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Monday Post ~ February 7, 2011

Dreaming, doing, living

What would you like to accomplish creatively this week? Given the specifics of your schedule, decide on a realistic task or a milestone to reach for. Share your goal(s) 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 — where we heard from Miranda, Deborah, Joyelle, Toni H, Bonnie Rose, Toni S, and Robin.

Suggestion: When you’re deciding on your creative intentions, it’s a good idea to think about WHEN you’re going to write those 2,000 words or paint that canvas. Try to schedule the time slots in your calendar (if you keep one), understanding that flexibility may be required. If things don’t happen when you wanted them to, that’s OK. Give yourself a gentle push with one hand, but pat yourself kindly on the shoulder with the other if you don’t reach your goal for a given week. Sometimes it’s easier, sometimes it’s harder. Ride whatever you’ve got.

It’s also useful to have a sense of your minimum requirements (come hell or high water I’m going to write 100 words) while keeping a lookout for sudden opportunities to do more. You know, the day that the baby takes a monster nap or your partner takes the kids out to run errands and you find yourself with an unexpected “extra” half hour. Grab that time for yourself. You can catch up on the dishes and the laundry later. If you keep something creative in the back of your mind for those sudden opportunities, you’ll be more likely to use them to your advantage — rather than squandering your precious bonus moments on Facebook or vacuuming out the sofa cushions.

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  1. Good morning, friends!

    My intentions for last week were: “Try to spend at least two hours on the personal essay. Finish the magic wands I’m helping the little guys create. Journalling. Oh, and valentines. LOTS of valentine creation on deck.”

    Outcome: The week didn’t unfold exactly as planned. I fell on my stairs and broke my foot, which means three weeks on crutches and three more weeks in the boot. Now that I no longer need the pain meds, the reality of this impediment is sinking in. Trying to make the most of spending so much time on my butt (like stockpiling blog posts and doing my taxes) but for a Type-A run-all-over-creation person like me this is serious torture. (I’m pretty sure my husband thinks he has the worse end of the torture stick, however.) I did do some journalling, but I didn’t work on my essay and I didn’t finish the wand project.

    This week: Whatever else happens creatively this week, I must get those valentines made. That’s my big goal!

    February 7, 2011
  2. Oh Miranda! I am so sorry. Dang I cannot imagine what a mind over matter time this is gonna be to have to slow down. It would be very hard for me.

    Last week: I gained momentum on finishing the illustrations for the yoga kids workbook.

    This week: I will complete the last 2 illustrations and then we go into the editing process of making sure the technical parts of the yoga instructions are in place.

    I am also finishing chapters 3 and 4 of “Creative Girl” by Katherine Sise

    February 7, 2011
  3. oooh….sorry to hear about the foot Miranda. Hang in there!

    Speaking of Valentines, I’ll be needing to help my girls with theirs this week. I’m also currently taking two online courses, one with Wyanne (Paint Free) and one with Alisa Burke (Sketchbook Delight…I see Bonnie Rose is taking that too!). I’m two weeks behind on Wyanne’s class and would like to at least finish week 3 this week (the class is currently on week 5). I think I’ll be able to keep up with Alisa’s class a bit more since it involves minimal , easily travelable, supplies. But thankfully, it’s also open ended. 🙂

    I’ve done pretty well keeping my website and Etsy stores updated here lately, but still have a gazillion photos to edit. Don’t think I’ll get to any of that this week though.

    February 7, 2011
  4. Miranda.. I posted today on my blog 2nd post down about my weekly intention for this week, FOCUS. last week, I accomplished much.. this week.. there are a few things I need to focus on! hugs… great post today!

    February 7, 2011
  5. Wow, so sorry to hear about your foot! How frustrating!

    I finished all the slides for my upcoming pecha kucha presentation last week, which was a huge load off! Now I just need to decide what I am going to say during the presentation, and how I am going to incorporate live music into it, since that has been requested.

    And your post reminded me that I have many Valentines to work on with my toddler too. How to make that fun and not a chore? We shall see.

    And on the business end of creating, I need to submit some forms for Artwalk, and start promotions for the pecha kucha evening. My least favourite part. Love creating, hate promotion.

    February 10, 2011

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