These comments are pulled from the 3 classes I taught on Instructure’s Canvas Network through MemoirClass.com using my Stunt Writing for Personal Growth method. If you want to learn more about what the class is about, check out Stunt Writing: A Quick Field Guide, or if you want to sign up for the next class starting July 20, 2015, join my newsletter for the sign-up link when registration opens.
I taught over 3,000 students from all over the world, from many diverse backgrounds and reasons for taking the class and this is some of their feedback in their words. Please excuse ant typos or grammatical errors, they are taken from emails and discussion boards.
I have wanted to see the place all this time but never could bring myself to do so. I’m writing an autobiographical novel, and this past March, as I was struggling to make progress on a chapter based on Lane, I contacted the local police department to get a copy of the accident report. The administrative secretary wanted to know why I needed the report, and I told her I hadn’t been able to come to terms with Lane’s death. I also told her about some upsetting rumors that had floated around. The next day, I was surprised to get a call from the officer who wrote the report. He answered all my questions and even offered to go with me to the site if I wanted. I could tell he assumed my inability to cope with Lane’s death was because Lane was such a wonderful youth. (That’s what he’d heard over and over, how admirable Lane was.) But the reality of Lane, from my limited perspective, was far more complicated. I didn’t want to pretend otherwise, so I thanked him but didn’t take him up on the offer. Months passed; I didn’t visit the site; the chapter remained unwritten. Then this potentially life-changing course came along, and I made the site visit one of my stunts, figuring that would impel me to move at last, and might free me to write the chapter. I’m going to cut to the chase; I went, finally, yesterday morning, after a week in which I freaked out (how apropos) so totally I made myself sick – headache and stomach distress. Up until the moment I put on my hiking boots, I didn’t know if I would really go. In an email earlier in the week, a worried friend had written: “Maybe it’s not the right time for you to do this step.”
But I’m so glad I did it. I feel better now.
The stunt taught me quite a bit about resistance and without this exercise, that box might have remained in the closet until I was packing to move from the house. It might possibly have been moved and still unopened. Pulling out those clothes and putting them into their piles needed to happen and I’m glad that I completed that task. Am I satisfied that I truly completed the stunt? No. But without the incentive to have something to write about, that box would still be in my closet gathering dust and taking up space. On reflecting about this week’s experience, that box just might be symbolic of my need to “free up space” in my life. Rather than wasting time on worthless activities like television and Facebook, I need to get busy and get control of my life, spending time on activities that are more meaningful and rewarding. I’m coming out of the closet with a new attitude!
My stunt was to spend time without distractions. Last week, I discovered that I needed to figure out what I was distracting myself from. The answer, not surprisingly, was that I was distracting myself from both physical and emotional pain. Just realizing that helped lower my resistance to sitting and to drawing. Not that it was easy.
Erin – I am so lucky for having you as an instructor. You and your course came into my life in a moment I really need it, so I will always be thankful for that. This idea of personal maps is a good one, and I hope to use it more often. And thank you for the word “cryptograph”, I had no idea how to say it in English =)
Coincidence or Not—In working through the process of completing my stunt around shopping for clothes, there have been influences that seem to be aligning to support my effort, in spite of my own self-doubt. I have made it through the first two weeks in completing my goals for my stunt, but bringing a friend into the stunt proved to be harder than I thought it would be.
I really considered dropping out and letting the course go uncompleted. I know many people in MOOC’s do not complete, but Erin’s message asking us to stick with it, came just at the right time. I needed a kick in the pants and I took the step to invite my friend Rhonda to go clothes shopping with me over the weekend.The future feels brighter today than it did when I started this stunt. The mindfulness and the stunt writing both seem to be pushing me into a new phase of my life. I’m becoming more comfortable with myself and my body, as it really is today, not as some idealized version that will never be, and that’s a great start.
Obviously, it also helps me to improve my English and now – too different from the moment when I started- I’m not afraid of writing in this language, because I know that I am understood, I understand whatever I read as well and I’m conscious of I have to make mistakes and learn from them if I want to keep learning and improving. So I take the advantage that I’m writing this to say a huge THANK YOU SO MUCH to all my peers. And especially, I have to say thank you Erin, because you have helped me to recover my passion not only for writing, but also for learning and teaching. Knowing there are people like you in the world, who is deeply in touch with her students, offering help and making them become a tough thinker is something that I really appreciate.
It’s a curious thing that at moments of indecision, caught between an easy out and a Higher Purpose, we’ll instinctively look for HP support before bailing, hoping to find it in a look, a touch, a book randomly opened to a few lines on a page. It might hold our attention for only a split second, but it is enough. I suddenly remembered Erin’s calm gaze and steady voice as she looked directly at me from her introductory video.
“Don’t give up”, she said. I’m glad I didn’t.
So this is a big thank you to Erin, and to you my fellow writers for the privilege of reading your work and sharing with you the magic and the power of personal growth through stunt writing. I wish you love, peace, lots of joy and the attainment of your writing dreams. For myself, this course has taught me
– To laugh and sing more
– To give myself permission to do what is important to me
– To encourage my family’s new found respect for my writing goals
– To appreciate and reach out to my community and my neighbors
– To overcome Resistance and keep on writing!
As I mulled over the personal map this past week, I wondered what this course on stunt writing has taught me. As I contemplate this, it comes to me that Erin has encouraged and cajoled us into opening our minds and our past to bring out in writing some of the memories that lay there deep down. Also, this course has allowed me to try out new ways to combat the issues preoccupying me these days. In some small way, these stunts show a way forward through the difficulties I have been experiencing lately. Thoughts and memories lie like a glassy pool of water at the base of a huge rock. Indeed, this course and the writing I did have made small cracks through which a little bit of water has streamed out. There is much more in the pool down at the bottom of this rock. And my hope is that through this course, there will be more water streaming out through new crevices opening up.
Thank you so much for taking the time to teach this class. I’m taking the class again the next time around as I believe the writing process you’re teaching is one a person can never stop growing from. I look forward to taking if possible all future courses you teach. You’re a very gifted teacher and it’s my honor to be a student of yours.
This is my first ever MOOC, and I must say, I’ve enjoyed it a lot. I set out to do what was planned, and I gave ninety percent in all of my new stunts. From now on I will be more open to new things and new people. I’ve made two new friends who I can honestly say are my kind of people.
Just to send you a personal note of thank you for a wonderful experience with this course. I enjoyed the writing I did and reading the posts of fellow MOOCers. Moreover, it was your enthusiasm that egged us on. Thank you again. I am encouraging my son to take the course with you in September.
Hey Erin. You’re absolutely spot on. What am I so scared of that I need to push people away? I’ll keep cracking on with a new me. Cheers for everything.
The interaction and sharing in this course has been nothing short of awe- inspiring and just plain fabulous. I hold a lot of gratitude and respect for everyone who participated, sharing so openly their thoughts and feelings, and who supported one another in such a beautiful and caring way. Many thanks to Erin who has given us this safe, supportive and encouraging venue to work with, and who always provides such a genuine, kind and wise way of supporting everyone. I sincerely hope that I will continue to know as many of you as possible in whatever venue avails itself.
Through the years I have read quite a bit and it has helped me express my thoughts. I had very little expectations and ended up getting so much out of the class. Everything that all of you have written and expressed has been so powerful. The best part of the class is that there is no right and wrong….. Just a different way of looking at LIFE! I would like to say THANK YOU to all for all your input.
Once I finish writing my thoughts
I read them to myself aloud
Satisfied of the shape my thoughts have taken I think I’ll return to bed now
This is one of many examples of how
My writing process begins
I will not contain my thoughts inside
I will share them from deep within.
This has been an amazing class!
Thank you Erin. Living abroad is very hard to find true friends and therefore support. Your course has been a tsunami of fresh air. I am still not driving 🙂 but I am on my way. The person you mention is my boyfriend, because my family is far away. And yes, I do count on his support and I intend to lean on it. I am lagging behind but trying to cope because I know that as from September life will come on the way and this is an opportunity I have to seize. I am not writing every day, just sometimes, but I keep working on my goal: getting myself to drive again. I have just watched the videos of this module and in Erin’s second I was just nodding “yes, yes, yes”. I felt relieved, specially with: “talk with your friends”, “there is not only one method” and “don’t feel guilty if you don’t write enough”.
You have all made a difference in my life. You gave me courage and support, and I will carry all of you in my heart forever. When I sit down to write down at my computer, or with my fountain pen on the pages of my journal, you’ll be there in my mind, cheering me on. Thank you all, God bless each and every one of you, but especially Erin, who guided us all on our journeys.
So I know I’m very late here but I’ve been caught up with work. In any case, I wanted to share my final findings. But before that, I’d like to thank Erin for sharing this class with us. I wasn’t sure what to expect but this class has done great things for me. Thank you to all of you who have been supportive through you comments or just by sharing your stories. It’s all great to know there are other people out there who share the stories you do. Much love!
The opportunity to connect with a creative, like-minded community, share thoughts and feelings about writing and its influence in our lives, discuss our experiences, learn from others, and give and receive support and encouragement on our journey to becoming the writers we want to be.
There are two parts I’ve really enjoyed: the feedback with the instructor and other peers and the flourishing of our own creative side. I cannot say, what part of the course was my favourite, because all of them was valuable for me.
I chose a pretty dark subject; looking at mortality and immortality, but it’s what came up for me when Erin requested that we look at what has become a trigger in our lives. I chose to trust her within the safe confines of this class and its participants to explore this subject that so frightens me. I thought opening up about death would be far more difficult than it turned out to be. I found that I felt safe here. I found that it was okay to feel vulnerable and I found that I could trust others. Once I put fingers to the keyboard, it all just pour onto the screen. Erin’s first writing ‘assignment’ is to blame for it all tumbling down. Who knew that a few words; a meal, shoes, coat or handbag, would trigger such an enormous amount of buried ‘stuff’. I don’t know why, I don’t know how, I’ve not been this open about anything in my life for the past twenty years. Why now, what triggered the desire to talk and draw myself through the walls I so painstakingly constructed? I’ve now sobbed my way through the past and given it back to a time and place where it belongs. I find the past complete now; I cannot change it, I cannot call it back, I cannot live there. I choose not to. I’ve found acceptance.
I’m taking an online course, Stunt Writing for Personal Growth. As I responded on an introductory survey, I’m taking the course because:
- I’m writing a memoir but have not studied memoir writing with an instructor before; am interested in participating in more structured conversation about memoir.
2. I am a research librarian so the topic of MOOCs and other online learning is ubiquitous; I’m interested in experiencing a MOOC from the student perspective.
3. To challenge myself with unfamiliar, potentially uncomfortable, subjects and styles of writing – to explore voice.
There will be multiple learning modules over five weeks, and I have absolutely no idea what to expect. It’s the first day, and I’ve almost bailed numerous times already. But I want to stick with it; I want to give it a shot. I want to honor my skepticism but nevertheless participate in a way that is genuine, curious, and open-minded. Again, we’ll see. Here’s my first assignment. A brief response to the prompt Shoes, Meals, Coats, and Handbags.
Okay, this has actually been really tough! My stunt was to record my dreams. For the first week (which I began last week) I focused on the people in my dreams, while also recording the general detail. For the second week I was to focus on the locations of my dreams. However daylight savings kicked in here in New Zealand which meant our clocks went forward an hour. This really stuffed up my sleep patterns, so for a few nights I was unable to recall my dreams! With time, and with the encouragement of Erin, this settled down – and my dream recollection was better than ever.
My first stunt plan was to go swimming. First off, I have to get this out in the open…I almost quit this class because I couldn’t stand the fact that I’d have to get myself into a bathing suit and swim in front of other people. But what’s the whole point of this class? Getting outside your comfort zone…so I sucked it up and went—yesterday, the very last day I could possibly go. Like anything I try that I’m not good at, I strive to do it more and become better at it. So I can happily say I have found a new way to workout—and I’m excited for the future. Let’s bring on next week’s challenge to cycle. Thanks Erin for helping me push past an insecurity that’s hindered me for this entire year.
That will be the attitude I take into our next activity, and I hope for the rest of our lives. I had no idea a simple lunch at Red Robin could make such a difference in my attitude, and apparently in hers. So far, for me, stunt writing has been a success. I hope to build on our new beginning in our other two activities.
As I was traveling down the memory path last week, I had an epiphany on Saturday. A true light bulb moment. The times in my life when I was the lowest, I was surrounded by people who bullied me. People who fed my “I’m not good enough” monster. People who listened when I spoke of my dreams then gave me all the negative reasons why “it would never happen”.
I always thought that personal epiphanies would be suddenly empowering, filling one with positive energy and happy feelings. I was wrong.
I now know that the positive energy comes after the initial shock and sadness wears off. Shock because I really never thought of myself as “weak”, as someone who could be bullied. Sadness because I realized I used to be that person who allowed predators to become close to me. Shock because I realized my older sister was one of those who bullied me.
And now that I’ve protected myself from any possible lawsuit and have preempted and refuted any logical claim to me making any sense whatsoever I wanna let all of you know, especially you, Erin Jourdan, that I couldn’t comply with my intended Stunt Writing Plan. I’m way behind schedule. And please don’t think this is one of those silly excuses the kind my high school students make: the dog ate my homework. This is for real! I’m not maintaining my Stunt Writing Plan because I’m trying to get laid. That’s right, I’m trying to get fucked and the bitch just won’t give the shit up and I’ve spent the last four nights sleeping with her! I’m talking sex! Or not sex! I’m 54 years old and have been sleeping with Diana for four nights and NOT having sex. You’d think we were married. And don’t be turned off by me referring to her as a bitch. Within 15 minutes of meeting her she’d tell you with ethnic fuckin’ pride that she’s the biggest bitch she knows. And you’d know it’s true, and like her for it. When I tell you don’t fuck with Diana it’s not a threat, it’s a warning: for your own good.
I start my Findings with a THANK YOU to all my classmates (and Erin, of course) because you are definitely inspiring me. I am awed by all that you are attempting, overcoming, accomplishing. Your writings touch chords in me so often. And, I’ve not met Peter’s depressed chicken, but I bet we would get along famously. [Peter – perhaps your chicken needs a few hen pals to hang out with…to share rooster-comparison- and bugs-that-got-away- and hardships-of-egg-laying stories…].
I’ve learned that I’m a naturally serious person, but when I set my mind to it — or just let go for a bit, I have great jokes and one-liners. I’m sure my ancestors drank alcohol to find the “off” switch but I don’t drink so it takes more effort and a combination launching code. I’ve learned that I enjoy this journey and want to keep it going even after this class ends. This class has been life-changing, and I didn’t expect that at all
So far, I’ve missed two days of daily writing. I am keeping track of this and holding myself accountable, so even without the stunts, I feel like this would be a useful course, a course that pushes me closer to being the person I want to be.
Thank you. I’m struggling. I need to get back on it. I will. I will recommit. Thank you for thinking of us and knowing what we needed to hear. 🙂
Thank you Erin for your comment and this wonderful course. I’m going to continue to follow my stunt plan. However, I’ve decided not to share it in a public forum because it seems like I am writing about real people and I feel it’s a little unfair on them. I will continue to write about my stunts and share it with a friend.
I thought about what came up after those “stunts”, and for me it came back to self-worth. I often forget that doing things for myself does not mean it takes away from someone else. And that I don’t have to wait for others to try or enjoy something I often label as “too good” for myself, but worth with or for them. It’s worth it just for me as well, and I would be excited to share the experience with them another time. I realize that what I feel challenged by has a lot to do with how I grew up. PRISM exercise (though I didn’t contribute to that discussion) actually helped connect some dots between the theme I picked and gender roles and expectations, social realities, both of family and society as a whole, upbringing. We are often not aware how much all these things contribute to our grown-up daily life and habits.
You have waved your magic wand over hundreds of people and they are now taking steps forward in their lives. Priceless.
Erin- That must have been a very interesting experience. An ecological depression, that’s excellently put and it’s exactly what I’m going through. Thank you for your support!
My plan for this week was to challenge myself to enter situations I would otherwise avoid. I was motivated by Erin’s idea of meditating being a stunt. Last week I had gone to yoga and a meditation group in addition to my stunt just to expand my personal growth. This week I decided to expand on this and do a bit more research on meditation.
I can’t believe how much this course brings to me. The timing is also perfect as I am away from home for two weeks and I can focus on myself, experience new things, try to get to know me better…This module brought into discussion meditation, and I never really tried it, even if I know it is important for my body and mind to relax from time to time, to give it a break. My sister is a pilates instructor and she showed me how wonderful this time of workout is. I ended not linking pilates as I’m not good at stretching and also I can’t stay for many minutes in a certain position. I’m more of a Zumba person, loud music, salsa moves…but for relaxation…I guess Pilates is a better option. I love this course! Thank you, Erin for the opportunity to learn those interesting things!
I have read the fine prints (5 year contract, desk job in a base in my country that I won’t have to sign until I have passed the try-outs and been offered a base to work in). The thing is, I come from a military family and while my dad did not serve, he did go to military academy as a teenager, and so I have been thinking of enlisting for ages, but never wanted to make a career out of it. So what they offer for postgrad is more up my alley. Thanks again for this writing course, it’s been a very eye opening month.
I can’t believe how much this course brought to me. I always liked to write, when I was a child I attended literature classes on weekends, writing poems. Unfortunately, I focused on science along my school years. Now that I have time to follow my passions, I enrolled to this course to be challenged to write more. And additionally to this, I was also challenged to try more things, get out of my comfort zone, experience live more. Thank you Erin for everything! This course is amazing!
Back in August, I signed up for 4 online courses at once because all sounded great and I couldn’t decide which to take. “Stunt Writing For Personal Growth” was one of them. It was the most fascinating and I quickly forgot about the other three–this was the only one I completed. Originally, I was looking for courses that would help me in advancing my career. I didn’t know what “Stunt Writing For Personal Growth” meant exactly, but I was intrigued enough to click “enroll.” I’m so glad I did, because I am confident that this course was a better use of my time.
I learned that so many of us are going through similar struggles, how to be a supportive cheerleader, and felt myself becoming more kind and empathetic to others. I am a very guarded person, but I felt myself open up, which was strange yet freeing. “Be kind to yourself” I tell myself as I try to fall asleep at night. I have a tendency to beat myself up. I am still thinking about the concepts in the Brene Brown video: 1) the courage to be imperfect 2) connection as a result of authenticity 3) willing to let go of the idea of who you should be in order to be who you are 4) when we numb vulnerability, we numb joy 5) I am enough
The stunt writing process was a great experience for me. I’ve devoted time and attention to myself, looking at myself and writing about my life, just the way I see it. I illuminated the dark sides of my life: I put into words (and pictures) things I’m afraid of, things that make me sad, things I’ve been avoiding for years. Somehow, this experience connected me with the person I had been before I lost the feeling of being loved. It is like a spark for my inner fire. Together with writing every day, I’ve also started to paint again, and I meditate daily.
I enjoyed reading the findings and ideas of other students, and other stuff (like blogs and books) recommended by them or by Erin in the discussions. I got used to going through the discussions everyday and I will miss it. However, this class is just beginning. There are many stuntworthy aspects of my life and right now I have many ideas what to do with myself…
At first, I thought stunt writing sounded kind of silly. I even sent the instructor an email saying that I was opting out. I then decided to give it a try. Reaching beyond the boundaries of the comfortable self can cause one to grow. I did. Transparency is the key to good writing, yet it is hard to write what I want when I am worried about what others might think or feel. The prompts for this class are outstanding. Inverting sensory image and emotion is wonderful. It made my poetry better. Erin is a very patient and dedicated instructor.
When starting this class I thought a lot about what constitutes a stunt. Is it mainly the performing or engaging in a tricky endeavor of some kind? Sometimes I feel as if I have lost myself in the search for stunts. I am an aspiring academic. Where some days it feels like mundane routine, other days it feels like a mental and physical obstacle course, with no beginning and no end. Not a rate trap but a rat race. Am I not pulling a stunt by getting out of bed in the morning and going to a place where I feel that I don’t belong, a place that happens to be what outsiders think of as my “work” place, but what I think of as my “hell” space? Why do I do this to myself? The answer I often give myself is that it is hard, and doing things that are hard is what life is all about. Right? If I am really honest with myself, a stunt in and of itself, I would have to say that it is actually easy. I have become accustomed to the kind of mental anguish that this job entails. I have become numb to the challenge and I wallow in the beauty and tragedy of the pain. Really and truly, I sometimes think that ignorance would be bliss; ignorance is bliss, for what you don’t know can’t plague you.
Constructive Criticisms is like constructive demolitions. No matter how cool it looks and sounds, the building is still coming down.
Every example I have seen of what is “constructive critisisms, would be better described as “observational feed back”. “This is what I saw, felt or understood, was that what you intended?” Be honest. Keep in mind that being honest is not the same thing as being rude and inconsiderate. The guidlines in the best practices video were great! I will refer back to it regularly.
Recently read Stephen King’s ‘On Writing.’ Basically he says ‘read’ and ‘write.’ SK mentions writing with the door closed followed by opening the door (for feedback). Seems that stunt writing is about writing right away with the door open. It’s like improv, take whatever is given to you and try to make something out of it. However, realize that improv depends on your scene partners, where each tries to make the others look good. This is easy to say but hard to practice in the heat of the moment. And I think the opening picture, with Felix Baumgartner in his balloon about to jump out, is brilliant. I’m okay with giving this a shot with some new material. In brief, take the leap and do it. And don’t sue if it goes wrong. Learn from it and move on.
Thank you, Erin. And to you joy as well. I do think you have put together a class that has incredible integrity in its content and presentation, such thoughtfulness about what might help each writer in the multiplicity of approaches and backgrounds and issues we face – such a variety of stimuli for complicated minds and hearts…. and I’ve benefited from all that thoughtfulness in unexpected ways.
I am becoming more excited with each day. Even though things are getting busier at work, I am still able to stay focused on my stunt. This makes me happy. It lets me know that I am really wanting this to happen now. That I am ready for this phase.
I am continuing with the marketing/promotional research even though the week is over, and will continue with researching more methods. Even if I don’t use them all for this series, I will have a better basis for what to do with the next. I am amazed that this has been my favorite part of the stunt to this point, because the thought of marketing/promoting anything used to set me on edge… and not in a good way. I have come a long way, and this stunt has aided me in organizing my thinking and moving forward. For this I am thankful. I can’t wait to get these stories published!
After these few weeks of carving out time, I look forward so much to not being immersed in work, and this is my first “weekend free” since I finished my Thesis 6 years ago. Free for creative pursuits. It turns out this little Stunt has punched a hole in my workaholism so huge I can’t understand how I let my life inch so far away that I really believed I couldn’t make time for something replenishing, like a dip into my right brain.
I was so excited when I saw this course coming up on Canvas. Such a fascinating idea, turning personal growth into a stunt. And doing it through writing, well, that’s even better. When I chose my stunt, it was because I felt this was where I needed to grow the most. I could have picked a simple stunt, something I knew I could write about and master, but instead I chose this time period to toss my fears to this group of strangers and let whatever happens, happen. Mostly just to prove to myself that not everybody is a complete jerk and I don’t need to be afraid of you. Thank you, for helping me with that.
Most of this writing was done through realizing that I’ve really held on to a lot of my pain. I never learned to communicate, or verbally express, my feelings to speak up for myself, but I’ve become quite skilled at pushing them down and letting them come bubbling to the top -in the form of tears- when nobody is looking. Basically I’ve held on to the “It doesn’t matter how I feel about it” mantra. Through this stunt, I’ve learned that it has to matter, if not to anybody else, at least to me. It can’t be healthy to hold it all in like this and it really has bubbled over to hold me back in life.
I’ve gone back to revise my stunt and reread for this. I’m sure there’s a ton of things that can be edited, grammar, spelling, thoughts. The truth is, my thoughts aren’t polished or edited. The back and forth, sometimes chaotic process of my thoughts is how it really is. There are times I am me and times I am looking at me as somebody entirely separate. Sometimes the inner pain, inner fear, is so intense I can’t stay inside myself. Through this stunt, I’ve learned that I really need to learn to process my emotions, communicate my concerns and move on, or they will continue to be those demons that force me to look at myself from outside.
This assignment is the first time I have been completely transparent in my writing. I started writing about menopause and found myself moving into an even deeper subject. This was a raw and freeing experience.
I did it! I completed my stunt and learned so much about myself and how my preconceived notions get in the way of everyday life. This process has been exhausting, exciting, and never ending. My future will never be the same. There is nothing I would change about my findings. As I read through my diary filled with daily writings it is a road map that reveals my weaknesses and triumphs. It is not something publishable nor would I want it to be. This, for me, was a personal journey. Sharing here has been difficult in itself. I am choosing this time to keep my final findings and the diary I wrote and drew in to myself. Maybe my next stunt will be to openly share the process.
I actually think that everything I wrote and felt during this stunt sounds right and I would not change a thing. I kept being sincere the whole time. The process was first intriguing, then I was a bit scared by the restrictions of the plan… I don’t like setting boundaries for myself- I don’t want to feel trapped in a corner.
That was challenging but after a while, I liked doing so much writing and I love how my creativity got a new level of speed. I also appreciated reading other people’s work and findings. People played an important part in this adventure. You think you are dealing with your stunt plan, alone, by yourself but …no, you’re not! The positive feedbacks keep you going, it boosts your self -confidence up and you enjoy the ride!
Mine came out as drawing, not so much as a map. It was more as putting my emotions on the paper with colors. And going through the colors of my life: where I’ve been and where I want to arrive. It was great task, thank you.
Hello all. Just wanted to share how taking this class stunt me into action. Last september I took this class. It was a way to unbore myself while trying to find new ways of writing. I never expected to dig inside myself and end up on my current path. Thanks to Erin and the whole class of September, I discovered some forgotten dreams of mine. I ended up going to my local Army recruitment center and I opened a file there. Since then I have done the recruitment tests and as of today graduated from a 3 weeks intensive bootcamp inside a corp where I learned everything from the history of the french military to the proper application of camo when going for a 16km walk with 30kg on your back. Following this, I’m applying for an officer position in the fall and will keep my fingers crossed. Before Erin’s class, I would not have found it in me to go that way. So thank you Erin, and thank you, who shared yourself in September. And for those wondering what this class can bring you, I find the answer to be a simple “yourself”. Don’t hesitate to sign up and find your stunt, I found it an invaluable experience.