This is a project about taking risks, seeking personal growth, and saying yes to what life throws at you.
What would happen if you invited 12 of your most trusted friends to write your life story for the next 12 months of your life? The experiment of Living Chapters explores that very question.
On the first day of each month a “chapter” is submitted by one of my 12 selected friend participants to this website. The submissions directed me in my actions, self-reflections, and habits throughout the month. Each chapter writer chooses one of the six (self created) themes for guidance in creating their chapter. The themes include the following: Body/Kinesthetic, Logic and Order, The Environment, Existential, Purpose, and Interpersonal Relationships.
With the theme in mind, the writers devise tasks and challenges designed to push my comfort level, normal boundaries and self-reflection, with the goal of changing habits and instigating self- improvement. Each of the writers also commit to taking on at least one of the challenges they have assigned me in their chapter.
Mid-month, “the Wildcard” a new player, has the ability to enliven and shift the focus of the chapter slightly by making an additional suggestion to the chapter. Their submission may intensify the challenge or change the direction of my path slightly.
Throughout the year long process, all participants of Living Chapters look at life as an open book, sharing responses and reflections through this online platform while exploring how our personal and online networks of family and friends can assist us in a quest for self improvement.
Living Chapters is an experiment in trying out alternate life styles and choices while seeking new ways of becoming a better person for myself and to others.
I invite you to follow along, reflect, and comment as the chapters unfold from month to month. Live out the chapters with us as we struggle and strive to learn something new. Let go for a moment and take on one of the challenges with us. Who knows where the story will lead you.
Thanks for reading, Beth Barbush
To learn more about how and why this project got started read the Prologue
Listen to Baltimore Radio Producer Aaron Henkin interview the protagonist and the Living Chapters players here
To catch up where the story is today – start living the chapters here
For a list of all the Players and the Roles and the Rules – check out this page
© Beth Barbush 2013
photographs by: Emily Wheat
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