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Your Creative Intentions: Monday Post ~ August 20, 2012

“Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.”
~Bill Moyers



This is the moment to deepen, or commit to, your regular creativity practice. Regularity — a daily practice, if at all possible — is one of the best ways to stay in touch with how you make meaning.

What are your plans for creative practice this week? Given the specifics of your schedule, decide on a realistic intention or practice plan — and ink that time in your calendar. The scheduling part is important, because as you know, if you try to “fit it in” around the edges, it generally won’t happen. An intention as simple as “I will write for 20 minutes every morning after breakfast” or “I will sketch a new still life on Wednesday evening” is what it’s all about.

Share your intentions or goals as a comment to this post, and let us know how things went with your creative plans for last week, if you posted to last week’s Monday Post. We use a broad brush in defining creativity, so don’t be shy. We also often include well-being practices that support creativity, such as exercise and journaling.

Putting your intentions on “paper” helps you get clear on what you want to do — and sharing those intentions with this community is a great way to leverage the motivation of an accountability group. Join us!

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  1. Lets see! This week I must finish the bridal shower favors, only 4 bracelets to go! Then I must print the illustration from the invite and matte it. Of course I don’t think my printer will get it finished by Friday, last week just flew by and this weekend took over without my being able to do much. I also need to get ideas for the bridesmaids jewelry, going to start that end of this week and hopefully finish next month! Always nice to be early :) Plus, finish my new Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/ChristinaDesignsArt

    August 20, 2012
  2. Back from a wonderfully un-plugged week cruising to Bermuda and back. Finished reading three books, tanned myself several shades darker, and enjoyed nearly non-stop family time.

    Unfortunately I came back with a migraine that’s been hanging on for four days, making it difficult to resume my 4:15 morning writing practice. I was up at 5:00 this morning with one eye closed and only feeble writing progress. Hoping that tomorrow I’ll be back on track.

    Despite the headache, I did manage to finish a new short story over the weekend, which I’ve now put on the percolation deck. Will read it again in a couple of weeks and see if I still think it has legs.

    This week, lots of catching up to do. The littlest boys are going to Grandma’s for a few days, so I’ll be making progress in between a bounty of appointments, editorial work, and coaching calls with clients. And my husband and I will be celebrating our tenth anniversary on Saturday.

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages and intention journaling
    * Daily writing practice
    * Complete installment of short story for “5PM Friday” accountability group
    * Open Studio Groton projects; setting up fall workshops
    * Yoga/walk/run x3
    * Reading

    If the stars align:
    * Weeding/gardening
    * Project Life catch-up

    August 20, 2012
  3. Elainey #

    Putting my thoughts on journal or tweeting it helps me to keep those creative tasks handy if I have to remind myself. And I also feel obliged to finish it especially if it’s tweeted cos it’s made public. Gives me that push, that even if I don’t really have an audience, I have to do it. Thanks for continuously inspiring readers, not just moms, to be creative each day. Cheers!

    August 21, 2012
    • Thanks for your comment, Elainey? Let us know how it’s going….

      August 30, 2012
      • Lainey #

        In the next 2 weeks, I have to create an idea for a friend’s baby shower. From invitations, food, party games to gifts for the baby. My friend is flying off to Italy soon and will give birth there so we wanted this to be a special day for her to remember.

        September 1, 2012
  4. Wow, this is the first time I’ve logged on to post on my blog in more than two weeks–vacation and return-from-vacation let-down included! Monday morning I will be here with intentions and scheduling for a week of good work.

    Thank you, Miranda, for the inspiration!

    August 24, 2012
    • How’s it going, Heather? Drop a line and give us an update! :-D

      August 30, 2012
  5. Hi. Thank you for your post! I have this idea to add a page in my blog with the title Creative Intentions. In this I will post my creative intention calendar, hopefully at least one per week.

    For now. I will write a blog today.

    Thank you for your brilliant idea and inspirations!

    August 26, 2012
    • Awesome idea, Alexis! Writing out those intentions — especially with the public element — is an awesome motivator! And thank you for your kind words.

      August 30, 2012
  6. Reblogged this on hearten unnoticed.

    August 30, 2012
  7. Reblogged this on elyestampados.

    August 31, 2012

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