Hello! I said good bye to summer with a tear in my eye. But welcomed Fall with a bright smile. The month of October is special not just because of Halloween but also because it’s my birthday month. In this awful year of 2020 I turn the big 50. I am bummed not because I turned 50 but because I couldn’t celebrate the way I wanted. My husband also turned 50 and so we wanted too through a hug Halloween, dress up party to celebrate this mile stone. But 2020 said no. We are allowing ourselves to stay 50 an extra year and have a proper celebration in 2021.
The reason why I had to tell you about my birthday it’s because the questions for this month are based on a realization that I need to start thinking and planning for the next phase in my life. After all I am middle age now. These questions are based on some of the thoughts that have recently been kicking around in my head, maybe some of you have been thinking about such things as well. You might have to do some research to answer some of the questions, after all that’s what this writing exercise is about; to get us to think deep and search our own souls.
P.S. I am so sorry for my delay in getting these to you. I have been beyond busy with family matters, a little traveling and birthday celebrating too.
This month we will be answering Hypotherical questions. What if I had won the lottery? what if I had 3 children instead of two? What if I had stayed in El Salvador? Are hypothetical questions useful? Why should we care about the things that could be, or could have been? The answers may not be real, but they can tell a lot about a person’s personality and emotions.
There are cultures where the concept of “What if?” or “what would it be like?” type of questions do not exist. They are consider a waste of time. Why ponder on things that are not real?
I called these questions, dreams! If I ponder on Hypothetical questions, they are usually fun and positive and the answers are also light hearted.
Remember these are questions for yourself- no one has to read them. I hope you discover something interesting about your mind, your emotions and your logic.
Are we halfway through 2020? unbelievable. I feel this is a good stopping point to re-evaluate my plans and my goals, not just for the rest of this year but for the next 5 years as well. All the questions for this month are based on me trying to focus on the future. Our family will be going through some changes and we need a plan, one that will help us have a vision of what our lives will be like in 5 years.
You can choose to answer them with a 1-year plan, a 3-year plan, or a 5-year plan. We are creative people, and creative people plan and if it makes sense to plan for the week, don’t you think we should plan for something a little bit bigger? Every successful business starts with a business plan, if we also want a successful life, we should have a life plan as well.
Download and print the questions. I use a bullet journal for this intentional writing exercise. One page per question. It is the first thing I do in the mornings while enjoying a cup of tea. Don’t forget there is a Spanish translation of the questions as well, thanks to my friend Paola Rosani. If anyone else would like to translate them in other languages I would be happy to share them here as well. I hope you find this project inspiring and useful. If you are following along, please share it with me so I can see your work. Use the hashtag #onequestionaday You might be inspiring some else out there.