A self-guided course guiding you through 12 themes of celebration, with a bonus section allowing you to create your own. Can be used to celebrate your own life or the life of a loved one. To be completed in 12 days, 12 weeks, or 12 months.
Affirming life: Celebrating the life of a loved one
Stories of survival and affirming life
Creating: Celebrating your life
Creating: Celebrating the life of a loved one
Stories of creation
Gatekeeping and Creativity
Contributing: Celebrating your life
Contributing: Celebrating the life of your loved one
Stories of contribution
Connecting: Celebrating your life
Connecting: Celebrating the life of a loved one
Stories of connection
Sharing: Celebrating your life
Sharing: Celebrating the life of a loved one
Stories of sharing
Building: Celebrating your life
Building: Celebrating the life of a loved one
Stories of building
Healing and Responding to Pain
Healing and Responding to Pain: Celebrating your life
Healing and Responding to Pain: Celebrating the life of a loved one
Stories of healing
Justice and Healing
Changing: Celebrating your life
Changing: Celebrating the life of your loved one
Stories of growth
Discourses of Growth
Learning and Unlearning
Learning and Unlearning: Celebrating your life
Learning and Unlearning: Celebrating the life of your loved one
Stories of learning and unlearning
Resisting: Celebrating your life
Resisting: Celebrating the life of your loved one
Persisting: Celebrating your life
Persisting: Celebrating the life of your loved one
Stories of resisting and persisting
Integrating: Celebrating your life
Integrating: Celebrating the life of your loved one
Adapting (bonus chapter)
What would you like to celebrate?
Daria Kutuzova's 'Hijacking the New Year'
The opportunity to reflect and celebrate
I greatly appreciated the opportunity to be involved with the Invitation to Celebration project last year. At the time that the project was happening, I had been preoccupied and absorbed with some events in my own life (recovering from some medical issues) and given the struggles I had been through as well as the often bleak social tone of the world that many of us experience these days, the opportunity to reflect and celebrate felt very important.
I wound up going through the prompts during a date with someone I'd been seeing for about 8 months. We shared a drink and reflected on the past year, so much of which we had spent together. It was a really beautiful way to engage and share reflection with someone who also tends to be very thoughtful and reflective, and who had witnessed some of my struggles while I had witnessed theirs.
I absolutely intend to engage with these prompts again in the future!
An ongoing reminder
During this course, it was so helpful to shift my focus to things I am grateful for in my life. I am also thankful for the ability to look back on the document as an ongoing reminder of things I have celebrated, and notice how these reflections have affected the choices I have made over the past year.
Tiffany Sostar is a bisexual, non-binary, chronic pain-enhanced narrative therapist, community organizer, tarot reader, writer, editor, and unabashed nerd. They have facilitated trauma-informed writing workshops and courses for the last ten years. Tiffany is a white settler on Treaty 7 territory.