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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ March 17, 2014

Marianne Williamson quote

A regular creative practice — a daily practice, if possible — is key to staying in touch with how you make meaning. Key to living, not postponing. (Let’s all agree to give up on “someday.”)

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. If appropriate, use time estimates to containerize your task, which can make a daunting project feel more accessible.

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 leverages the motivation of an accountability group. Join us!

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. The massive divestment continues. I also fell into a whole new realm of insanity by deciding to Project Life the past four decades. I already have photo albums for those years, but now all of the ephemera — the children’s paper-based artwork, school papers, show programs portraits, etc. — are all going into albums. There will still be a few small boxes of memorabilia (the outfit that each child wore home from the hospital, for example) but all of the paper stuff is going into binders. Holy scrapbooking insanity, Batman.

    I also finished the back panel of the sweater I’m knitting — but now I need my mother to help me bind it off, as I have no idea what I’m doing.

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily sitting [no]
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling [mostly]
    * Daily reading [yes]
    * Project Life update [yes, week-long]

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily sitting
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling
    * Daily reading
    * Project Life update [a little bit every day]

    March 17, 2014
  2. Indeed! :)

    March 17, 2014

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