Sunday Check-In Accountability Group Begins April 15, 2017

sunday check in account group imageSunday 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…

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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 7 years

    • The group will run April 15-July 15, 2017

    • Investment:  $197.00

       

Ready to join in?

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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 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?

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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
 
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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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21Days of Gratitude

 

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Getting back to a gratitude journal practice has supported my calmness in this rapidly shifting time.  Taking the time to notice and appreciate all that is around me is a beautiful practice that lightens up my days.

It sounds simple…write a list of things I am grateful for each morning and each evening.  However, I find that it can be a challenge.  I sometimes do not want to write, even though I know how much better I feel when I do.

So, that got me thinking about you.  Do you have a gratitude journal practice?  Are you looking for some encouragement to write what you appreciate each morning and evening?  Would you like to receive email reminders each day for 21 days to be supported in this practice…see where it leads?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, sign up below*.  Starting March 1, I will send you a reminder each day to encourage you to write a list of your gratitudes each day for 21 days.

Click here to join the list!

You will need a journal (I like sparkly ones!) and a pen or pencil.  That is all.  We will use the hashtag #21daysofgratitude2017 to connect on Instagram (if you wish).

I will start by reminding you that I am grateful for you 🙂
Hope to see you!
Susan

*I will add you to my main newsletter list at the end of the 21 days.  You can unsubscribe at any time 🙂

One Simple Thing Each Day

IMG_9467Take the time each day to do something that you enjoy. One simple thing that truly brings you joy. You deserve it, you matter!

I hear you say, “I am just too busy! How can I possibly add one more thing to my schedule? Really! Who does she think she is talking to? She must not have kids…she must not work…”

I know the drill. I hear you, and I have said all of these things before (and still do, sometimes!) But there are some things to remember….

Remember that you are important. Remember that you set your schedule. Remember that you need to re-connect with the earth beneath your feet. Remember to breathe.

You can create a daily routine that brings joy into each new day. This will support you in bringing one simple thing each day into your daily routine. Here are the three steps to do just that:

1. Noticing:

Take 5 minutes each day just to notice. Stop what you are doing. Set your timer. What do you hear? What do you see? What do you smell? What do you taste? What do you feel? What do you notice?

2. Create a List of the things that bring you joy:

Get out your journal, or a piece of paper, whatever you use to write and create a list. List out all of the things that bring you joy; all of the those tiny, simple things that make you sigh, or smile or just feel joyful inside. Put this list where you can see it every day. Keep it close. This is the essence of you.

3. One Simple Thing Each Day:

Set a time into your schedule. 15 minutes. The first 5 are from step one above. The next 10 minutes are to be used doing something from your list above. Get out your day-planner. Find 15 minutes each day. Put in that time for yourself each day. Do it now. You are worth it

Notice how this changes your day. Learn what really brings you joy. Enjoy 15 minutes every day…you have it in your schedule now. You matter. You are important to us all.

*21 Days of Gratitude begins March 1!  A *free* connection to remind us all to pause and say “thank you”.  Want more information?  Click here.

February My Month of Crow

crowI took time between December 26 and January 6 to notice “omens” each morning.  This was through the #12daysofchristmas focus; what showed up each day as I set the intention to notice became the image for that day and subsequent month.  The month of January was “fog”.

This month of February will be “crow”.

I have actually seen crows every day of February already.  Also, a good friend posted a video for me of the crows that were cawing raucously in the trees (she knows that crow is this month’s focus for me :)) 

What do I believe “crow” holds for me this month?

  1.  Focus on the stark, black silhouette of contrast
  2. Allowing bright, shiny objects to be noticed and placed on the alter
  3. Crafty ways for seeing things
  4. Clarity and connection to others in groups

These are my interpretations based on what the crow signifies to me.  I will allow these ideas to be present this month as I go about my work.  I love the sleek, black feathers of the crow and will look for the contrast of darkness and light…both are important and valuable to life.  This also invites me to take off the rose colored glasses and really see things as they are.

Clarity.  Focus.  Contrast. Connection.

I can already see the clarity manifesting in the business focus I am creating for my own creative work.  Groups are forming and tribes for this coming year are stepping into place.  The shine of “new” and focus on building together is becoming clear to me.  

I am opening the 21 Day Mini-mastermind on February 6, 2017.  The perfect way to begin this month of “crow” focus.  This group is coming together as a growing group of “crows” alighting in the trees and ready to communicate together.  Will you be joining in?

 

Morning Ritual

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As the seasons change, morning rituals may change a bit too.  What I keep consistent is the time allotment in the mornings to connect with myself.   I take time each day to connect with my dreams, my body, and the metaphors on my creative journey.

Here is a basic outline for my morning ritual:

  • Yoga or stretchig-I keep this to a simple 15 minute practice 
  • Journaling-I write stream of consciousness, dreams, thoughts, and feelings.  No rules, just writing whatever comes to mind (morning pages)
  • Tea-a soothing warm drink (usually organic herbal tea) to get my system up and running for the day
  • Tarot- I use the cards to discover metaphors in my life and dreams and to ponder my own insights
  • Drawing/Painting-creating visuals of my thoughts, dreams, and nature walks.  This gives me a deeper look into my own discoveries.  It also creates a great record in a different medium from writing (art journal).

I keep 1 hour open each morning in my schedule for ritual.  This allows for consistency and centering time to begin each day.  The rituals are do-able and totally appropriate for my way of creating meaning in my life.

Be clear with your intention.  Be clear with your time commitment.  Be clear with your sacred time.

I create this time by getting up an hour earlier in the morning than the family.  This allows for quiet time and personal space.  I also let my family know that the morning ritual I have created is sacred to me.  So, if any one should happen to get up early, they know that it is my personal time.  This is essential if you have a family!  They need clarity about your personal rituals and time.  They will respect it if you are clear and let them know that you will be there for them after you have your hour.

Looking back over my morning routine, I see the 4 general qualities that are essential for developing deep, meaningful rituals.

Movement – move your body in some way (yoga, walking, exercise of some kind).  This allows the calm or energetic movements into your body letting the brain and cells know you are awake.  Movement also rids your body of excess energy to clear the way for new thoughts and activities. When you have completed your “movement” session, thank your body for the work it does.  Sit for a moment and feel the changes movement causes to your body.

Warm drink-  I prefer organic herbal tea to let my body know that the systems will begin moving again after sleep.  You may have another favorite warm drink. Simply drinking fresh clear water brings sustenance back to your cells to start the day.  Remember, the brain and body need to be hydrated for optimum focus.  I find the tea is a habit with the kettle set, water boiling and tea steeping creates a ritual all its own. 

Drawing/writing-Recording our thoughts in some manner show us the metaphors in our lives.  It helps us to organize our thoughts and be in the moment.  We are able to capture feelings, thoughts and ideas that are particular to that moment.  Having a visual allows us to go back later and see where things stood for us at a certain time in our lives.

Reflection-Taking time after your morning ritual to reflect may give you insights, creative ideas or just allow you to “see” yourself in that moment in time.  Some questions you might ask:  How does my body feel after a warm drink and movement?  What images showed up in my drawings and or writings?  How will I hold these thoughts or feelings throughout my day?

It takes time to develop rituals that fit your needs.  Each of us is unique.  These are my rituals what will yours be?

Take time to create a schedule that allows for ritual.  The beginnings and endings to each day are the best times to set these.  Morning is filled with possibility and evening is filled with reflection.  One hour to take the time to care for your creative needs.

Setting aside time for your morning ritual is worth it.  Being clear with your intentions brings this sacred time back to you.  You are worth it!

How We do Anything, is How We Do Everything

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I have recently begun the process of opening up my next 21 Day session to connect with you all. This upcoming session is called 21 Day Mini-Mastermind.  And having said that…many of you will stop reading this post.  I know this.  I do this.  The SELL is coming and you are not interested.  I get that, so you can stop reading now and go on with your day 🙂

If you are still here reading, I am talking to you.  That thought process (who will want to read this if it is selling something?) comes up for me often as I open a new e-course that has a dollar amount attached to it.

I like to work in metaphor, in creative color, line and shape, in dreams and symbols, in music and in dance/movement…this is the work of my soul.  The work I am called to do.  I love to express myself this way.  When I was a teacher of young children, this was acceptable work (well, mostly!  as there was always the push to go to the academic…but I always pushed back with art and creativity!) and I am working to bring that creative energy into my mini-business.

These last few years I have been continuing to see how my creative work lends itself to the “business” world.  I enjoy the work of consistent marketing, connecting with others through my art and vulnerable work of dreams and creating.  However, the clash in my mind… the constant voice that is in my head that says, “What are you doing?  You cannot call this work!  Others will not want to pay for this!  Stop it now…just do your art for yourself and leave it at that….get a job!”

Huh.  That voice just keeps on coming at me.

I come back to center.  I remind myself that I have a ritual/routine every day that allows for meditation, creating and song.  I am consistent with my work and get to it every day…my creative work, my soul work.  This work has a home in my life, because I intentionally set it there.  Each and every day I do my creative work.  This is my “home”, my heart my connection to Grace.

Once I re-assess and remind myself that I am getting to this work…I can listen to the nasty voice that is popping up.  It needs to be heard, as it is a part of me.  It is showing up for a reason.  So I will listen when I know that I have prepared myself to turn and face that demon.

And you know what…?  I see that this side of me is also important.  This allows me to see that the two sides of my brain actually work together.  The creative work is wonderful, but it needs to be balanced by the focused work…the left brained work.  I actually like that side of me too.  So really, these two “sides” are not mutually exclusive.  Budgeting, planning, scheduling, writing out the work of my “business” is also my work.  I can use the balance to rise above and see the harmony of both.

With that said, I am opening up my 21 Day Mini-Mastermind.  This course is a way to connect to the metaphors of life/work duality and to see that both are necessary to run a mini-business, your own personal life, a full on business and/or just to create your daily rituals and routines.  Change is the only constant, right?  So let’s work with our good-selves and dig into the questions of our work.  Let’s embrace the duality of life and see how the two seemingly opposite things actually work together.  Let’s find the balance and raise our own vibration!

I love to create.  I love to have a discipline.  How I do anything, is how I do everything 🙂

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Meditation: Create a Safe Place from the Chaos

As I go another year through the Great Round with Julie Gibbons and Mandala Magic, I find myself back in the Void.

This is the time of year I want to de-clutter, get organized, plan for the New Year, and generally use my left brain to get to work!  Yet…the Void asks us to focus on our Yin energy…our feminine energy of “resting in the darkness”.  I am left to flounder a bit here in what to do…?

voidSo, I created a “void” mandala, a black circle…only black.  Nothingness.  Nada.  A place to focus and remind myself that quiet is necessary to my creative life.  I use this image to re-focus and get back to letting go.  To allow the world to go on without my input for a while…to rest in the darkness.  I like this place, but need reminders from my healthy, quiet self to go there.  This image helps.

In this round of the Mandala Magic course, I am being invited to use my voice.  To record meditations and visualizations that I can share with others and also listen to myself as reminders. I have placed my first “new” meditation/visualization here.  It is a meditation based on the artwork that Julie Gibbons invites us to create in an actual “visual” form.  I have taken the elements and created the visualization with words, so that you can create the visual in your own minds eye.

Where does this meditation take you?  I would love to know…

 

21 Day Mini-Mastermind

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  • What if you had a group of like-minded people to collaborate with for 21 days?
  • What if you had time to ponder and focus on your own creative work/job/business?
  • What if you took the time to begin to set your intention to share your work?
  • What if you could ask questions of others in order to grow in your work/job/life?

These are the constant questions that I ask myself on a daily basis.  I have discovered that I enjoy working in collaboration with others to help me to answer questions that come up as I grow my business and work a day-job.  I take time each day to write and answer the questions that arise.  However, sharing these questions and my possible answers with others allows me to get a bigger perspective and clarification.  How about you?

I have had such fun facilitating accountability groups for the past few years.  As these groups have progressed, I have noticed a pattern of questions that arise as individuals begin to look at their own work.   I have compiled these questions into this new venture.  Spending time working through those questions with others allows for expansion.  We discover answers to questions that we may not have otherwise figured out on our own.  Connecting with others and their genius work allows us to deepen our own.

Whether you work full-time, stay at home with your kids, work part-time or are retired, I’ll bet there is something inside of you yearning to share your creative work with others.  Perhaps a side-line business, a blog, a website, a class, a creative endeavor…you are a “maker”; a creative that wants to share with others and bring your creative-self into the forefront!

That is why I am opening this e-course, Mini-Mastermind: 21 Days of Questions and Collaboration on February 6, 2017.  This e-course invites you to ponder questions about your creative work and will allow you to collaborate with others to support your journey.  This course will last 21 days and will have a private Facebook group, so that we can connect with one another to see what we discover as we ponder questions and connect with one another around a common topic.


What you will receive:

1.  Daily emails for 21 days inviting you ponder questions to dig deeper into your creative work/life/business
2.  An invitation to a private Facebook group to share what you discover and to share your ideas with others
3.  Intentional focus on common questions, answers and ideas to grow in our business/work/life (facilitated by Susan Loughrin)

Simple.  Clear.  Mini-Mastermind.
21 Days for $21.00. 
Click the button below to register:



Waiting in the Fog

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I have been looking for Omens in these 12 Days of Christmas (see article here).  Each of these discoveries has been found on the various walks in nature I have taken.  I will use each of the images to remind me of the 12 months of the calendar year for 2017 and see how these “days out of calendar” relate to my unique year ahead.

The image or *”augury” that appeared on the first day of Christmas for January is “fog”.

The month of January 2017 has begun and I am taking note already in my Morning Pages that I am definitely in that state.  Fog. No real clear seeing of what is ahead, but the edges of things are appearing through the mist.

I will take January to be a month to just “be”.  My tendency this month is to get out and really get things under-control and moving, but I am asking myself to slow down.  To take the time to let things reveal themselves through the fog.  Everything in its own perfect time.

What are you noticing as you begin your New Year?

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*Augury-a sign of what will happen in the future; an omen.

Starting the New Year with Action

Here comes the New Year!

Perhaps you have chosen a word of the year or you are creating a vision board. Maybe you are listing out your New Year’s resolutions. These are all wonderful ways to put your intentions out into the universe.

I believe that envisioning the future through imagery and writing out your goals and intentions allows them to flow out into the world riding on your created vibration. Yes, the universe will vibrate along with your desires.

But how will you put action to your intentions here on earth? How can you manifest your goals that are attainable through work and actively create what you want?

Sunday Check-in is a way to do this. The Sunday Check-in Accountability group invites you to take a look at the 3 priorities that are most important to you in a given week. You are then asked each Wednesday to check back in with yourself to see how you are doing with your own work. On Fridays, you are requested to reflect back over your week and ask “what did I accomplish?”. Then notice what did you not get to…and ponder over why that is and perhaps discover what it is that stopped you from getting to your priorities. This process repeats for 12 weeks through a private Facebook group with others who are taking on the work of prioritizing their own creative work.

What if you took action this year to set your intention and manifest your priorities? Click here to learn more about the Sunday Check-in Accountability group and register today!