21 Days of Reflection Begins December 1

 

An e-course to invite you to get quiet, listen and reflect upon your past year.  A daily practice to give you a few moments to enjoy the wonder of time.  A way to allow yourself the beauty of looking within and discovering what you wish to celebrate from this past year.  Time for you to let go.

I hear so often, women especially, sharing that they just do not have time to care for themselves.  With busy schedules, hectic family lives, frazzled work lives and all of those dishes!  who has time?

This 21 day e-course has been designed to bring you 5-10 minutes of peace each day.  A reflective practice to support you in bringing a routine or ritual into your life for quiet introspection.  An invitation to find a few moments to set into your schedule time for you to reflect…and relax.

21 Days of Reflection will begin on December 1, 2016. This e-course invites you to reflect on your past year through 21 “reflection” questions.  To ponder those things that you wish to celebrate.  These 21 recorded questions will allow the emotions and wonder of this past year to be brought back into your mind. Whether your year was filled with joy or sorrow, taking time to reflect on how you have grown allows you to celebrate. To appreciate all that you have accomplished this year of 2016.

The other aspect of this session will be a private Facebook page where you will be invited to share an image of “light” after you have listened to the recording.  Keeping this simple and allowing you to keep your reflections close to your heart, yet sharing with others the gift of light…putting out light out into the world.

What you will receive:
1. Daily emails for 21 days inviting you visit the private Facebook page where the audio will be posted
2. An invitation to a private Facebook group to share your image of “light” (a candle flame, a sparkly light, the sun)
3. Intentional focus on questions that will allow you time to reflect back on this past year

Reflection.  Introspection. Shining a light.
21 Days for $21.00.
Click the button below to register:




Always Working on It

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I love having a check-list.  I enjoy the feeling of checking things off and calling it DONE.  I celebrate those little accomplishments. But do you ever notice how creating your life is never DONE?  You check off all of those items on the list and look up to see more that needs to be done!

*sigh*

Sometimes I get tired thinking about it.  “You mean I will ALWAYS be working on my life?”

Well…yes.  But it works in a cycle.  Little bits and big bits connecting, combining and the flow continues on around it all.  Let me explain what happened to me recently, to give you an idea of what I mean.

Recently, after reaching a point of overwhelm, where everything begins to feel like a pile up of “stuff”, I made a choice. We were preparing to go on a much needed family vacation.  I made the choice to enjoy the trip.

Seems simple, right?

But in order to make this happen, I had to get some order…and let go.

I wrote out a list the week before the trip clarifying what absolutely HAD to get done.  Then, did those things and checked them off the list.  I made sure if it wasn’t on the list, I could let it go and not worry about it.  Give it up to the flow of the universe.

This worked.

I made the “choice” to then relax into the vacation, knowing the essentials had been taken care of.  On the vacation, I turned off all connections to the outside world and enjoyed relaxation and family time in a lovely place.

It was a bit difficult the first few days, I will admit it.  I wanted to get to a computer, worry over big looming projects and upcoming events that would eventually need my attention.  But guess what?  When I relaxed and told myself all was well, it was.

Here is what I noticed as the “cycle” that emerged.  Big bits and little bits…all are a part of the flow of “creating your life”:

  • Clear, necessary steps can be accomplished with a To-Do list of essentials
  • Clarity of “noticing” what can be left for later allows for “letting go”
  • Celebration of accomplishments is essential
  • Time off to relax, reflect and rejuvenate brings perspective
  • Taking things off your plate allows for the “flow” of energy
  • Focusing on the next steps of creating your life moves into place

In the meanwhile, the world keeps turning.  It is how we choose to create our lives that live in the details.

I now find I am keeping overwhelm at bay by taking the time to really notice what must be done for the days to run smoothly…and what can be let go.  Part of creating our lives is enjoying the time we have.  So while always creating our lives, it is important to reflect on that and know what is important to that creating.  Taking the time to enjoy the life we are creating is all part of it.

Really, what would be on your MUST DO list, and what could you let go?

Enjoy these moments.  Celebrate your accomplishments.  Go with the flow.

Creating Structure and Routine


I spent my early years “winging it”.  The routine and structure was set up from “outside” of my daily life…I did what was scheduled for me by others for much of my early life.  That might be why “winging it” felt so freeing.  I was creating my own set of routines that went spinning off into any direction I wanted.

As I have gotten a bit older, I have continued to see the need to create structures and routines that support my creative work. I am the one who creates the structures in which I choose to live. This comes as a realization to me over and over…ummm, when did I become the adult?  Let’s face it…years ago!  But I still seem to see that setting up the structure comes from “outside” of me.

This is not the case.  I now need to look at the routines and structures in my life as my own.  I create them…I can change them…but this work comes from me.  I create the structures of my life in order to have a skeleton to work from .  To know how to get back to center.  To see my own path and know how I want to follow it.

What are the structures and routines that you put into place?  How do you find time for your creative work?  What do you notice when you have a plan in place?

Sunday Check-In Accountabilty Group begins January 1, 2017.  This is your invitation to set your intention and hold yourself accountable to your own creative life.  Will you join in?  Click here to learn more and to register!

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Investing in Yourself

I worked on my own for years when I first began blogging. I learned a LOT (and still get back to center on my own quite a bit). Yet…I get burned out. I find that doing it all just becomes exhausting at times. So what to do?

1. I get help. Support from experts and accountability from others in the creative areas where I want to grow.
2. I take e-courses. I invest in art and creativity classes that light me up. I learn new techniques and grow my tribes.
3. I pay for it. I spend my money. I invest in myself.

What would it take to invest in yourself?  Where do you want support for your work and creative life?  Who are the people in your tribe?

Sunday Check-In begins January 1, 2017. Curious?  Looking to invest in yourself?  Click here to learn more and register!

Going Within

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This is the time of year (in the western hemisphere!) when it is dark for longer periods of time.  It is a time to go within.  Look around inside of ourselves and see what we see.  Here are the 5 ways I support my own time going into my inner creative self.

We all need:

  1. Time to go within-to be in the present moment
  2. Time to sleep and rejuvenate- rest in the knowledge of our accomplishments
  3. Time to think and reflect back on the year
  4. Time to reflect on this past year
  5. Time to begin to set in motion the actions for the coming months

Bring in the present moment acknowledging your breath right now.  Meditating even for five minutes to capture where you are right now renews your thoughts and clears your mind.  Stop for a moment at the start of each day and receive the gifts that are right there…in that moment.

Rest when it becomes darker.  The darkness is a sign for our bodies to rest.  Take time to complete tasks in order to close the door and lay down to sleep.  It is a gift you give your body time to rest and to dream.  Perhaps take this restful time to notice your dreams as you sleep a good 8 hours.  You may receive a gift of clarity that was lost under the bustle of your busy days.

Take time to reflect on your accomplishments for this year.  What has your life looked like?  What were the things that brought your great joy?  Great sorrow?  What have you learned?  Find a way to record these reflections.  I find that writing them (from memory) in my journal or looking back through my past journal entries shows me what a full life I am leading and creating.  I can then celebrate these gems of discovery.

The final step is to create action steps.  What do you wish to set in motion for the coming months?  What did you notice upon your reflections that will move with you into the next year?  What do you wish to let go?

Going within.  Being in the present moment.  Resting.  Reflecting.  Creating action step to reveal the path of your life right now and into the future.

21 Days of Reflection~Looking for the Light begins December 1, 2016.  Want to share in your reflection journey?  Click here to register!

Stepping Into Your Own Bravery

How are you getting to your creative work each day?  What brave steps are you taking to get there?  What if you had a group to support you in reaching your creative goals?

In this video I talk a bit about being brave.  It takes courage to set your intention to create each day.  Taking time to write out a plan and get to that work is an individual act.  However, having a group to hold you accountable in a safe, structured format allows for creative blossoming!

I know it is scary.  I commit to creating every day.  I re-commit each day to it.  Having you along to share in that commitment is invaluable.  Will you join me?

Sunday Check-In begins January 1, 2017. Curious?  Click here to learn more and register!

 

Sunday Check-In Begins January 1, 2017

sunday check in account group imageSunday Check-In Accountability Group:

A three month accountability group facilitated by Susan Loughrin January 1-April 1, 2017

Creativity takes time, space and energy.  In order to make that time happen, there are ways that we can support our underlying structure and build in that time we need. One of those ways is placing focus on our weekly “to-do” or priority list.  I know what you are saying… “What does a “to-do” list have to do with creativity?

Let me ask you a question or two…

  • How do you make more “time” in your day to create?
  • What does a typical day or week look like for you?
  • How often do you reflect on your week to see where your time goes?
  • What would it take for you to hold yourself accountable to your own “time”?

Take a moment to answer those questions before you read on. What do you notice?

Allow me to now say that there IS a way to get this time and structure into your daily life so that you have more time to create!

 

What people are saying…

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We are adult people with jobs, responsibilities, and tasks galore.  Very often, there is more to be done in a week that we can reasonably accomplish. So why one more thing?  Why a check-in group?
The Sunday Check-In group is a space just for YOU and your creative goals.  For me, the Sunday Check-In Group gently holds me accountable to showing up for myself in the midst of the busy-ness of life.

It keeps my goals for creativity within my weekly routine, rather than as a dream that might be fulfilled “when I eventually have the time.” 

My writing life has become less of a fringe notion and more of practice that I embrace in my day-to-day life, because I know that Susan and my mastermind buddies will be waiting for me, cheering me on from cyberspace.  The check-in group helps me to keep my writing practice alive, one goal, one priority, one week at a time.  

The Sunday Check-In group is like a virtual artists’ colony. . . it’s filled with like-minded makers. . . . writers, artists, scholars, crafters, musicians. . . who benefit from the solidarity of knowing that they are not in this pursuit alone.  We have other makers from all over the world walking along side of us, excited to see what our artist friends have created and accomplished this week.

 Jennifer Pett

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How do you set your intention to ensure that you make time for your creative work?

I am forming a new Sunday Check-In Accountability group for you! This will be a place where you can be held accountable for your weekly planning. This group will be a safe place to center each week and reflect on how you wish to spend your time.

Ready to register now?




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Here is the outline of the Sunday Check-In clearly laid out:

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Each week you will receive a “reminder” email on Saturday for the “Sunday Check-In” to write the following:

  • 3 “priorities” you wish to pursue for the week

  • one question you have about your creative journey to pose to the group

How the group will work:

    • You will be added to a private Facebook group page (This will be our communication connection to list those 3 “priorities” each week. You will need to have a Facebook account.)

    • The group will be facilitated by me, Susan Loughrin with a mid-week check in and an end of the week “reflection” time

    • Each week you will receive an audio recording by Susan that will lead you though the “how” and the “why” of setting priorities each week

    • Each week you will receive an meditation audio to support your mindfulness throughout each week OR a video with tips to support your work that have been tested over the past 6 years

    • The group will run January 1-April 1, 2017

    • Investment:  $197.00

       




Ready to join in?


What people are saying…

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I have really enjoyed being a part of Susan’s Sunday Check-in group. I found it really useful to have accountability from stating my goals for the week to Susan and the group and the checking in mid-week and again at the end of the week to see what progress I have made.

I joined the Sunday Check-in to help me make progress on my own photography business which happened without really having any specific focus on it. I have moved from feeling like I was not moving forward on anything creative in my life.

Now with Susan and the check-in group’s support I have attracted photography clients without having do to any marketing and I find I have more time to paint, collage and now I have started a scrapbooking course too! And for Christmas I was given new watercolour paints so I have been learning a new medium which has been lots of fun. All this has come from spending time consciously focusing on how I spend my time and spotting small windows of time to be creative. This is especially important as a mother to two young children.

The other lovely surprise that has come from participating in this group is the deep friendships and connections I have made with people from all over the world. Susan’s Sunday Check-In group has given me inspiration, support, relaxation from the amazing meditations and I have learnt more about myself from the weekly tasks. It has been a valuable part of my journey and I am so grateful to Susan for holding this space.

Vicki Clubley Moore
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This group will run from January 1-April 1, 2017 on a private Facebook page.

The support and wisdom of others around us keeps us energized and grounded as we travel forward. This accountability group will be a chance for you to connect with one another and continue to learn and grow over the next few months; holding yourself accountable to your own creative goals and getting you that time into your schedule to create!

 

What people are saying…

The Sunday Check-in helped me to focus on what I wanted to accomplish and to set reasonable goals for my creative work. Before I began the Sunday Check-in, I would set too many goals for the week leaving me feeling like I had failed to accomplish all the things I had planned to do.

For me I am a very goal orientated person, so if I tell a group of people I am going to do something, I do it.  Working in an accountability group allowed me to see others go through a life struggle and keep on track with  their goals; that is inspiring.

Limiting my check-in list to 3 things in the Sunday Check-in made it something I could accomplish and feel good at the end of the week for completing the goals.

The Sunday Check-in structure is great!  Each Sunday’s “Thinking” (planning) time allowed me to think about what I wanted to accomplish and focus on during that week. This set me up to focus my energy on my goals allowing me to focus my energy and have a plan.  Making actions and activities line up with my goals was a great way to make “TIME” in my busy life. I spent my time more efficiently.

 I am called to create and share that love of creating art with others. So focusing my energy on my priorities in that direction helps me to resist distracting energy sucking activities.

While Being a part of the Sunday Check-ins, many wonderful creative life changing projects were completed. One wonderful thing after the other. I will definitely be a part of Susan’s group again. Well worth it. Best bonus is I was able to connect with some amazing new friends.


Maggie Bandstra, Artist

 

If this sounds like an accountability group you would like to be a part of as you journey forward creating your life what are you waiting for?

Register here!




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We are holding a space for you…a space for you to create!

You will be meeting many new people of like-mind and holding a space for each other to create the “time” to do what you love.Still wondering if this is the right choice for you? Take a look a some of the benefits below…

Why be a part of this accountability group?

  • The Sunday Check-In Accountability group is simple and doable
  • The focus is on making time work FOR you
  • By connecting to your priorities each week, you create your life
  • By reflecting on your time spent focused on your priorities, you free up time for your creative journey
  • You will “see” how you spend your time
  • You will be holding yourself accountable to yourself
  • You will be supported by one another with combined wisdom

What people are saying….

 


I’ve participated in Sunday Check-in with two different groups that Susan has led.

When I first started, my intentions for each week were quite ambitious and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to achieve them.  Having to check-in each Sunday and then twice during the week really helped me to be accountable

I also kept my weekly intentions visible as I write them on 3×5 index cards and carry them around with me in my day planner.  Examples of intentions, or I labeled them priorities, could be as simple as going to Yoga a specific number of times each week, plan out healthy meals for the week, or even attend a Weight Watchers meeting!  These priorities all reminding me to focus on my health. 

Many weeks also include time for creativity or my photography hobby. 

There is something about writing it down, keeping it in front of you.  Writing about my intentions and successes in my journal during the week and reminders from Susan a couple of times a week has really helped me focus and as I mentioned, really holds me accountable. 

Others in our group are also a great encouragement and I feel like I have made some life-long friends even though most of us have never met in person. 

~Renae Hesselink
Join NOW!



I am excited to connect with you all, see if this will be a fit for you and get to know you a little better! Feel free to respond to this email if you have any questions.
Warmly,
Susan

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21 Days of Reflection~Looking for the Light

 

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An e-course to invite you to get quiet, listen and reflect upon your past year.  A daily practice to give you a few moments to enjoy the wonder of time.  A way to allow yourself the beauty of looking within and discovering what you wish to celebrate from this past year.  Time for you to let go.

I hear so often, women especially, sharing that they just do not have time to care for themselves.  With busy schedules, hectic family lives, frazzled work lives and all of those dishes!  who has time?

This 21 day e-course has been designed to bring you 5-10 minutes of peace each day.  A reflective practice to support you in bringing a routine or ritual into your life for quiet introspection.  An invitation to find a few moments to set into your schedule time for you to reflect…and relax.

21 Days of Reflection will begin on December 1, 2016. This e-course invites you to reflect on your past year through 21 “reflection” questions.  To ponder those things that you wish to celebrate.  These 21 recorded questions will allow the emotions and wonder of this past year to be brought back into your mind. Whether your year was filled with joy or sorrow, taking time to reflect on how you have grown allows you to celebrate. To appreciate all that you have accomplished this year of 2016.

The other aspect of this session will be a private Facebook page where you will be invited to share an image of “light” after you have listened to the recording.  Keeping this simple and allowing you to keep your reflections close to your heart, yet sharing with others the gift of light…putting out light out into the world.

What you will receive:
1. Daily emails for 21 days inviting you visit the private Facebook page where the audio will be posted
2. An invitation to a private Facebook group to share your image of “light” (a candle flame, a sparkly light, the sun)
3. Intentional focus on questions that will allow you time to reflect back on this past year

Reflection.  Introspection. Shining a light.
21 Days for $21.00.
Click the button below to register:




Shifts and Changes

 

cups08“Sooner or later everything slips away, or we slip away from it…” –Joan Bunning, Learning the Tarot

I have gathered a great many insights from reading my Tarot each day.  The quote above, connecting to the 8 of Cups,  has stayed in my mind for a few years now.

Noticing when change is happening and adjusting where needed to bring about a peaceful existence.   Making a big change, because something is just not serving your purpose anymore, gives us all pause for reflection.  Then, knowing how to take care of ourselves in order to move through the inevitable change is so important.

In our lives, there comes a time (actually many times) when we notice a subtle shift in relationship, group activities and changes and in our own work or job.  There is less communication, more distraction a sort of restlessness.

Have you ever noticed this?

It is like the group as a whole –and you as a part of it-knows it’s time to move on, but it may take a while to work up to that final step.

Signs it might be time to make a change or shift from a current job, group or relationship:

  1. Less communication-At this time, we may just begin to notice that the members of the group or the people in our relationships are not connecting as seamlessly as usual.  There are missed appointments, misunderstandings, common area of interest and topics are few and far between.
  2. Distraction-Members of the group or partners are not as attentive, there may be more wistful time looking off and not focusing on the topic at hand.
  3. Restlessness-The body language is fidgety, the other person or people (or you!) are fiddling with cell phones, or writing something, tapping feet during a conversations or meetings

Remembering that nothing is permanent we begin to realize that the past is gone.  What what was true is no longer true in the workings of the group or relationship.   The signs of change are right in front of us and we must accept them and recognize that it is time to move on.

How can we support ourselves while this is happening?  

  1. Create your self-care routine now or if you have a routine in place, stick to it.  You will need its stability at times like these.  Even a few minutes at the start and end of each day that are just for your own self-care will be invaluable.
  2. Take 15 minutes each day to do something that you love.  Put this into your schedule and hold it as sacred time!
  3. Continue on with your healthy diet-stave off fatigue and mild melancholy by eating healthy food and drinking plenty of water.
  4. Take a few minutes at the beginning and end of each day to meditate-find quiet time to go within and check in with your inner voice.
  5. Touch the earth-center and ground yourself in nature.

It is important to have your self-care routine in place.  This will help you when you are just noticing the beginnings of change, you are in the middle of change or if you are ready to take that leap into change.

Consistency and inner practice give you the strength you will need for whenever these subtle or grand changes occur… and they will.  Sometimes you will be aware of when they are happening other times you may not.

However, if you have your plan in place to center yourself daily, you will be able to move through these life changes with ease.

Always know that the world is evolving.  Groups, relationships and work keep us moving on.  We can create a routine that will support our ability to be flexible as change occurs.  Remember to be gentle with yourself.    Create your routine of self-care.  Prepare yourself for the changes that will come.

Below is my image from the Mandala Magic course I am taking with Julie Gibbons.  Stage 10, The Gates of Death is represented in this session by the Kali Yantra.  Lots of vibrant energy was placed in this image as I pass into the unknown and have a container for the “changes” and mini-deaths that are occurring all around me each day.

What is the vessel you use to hold in the shifts and changes that are constantly happening in your life?

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21 Days of Morning Pages

img_7993While exploring many things in the Elemental Observation e-course I have been running, I am noticing my deep need to journal.  I keep attempting to get to the page…but have had a wandering mind and so, am not putting my thoughts onto paper.  I want to get back to this practice.

Here is what I will set the intention to do for the first 21 days of November…will you join me?

First thing in the morning, get up and write 3 pages, whatever lands on the page.  This allows me to get out onto paper all of those thoughts that ramble around for me in the morning taking me to dark places and/or places of overwhelm.  These rambling thoughts make it difficult to start the day.  However, when I write those thoughts into my journal each morning, I begin to get freed-up from all of that “thought energy” weight.

I have been pondering how to stay connected with all of you lovely readers of my blog and Instagram feed and thought a Morning Pages accountability group might be just the thing.

Morning Pages are a way for me to gain this clarity and simplicity from my monkey-mind.  I wrote as a young person in “stream of consciousness”.  Then, years later, discovered Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way and have been through the work several times, each time with a new perspective of age and wisdom.

There is a part of me that keeps saying, “You have already done this work!  Why pull out Morning Pages again?”  I find that my inner voice says this to me a LOT!  I want to be done with things.  But there are certain things I am discovering that I need to approach with a zen mind, a beginners mind, over and over again.IMG_4964

I am inviting you to join me in the challenge to write Morning Pages for 21 Days beginning on November 1, 2016.  This will be a free connection where we can hold one another accountable to the practice of writing each AM in the Morning Pages format laid out by Julia Cameron (see the video below).

Register here and I will add you to the 21 Days of Morning Pages email.  (This will be a reminder email only for the 21 days of the session).  I will also open a secret Facebook page where we can create a tribe and hold one another accountable to writing, plus see what we discover! Hope you will join in!
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Morning Pages by Julia Cameron
In her own words…click the image to go to her video

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