something like this with me?
Here's what I'm thinking: since summer's practically over and those of us who have kids are about to put them back in school (or already have), now would be a great time to focus on ourselves (plus, I've already mentioned how much fall feels like the perfect time to start fresh). My idea is that by the end of the program, you'd have in your hot little hands a very personal record of what it is you love, what you hope for yourself, and something of a plan on how to go forward to inject some awesome into your life -- whether it's related to your career or your non-work life. There would be a way to share your stories with each other if you wanted to; however, because life transitions can be such intensely personal experiences, you could also keep all of the work you do a secret, and still feel like you fully participated. And I'd be doing the exercises and journaling prompts right along with you.
What say you? If there's considerable interest, I'll look into pulling everything together to start in the very near future. Please leave me a comment below or send me an email (karen AT chookooloonks DOT com) if you think you might be interested!
Image: Photographed with my Nikon D300 and ancient 50mm manual lens. aperture 1.4, shutter speed 1/320, ISO 400