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Discover Yourself: Self-Expression in 5 Minutes a Day

Jenny Bristol, Author, freelance writer, creator

Discover Yourself: Self-Expression in 5 Minutes a Day

Jenny Bristol, Author, freelance writer, creator

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16 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Introduction: How Will You Express Yourself?

      4:17
    • 2. Reasons to Practice Self-Expression

      3:07
    • 3. Finding the Time

      1:32
    • 4. Your Daily Self-Expression Project

      7:45
    • 5. Writing

      2:15
    • 6. Art and Drawing

      2:43
    • 7. Crafts

      1:58
    • 8. Photography and Video

      1:10
    • 9. Music

      1:20
    • 10. Mindfulness, Reflection, and Contemplation

      2:50
    • 11. Learning New Things

      1:51
    • 12. Chronicling Your Life

      1:29
    • 13. Releasing Your Inner Child

      1:29
    • 14. Physical Fitness and Health

      1:01
    • 15. Commit to Your Project

      1:17
    • 16. The Time to Begin is Now

      1:26
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Join writer and creator Jenny Bristol as you learn to carve out some time in your busy schedule for a bit of self-discovery and self-expression. Whether your interests lie in writing, drawing, crafts, mindfulness, autodidactism, or becoming reacquainted with your inner child, students of all levels will learn some strategies and tips to finding a few extra minutes each day. You will also learn how to commit to using this time for yourself. Use it to pursue interests you feel you don't have time for, learn a new skill, or learn more about yourself. Determine what parts of yourself you want to develop.

It's not unusual to get to even middle age and not be quite sure who you are, or to change as you get older and lose sight of whom you've become. The 5-minute daily exercise practice that you'll gain from taking this class can help you explore your ideas, your interests, your motivations, and the corners of your mind, and become acquainted or reacquainted with who you are. Don't worry if you aren't sure how to spend your daily 5 minutes; this class includes dozens of ideas in a variety of creative areas.

This class is the first in a series designed to help you get to know yourself better. Knowing what we like, why we behave the way we do, and where our reactions stem from help us form and maintain successful relationships and make progress toward our goals. No prior knowledge or specific materials are needed for this class, but if you have a particular interest, you'll need any materials to practice that interest (such as art supplies, writing supplies, a sun hat, etc.).

For your class project, you'll create your own plan to express yourself in 5 minutes a day in the form of a 3-day challenge. Steps will include brainstorming ideas, gathering materials, carving out time, and committing to the practice of regular self-expression. After doing this quick daily exercise for your first month, you can recommit to continuing the practice you had chosen, or choose to spend those 5 daily minutes in a different way. Or, maybe, your month of effort will have done its job and pointed you in a new direction. This is your practice, and you get to decide what it looks like and where it will take you. Use the provided worksheets to get started, or create your plan in whatever format works for you. Either way, share your plan and the results of your self-expression practice in the project gallery!

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Jenny Bristol

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Hi! I'm Jenny Bristol and I like to make things. All kinds of things. Writings, drawings, memes, sewing projects, crochet and knitting projects, baked goods, travel plans, and well-organized to-do lists. (And, on two notable occasions, children.) I'm what is sometimes called a Renaissance Soul. My interests, skills, education, and abilities range across the spectrum of things that there are to know and do, and I regularly switch my focus among them.

I am the author of Wisdom from Mom, an advice book for people of all ages, and The Isle of Kern, a fictional guidebook, as well as co-author of Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families, which is pretty much self-explanatory. I write on a number of topics on my website at JennyBristol.com, and o... See full profile

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1. Introduction: How Will You Express Yourself?: Hi. Welcome to my first skill share class. Discover yourself self expression in five minutes a day. I'm Jenny Bristol. I'm a writer, creator and educator and in both the general creative type, an analytical, logical type, the best of both worlds. I always say you can find me online at jenny bristol dot com. I'm here to teach you how to find the time and ideas for a self expression practice that will only take five minutes out of your day. How do you like to express yourself? Are you having trouble working it into your schedule? In this class, you'll learn how to both find the time to pursue a passion and discover new ideas for spending five minutes a day practicing self expression. This classes for students of all levels to learn some strategies and tips. I'll help you find extra minutes in each day, brainstorm ideas for self expression and learn how to commit to using this time for yourself. You can use the time to pursue interests. You feel you don't have the time for toe. Learn a new skill or to learn more about yourself. This is the first class in the discovery yourself Siri's and will cover ways to integrate self expression into your daily schedule. It will only take five minutes a day. Seriously, we will cover several reasons to practice self expression. How to find the time when even five minutes are hard to spare. Dozens of ideas for your self expression project, how to get started and how to commit to your project and to yourself. Each video in this class is a short segment exploring an aspect of your project. This video is the introduction in the next few videos. I'll share reasons to practice self expression, how to find the time for it and then all assign your self expression project. After that, I'll share dozens of ideas of how to spend your daily five minutes. You can choose one of my ideas or devise your own. I'll go over ideas in the areas of writing, art and drawing, crafts, photography and video music. Mindfulness reflection and contemplation. Learning new things, chronicling your life, releasing your inner child and physical fitness and health. Feel free to watch those idea videos in any order you like, but then jumped back into the sequence, watching the videos on how to commit to your project and how to get your practice started. My life is a very busy one where my attention is constantly being required in many directions at once. It's hard to find time for optional projects, but I've been able to fit several five minute long expressive and educational projects into my daily life, often more than one at a time. I'm at the end of my 1st 5 year diary, for example, and I enjoyed doing in October last year. I also learned some German every day with the dual lingo and memorize abs. And I've had fun recently making silly means off the top of my head that entertained me and seem to entertain others. None of these activities have taken much more than five minutes each. It's been harder to fit in larger projects, such as the many sewing projects on the metaphorical craft pile. But the smaller projects air still fun, easy to fit into my day and make me feel like I'm doing something to improve or express myself. This keeps me going in between my bigger projects. What will you gain from taking this class by watching the videos and completing your own self expression project. You'll have spent at least a month practicing some form of self expression. Perhaps you'll end up with the beginnings of a story or a partially filled sketchbook or a long list of things for which you are grateful. Maybe you'll have set some goals, made some art, had some fun or just disappeared into another world for a few minutes each day. Regardless of which type of project or activity you choose. After 30 days, you'll know yourself a little bit better, which is something we all strive for. You also have something to show for it, even if that's something isn't tangible. Thank you for joining this class, and they can't wait to see what projects you come up with. Let's get started. 2. Reasons to Practice Self-Expression: you've already had a brief introduction to this class, but now it's time to get started. Let's explore some reasons to practice self expression. Why might someone want to practice this quick but structured form of self expression? Imagine what you can achieve by doing something very small every day and keeping at it over time. Imagine what you will have achieved or how much better you'll be in just a week's time. A months time. A year's time. Humans learn and improve their skills by doing and doing a small thing over and over will add up to be a big thing. That's what this class will give you the opportunity to dio. You might have signed up for this class because you want to spark your creativity. Maybe you want to be more creative, but you aren't sure how. And you like the idea of giving yourself permission to be creative every day, if only for a short time. You may also be looking for inspiration for other areas of your life, such as your work, your family or your other hobbies. Or maybe you are looking for a new sense of well being. Regardless, you've come to the right place. You might want to try out some new skills, but don't feel confident enough yet to dive in with both feet or to start a larger project . You might feel you don't have the time to express yourself creatively. And you see this class is a way to teach you a quick method to start something that's just for you. Most of all, you might want to make yourself accountable. This kind of structure helps you stick with the practice, which will allow you to see more progress and improvement over time than if you just worked on it Occasionally. Whatever you choose for your project should be something you want to be doing anyway. So with this class, you can give yourself permission to do it. What will you get out of this practice? Whether you fit neatly into a box or you defy description or you're somewhere in between. This class is for you. You learn more about yourself. You'll gain skills and knowledge in your chosen area, and you'll feel good about having done something for yourself. You might end up with a tangible item at the end of this practice, such as a hand sewn doll. Or maybe you will end up with a series of vignettes that you've written or a stack of drawings. Or you might be more physically flexible from having done a month long stretching regimen. Or maybe you found some inner peace by meditating or expressing gratitude each day. This kind of self expression over time is a gift you can give yourself. You don't need to share the resulting products with anyone unless you want to. Just use these five minutes as a tool to discover or rediscover yourself, finding layers you covered up or for gotten about long ago and see who you've become over the years. In the next video, we'll go over a few ways to find the time to fit even five minutes into your busy life. 3. Finding the Time: in the last video, we went over reasons to start and maintain a self expression project or practice in this video, I'll help you find the time in which to do it. If you really think about it, five extra minutes are not that hard to find. During an average day, we often waste that much time waiting for our computer to boot up or for dinner to cook or for the subway train to arrive. We often play pointless little games on her phone that bring us a small amount of joy but little else. We could choose to use thes moments instead. More productively. Spend your five minutes expressing yourself while you're waiting for water to boil before you get out of bed in the morning. You could even set your alarm for five minutes earlier and take your five minutes when the house might be quieter. Ah, quiet environment is better for creativity and reflection anyway. Or you could do it before you turn off the light at night. This project is worth missing five minutes of sleep, for you could even do it while you're sitting on the toilet. Spending these five minutes is just a matter of making the time in making the choice. To do something for yourself, you'll find that it becomes something you look forward to each day, rather than just one more thing that you need to do. This is clear permission to take this time for yourself. You deserve some self care. You may find that you carve out even more time spending more than five minutes a day at this because it is so worthwhile and beneficial to you. In the next video, we'll go into the details of the project for this class. 4. Your Daily Self-Expression Project: We've rounded up some reasons to practice self expression and found the time to do it. Now it's time for you to play in your 1st 5 minute self expression project. If you don't know how to spend your five minutes, don't worry. In later videos, I share a couple dozen ideas that you can use or build off of for your project. For your class project, you'll devise your own plan to begin a self expression practice for the next month. You'll decide on one thing to do for five minutes each day or longer. If you choose for the next 30 days. That's only 2.5 hours out of the next month of your life to devote to something that will make you feel better. Improve your skills. Allow you to try out a new hobby. Help yourself regroup or just enjoy yourself for a while. Step one is to decide on a topic. First, decide what you want to work on for this project. After watching the 10 videos that come after this one, you can brainstorm several ideas on the brainstorming, self expression ideas worksheet that I've included in the Project section Project ideas could be of any difficulty that you choose. Maybe you want to try something you've never done before or master an art you've been practicing for years. Choose something you'll enjoy and look forward to. Then feel free to share your completed brainstorming self expression Ideas Worksheet in the class project area. Remember, don't let a lack of skill or experience in something deter you from choosing it as your project in diving in with both feet as an example, you think you can't draw well, but you've always wanted to get better. Now is the chance. You can't get better if you don't practice. You also can't expect to be great at something the first time you try it. For most things, you just need to practice practice practice. Then you'll be able to see how your skills have evolved over one month over two months. Over a year, you'll surprise yourself with how much your style has evolved and your skills have improved . The longer you practice, the more confidence you'll gain in your ability to do the thing and in yourself for sticking to it. It may seem that five minutes a day won't make a big difference in your skills, self improvement, feeling of relaxation or whatever you choose to spend your five minutes on. But you know what a little thing every day, over and over each day for a period of time adds up to a big thing. Small efforts do add up to be a big improvement in something. Step two in your project is to gather any materials you need and set up a space for your practice. This might not be required for all projects. Depending on what you choose to work on. You may need absolutely no supplies, or you may need your phone, a computer, a journal, a sketchbook, a typewriter paints and brushes, a tablet or something else. But make sure you have anything you need for your five minutes set up and easily accessible for when you are ready to begin, so you have no excuses. Step three is to decide on the time of day for your project. Following through on good intentions doesn't just happen. We have to plan for it. We have to make it happen. If you do your five minute activity at the same time each day, it's easier to plan for it and fit it in. Then you won't be scrambling to have your five minutes when you need to be sleeping or be rushing through it between appointments. If having it at the same time, each day doesn't work for you. Consider a few times when it might best fit into your schedule and rotate among them. Or perhaps each day of your week has a vastly different schedule. In this case, use a calendar to plan. Write it down. Make this appointment with yourself every day. You could even use the second worksheet, the self expression diary as a planning tool, as well as a journal step for us to start using the self expression diary worksheet. You can use this worksheet, which is located in the project area, as a way to plan or a way to keep track of your month. First, fill in the top three sections and share a picture of your started worksheet in the class project area. Next, mark out any circles in the calendar that don't line up with your 30 days. You can write the date in each open circle right the time you plan to practice or leave them blank and use the circles as you go. You can then fill each circle with a description of what you've done on your project each day. Draw doodle that represents that day's progress, shaded in with a color to fit your mood or just mark out the circle with an X when you complete that day's practice, or maybe filling in these circles could be the project in and of itself. What can you do with 30 small circles? In any case, use your imagination here. Then, when your month is over, complete the diaries. Bottom section Step five. Time to implement your practice. There's never an ideal time to start new things, so commit to starting now. There's no time like the present. It's only five minutes a day. You can make this work. Commit to this for your own benefit. You deserve to do something nice for yourself. And as you begin, don't judge your progress or what you make. Just trust the process. Go through the steps and don't edit or critique your output. Good output will come, and this progress is a big part of the point of this exercise. Don't self edit. Just do a very important tip that I learned from fellow skill share teacher Marino. A Worm's class, secrets, tips and tricks to finding your voice is an artist is to make lots of things. To paraphrase her words, the more things you make, the less pressure there is for any one of those things. To be perfect. To make all the things and go watch her class, it's fantastic. And then go watch the rest of her classes. They're equally fantastic. Step six is to track your progress Once you've begun your practice, keep track of each day's accomplishments on the self expression diary. Or you can design your own tracking sheet. Mark your progress somewhere. Somehow. This helps keep you going and shows you how far you've come. Step seven is to share your progress. The community here it skill share is extremely supportive, so share pictures of what you've been working on in the project area or talk about it on the discussion board. I'd love to see what projects you've chosen and how you're implementing them. I can suggest tips to keep you going. If you're running into obstacles, your fellow students may also have some helpful ideas. What successes have you had? What challenges have you faced? Let us know in the community. Step eight isn't really a step, but you've reached it when you've finished your 1st 30 days of your self expression project . At this point, please share your completed self expression diary or other tracker that you used in the class project area. How is practicing self expression for a month? Helped you? Has it taught you anything about yourself? Have you made any changes in other areas of your life? Tell us all about your experience. Step nine is to consider committing to another 30 days of a five minute daily self expression project. You can choose to do the same activity you did for the 1st 1 or select a new project to work on. You could even do this every month or do it for several months throughout the year. Or do it just this one time you decide in the next 10 videos. All run through a number of project options, such as writing, drawing or learning new things. Hopefully, something there will spark your interest or inspire you to come up with your own topic. You can watch the next 10 videos in order or jump around to the ones that interest you the most. Then come back to this video to review the steps of the project. 5. Writing: this video will present a few project ideas in the area of writing whether you prefer to write in an analog or digital manner. The easiest writing project that you can do in five minutes is to keep a daily journal with short entries. Ah, five year diary, widely available these days, gives you a short space to write a few sentences about whatever you want to write about that day. This task is easily accomplished in five minutes. Using it, you can track your life embrace and note the everyday things, including the mundane, the high points and the usual and unusual things you do. You can also do this in any old spare notebook or on your phone or computer. By writing short entries each day, you'll learn what is important to you and what you find. Worth noting. You'll see patterns of your life unfold. You'll see how much you've grown over time, which years were difficult, in which were easier in daily five minutes spurts. Right? A complete story. Focus on short, quippy scenes that can be linked together or enjoyed separately. Work on a character sketch one day and a location description the next, then piece them together or write a series of vignettes, snapshots of scenes that are made of words. You may not end up with a cohesive narrative after a month, but you'll have pieces that will be easy to use in a larger project leader. Write letters or postcards to family and friends. If you can't write one in five minutes, keep working on the same letter for a few days in a row. Alternatively, you could spend your five minutes putting together postcards to send into post Secret or make stacks of inspirational cards to leave around in public. Everyone can use a positive message now and then. Each day. Spend five minutes writing down your feelings or opinions on a topic. Cheese topics that are important and personal to you. You can write about these just for yourself or to share with others. Put the monologue or share on Facebook. It's up to you regardless of what you choose to write. The act of writing is an important exercise. It helps clear our heads, gets those creative juices flowing and can inspire us in other areas of our lives. 6. Art and Drawing: this video will present a few project ideas in the areas of art and drawing whether you before to draw on paper, on your tablet or in another way. This kind of activity is easy to fit into your day, since you could draw or paint digitally on your phone or bring a small sketch pad with you when you're out and about doodle, just doodle for five minutes. Draw whatever comes to mind or what you see in front of you. Just start drawing and see what turns up during the month of October. Many people participate in October, a month of drawing quick or lengthy bits of art that relate somehow to that day's prompt. The Ink Tober folks provide an official prompt list each year on their website, but there are also print plenty of alternate prom pless out there, some themed in interesting ways. You can also devise your own prompt list. You can do this one even if it isn't October, and it doesn't matter if you don't think you're good at drawing people at any skill level will benefit greatly from this little creative exercise. Draw collections of your favorite things or people drop quick sketches of friends and family animals. Your favorite possessions. Books. What you have on your desk, what is in your purse. What you wait for dinner, whatever you like. You can draw one or two things per day, and after a month you'll have a sizable collection of images. Draw your own coloring page and then color it in. You could even make copies of the pages before you color them and then bind them together at the end of the month for a share. A bowl coloring book. Or, if you just want to do the coloring part, fight an existing coloring book in color in one page each day. If you don't already have one, you can pick up a basic, inexpensive watercolor set and brush just about anywhere. Decide on what to paint, grab some water and see what happens. There are many different styles toe watercolor painting, so there is no wrong way to do this. Get some colors of female O R. Skull P clay and start creating these bake in the oven to keep their shape permanently. You could make a scene or make models of your pets, or even make a basket of fruit. It's up to you. There are endless kinds of art and drawing methods out there. Grab some wire and make wire forms. Make art on the sidewalk with sidewalk chalk. Create a rolling background or seen on a large roll of paper. You don't need to spend any money on this at all. If you do something like drawing on scratch paper with a pencil you just found or you can buy all kinds of supplies, creating masterpieces on canvas with oil paint, for example, it's wide open. 7. Crafts: This video will present a few project ideas in the area of crafts, which tend to be a hands on activity. While crafts require materials, many of them are easy to take along on outings or do while commuting. Stitch some embroidery, cross stitch or needle 0.5 minutes at a time. So a pouch for your electronic devices, art supplies or tissues that you keep in your bag. It's quite fun to sew your own doll. There are many wonderful patterns available in books and on the Internet. I'm partial to Hillary links. We wonderful is patterns. Once you've gathered the tools and materials for a doll making project, it's easy to pick up and put down, and by the end of the month you will probably have a complete doll to show for it. Knitting or crocheting could be easy to do in five minutes sports as well, especially if you're working on a basic pattern that requires very little counting. Make collages from pictures you cut out of magazines, pictures you've printed off your computer or pictures you've drawn. You get bonus points if you turn these collages into a scene at the end of the month Jane Male could be a fun craft. All you need is a couple pairs of specialized players, metal rings and little else. Chain mail can be made into jewellery or dice bags and is perfect to wear under your heavy metal armor while you were jousting. Design your own patch, badge or button that you can sow unto a bag or vest. Or make into a button with a button making machine. Expressed your personal style and attitude at your next event or family gathering. Making things with our hands helps us get away from screens for a while and brings us back into a more tangible world. It can also foster creativity in other areas of your life as well. Ah, highly recommend some form of crafts to everyone, regardless of whether you choose a craft for this project. 8. Photography and Video: This video gives you a few suggestions of how you can express yourself through the art of photography or video. Begin a daily photo project. Take a selfie everyday, capture your moods, your looks, your surroundings. Or take a photo of a different object each day from different angles. Or go outside and capture what the current season is like. Where you live, one photo or two at a time. Take photos of people you care about. Take a daily photo of your cat. Do experiments with your camera settings and available filters to see what looks you like best. Put together a new outfits taking photos of yourself wearing them for your INSTAGRAM account. You can probably manage 1 to 2 outfits per day in five minutes if you're fast record short Log diaries recounting funny events, describing your day or sharing memories come up with a list of three interview questions that you can ask a new person each day, record the interview on video or just accompany it with a photo of your interviewee. Try to involve people of different ages, backgrounds and beliefs 9. Music: music is very important to a lot of people. Engaging in a musical activity for your five minute daily practice is another possible idea . Find a new song to listen to each day that you've never heard before. Trying new styles of music. Find songs from different eras or explore more deeply an area of music that you love. Line up some of your favorite songs to listen to this month. Each day, pick one or two. If they're short toe, listen to to match or to elevate your mood. Sing out loud along with the songs if you like. You don't need a drum to practice drumming. The one can be helpful, but a bucket or even your own chest will do in a pinch. Consider practicing different beats and rhythms on a drum for your project. For those of you who are already experienced musicians try to write a new rift each day. Some my end up terrible, but I'm sure you'll have several good ones by the end of the month. Or write a new song verse each day. That will add up to be a song each week. Then you'll have at least four new songs by the end of the month. For those still learning to play an instrument, learn and practice a new note on your favorite instrument each day. Play it by itself and, in combination with other notes, find songs that integrate the new notes you've learned and practiced those as well. 10. Mindfulness, Reflection, and Contemplation: self care is important. Consider choosing a five minute daily practice in mindfulness reflection or contemplation for your project. Whether you expressed gratitude and writing to someone on social media on a phone call to someone in person or just expressing gratitude in your own mind, consider what you're grateful for and express that gratitude for a few minutes each day. Consider what you're grateful for in different areas of your life, such as people you know, opportunities you have and the basics of living, such as food and shelter. Write something that you like about yourself every day. What do you admire about yourself? What a good at what have you accomplished? What positive features do other people recognize in you? Focus on the positives near the end of each day. Reflect on how your day went, right your thoughts down. Or just sit somewhere quietly and think to yourself what went well, what could be improved? What parts did you really enjoy for mind maps? Pick a word any word and put it in the middle of a sheet of paper. Put a shape around it right? Other words that it makes you think of elsewhere on the page and connect them with lines, then see what those words make you think of and write that down connecting is applicable. You can do this as just a stream of consciousness, or you can have a more directed approach. If you're trying to brainstorm ideas for something specific regardless, making mind maps is like taking a trip inside your own mind. How does your mind work? Where does it take you? How is it all connected? How far can you stretch? Where will you end up? Meditation doesn't have to be about clearing your mind. It can be about focusing on something that is important to you. You can focus on a word like you might do with mind maps and see where it takes you. You can focus on something that you want to happen. You can focus on positive visualizations. This could be helpful to people. Alternatively, you complain calming music for five minutes and sit quietly while you listen or find a guided meditation that you like or just go sit on your porch and watch the world go by. Or if you ride the bus or subway trying to find five minutes of peace and just be closing your eyes and listening to music can help here. Other forms of meditation can involve tending to a Zen garden or cultivating a bonzai tree . Or maybe you could just do nothing but pet your cat for five minutes. There are a number of books available that have a page for each day and contain things to read and contemplate. Some of them are religious devotionals, but there are many that are completely secular, focusing on history, philosophy, science or other topics. The intellectual devotional Siri's has many themed books, and there's bound to be something that appeals to you. 11. Learning New Things: it's easy to learn new things in five minutes a day. Here are a few ideas of what or how to learn Learn some new vocabulary. Go to your favorite online dictionary and learn the word of the day. Then try to use that new word in a sentence during the day. See if it's a word that resonates with you, or just flip through the dictionary until you find something that looks interesting. Learn a foreign language If you aren't sure where to start tried duo lingo, it's free, and they offer basic courses in dozens of languages that are easy to jump into. As a complete novice, you can even learn, cling on, grab in art history book and do five minutes a day of art appreciation. You learn about important art movements. Artists in a bit about history. Books are abundant at your local library. If you don't have any at home when you've done this for 30 days, maybe celebrate by visiting an art museum. We all have a literal and or virtual to be read stack filled with books, magazines and bookmarked articles that we've been meaning to read. Take five minutes a day and start whittling it down. No education is complete. We all have things we weren't taught in school or that we miss learning. For whatever reason, this is a great opportunity to begin filling in those holes. Look up what caused the French Revolution or figure out how to solve a system of polynomial or learn the steps of how to build a Cabinet. Let your curiosity be your guide. We all pick up new interests as we get older. But maybe there is one you haven't been able to devote as much time to as you'd like. Maybe you just learned that you love birds or architecture or making cupcakes. Take thes five minutes a day and learn more about it. Research it, practice it, delve deeply into it. 12. Chronicling Your Life: ever wish you could leave some chronicle of your life for future generations, or even just right some things down for yourself to read later on. Take thes five minutes a day in. Chronicle something from your life past or present each day, right down a personal memory from your life. Talk about what it was like when you were growing up, or about the friends you had or about trips you took right about your favorite subjects in school or cool projects you worked on. Even if you don't find these things too interesting to rehash your kids or nieces and nephews will find them fascinating. Your great grandkids even more so if you aren't sure what to write their books and journals filled with writing problems available to purchase. And there may be some at your local library. I mentioned something similar back in the photography video, but you can take photos of your daily life over the next 30 days. Try to create a representative collection of photos of what your life is like. Now take photos of yourself, but also where you live, your possessions, your work and the places you go. What kinds of activities do you do when you're not working? What do your I see as you go through your day similar to the idea and the writing video, you can write letters to people or friends or family members containing your memories of, um, keep copies for yourself. This way you can keep in touch with people who have meant a lot to you in your life, but it will also help you keep memories of your experiences together fresh in your mind. 13. Releasing Your Inner Child: Sometimes it's important to give yourself permission to just let loose and play a bit. When we were kids, most of us felt free to just play. But now is adults. That opportunity doesn't happen is often. Consider taking these five minutes to revisit happy moments in your childhood or enjoy your current life as if through the eyes of a child. Not that you need it, but I'm giving you permission to release your inner child. Recapture what it was that you loved as a kid. Do you still like those things? You still do those things? If not, why not? How can you re integrate them into your life? Can you find joy and the things you used to love? But they somehow that lost over the years, find something you used to love to do and do it again. Drawing, sketching, doodling, designing empires, spaceships, monsters, climbing trees playing in the dirt. This could be literally digging in the dirt with a stick. Or maybe take up gardening. Or, if you live near the beach, build sand castles, make funny faces in the mirror trying to make yourself laugh. Act like no one is watching Sing to yourself. Move your body in weird ways. Try things out. Whatever feels interesting, run around in the rain, stompin puddles or ride your bike through rain puddles with your legs out. There's only works in rainy areas, though, but hopefully one of these suggestions appeals to you. 14. Physical Fitness and Health: no matter who you are or what your current state of health, it's important to make healthy decisions. Thes five minutes a day could be used. To that end, it's easier to cook healthy meals when you do some preparation in advance. You could use these five minutes to find recipes or plan out your meals for the week, chuck grocery sales circulars and make shopping lists. An added bonus of this idea is that there will always be an answer to the question. What's for dinner? Sure, experts tell you to exercise for 20 to 30 minutes per day to have the most impact. But even five minutes of exercise is better than no minutes. So take five minutes and do some stretches. Do range of motion exercises? Do some sit ups, Go for a five minute walk or just walk around your house. If that's all you can manage, march in place. Or do taichi yoga jumping jacks. Just get moving and move the large muscle groups of your body like your arms and legs, and work on a range of motion and flexibility 15. Commit to Your Project: During the previous 10 videos, you've been presented with a slew of project ideas. Hopefully, something in their inspired you. If you haven't already chosen your project idea, go back through those videos again or brainstorm on your own and decide on your five minute self expression project. Write it down and review video for your daily self Expression project for review on how to use the class worksheets. Once you've chosen your topic, commit to spending five minutes each day for the next 30 days. Practicing your chosen method of self expression. Five minutes may not seem like a lot, but you will cover quite a bit of ground in a month. You will see how your self expression changes over time. You may even find yourself thinking about your project and even working on it in between your daily practice sessions. This is fine. It will help you make the most out of your five minutes of each day by taking these five minutes each day. It's a gift that you're giving yourself permission to create or relax or have fun. Be sure to download the brainstorming self expressions, ideas worksheet on the self expression diary worksheet, thes will serve to get you going and keep you going all month long and be sure to share your progress on the discussion board and in the class project area. 16. The Time to Begin is Now: it never seemed like a good time to start a new project. Since so many things compete for our time and attention, the best time to start is when you're motivated and energized to do it. That aside, the best time to begin is now. Hopefully, this class has gotten you off on the right foot. Try to gather any materials you need in the next day or so and then begin the day after that. You don't need to start at the beginning of any given month. You also don't have to begin on a Monday or on a Sunday. It could be any day of the week. The calendar on the diary worksheet isn't numbered, so use it as it works for you. Thank you for joining this class. Discover yourself self expression in five minutes a day. Please share your brainstorming worksheets in the project area, and after you finished your 1st 30 days, we share your self expression diary and tell us or show us what you've been working on for the past month. You could revisit this class regularly, gleaning new ideas from the idea of videos and do new 30 day challenges whenever you like it's always the right time to practice self care and self improvement. And projects like this five minute self expression practice don't require a large time commitment. Just a study daily one. It's always the right time to invest in yourself. I'm always trying to be creative in new ways and take some time for myself on a regular basis. You can see what I'm up to at my website at jenny bristol dot com, and I look forward to seeing what self expression projects you choose.