What You Had to Say About the Project

This project isn't about us, it's about the people who are using it to make changes in their lives - you! When we first offered this project to friends and family, we started with just 10 people, and now in our second year the project has grown by nearly 10 times that number. We love hearing how you are experiencing the project and using it for your own purposes, it's what makes it vibrant and living - every new group of two will have their own unique project.  

As we hear more from current and past participants, we will continue to update with stories, quotes and advice.  In the meantime, here are some of the things we've heard from you about your Co-Accountant Projects:


testimonials from current participants

"The Co-Accountant project has been amazing process! I'm all about productivity and getting s!#t done. The Co-Accountant process has helped me stay focused on my goals while keeping track of my progress and areas I need to improve. I also get to support someone with their goals. We build off our successes and support each other through challenges." - Ruby, paired with colleague

Ruby (right) with co-accountant

Ruby (right) with co-accountant

"When I signed up for the Co-Accountant Project, I had no idea who my partner would be.  And then, my college room-mate came to mind.  In the fifty or so years since our college days, we'd only connected a few times - including biking down the Virginia Creeper Trail in freezing rain.  Since we did that and came out smiling, I thought - she's the one.  We did the project together for one year and loved it so much we signed up for a second.  It's allowed us to connect in a deep and meaningful way and support and encourage each other through rough times.  We accomplished all sorts of things we might not have on our own." - Sally, paired with friend

Cindy and Sally, co-accountants

Cindy and Sally, co-accountants

"My brother is my best friend. As adults, we now live far apart and are parents of little kids. We were struggling to find the time to connect. The project has given us a structure to be close again. And an excuse to talk about things that really matter." - Amanda, paired with brother

Amanda with co-accountant (then)

Amanda with co-accountant (then)

...and now

...and now


“Change can be scary, but having a partner to go on the change-journey with makes all the difference.The Co-accountant Project gave us the structure we needed to make exciting changes in both of our lives!” - Katerina and Tanya

 
Katerina and Tanya, co-accountants

Katerina and Tanya, co-accountants

Oscar with co-accountant

Oscar with co-accountant

"Focus on happiness was the intention I set out to focus on for the year as I engaged in the Co-Accountant Project.  Though I deeply trust and respect my co-accountant, I began our year with a lot of doubt regarding the impact it would have on my life and due to worries that such an intimate engagement would expose my flaws and possibly do more harm than good to our previously defined relationship.  At the half way point, I realized that this form of connection did expose my flaws but it led to a deepening of our relationship AND has helped me grow as an individual and lead a happier more productive life.  The project’s format is simple and straightforward.  The outcomes are complex and extremely beneficial! Simply put, I find myself smiling more and tackling the issues in my life that often negatively impact my happiness because I know I have a confidant that will ‘hold and support’ me without judgement." - Oscar, partnered with colleague

"We don’t allow ourselves to have an introspective, thoughtful time with who we are and what we want.  So, sometimes we just let life navigate us, and we respond. But we’re not actively pursuing. And this project made you, kind of forced you, to actively pursue your goals." - Kay, partnered with her cousin. 

 

"The easiest and most accessible way for me to be mindful is to be grateful. I think I have been more grateful and present as a result of this."

- Wendy, partnered with a friend.

 

QUOTES FROM participant INTERVIEWS

If you are really looking for a tool to get things done. And to stay committed to yourself and your intentions, this is awesome. This is definitely IT. It helps manifest, it helps manifest your goals into reality…and I just want to make sure I got that magic part in (laughs). It’s magic!!
— Sheila, paired with a colleague
Having to be accountable to someone really does change your behavior. In a way that being accountable just to myself doesn’t. For me, I am really good at letting myself off the hook. I think that having just told one other person, like ‘I’m going to try to do these three things this week,’ makes it possible.
— Gloria, paired with her mother
I love the reciprocal nature of it – and how we become each other’s life coaches. I also liked getting a male perspective - and being with someone who had different challenges than me (and also some similar ones).
— Frances, paired with a colleague
What I love is the idea that you can come to the table just as you are and you’re not being judged for it, you were being celebrated. After the first time that happened to me I was like ‘oh my gosh I’m not in trouble, this isn’t homework.’ And I can pick myself up by my bootstraps and do this thing next week even if it’s not an intention for this week, you know? And that was what was cool to me.
— Ingrid, paired with her cousin
Every New Year’s Eve, for example, you’ll make your new years resolutions, and you’ll say you want to eat healthy, start going to the gym, quit smoking, etc. etc. etc. and when do you really think about those, besides that next new years? Maybe for that month of January or February they’re sort of floating around in there, but let’s be honest. Most people kick their new years resolutions out the window by, you know, March, or whenever. But with this, it was really a constant reminder. It was like having the new years resolution every week. Having someone check in on it with you every week. And being held responsible for it every week. So I think that’s probably how it changed my life.
— John, paired with a friend

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