These are just some of the words I can use to describe the Offline: Self Study course I just completed.
Seldom do we give ourselves the time to stop and reflect on who we are and the journey we’re on. Self-work is often looked upon as something for the hippy-type person, but it really shouldn’t be.
As I’ve harped on about for several months now, my life’s plans took a complete 180 and I was meant to be a married woman living in Paris right now.
Left to decide which path to take after finding myself without a job, a wedding or a move abroad, I decided to invest some time in myself and figure out how I wanted to use this period in my life.
I’m not a huge listener of podcasts, but one I have subscribed to a lot in the past is Alison Rice’s Offline. A series dedicated to strip back the filters of social media and understand the people behind our favourite accounts.
I follow Alison on social media and came across her promotion of her new workshop to help with your journey to discovering one’s true self.
I was totally hesitant and thought self-study to be quite cheesy, but I honestly had all the time and nothing to do, so why not?
It took me four weeks to complete as I wanted to take my time with it and not rush through each lesson. After each video or podcast, I sat with what I learned and my answers to her questions and reflected on them for a few days before starting the next.
This helped me digest all the information and explore what it meant for me and my life.
You could easily complete it in a couple of hours, but I don’t think that’s the point of the whole thing.
I’m not going to share what I’ve learned as I want to keep it private, and I also want to allow you, should you decide, to get the most from it without being influenced by what I took from it.
What I will share is the course has helped me break free from the person others expect me to be, and instead discover who I really am. I’ve shifted my perception of success and have decided to apply to go back to school to get my masters degree in creative writing and literature.
I no longer look at material things as bearing so much importance in my life and I now understand the tentpoles that underpin what defines me.
After 28 years, I’m proud of who I am and understand I have unique talents and gifts that I want to share with the world through creative writing.
If you only take one thing away from the blog, I hope it is a spark in the back of your mind that pulls a little at your curiosity of what this course can bring you.
You may not be in the right frame of mind to focus your attention to self, and that’s totally fine, but I encourage you to just ask yourself these two questions:
Who are you?
What defines you?
From here you’ll know if you’re ready.
And a note to Alison.
Thank you for using your talent to change the lives of those around you. My life, at least for the immediate future, has been positively impacted by your work and I can’t thank you enough. I hope you’re aware that your light is shining far and wide to reach those who are open to discovering their true self.
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