Just Five Things

creative list making that weaves together
intention, reflection, imagination, and more

 Life is full and sometimes fast.  Caught up in our daily rhythms, sometimes we  miss the finer points; we miss opportunities to be fully ourselves.

There’s the swirling steam from our morning cuppa.  There’s the light filtering through the curtain and dappling the wall opposite.  There’s our own mood.  Did we catch it?

Tapping into our innate creativity (yep, we’re all creative), we’ll slow our pace, take note, celebrate.

For two weeks, (we’ll break over the weekend to rest and catch up) we’ll create with words.
We’ll write.  We’ll create simple lists, just five things.

Write it or type it.  Think it and feel it.
Just get it down.  Just five things.
You can do that. 

We’ll do it together.

This course is playful. And soulful.
And it just might surprise you.

There’s a lot that’s tucked into these lists.

what’s included?

what do i need for class?

  • 10 prompts (posted weekdays)
  • 10 short essays based on the prompts
  • a private online space to gather and share
  • time with Michelle in the classroom
  • paper + pen for lists (or preferred digital method)
  • the intention to pause three times each day and write just five things
  • an open heart and mind

next session :: dates coming soon

Class officially begins on a Monday.

On the Friday prior, I’ll send you a Welcome email that includes an Introductory lesson telling you everything you need to know for out time together.

You’ll also have the opportunity to get settled in our private classroom and introduce yourself, should you wish to participate in community (this part of class is completely optional).

Prompts and accompanying essays will be delivered daily (M-F) right to your inbox (posted 3am ET).  Participation in classroom discussions is completely optional.

buy now – one spot for me

buy now – bring a friend

By default, the email you use to register with PayPal is the email I use for course material.  If you prefer material to be sent to a different email, please make note of that in the Notes to Seller section of  your PayPal registration OR use the contact form on this site to let me know which email you’d like to use for course material.


• If you’re registering under the Bring a Friend Discount, please email me with your friend’s name and his/her email address.

• Your confirmation from PayPal will reserve your spot in the course.  

If you have any questions, send me a note here.

here’s what students have to say about Just Five Things…

  • I love making lists and the concept of revisiting those lists over the course of the day is brilliant! This class was a lovely opportunity to go beyond the getting things done lists I make so often and gave me the chance to dig deeper and find connections.  ~Juliann
  • The richness of these small ‘just’ five things, will surprise you in the best possible ways, I’m ready to sign up as soon as another version appears.  ~Anonymous
  • Even though I wasn’t an active participant in the classroom space, or even able to access wifi for the duration of the class, the daily prompts worked wonderfully well in my own time and space. They served as gentle yet tenacious nudges that lingered in my thoughts throughout the days. And, I found the list writing to be a simple though revealing practice, and one that has happily led to more writing. I’m grateful to you Michelle, for your offerings as well as the supportive space you’ve created in which to explore them…xo ~Shannon
  • Just Five Things helped me to re-discover the importance of pausing throughout my days. Pausing and listing my feelings, thoughts, dreams, to-dos helped me to slow down even just for a moment and focus deeply on the right now. Michelle’s prompts, gentle guidance and encouragement were just what I needed at this time to get back into the habit of centering myself throughout my day. Just Five Things will remain a part of my days long after the class is finished!  ~Jen 
  • Even though I wasn’t an active participant in the classroom space, or even able to access wifi for the duration of the class, the daily prompts worked wonderfully well in my own time and space. They served as gentle yet tenacious nudges that lingered in my thoughts throughout the days. And, I found the list writing to be a simple though revealing practice, and one that has happily led to more writing. I’m grateful to you Michelle, for your offerings as well as the supportive space you’ve created in which to explore them…xo ~Shannon
  • we’ve just wrapped up what was, i believe, my third round of Michelle’s Just Five Things and i have to tell you… each time i have wondered whether i might not get much from doing another round (because we’re doing the same thing again, right?), but it never ever feels that way once we get started. and *this* time actually felt even more deep and meaningful to me than the first time (almost as if i’m able to settle in more deeply each time)! the community that Michelle encourages and creates, the post she shares for each day, the quotes, the prompts, and then the conversation among the community of humans… it’s just such a filling and connecting experience. i highly recommend Just Five Things, and anything that Michelle offers!  ~Angel

hey there.

I’m mildly obsessed with list making.  It’s my go-to writing practice. 

Over the past few years, I’ve worked with hundreds of students in the crafting of creative lists. These are lists rich in questions, reflections, and imaginings. I curate new prompts for each class, working with themes that I intuit might be needed collectively at the time class is in session.

Curious about my background? You can read more at the bottom of this page.

I can’t wait to write lists with you.

About Michelle GD

Michelle GD is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher with a B.A. in English and Fine Arts from Tufts University.  Her professional training and educational background provide the foundation for work which blends her love for yoga and mindful living with creative writing and photography.  Michelle leads online classes that weave together the practices of writing, photography, and mindfulness as meditative practices which encourage intentional living.  She guides others in understanding that – in paying attention to tiny moments and in taking small steps – one can live sanely, wholly, and joyfully.

 

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