Living Chapters 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? This blog chronicles my first year exploring that very question.
Living Chapters takes a look at how letting go of an outcome or destination can lead you to a place in which you had only dreamed to arrive. It is a process in which the journey of self discovery is about the observation of personal and universal systematic patterns. Take the time to stop and think what actions are yours alone and which actions are given to you by the environment, society, or people around you. What are you choosing to be and do and what are you habitually falling into. Make a space for yourself to really observe and examine the true nature of what you are without including all that you have and/or do . Living Chapters gives you a peak at one person’s attempt to examine and test these questions by experimenting with life itself.
On the first day of each month a “chapter” is submitted by one of my 12 selected friend participants to this website. The submissions direct me in my actions, self-reflections, and habits throughout the month. Each chapter writer chooses one of six 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.
Living Chapters is an experiment in living without judgment and living without fear of failing. It is a process that utilizes a network of friends and family to assist in the discovery of self-assessment and underlying authentic truth. The year-long project documented in this blog is just the beginning of what I see as a lifelong process of observing one’s own perceptions and patterns. In this upcoming years, I intend to continue the experiment and process in new formats.
Stay tuned and Thanks for reading,
To learn more about how and why this project got started read the Prologue
Listen to Baltimore Radio Producer Aaron Henkin interview Beth Barbush and the Living Chapters players here
For a Summary of all 12 chapters of Part One start here
To learn about the rules and the roles in Part One check out this page: Players and the Roles and the Rules
© Beth Barbush 2013
photographs by: Emily Wheat
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