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As part of my desire to stay sharp and key in to living as best I can, I like to occasionally take classes or workshops as a sort of tune-up. After all, I’m a life coach and I owe it to my clients to keep my own house in order, so to speak, while shepherding them through their own challenges.

When I read that Sheri Salata, an entrepreneur I’d met back when she was president of HARPO/OWN, was leading a five-day workshop called Write Your New Story 2021, I knew it was the perfect way to set a fresh tone for the year. …


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I’m standing in CVS looking at the racks of cards. I want to buy one for a family member. Do I wish this person a happy birthday? Yes, I do. Am I going to send a card lauding this person as inspirational or a beacon in my life? No, I’m not. It proves challenging, but I find something basic and honest and put it in my basket.

This person dropped me in 2016 shortly after the presidential election. I wrote a column back then about how Donald Trump’s victory was race-based and I quoted, anonymously, extended family members who’d said racist things over the years and who were now Trump supporters. Some bristled that I’d called them racist, others got angry that I’d outed them as racist. Some stepped up and wanted to talk about it. Others just unfriended me on Facebook, which I respected. …


I frequently use writing prompts in my teaching and coaching. In fact, when the pandemic lockdown began in the Northeast, I had a regular weekly group and later developed a course under the umbrella of Prompted Expression. In the spirit of sparking my own creativity and getting ideas for my students and clients, I’ve decided to write from a prompt for seven consecutive days and share the results. The prompts are from a deck of cards called Actually Curious.

Writing Prompt Seven: What’s one thing you would change about the way you were raised?

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I don’t think there’s much that’s more important than nurturing self-esteem in a child. It sets the tone for everything else to come. …


I frequently use writing prompts in my teaching and coaching. In fact, when the pandemic lockdown began in the Northeast, I had a regular weekly group and later developed a course under the umbrella of Prompted Expression. In the spirit of sparking my own creativity and getting ideas for my students and clients, I’ve decided to write from a prompt for seven consecutive days and share the results. The prompts are from a deck of cards called Actually Curious.

Writing Prompt Six: Name one thing that makes you nervous or uncomfortable and explain why.

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I was at a networking event with a close male friend once. We met a guy who sold real estate in our town and he struck up a conversation. My friend mentioned he was going to be looking for a home soon. The realtor guy hired me as his life coach. …


I frequently use writing prompts in my teaching and coaching. In fact, when the pandemic lockdown began in the Northeast, I had a regular weekly group and later developed a course under the umbrella of Prompted Expression. In the spirit of sparking my own creativity and getting ideas for my students and clients, I’ve decided to write from a prompt for seven consecutive days and share the results. The prompts are from a deck of cards called Actually Curious.

Writing Prompt Five: How do you find fulfillment?

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Writing and experiencing others’ creativity.

Any day my head hits the pillow and I’ve written, I feel fulfilled. Also, if it’s a day where I’ve appreciated someone else’s creative endeavors. …


I frequently use writing prompts in my teaching and coaching. In fact, when the pandemic lockdown began in the Northeast, I had a regular weekly group and later developed a course under the umbrella of Prompted Expression. In the spirit of sparking my own creativity and getting ideas for my students and clients, I’ve decided to write from a prompt for seven consecutive days and share the results. The prompts are from a deck of cards called Actually Curious.

Writing Prompt Four: Is there anything too serious to be joked about?

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I have over 30 first cousins. While I’m not close to all of them, I have great affection for each one. …


I frequently use writing prompts in my teaching and coaching. In fact, when the pandemic lockdown began in the Northeast, I had a regular weekly group and later developed a course under the umbrella of Prompted Expression. In the spirit of sparking my own creativity and getting ideas for my students and clients, I’ve decided to write from a prompt for seven consecutive days and share the results. The prompts are from a deck of cards called Actually Curious.

Writing Prompt Three: When was the last time you cried? What was it about?

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About 4 a.m. on Friday I woke up and realized the heat was out in my apartment. This happens on occasion, so I just texted my landlord so he’d make the early call to the oil company. Typically, this means our oil tank needs a refill. …


I frequently use writing prompts in my teaching and coaching. In fact, when the pandemic lockdown began in the Northeast, I had a regular weekly group and later developed a course under the umbrella of Prompted Expression. In the spirit of sparking my own creativity and getting ideas for my students and clients, I’ve decided to write from a prompt for seven consecutive days and share the results. The prompts are from a deck of cards called Actually Curious.

Writing Prompt Two: Have you ever experienced discrimination? How did you feel in that moment?

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When I first became a sports writer in the 1980s, I mostly covered girls’ high school sports. As someone who barely passed gym class, I really enjoyed seeing these athletes work hard and I admired the camaraderie that came with playing on a team. I liked that my stories were filling their scrapbooks. …


I frequently use writing prompts in my teaching and coaching. In fact, when the pandemic lockdown began in the Northeast, I had a regular weekly group and later developed a course under the umbrella of Prompted Expression. In the spirit of sparking my own creativity and getting ideas for my students and clients, I’ve decided to write from a prompt for seven consecutive days and share the results. The prompts are from a deck of cards called Actually Curious.

Writing Prompt One: Imagine yourself in the future. What will your greatest life accomplishment be?

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“Because of your class, I’ve learned to live in a more meaningful way.” …


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Picture it: heart on one side of the rope and brain on the other, in a constant tug of war.

Emotionally, it is inconceivable not to see my parents this month. Intellectually, it is inconceivable to even consider it.

My sentimental Christmas heart is swelling, especially with regards to my mother. Go. Bake cookies. Watch Hallmark movies. Rearrange her curio cabinet while she acts annoyed but really beams with pride. Have a gift wrapping session, me on the floor surrounded by tissue and boxes and she on the couch tossing me the appropriate tag for each. …

About

Nancy Colasurdo

Columnist, Blogger, Author, Coach in the Greater NYC area. Six-word bio: Zen chick with a Jersey edge. Favorite topics: gender, politics, race, meaning of life.

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