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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ March 31, 2014

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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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  1. The whole-house divestiture continues. Last week was extremely satisfying — but I’m not sure how much longer I can continue at this pace. Riding it while I can. This work supplants my writing practice for the moment.

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

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

    March 31, 2014
  2. This is my first time planning a regular creative practice (after reading your post). Actually I have lots of ideas popping in random time. I usually write it on my socmed like twitter or Path, I don’t know why, maybe because it’s spontaneous, or because of the idea that I have to make it compact into certain characters that it’s easy for me to express what I have in mind. Yet, my friends now ‘request’ to me to make use of my blog for my ideas because they’re interested and want me to elaborate my ideas more, which makes me happy :)

    So, my plan this week would be, to allocate 20 minutes after lunch to write before getting back to work.

    Wish me luck! ;D

    April 1, 2014
    • Wonderful, irmamirta! How’s it going?

      April 22, 2014
  3. Kris #

    Perfect reminder: we create our lives in every moment. Thank you!

    April 1, 2014
  4. I am struggling with everything right now. I don’t know where to start. My life in vacation last weekend has stolen my soul and now am back to reality but there really isn’t anything I can do to make things easier for me.
    With this in thought, I have ideas of a daily practice I would like to implement and act upon and hoping those who are experiencing my situation would find my ideas quite effective:

    Daily Bible Reading
    Daily Novel Reading
    Daily Journal Writing
    Every other day Art Journaling
    Daily Dose of Affirmations

    *And I would follow everything Miranda has to do every single day. Love what you do Miranda, I really do .:)

    April 2, 2014
    • I hope that your facebook hiatus is helping you feel more focused on your daily practice, Jennifer!

      April 22, 2014

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