Sunday Check-In Accountability Group:
A three month accountability group facilitated by Susan Loughrin runs
April 15-July 15, 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…
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.
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?
Here is the outline of the Sunday Check-In clearly laid out:
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 7 years
The group will run April 15-July 15, 2017
Ready to join in?
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
This group will run from April 15-July 15, 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?
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.
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.