Sunday Check-in Begins September 15, 2015

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Sunday Check-In Accountability Group:

A two month accountability group facilitated by Susan Loughrin September 15-December 15, 2015

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!

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. (You can read the testimonials below to hear what others are saying from other Sunday Check-In groups!)

3 Ways to Choose:  Which Sunday Check-in is right for you?

 

 

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I have created Sunday Check-In Accountability groups and have discovered that so many have benefited from weekly priority “check-ins” ! Now, I have taken the weekly check-in audios and created a 5 week program that you can have to work at your own pace at a much lower cost! Sound like what you have been looking for? These audios will be sent to you each Sunday. Each audio focuses on a part of the Your work will be to hold yourself accountable to your own creative goals and getting you that time into your schedule to create.

Your investment?  $27.00




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Facebook Live Sunday Check-in
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
  • The group will run September 15-December 15, 2015
  • Your Investment: $167.00



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You receive everything from the FB Live Sunday Check-In PLUS 3 Q&A group calls with Susan!

Dates TBDYour Investment:  $257.00



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

The Basic FB Live Sunday Check-In group (and Q&A Calls) will run from September 15-December 15, 2015 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

 

Here are the “outlines of the Sunday Check-In Accountability” 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
  • The group will run September 15-December 15, 2015

If this sounds like an accountability group you would like to be a part of as you journey forward creative your life, you can choose from 3 different packages:

 

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I have created Sunday Check-In Accountability groups and have discovered that so many have benefited from weekly priority “check-ins” ! Now, I have taken the weekly check-in audios and created a 5 week program that you can have to work at your own pace at a much lower cost! Sound like what you have been looking for? These audios will be sent to you each Sunday. Each audio focuses on a part of the Your work will be to hold yourself accountable to your own creative goals and getting you that time into your schedule to create.

Your investment? $27.00



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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
  • The group will run September 15-December 15, 2015
  • Your Investment: $167.00


3 calls sci
You receive everything from the FB Live Sunday Check-In PLUS 3 Q&A group calls with Susan!

Dates TBD
Your Investment: $257.00




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 at 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….

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Before participating in the Sunday Check-in, I tended to be rather haphazard in planning my week. Sometimes I’d be disciplined in making to-do lists, other times what I needed to get done was written on post-its and scraps all over the place.

With the Sunday Check-in, I was able to create a ritual to plan for my week: creating a to-do list, but also spending some time reflecting on what really needed to be completed for the week so I could highlight where my time would be best spent. I find I really look forward to the time I spend on Sundays with my calendar, notepads, post-its and a cup of tea, it really helps set a positive tone for the week.

The ritual also helps me see my creative work as an important part of my life that deserves time on my calendar along with soccer practice and doctor’s appointments and grocery shopping.

The support of the other members of the group has been more valuable than I ever imagined!

It’s inspiring to see everyone set priorities and how they deal with how life’s influence on our plans. Of course, when you’re having a good week it’s nice to get feedback from the group but when you’re having an off week, kind words from people that have been watching you work hard can provide a little bit of distance and perspective you can’t give always yourself. Creative work can sometimes be isolating so it’s comforting to have group to bounce ideas off of or get fresh ideas on how to combine creative work and ‘real life’.

(Susan, this group has been so great, I just can’t tell you. I’m terrible at winter, the chill just seems to suck my motivation away. I really credit the group and setting priorities and your meditations and videos with keeping the blues away this year. Thank you!)

-Cara Ellison Halbirt www.studio219designs.com

 

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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Do What Brings You Joy

This summer I have spent glorious time with family and friends.  Lots of fun and playfulness.  Deep conversations and amazing local food.  This energy is so sustaining to me and I want to take a moment here to say thank you for all of the abundance that I have in my life.  It is truly a gift and I am so very grateful.

Last week, a wonderful women passed away, Mary, whom I had not seen in many years. She was an amazing teacher and was beloved by so many. I was able to take time out and get to the visitation in the company of my dear friend, Jen.  We had both taught with Mary and were thankful to have the opportunity to say good-bye and connect with her family.

I am writing about this today, because in my last newsletter I had spoken of giving it all up.  This passing of another being, another teacher, really got me thinking about what a gift it is to be alive and live this life.  I know this sounds a bit trite, but it has been a month of soul searching for me.  I realized again that what I am called to do at this stage in my life is re-surfacing.  I am feeling rejuvenated and ready to tackle my worries and fears from another angle.

Here is what my heart is calling out to do:
1.  Work with groups of women
2.  Connect daily to my creativity
3.  Continue to create my own heart-centered business
4.  Bring e-courses and workshops to women who may have a day-job, but want to create their own heart-centered business

These continue to be the core elements of my work.  I am still scared after years of working on this to take the next step and set this awakening into its next iteration.

I have spent the last year thinking that a day-job alone would be there to pay the bills.  And while I thoroughly enjoy my day-to-day job, I need the side-by-side daily creative practice for myself and my business dreams.  I want to show others how to create their daily work.  There is also a deep spiritual nurturing that is continuing to show up as I do my work.  I need to heed that calling and ensure that it is deeply woven into all that I do.

Thank you all for your kind words, for working with me over the years, for purchasing my artwork and for connecting.  I am excited to see where this new path is heading!

Tell me where you are on your path.  What is showing up for you?

Living in the Possibilities

 

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This card came up the other morning when I was reading my tarot.

I see, in this card, the myriad of choices that are out there and available.  So many beautiful directions to take.  So much abundance and wonder.

My first thought is usually how to choose one thing from the abundance before me, hone in on it and get to work on it making it form into a reality.  Set goals, put a routine in place and move into the action!  Jump in!  Get to work!

Well, even thinking this tired me out.

I allowed myself to sink back into the card and what else it might be saying to me.  And I listened…

What about just living in the possibilities?

This made my spinning mind stress out a bit…but my inner calmer self thought, yes, this feels right.  It’s just that…I like to take action!  However, my actions seem to be going in a million directions!  Actually, that has been taking me off my track.  All of the bright shiny objects are taking me off of my path.  They distract me into taking lots of side-tracks and losing site of my values and the importnant work of creating my life and business.

So, I agan come back to center.  I looked at the card again.  I wondered…can I simply dwell in the possibilies? Live there and just allow the joy of “What is possible?” to just swirl around?  The action I would take would actually be inaction.

Is that OK?  Can I live some moments of my life focusing on inaction?

I just looked up “inaction” and here is the definition:  “lack of action or activity; idleness”  This is probably why I stress out around inaction.  Society (as my mind tells me) does not really value “idleness”.  Perhaps this is why I have paused when seeing this card.  I actually DO value idleness and inaction, I just need to take some time to look at the values I have attached to it…and why I have those attachments…hmmm.

The idea of possibilities triggers in me a need to “take action”.  Yet, inaction is really what I believe is called for when there are so many paths from which to choose.

Sit idle and watch the possibilities go by.  Just notice.  Enjoy the abundance that surrounds us.  Live in the possibilities.

I am going to do just that and see what happens.

Taking a Risk (part 2)

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Have you taken some risks this past week?  I would love to hear about them!  It is always helpful to connect with others and get a big “Great job!” from someone we trust.

I have had one of the subscribers to this email say to me, “I believe in you, Susan!”  This still resonates with me.  I am so grateful for this beautiful connection.  So, take your risks, and connect with someone to let them know what you have accomplished.  I mentioned that I am here to listen to your “risk taking”, because it is important to share with others on the same path.  Here is a good place to start.

Now…on to the rest of the list!

Top 10 Risk Stoppers…the last five!

5.  Someone might laugh at me!
-Why not go ahead and laugh, yourself.  Really!  Smile and pull a belly laugh out of yourself right now!  Laughter is fun. It is a healthy way to begin your day.  So smile and laugh along…laugh through the fear.  Keep the positive flow in your life.  Those who laugh at you might just begin to laugh with you as the joy you share is contagious.  Laugh…and the whole world laughs with you.  Keep your world light.

4.  What if I am stealing someone else’s ideas?
-Twyla Tharp said it best in her book The Creative Habit.
“Honey, it’s all been done before. Nothing’s really original. Not Homer or Shakespeare and certainly not you. Get over yourself.”

3.  Who said you could do that?
-Who indeed?  Why you, of course!  You know your truth.  You know you must share what is deeply important to you.  You have the power to create your own reasons why.  You can do that because…that’s why.

2.  I might get hurt.
-Yes, you might get hurt.  But in every risk, there is that possibility.  That which hurts us makes us stronger.  And then again…you might NOT get hurt.  Either way, you gain new perspective by taking a risk and learning to grow.

1.  I am not worthy.
-Turn this around.  “I am worthy.”  Just say these empowering words to yourself every day.  Speak them.  Believe them.  Turn your negative thoughts around into positive statements…beliefs.  I am worthy.  I am knowledgeable.  Words and thoughts are empowering and create your truth.

This week’s challenge is to take a risk a day.  That challenge can be moved into every day.  Create your list of risks.  Choose one to do each day.  Keep them small.  Once you have taken a risk, notice what happens. Write out your noticings.  Celebrate each night in a journal.  “I took a risk today!” and write it out.  Empower yourself.

Taking a Risk-Part 1

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Acappella Affirmation:
Taking a chance
Finding my way
Learning to grow
One risk a day

I have been thinking a lot about the risks I take each day.  Whether big or tiny, they are empowering…and sometimes scary!

Here is a list of the top 10 Risk Stoppers (as I see them!):

10.  I can’t do that!
9.  Someone will have a problem with that.
8.  They won’t like me.
7.  People will yell at me.
6.  I do not have a “degree” in that.
5.  People will laugh at me.
4.  What if I am stealing someone else’s idea?
3.  Who said you could do that?
2.  I might get hurt.
1.  I am not worthy…

Any of these sound familiar?  I even had difficulty writing this, because I have seen lists similar to this over the years in my reading.  However, I am taking a risk by sharing these words and calling this article my own.  (AHHH!)

Now, I will walk you through what I say to myself as these risks come up.  In this article, I will go through the first 5.  Next week, I will go through the next 5.  This list is important to really take apart and create changes.

 Risk taking is scary…however, the empowerment we gain allows us to learn and grow. So here we go…

10.  I can’t do that!
-My question to that, then, is “Why not?”  Take a moment to list out all of the reasons “why not” and turn them around.  You CAN do that.

9.  Someone will have a problem with that.
-Who?  List out all of the people you believe will have problem with that.  Give a reason why they will have a problem with that.  What to you notice?  Who are they?

8.  They won’t like me.
-Who are they?  What is not to like?  And…what would happen if indeed they don’t like you?  There are always those in the world who will like us, and those who will not like us no matter what we do.  The question is, are you taking a risk for something that YOU believe in?  For your own truth?  Then, you will like yourself if you take that leap.  Let any others like you or not, that is for them to decide.  You, decide to like you.

7.  People will yell at me!
-Who will yell at you?  Really?  Take a moment to list out the negative “yelling” voices in your head.  To whom do they belong?  When was the last time someone yelled at you?  Reflect on that.  What was going on?

6.  I do not have a “degree” in that.
-List out all of the ways you are an “expert” in the work that you love.  Life experience IS your degree.  How many hours have you devoted to the learning?  Sharing what you know with others is the way to continue to grow your experience.  They are waiting to learn from you!  The passion and enthusiasm that you bring to the topic will bring in those who are looking for your expertise.  Just take the risk and share what you know!

Whew!  Can you take one risk a day this week?  Choose one from above and have a go!  Jump in and reflect on what holds you back.  Explore your own risk stoppers, turn one around and take the risk!

Next week, I will share the remaining 5.  By then, you will have taken at least one new risk!  So you are on your way to a risk a day!