Hi busy bees!
Yesterday I was at a literacy leadership meeting and the literacy team started us off with an activity I’ve done several times throughout my personal growth and development journey. It’s always a great feeling when my career as a reading specialist and literacy coach ties in with my coaching business.
The team shared that we would be making identity maps.
Identity maps are a great activity to do with students to tie in social-emotional learning, but is also a powerful personal growth activity!
Identity maps allow you to map out important event’s in your life; some that you may not have thought of in quite some time. We are quick to block out aspects of our past that are painful, but it can be eye-opening to see how your pain launched you into something better and made you a stronger version of yourself.
Each time I do an identity map, I think about what has each brought me to where I am today.
They shared some amazing examples ranging from an identity road map from birth to present. Think of a road going across the paper, and simple graphics/words/illustrations mapping out important events in your life.
Another example I loved was a a glacier with traits that people see on the outside, and traits that no one sees below the surface. The outside traits go on top of the iceberg, and the deeper ones were written below the surface of the water.
Yesterday, I chose to do the identity road map.
The activity reminded me of how fun and empowering it can be to look back on where we’ve been and feel empowered to keep moving forward.
I’m telling you this because as a life coach and designer, my passion is helping women live intently, fulfill their dreams, and be productive in the things that truy matter.
Identity maps can be an amazing activity to pinpoint where you’ve been and where it is that you’re going. Now today, I’m going to share how to make one with you! I’ve created a simple template you can use to do this.
One of my favorite identity maps also came from Amber Lilyestrom’s Ignite Your Soul Summit event. The reason why this one in particular is so powerful is because she had us start from birth to present and identify the HIGHS and LOWS of our lives. The way we indicated this was by dotting the good/happy events ABOVE the line, and the hard times BELOW the line. This allowed us to truly “connect the dots” of our stories and honor every version of ourselves.
The beautiful thing about this map was that after every low, there was a rise.
For my identity map, I invite you to think about ten high and low points in your life and how your story has lead you to where you are today.
After doing your identity map, think about the following questions:
What are the top moments where you chose YOURSELF and your dreams?
What were your biggest lessons learned during the low points?
What are some high points that came after the low ones?
Where are you ready to go next in your life or business?
What fears keep holding you back?
What are you ready to receive and call into your life next?
Ready to dive in? Download the template here and complete it by Sunday evening for a chance to win a $5.00 Starbucks gift card!
All you have to do is complete it and tag me over at @busybeecoach on instagram or @busybeeproductivityco on Facebook. Share on your story or feed for a chance to win! If you tag a friend who might like this activity as well, double your chances of winning!
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