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  • Rachel Ireland

New Year Writing Prompts



I hope you've been able to take a break over the Christmas holidays, to see family and friends, and find some time for the things you enjoy.

It's been an interesting year for me - lots of ups and downs, lots of change - and I'm feeling very grateful to all the wonderful people I've had the chance to work with over the last few months.


Debbie, Naz & I had only just started The Creative Map when we went into the first lockdown here in the UK in early 2020. We quickly had to adjust our plans, with all workshops moving online, and some projects getting put on hold indefinitely. Overall, we feel that everything has gone really well over the last couple of years. I've focused on delivering the workshops and mentoring, Debbie has connected us with schools and care homes, and Naz has been out sharing his inspirational story of change in community centres across the region.

Moving forward, we'll be going in a slightly different direction, following our passions and working in areas where we feel we can make the most difference.

For me, that lies in working with people who want to turn their experience, passion and creativity into a force for good, often by forming a community group, local charity or social impact business. On a personal level, this work allows me to combine my two biggest passions; using the power of creativity to facilitate change, and working with communities. But more than that, I believe this is where I can use my years of experience of working with third sector organisations to make the biggest difference I can in the world.

I will be sending two emails per month, sharing writing and resources on a broader range of topics which I know won't be relevant to all of you.


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Thank you to those of you who replied to me with feedback on the 'Change The World' workbook. I've made some changes in line with your suggestions and you can download the new version here.



Finally, I will leave you with some of my favourite writing prompts for reviewing the previous year and looking ahead to an exciting new one.


Writing prompts

  1. What has been your biggest achievement this year?

  2. How have your achievements this year changed the way you feel about yourself?

  3. Who have you been most grateful to have around this year?

  4. What hasn't gone to plan this year?

  5. What was the effect of things not going to plan?

  6. Which goals or expectations that you set for yourself this year are no longer relevant to you?

  7. What would you like to leave in 2022, draw a line under, and not bring with you into 2023?

  8. Can you think of a way you could use an experience from this past year to help someone else?

  9. Which values do you want to prioritise in 2023?

  10. What is your mission, your big dream, or your message to the world, that you could make a start on in 2023?


See you in 2023!

Rachel x

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