TIGY – The Intentional Gap Year™ Workshop
Working With Your Intentional Gap Year Guide

Action Steps You Can Take Now

  • Take the Intentional Gap Year workshop.
  • Get comfortable with not knowing.
  • Commit to curiosity. Everything is possible.
  • Embrace your adventure.

Strive to Balance Your Personal Growth: Outside and Inside

The Intentional Gap Year Workshop promotes self-discovery. You are everything someone outside of you says you are until you discover who you are inside and build a relationship with yourself. We created this program to help you contemplate who you are as your more authentic self.

You do the work, and we offer you reflection and guidance about what you discover and share. During your workshop, you will meet with your own Intentional Gap Year (“IGY”) Guide®, a certified life coach. Your life coach is only a part of your journey, but an important one. Below we give you more information about the partnership you will share and the relationship you can expect from your guide.

And, during your workshop...

You’ll have (3) 1/2-hour video calls with your very own Intentional Gap Year Guide®. Before you start your workshop, you’ll schedule to meet your guide and share your goals or use the time to gain more awareness about what your intentional gap year means to you. The two remaining one-on-one sessions will be guided by your own writings, a record you will keep throughout your workshop. All sessions are designed to reflect on your work and your guide will help you maximize what you learn along the way and how to apply the activities to your gap year and your life.

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Use your gap year to gain new skills, have new experiences that might lead to ideas and possibilities, try out new ways to express yourself, and rest a little before you tackle the challenges of higher education or your own life. The ultimate gap year will help you get to know you.There Are Real Benefits To Working With A Life Coach

You have an inner guidance system that will empower you when you learn how to work with it

While You Are Developing It, We Can Help

Intentional Gap Year™ provides a system of transparency between you and your Intentional Gap Year Guide®. What makes our program unique is that your work is submitted directly to your IGY Guide and it steers your sessions. Your guide will effectively help motivate you and cut through any clutter that might keep you from succeeding in getting the most from the time you have given yourself by reflecting back to you what you have shared.

This is a very radical approach for online gap year programs. When you submit your work:

  • Your guide will be better prepared to have discussions that are customized for you by evaluating your work.
  • Your guide can better highlight your progress through feedback for discoveries you have made about yourself.
  • Your guide will be better prepared to offer motivation based on the criteria that is lead through your work.
  • Together you can both remain objective while reviewing work from a hindsight perspective that journal led sessions offer.
  • You will be able to take away a deeper understanding of what you have learned in your workshop and have an action plan.

If you have plans to take a travel, internship, or another experiential program, the Intentional Gap Year Workshop will offer you the most well-rounded approach for the ultimate gap year. We have added an optional layer for working with gap year organizations and education consultants.
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Why Is Emotional Intelligence Important

Action Steps You Can Take Now

  • Take the Intentional Gap Year workshop.
  • Get comfortable with not knowing.
  • Commit to curiosity. Everything is possible.
  • Embrace your adventure.

Let’s say you are in a situation where you’re required to spend time with someone who has a negative attitude, be it in school, in a volunteer situation, at work, or in your own family. It seems like their attitude is consistently negative, and you grow more and more annoyed by them as time passes. They are annoying you!

Maybe you think they are totally ruining your day, and you believe you’re right in your thinking, and you want them to know it!

How much of your thinking is making you suffer?

Everyone has days when an attitude adjustment would make being around them more pleasant. But, the way they are acting doesn’t have to cause you to feel negative too. People are people, and things happen. Have you ever considered that it doesn’t have to be an invitation to join in?

You are only in control of you. Having a real understanding of this is a part of what emotional maturity is.

Emotional maturity doesn’t mean that you no longer enjoy things with youthful curiosity. It means that you no longer react to people, places, and things from feeling disempowered by what you can’t control. Emotional Maturity Vs Acting Youthful

What IS emotional maturity?

When you consistently choose to take full responsibility for your emotions, you are acting mature. Your experience is a product of your own thinking. No matter how painful most things are, or how people can be, mostly nothing is being done to you without your interpretation of how you choose to act or react towards it.

Emotional maturity is a skill you can develop. You can learn to witness your thoughts and make decisions about how you want to process them.

Without this skill, most people who experience uncomfortable emotions will react, shut down, or blame others for their present feelings.

Why is emotional maturity necessary? (Especially on a gap year!)

Although you might be completely justified in reacting the way you do towards another person’s behavior, blaming something outside of yourself for how you feel disconnects you from your source of power to do something about it.
Makes sense, right?

In every moment, you have the power to choose between blaming something outside of yourself for how you feel or taking full responsibility for the thoughts you have about it. When you live with emotional maturity, it empowers you because you reconnect with your ability to respond intentionally to any circumstance, instead of reacting emotionally out of a place of fear, judgment, or victimhood.

The more often you choose to self-regulate your emotional well-being, the more resilient you become when facing the inevitable challenges of taking a gap year, attending university, or exploring the world.

And, during your workshop...

Consciously connect with the emotionally mature version of yourself by making a daily commitment to setting the intention to take responsibility for your own emotional well-being. In this, discover how to create accountability that supports your growing awareness of how you feel in each moment and your actions to make your gap year the ultimate success for yourself.

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How will you benefit from living with more emotional maturity?

  • You have the self-awareness to see the most empowering perspective available to you in every situation.
  • You free yourself from the drama cycle that perpetuates immature or disrespectful communication.
  • You no longer get upset or distracted by little things that don’t matter.
  • You are less likely to speak or act in a way that would harm, offend, or otherwise be unhelpful towards others.
  • You are more open to considering different points of view without getting defensive about your own.
  • You will respond intentionally, instead of reacting unconsciously, to emotionally challenging situations.

What steps can you take to become more emotionally mature?

  • Identify when, where, and to whom you give your power away, so you can consciously reclaim it next time.
  • Identify where you might still be blaming an external person for the negative emotions you feel.
  • Learn how to relate to the emotions you observe and experience from a place of love, acceptance, and deep listening.
  • Begin voicing the authenticity of your present emotions to yourself or trusted members of your community, in the form of writings, recorded videos, or 1:1 conversations.
  • Practice taking a few deep breaths when you get triggered by something, and observe your thoughts with curiosity to understand the source of your suffering more clearly.

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Why Journal and The benefits of Journaling

Action Steps You Can Take Now

  • Take the Intentional Gap Year workshop.
  • Get comfortable with not knowing.
  • Commit to curiosity. Everything is possible.
  • Embrace your adventure.

How Does Journaling Help You Succeed In Life?

Journaling is a record of how you see yourself and your world. When you keep a diary, you can freely express ideas and observations that matter to you.

Think of a journal as a thought catcher. The average person has between 12,000 – 70,000 thoughts a day. Imagine trying to imagine all of them. Your journal expresses you on the most personal level, and so you can explore your ideas, express frustrations, describe events, tell stories, remember dreams, and set goals. Maybe you are visual? Maybe your expression is by audio recordings? You might want to carry a small notebook with you or use a large notebook for reflection before starting the day, or the end of one. Inspiration is a constant, and building the habit of consistency will reward you.

And, during your workshop...

You will be guided to construct your empowering story, through journal prompts designed to help you to dive deep into who you are and what you want. Your work will significantly improve your ability to define your goals and expectations about your gap year and become confident as a young adult in this world.

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Visionaries Who Journaled (And What We Can Learn From Each)

Some of the first known diaries were written by rulers and explorers (early travel diaries). Later, journals would include reflections and discoveries around science and inventions and become the creative inspirations for art, books, and film. What all have in common are the processes of men and women about their inner worlds. Let’s see how others have used their diaries and what we might learn from each.

George Lucas was mixing the sound for American Graffiti with Walter Murch, when Murch asked Lucas for the R2, D2, meaning Reel 2, Dialogue 2. Lucas liked the sound of that phrase and jotted it down in a notebook he carried with him to record his thoughts and ideas. Other scribbles in his notebook included Jawa and Wookie. We know these now as the famous names of characters from Star Wars.

Your thoughts matter. In a single day, you will have thousands of them. Imagine how many slip away even when you stop and think, “Wow, that’s a good idea,” but how unrealistic it is to contain all of them. Free yourself up from the cycle of rehashing a single thought over and over again, so you don’t forget it. In its place, others will arrive.
The Benefits Of Keeping A Journal

Charles Darwin had a red notebook filled explicitly with a memorandum to himself on things to look further into, questions he wanted to answer, and scientific speculations. He kept notes on the many books he was currently reading and the ones he wanted to read. In other journals, he kept his thoughts about natural observations and sketches of what he saw. Although they were chaotically arranged as they fluidly came to mind for Darwin, many would become his theory of the transmutation of species.

  • Make lists of favorite words, an idea you have, or places you want to visit.
  • Write down questions you want to think about more later on when you have time to contemplate.
  • List the books you want to read, or the name of the song your friend played for you that you want to remember.

Frida Kahlo, the famous Mexican painter, not only chronicled her life through her paintings but also expressed her life in writing. She kept a diary the last 10-years of her life, revealing the enormous pain that she experienced and documented life surrounded by family and friends. Because of her visual abilities, her diaries were creatively expressed in bold colors and sketches.

It was observed that Pablo Picasso only went into the studio to work on paintings, but worked out his ideas in sketches a notepad that he carried around with him. Some now-famous art, like Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. Picasso made 809 sketches for the painting in many notebooks for nearly six months- more preparatory sketches than any other known artwork in history.

  • Make sketches of the things you observe.
  • Use paints, colors, or different inks to express your thoughts.
  • Include what inspires you or that you want memory of: Leaves, festival tickets, and even images from a magazine.

Anne Frank wrote one of the most read diaries of all time. We get a glimpse of a teenager under the direst circumstances as a jew in hiding during the Nazi occupation. But, she didn’t just keep a diary, she wrote it to record her time in the Secret Annex, where she spent her last 2 years.

Captain Scott left behind his harrowing account of his expedition to the South Pole in 1910-12. Scott’s diary, discovered with his body, was filled in detail about the trip and recorded his last days. As among the most moving passages ever written, he was trapped in a tiny tent with a raging blizzard on the Great Ice Barrier.

  • Chronical your gap year.
  • Share your favorite memories from school.
  • Write about your travel adventures.

One of the earliest recorded travel journals was by the Venetian merchant and explorer, Marco Polo. He wrote not only of the places he visited but his hopes and fears. For instance, he works out his concern, “I am still nervous, though. I am trying to convince myself not to be frightened, but I just cannot shake it off. I have heard so many terrifying things about the Mongolian Empire and their rulers.” And then later, “Why was I ever frightened to travel to Mongolia? Looking back at my first entry, I can’t believe I really thought that the Mongolians were a harsh people…”

Ludwig van Beethoven kept numerous journals. In many entries, the German composer reveals his deafness and deep depression and struggles with keeping it a secret. As a diary is such a personal document, it is common for people to use journal entries to cope with stress.

  • Write as if you were your own mentor. Give yourself advice.
  • Claim responsibility for your personal thoughts by fearlessly writing them out.
  • Write your thoughts about what could happen before you do something, and return to them later to see what actually did.

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The Benefits Of An Intentional Gap Year

Action Steps You Can Take Now

  • Take the Intentional Gap Year workshop.
  • Get comfortable with not knowing.
  • Commit to curiosity. Everything is possible.
  • Embrace your adventure.

Your Gap Year Starts With You

Until now, your life has been scheduled, managed, and selected for you to achieve your best potential. You now face a new level of independence. It will serve you to know how to find your own answers. With a clear intention and plan of action, you will know how to make empowering decisions that will help you navigate through the mental, emotional, and physical challenges you will likely face.

You feel excited! Maybe you want to dive into researching programs, making plans, and setting goals. How about if you first give yourself some time to understand who you are and what is important to you? Shouldn’t you want to make decisions that come from your internal desires, instead of external obligations, like what everyone else around you says is the right thing to do?

Consider Taking An Intentional Gap Year!

If you are considering or have recently chosen to take a gap year, there is still a LOT of decisions left to make. And it can be overwhelming without a clear framework and guidance for how to make them.

  • Do you want to handle your adventures independently or join a formal program?
  • Which internship do you want to apply for?
  • How are you going to get the funds you need to have the adventure you’re planning?
  • If anything was possible for your intentional gap year, what do you REALLY want?

And, during your workshop...

You can guide yourself and make the right choices to succeed in your own life. Right now, you are in the perfect position to ask lots of questions and imagine what your future might look like.

Honesty comes with exploration. The more you find out about your strengths and challenges, the more you empower yourself to use what you learn. The Intentional Gap Year workshop will help guide you to learn how to make independent decisions that will serve you best.

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Think of now as a call to adventure!

You aren’t expected to know everything, but you will benefit by learning how to deal with the realities of not knowing. Thinking for yourself is the right path to get from life what you want. Principles (or the rules that underline your decision-making process leading to the action you will take) are a smart way to handle things that happen over and over again. Life principles help you approach everything you do. You will find your own over time, but while you are at this stage in life, we will share some that will work for you until you have enough life experiences to develop your own.

Choosing an authentic direction for your life after graduation starts with you. Having an empowered relationship with yourself will help you:

  • regulate and manage who you are and how you are choosing to act in your daily life
  • stay connected with the goals you have pre-determined might best serve you
  • maintain focus as you take time out to explore options available to you
  • see opportunities that emerge rather than to be caught in the overwhelm of new experiences

Options For Staying On Track

The gap year industry has emerged with creative ways to help organize your time out by offering experiential programs to enhance an exploration year. Programs are varied. The activities they offer take many forms involving learning environments that will give you a better idea of how committed you are to your interests and exposure to areas you may not have considered. Commonly they involve traveling locally or abroad, internships, volunteering and pursuing exciting projects.

Maybe you plan on exploring independently for some or all of your gap year time, moving into your own place with friends, hiking on a long trail, taking a job in a city, or wwoofing on a farm?

You can spend your gap year exploring your world. An intentional gap year includes the element of inner exploration as a part of your growth. Choose both and create the ultimate self-discovery experience.

What might you miss out on if you don’t make your gap year intentional?

A year spent idle without learning new skills or engaging with the world could make your transition into whatever you choose to pursue next, a difficult one. You might:

  • Waste time on things that don’t really matter to you
  • Avoid challenges that might otherwise strengthen your capabilities
  • Say yes to projects or activities that aren’t fulfilling for your goals or don’t prepare you for what you need to do next
  • Get stuck in patterns that stifle your growth
  • Eventually, wake up in autopilot and go through your day’s motions instead of seeing every day as a new opportunity

On the other hand, what might you benefit from if you make your gap year intentional?

Taking the time to understand your motivations, strengths, and honestly evaluating what you need to work on sets a blueprint for your goals. Knowing who you are before making big life decisions makes sense, right? Nobody can ever see the future, but everyone has the potential to learn to see their life from a higher perspective.

An intentional gap year offers you to:

  • direct your personal growth because you have a foundation and curiosity to answer questions you have created
  • live in the present moment and weight in on your actions and evaluate the benefits while you enjoy what you do
  • be in charge of how your gap year serves you
  • have more awareness of how your efforts benefit your life and those around you

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