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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ October 22, 2012

“There is no passion to be found playing small; in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” ~Nelson Mandela


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. Feeling geared up for a great week. Lots of client work on deck (editorial clients as well as coaching clients) but feeling anchored by morning writing practice, as well as resuming three yoga classes each week (three classes are SO much better than two).

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages and intention journaling [fell off my journaling when writing practice expanded beyond its container! Want to do better this week]
    * Daily writing practice [yes]
    * Complete installment of short story for “5PM Friday” weekly accountability group [yes]
    * Prepare for Wednesday Writers’ Workshop (last class this session) [yes]
    * Blog post [no]
    * Open Studio Groton marketing and development projects [yes]
    * Yoga/walk/run x3 [yes]
    * Reading [yes]

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions — keeping it simple:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages and intention journaling
    * Daily writing practice
    * Editing sessions (separate from writing practice) [a few minutes daily]
    * Complete installment of short story for “5PM Friday” weekly accountability group
    * Blog post [W]
    * Yoga/walk/run x3 [M/W/Sat]
    * Reading

    October 22, 2012
  2. Derailed for the last 2 weeks by jury duty. I was on a week long trial that ate up all my free time.
    So, back to the drawing board today.

    What I did do last week: One surprisingly fruitful gelatin printing session with kids. I mad a stencil of an elephant from a Jane Goodall book for kids, using acetate, and had a lot of fun making images. Oh yeah, the kids had fun and made great stuff too. They love gelatin printing!

    What I did today: took some pictures and submitted work to the Monotype Guild of New England for a national show in early 2013. A bit pie in the sky, but you never know. I won’t hear back until 12/10.

    What I haven’t done: no writing. Not even much in my journal because I am now stepping on my mat before writing. So I’m getting in a much better yoga practice every day, but the writing is… virtually non-existent.

    This week:
    1. Make some stencils out of paper, the acetate doesn’t always hold the ink very well.
    2. Gelatin printing with the 2 fresh plates I made on Friday.
    3. Framing, just frame one thing. One thing! I ordered the frames a month ago now.
    4. 2 blog posts, one art and one yoga
    5. Work on a new creative vinyasa class with a core focus and a new playlist too

    October 22, 2012
    • How are things going, artem?? xo

      November 5, 2012
  3. Cousin’s wedding is over! All that crazy planning and making turned out beautifully! Now on to other things!
    1. Apply for vendor’s license so I can get really serious at craft shows and online.
    2. List of ideas to make for the craft show on Nov 16th.
    3. Buy needed crafty supplies.
    4. Paint an OSU football player to send to my brother.
    5. Blog posts about DIY wedding projects: bridal shower, bridesmaids jewelry, bridal gifts.
    6. Plan to make clay wedding gifts!! (ahhh going to be late!)

    October 22, 2012
    • Would love to see your next update, Christina! :-)

      November 5, 2012
  4. So my creative outlet is writing and this week I celebrated 11 consecutive weekly entries on my current story, Superhero in Suburbia: The Secret Life of Baby NO…. Yeah!! Thanks for the encouragement!!

    October 24, 2012
    • Awesome work, Story Mom! Give us an update when you can….

      November 5, 2012

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