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Monday Post ~ March 28, 2011

“It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.”
~Mother Teresa

What creative work would you like to accomplish 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 lastweek, if you posted to last week’s Monday Post.

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. Hello all!

    Here is what’s on my plate this week:

    1. Writing the ABOUT PAGE for the website that will house my writing products

    2. Prepping a post for Studio Mothers

    3. Continue edits on “My Creative Peace” workbook 2

    4. Checking in with my partner on the kids yoga workbook/ yes it is not transitioning from ‘book’ to ‘workbook’\

    March 28, 2011
  2. Another warp-speed week…

    Last week’s goals: Homework, coaching, Project Life, journaling, reading. Start working on my “nest” projects. Working on my new website. Very much want to review all of the Creative Mother Assessments that you guys completed — 17 of them so far! — and respond. The good news about not being able to exercise is that I have more time for creative work…..

    Outcome: Yes on the first string of items. The new website has been more time-consuming than I’d planned (Murphy’s Law) but it’s almost ready for public consumption. In general still feeling highly productive and loving life.

    This week: Website goes live, survey responses, launch new calendar function of Studio Mothers, finish nest project before the end of March. Plus the ongoing string of homework, coaching, Project Life, journaling, reading.

    March 29, 2011
  3. E-J #

    Hello all! Thought I would join you this time. This week’s creative aim for me is to finish my commissioned oil pastel painting. I’ve decided to put in Weds and Thurs (during the hours my daughter is at school) as painting days, and am shifting my “day job” to the evenings for as long as I need to catch up with my work while also getting my still life finished. Friday will be a regular workday, but with a couple of hours in the morning set aside for last-minute tweaks to the painting.

    March 29, 2011
  4. i must have entered the time warp, too.

    i did get one chapter thoroughly done at my writer’s group last tuesday.

    this week is just a blurr of birthday party prep and hopefully some yardwork and gardening before it. alas the rainy forecast says otherwise. toots is 3 on friday!

    March 30, 2011

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