Writing the Prologue to Your New Year (Zoom)

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January 8 | Saturday 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. CST

Facilitated by Judith Valente
Cost: $20

There is a saying, “Write it down, make it happen.” The start of a new year is a blank page offering us so many possibilities. It is a time to reflect on where we have been but also on where we want to go to turn our dreams for ourselves into the possible. This means more than listing a series of New Year’s resolutions that start with good intentions that are swiftly forgotten. We have the chance to begin sketching what we want to be the plot of our coming year so that whatever unexpected events might surprise us (and weren’t the years of 2020 and 2021 full of the unexpected?), we will have written a clear roadmap to help us stay the course toward our goals for personal and professional growth.

Please register by January 3. Once we have received your registration, we will send you an invoice for the retreat. Please know we have scholarships available; if you would like to make a request, email S. Carol Ann at sophia@mountosb.org. We strongly encourage you to add sophia@mountosb.org to your email contacts to ensure the delivery of the source email containing the Zoom link and any additional materials or guidelines for the retreat, which will be emailed the day prior to the retreat. We look forward to seeing you online.

Judith Valente was once a hard-charging journalist who worked for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, national PBS-TV, and two NPR affiliates in Illinois. She left daily journalism in 2019 to focus on writing that helps busy people slow down and find greater meaning in their daily lives. She is the author of several spirituality titles, including The Art of Pausing: Meditations for the Overworked and Overwhelmed; Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence a Spiritual Home and a Living Faith, the memoir of her time living as a laywoman at Mount St. Scholastica Monastery in Atchison, KS; and How to Live: What The Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning and Community. Her most recent book is a collaboration with a Trappist monk, titled How to Be: A Monk & A Journalist Reflect on Living & Dying, Purpose & Prayer, Forgiveness & Friendship. She co-edited the award-winning anthology Twenty Poems to Nourish Your Soul and is the author of two poetry collections. She has received numerous awards for her writing and leads frequent retreats on how to live a more contemplative life in the secular world.