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Hello, friends, welcome to day three seasonal journeys. My phone overheated had to put it in the fridge. And we’re back. So, specifically, let’s talk about what opportunities to summer bring. What is the what is summer the rates season four? So I’ve been thinking about this. And that’s the content for our summer accelerator. What are the things that we’re primed to decide and take on and get ready for that just feel super hard for the rest of the year? How do we want to engage differently in this summer than in other seasons. So one of the problems that I’ve noticed over the years of running Raising Luminaries is that everyone is suffering from information overload just way too much coming at us from way too many channels all the time in our brains are on overdrive, particularly because we feel the urge to actually do something about all of that information. So the solution that we’re working on right now is just creating a linear, methodical way of narrowing our focus into the most impactful use of our energy, given the season that we’re in right now. And hopefully, in I have experienced this, instead of feeling informational overdrive, we feel capable and on top of things, we’re not solving everything. But at least we’re not just crying in a puddle on the floor. So this summer, the summer accelerator, I break up into six chapters, if you’re DIY in your own accelerator, you can make it go as slow or as fast as you want. This has been the good balance that I have found for the collectives that I’ve been running. So in this summer, we’re going to actively use it to narrow down a specific area of focus each week, which is our chapter topics, six chapters, six topics, six things that we narrow down pre boundaries around, we’re going to break each chapter into five daily prompts kind of like these Exactly. Like these videos, which I’m calling capers, because, heck, why not? We need fun language, if we’re going to have fun with this. And then each one is designed to build upon previous discussions as we go. So I’ve laid it out, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how, what order do we need to approach what topics in order to make the most impactful use of our time. So whether you come into the summer accelerator, or DIY your own summer accelerator based on an initiative and an issue that you already are working on, whether you’re just at a loss on what to do next, and you need to identify the best use of your time, this works for both of those things. And even if it’s just trying to figure out how to get out of bed in the morning, I think this will be helpful. Okay, but it’s kind of designed to to hone your focus as we go regardless of where you’re starting out. So in each weekly chapter, we’re going to focus on narrowing our energy. That doesn’t mean using less energy, it doesn’t necessarily mean doing less, although feel like we’re doing a lot less, but just narrowing the scope of what we’re trying to do. So we can do whatever we’re doing really, really well. So the focus, what I’ve experienced, particularly in art, and in trying to reach people and convince people to take action is though the more you narrow your focus, the more impactful it is, when I tried to focus on working, convincing parents to go from completely apathetic and not do not identifying as activists didn’t really work until I started focusing only on parents of young children through the use of storybooks. And that’s where books for littles came from. And it was wildly successful. activated a lot of activists have something of you are here today. But also, the same thing is being a photographer, you know, I have this really nice camera with all these bells and whistles. And I don’t know what half of the buttons do. And frankly, it’s a little bit upsetting. And sometimes it pushed the wrong buttons just don’t know what to do. As opposed to working with like an old fashioned manual camera where I knew exactly what to do. I had it streamlined like an extension of my body, I could change the settings and get exactly the photo I wanted. I couldn’t take as many great pictures of a wide range of things like sports. But the pictures that I did take on the subjects that I really focused on because of the limitations of the camera or much, much better photos, frankly. So that’s what we’re doing with their time and energy. We’re not trying to do it all because that is the premises culture nonsense. But we’re choosing our actions wisely and putting our shoulder into it. So what if, what if?
Let’s brainstorm what if we got super clear on why we take action actually understand the motivations that are driving us forward so we can stop Trying to meet whatever inner need we have by just grasping at everything that comes along. What if we got super clear on who we are on this planet to help a specific group of people. So we don’t feel called to donate to every single GoFundMe that crosses our feed. So we don’t have to drop everything in our lives and constantly put ourselves in our family second to whoever is suffering, who happens to pass our cross our path. What if we focused on part of narrowing that that group is if we if we focus on helping one group of people who need our help the most, that will rise the tide for everybody? And what if we actually understood how helping just one specific group and one specific way will help everybody? So we don’t have to carry around this guilt about not doing enough? And then what if we actually got really clear on which actions fit our unique interests and our skills? So instead of say, someone like me, who can’t even go to the grocery store, trying to drag myself to marches in Boston, and then getting wiped out for a week after every single one? What if I actually identified how I can be the most helpful and supportive for other people who do want to go to those marches and can actually handle it, and it revs them up and excites them, as opposed to just drains them? Would not be cool. So what if we clearly define the boundaries of our influence? And let go some of that arrogance, that idea that we can solve everyone’s problem, and we are the manager of the universe and every single person’s issues, and we protect those boundaries with support from each other? It’s not something is, you know, a lot of people are saying, like set boundaries and reinforce them. But that’s really hard to do in a vacuum, it’s really hard to do without support. So what if we actually supported each other in that and tweaking them, and having people that we have to answer to if we let ourselves violate our own boundaries? Okay, so in each chapter over the six weeks, the first chapter is going to be about motivation and accountability. Second Chapter is going to be about centering and finding our roles, who we center who we focus on who we work with. The third chapter will be about Wayfinding. And, and resilience and creating way to get back up after pitfalls and disasters. The fourth chapter will be about finding the best use of our service and the best use of our skills. Fifth Chapter will be about developing our capacity and understanding the concept of reciprocity. Yes, that means you accepting help accepting what you need to do the work and content, continue and sustain the work that you’re doing, what do you actually need to receive to do that. And then chapter six, instead of just dropping off the face of the planet is we’re going to talk about what we need and how we need to stay in relationship together, so that we can show up and follow through with all of the pacts that we made with all the commitments with all the brainstorming and ideas and also get a reality check in and check in with each other to be like, No, you still took on too much. Let’s wind it back a little. But also just talk about how do we launch and get over that first hump of getting started. And then how do we keep going after all the fun parts like brainstorming ideas and planning it out? Once we’re done with that, we actually need to get going and do stuff. So each week is going to have those five daily capers, which isn’t going to involve me sending a video either through a Marco Polo share cast where you can go into the portal and see the video there. And that’s just going to be me talking about concepts like I am right now, we’re going to tap into common feelings that stole us and burn us out. And then you can follow these at your own pace. Whether you watch all of them, whether you skip them, is up to you. They’re designed to be revisited whenever you need them. The trick is not to put it off indefinitely. So part of the reason why we have a collective is we’re more likely to show up if other people are relying on us to show up for them. So if we want to reflect we don’t want to be just passively consuming the stuff that I’m spewing. We actually want to reflect on this. And we want to show up in the group and be like, Hey, this is my take away from this. This is what I’m going to do. This is what my pact is, and then show up and be there to cheerlead and support the other people who are doing the same thing. So we’re going to share reflections in the group that will be over a Marco Polo group. To make it accessible. There’s a few other different ways to do that. We’ll have an optional live Hangout every Friday. I think 1pm. Yes, Eastern 10am. Pacific. And also, you can just type into the comments right in the caper page, and we will engage with you there. So that the Marco Polo group I think is going to be the most energetic fun place to be just saying.
So we’re going to use this space to dig into the roots of what’s tripping us up what has gotten in the way of us tackling the subject in the past, and what we’re going to what we need to resource in order to move forward remember that triumph rent of mobility, we’re going to focus on that. And then we’re going to create a strategy on how to respond and prevent burnout. so that way common traps that we always fall into, maybe we can avoid them this time. So we are going to slowly and steadily equip ourselves with three things each week. And if you’re DIY in your own accelerator, this is the main focus. You pick a topic every week. And then you focus on what policy can you create and set to protect your boundaries moving forward. What skill can you develop number two, that helps you convert your intention to action? And then number three, how can you practice integrating activism into your daily life with your kids? Hello, friends. Welcome to day three seasonal journeys. My phone overheated had to put it in the fridge. And we’re back. So specifically, let’s talk about what opportunities to summer bring. My phone will not stop overheating, it just had to put it in the fridge again. So I guess we’re inside now. So what we need to get started for some of our members who are joining us for the accelerator. We need a mobile device so we can access to the Polo app. So we can talk in the Polo group. And also follow the summer accelerator share cast, which all summer accelerator members will have access to. And then yeah, just join the follow group. So our call to action for today is download the Marco Polo app. Actually, everyone should do this. It’s free and intuitive and really fun. And I actually use it to have conversations with my friends while I’m on a walk because we are both busy and can’t meet at the same time. If you need transcripts for these kinds of videos, those will live on the portal for each caper page. You’ll find them in a little tab right below right next to the bonus resources. And then you can also visit the chat page on the summer portal. If you have access to the summer portal. There’s a little link on the left sidebar or on your mobile device at the bottom that has the chat group link and it gives you access to the summer portal. The share cast and talks about talks you through how to start all of that. Super easy. Okay. Thank you so much and I’m gonna go put my phone back in the fridge
- Chapter guide: What we focus on each week during the Summer Accelerator
- Get caper videos directly on your phone: Follow the Weekday Summer Sharecast
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CALL TO ACTION FOR SUMMER ACCELERATOR CREW:
Visit the Group Chat page to join the discussion group & follow the sharecast