CAMPFIRE – 2019 SCHEDULE

In Campfire 2019 we will focus on personal connection. Motivation. Story-sharing. Unblocking. Accountability. Plan building. Doing.

This year we will interact more and spend more time together, because live communication is truly the best part of Campfire. When creative women come together, magic happens. Ideas are born. Inspiration abounds. I’ve seen it over and over again each month in our live chats the past 2 years that I’ve been running Campfire, and this year I think we need more magic.

Each quarter we’ll be focusing on a different aspect of creating the creative careers of our dreams. There will be less technical teaching (for example, no more Illustrator/Photoshop tutorials) and more conversation, both live and in our Facebook group. More worksheets and big questions to answer before coming together. More dreaming and scheming. Together.

The private Campfire Facebook group is an important component of Campfire and is where a lot of conversation happens. It’s also where I’ll post reminders about upcoming chats, work days, and signing up for a focus session, among other things.

As a member you’ll also have access to the entire Campfire archive, which is full of 2 years’ worth of video interviews, tutorials, Campfire chat videos, monthly challenges, articles, recorded live chats, and more.

DETAILS:

Each month will include:

  • A weekly email each Monday
  • A weekly interactive/printable PDF worksheet with questions/topics to journal about and to help guide you through the quarterly topic
  • Weekly art-making challenge themes
  • a live ‘Focus Session’ (where you’ll have the chance to let our group focus and you and your creative career, live)
  • A written Q+A post with one of our very own Campfire members (we fondly call ourselves Fireflies!)

Each quarter will include:

  • a live chat with a special guest (past Campfire chat/interview guests have included: Lisa Congdon, Sarah Watts, Bonnie Christine, Naomi Dunford, Leah Duncan, Jenn Lee, Ohn Mar Win, Kelly Rae Roberts, creative directors, art directors, and more, just to give you an idea of who might join us!)
  • a special live virtual work day together! From 8am-4pm PST one day each quarter we’ll gather together to motivate each other, work on our own projects, talk, and get big things accomplished. I’m very excited for this aspect of Campfire this year!

All chats are recorded and posted in the Facebook group and also in the Campfire archive, so if you can’t make a live chat you can always watch it later on. :)

So. Here’s what our year together will look like:

QUARTER 1 (Jan-March 2019) – CLARITY, BIG DREAMS, and DIRECTION

Each Monday you’ll receive an email with prompts for journaling and creating on the quarter’s topic. Doing this work will help when we get together to chat and work/retreat together, and it’ll also help you get the most out of our wonderful Facebook group! The 1st quarter will include things like:

  • 2018 review – getting clear on what worked/didn’t work in 2018
  • Identifying goals, dreams, important steps to take this year
  • Identifying blocks / what’s currently in your way
  • Identifying dreams (small ones and huge ones!) and listening to your intuition
  • Identifying ‘shoulds’
  • Embracing gratitude and giving yourself credit
  • Creating an action list of what needs to be done in Quarter 1 to reach your goals and dreams (classes to take, things to learn or research, etc)
  • An introduction to shamanic journeying as a tool for gathering information and answers
  • Helping one another get clear on how to name and own our unique gifts and talents
  • Deep dive into what you want to focus on (100 day creative project? Exhibiting at a trade show? A holiday craft show? Building your portfolio? Submitting to agents? Get a fabric licensing deal? A creative collaboration? Quitting your day job? So many options!)
  • Q+A with a Firefly on the Quarter 1 topics

Quarter 1 Live Chat / Focus Sessions:

  • Sunday January 6, 2019 at 10:30am PST (this will be our first get-together of 2019! It will be a way for us to get acquainted with one another and also an introduction to the ‘Focus Sessions’ and Work Retreat Days that are scheduled each month/quarter throughout the year)
  • Friday February 22, 2019 at 9:30am PST
  • Saturday March 23, 2019 at 8:15am PST

Quarterly Live Video Chat with Special Guest: TBD

Quarterly Virtual Work Retreat Day: SATURDAY MARCH 23, 2019 8am-4pm PST

 

QUARTER 2 – MAKING PLANS, CRAFTING A PROJECT OR GOAL, and SHARING YOUR WORK

Each Monday you’ll receive an email with prompts for journaling and creating on the quarter’s topic. Doing this work will help when we get together to chat and work/retreat together, and it’ll also help you get the most out of our wonderful Facebook group! The 2nd quarter will include things like:

  • Making a schedule for your project
  • Naming the type of accountability you want/need to stay motivated and on track
  • Accountability partners
  • Declaring and claiming what you’re working toward
  • A fun creative art swap to get us excited and motivated! (we did this in 2018 and it was so fun)
  • Getting started! Making the time, claiming the space, saying YES
  • Identifying potential ways you’ll sabotage yourself
  • Identifying blocks / what’s currently in your way
  • Social media strategies for sharing your work
  • Other strategies for sharing your work
  • Collaborative projects
  • Asking for help
  • Making room for change or redirection
  • Creating an action list of what needs to be done in Quarter 2 to reach your goals and dreams (classes to take, things to learn or research, etc)
  • Q+A with a Firefly on the Quarter 2 topics

Quarter 2 Live Chat / Focus Sessions:

  • Sunday April 28, 2019 at 11:00am PST
  • Friday May 24, 2019 at 10:00am PST
  • Saturday June 15, 2019 at 8:15am PST

Quarterly Live Video Chat with Special Guest: TBD

Quarterly Virtual Work Retreat Day: SATURDAY JUNE 15, 2019 8am-4pm PST

 

QUARTER 3 – STRATEGY, DOING THE WORK, and MAKING IT HAPPEN

Each Monday you’ll receive an email with prompts for journaling and creating on the quarter’s topic. Doing this work will help when we get together to chat and work/retreat together, and it’ll also help you get the most out of our wonderful Facebook group! The 3rd quarter will include things like:

  • Creating a calendar for yourself (editorial, submission deadlines, or whatever kind of calendar you need depending on what you’re working on)
  • Committing and keeping your word to yourself
  • Developing healthy creative and work habits
  • Identifying blocks / what’s currently in your way
  • Prepping for the holidays (if you have things to sell)
  • Brainstorming and planning holiday promotions
  • Taking action (even when you don’t feel ready)
  • Creative seasons / ebbing and flowing
  • What to do on high energy and low energy days
  • Setting yourself up for success
  • How being/seeming busy can get in the way of true productivity and forward motion
  • Creating an action list of what needs to be done in Quarter 3 to reach your goals and dreams (classes to take, things to learn or research, etc)
  • Q+A with a Firefly on the Quarter 3 topics

Quarter 3 Live Chat / Focus Sessions:

  • Sunday July 21, 2019 at 11am PST
  • Friday August 23, 2019 at 11:30am PST
  • Saturday September 28, 2019 at 8:15am PST

Quarterly Live Video Chat with Special Guest: TBD

Quarterly Virtual Work Retreat Day: SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 2019 8am-4pm PST

 

QUARTER 4 – SELF-CARE, STAYING ON TRACK, and LOOKING FORWARD 

Each Monday you’ll receive an email with prompts for journaling and creating on the quarter’s topic. Doing this work will help when we get together to chat and work/retreat together, and it’ll also help you get the most out of our wonderful Facebook group! The 4th quarter will include things like:

  • Identifying negative self-talk
  • Tuning out the noise
  • How are you taking care of (or not taking care of) your creative self?
  • Making a creative date with yourself during this busy time of year
  • Reframing overwhelm
  • Identifying blocks / what’s currently in your way
  • Identifying your focus during the holidays and how to let go of the rest
  • How has your inspiration and motivation changed so far this year?
  • Celebrating successes
  • Creating an action list of what needs to be done in Quarter 4 to reach your goals and dreams (classes to take, things to learn or research, etc)
  • Q+A with a Firefly on the Quarter 4 topics
  • 2019 check-in / quick review
  • Beginning to think about ideas for the year to come

Quarter 4 Live Chat / Focus Sessions:

  • Sunday October 27, 2019 at 10:30am PST
  • Friday November 22, 2019 at 9am PST
  • Sunday December 29, 2019 at 8:15am PST

Quarterly Live Video Chat with Special Guest: TBD

Quarterly Virtual Work Retreat Day: SUNDAY DECEMBER 29, 2019 8am-4pm PST

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Are you in?

The membership registration period will run from December 29, 2018 – January 11, 2019. (Monthly or yearly memberships are available – the cost is $18/month or $199/year.) This will be the only time to join for 2019! Registration will re-open for the next year of Campfire in late December 2019.