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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ December 10, 2012

“Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm.”
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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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. 1) Ask a certain club manager if it would be okay to distribute my latest post in said club as a handout.

    2) Get into the club at least two mornings this week to establish a presence with the members there.

    3) Set a date and time for my triceps workshop.

    4) Give myself more down time and stress less.

    5) Thank the brilliant person who planted the idea for action item #1 in my head! :-)

    December 10, 2012
    • Great list, Andy! And you can put a big checkmark next to #5! :-D

      December 10, 2012
  2. I feel another cycle of ultra-focus coming on, which is great–I’m going to need it this week.

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages and intention journaling [yes–all 7 days]
    * Daily writing practice [almost daily]
    * Revise this month’s submission and send to Thursday writer’s group/read peer pieces [yes]
    * Complete installment of short story for “5PM Friday” weekly accountability group [yes]
    * Yoga/walk/run x3 [yes]
    * Reading [yes]

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages and intention journaling
    * Daily writing practice
    * Revise the short story that I workshopped last week [W/Th]
    * Complete installment of short story for “5PM Friday” weekly accountability group [daily]
    * Yoga/walk/run x3 [M/W/Sat]
    * Reading [daily]

    December 10, 2012
  3. Dear Studio Mothers and Friends,

    As of today, I am going into holiday mode. I will bring as much creativity and love into getting ready for the holiday as possible. This will force me to frame some things, which I seem to be putting off. Last week went well, except for the framing. I drew and painted and worked on studio organization, also writing.

    But I did find a really cool idea for making ornaments on pinterest… and I have another blog post to write.

    Happy holidays all you creative spirits!

    December 10, 2012

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