by Maria Koropecky, Storytelling Coach & Author of Closer to Indigo

Fun fact: If you were born on February 29, 1968 and today is February 29, 2024, you’d technically be turning 15 years old, rather than 56 –> a difference of 41 years!

A bit of a head scratcher, I know, but either way, Happy Birthday to all the Leaplings and Leapers in the world and happy Leap Day to the rest of us. Here are some ideas to help celebrate this rare day that only comes around once every 4 years.

Read the poem “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” by Robert Herrick, which begins with the line “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may” and reminds us to make the most of the time we have. Carpe Diem!

Colors: Since all special days have their own color palette, I’ve decided to assign TURQUOISE and CORAL to Leap Day. Humor me if you like!

Crystals: TURQUOISE and CORAL are also the names of some crystals! They both have strong connections to the sea and the element of water and are believed to promote emotional balance, intuition, spiritual growth, well-being and transformation. NOTE: Since corals are endangered, it’s best to keep them in the ocean and let them inspire from afar.

Essential Oils:
BLUE TANSY encourages emotional healing and expression with its striking blue color and calming aroma
GRAPEFRUIT boosts energy, uplifts the mood, inspires creativity and promotes a sense of adventure with its refreshing and invigorating aroma
NEROLI encourages emotional healing, creativity, intuition, joy and tranquility
YLANG YLANG, which means ‘flower of flowers,’ stimulates the senses with its sweet and exotic scent and encourages spontaneity and playfulness

Foods: Dragon fruit is a unique and exotic fruit that can be a delightful addition to Leap Day celebrations and can be eaten fresh on its own, or added to fruit salads, smoothies or desserts. Also, Dragon fruit’s vibrant appearance and exotic flavor encourage us to take bold leaps and embrace new experiences.

• “Leap Year” (2010) a romantic comedy that stars Amy Adams and Matthew Goode and follows the story of a woman who travels to Ireland to propose to her boyfriend on Leap Day. Along the way, she encounters unexpected challenges and romantic entanglements.
• “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986) which stars Matthew Broderick and is about taking a spontaneous day off from school, seizing the opportunity to live life to the fullest and embrace new experiences.

Journal Prompts:
1. How do you typically perceive time and how does Leap Day challenge or reinforce those perceptions?
2. What does the idea of taking a “leap” mean to you in your life?
3. Write a letter to your future self to be opened on the next Leap Day.
4. How can you apply the concept of “carpe diem” to make the most of Leap Day and every day?

Whatever you decide to do on this bonus day, I hope you have a good story to tell!

#storytelling #journalprompts #holidays #crystalhealing #essentialoils


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