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Monday Post ~ May 30, 2011

“Art is the only way to run away
without leaving home.”
~Twyla Tharp

What are your plans for creative practice this week? Given the specifics of your schedule, decide on a realistic goal or a milestone to reach for. A goal as simple as “I will be creative for 10 minutes every day” is what it’s all about. 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.

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.

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. last week, i wrote/edited on wednesday and made some headway, nothing exciting. too many preschool events, etc. occupying my week and mind.

    this week, i can’t even think about yet. i’ve been running ragged through the weekend again. …just checked in re: childcare while writing this, and grandma will take toots with her to her exercise class tomorrow. yippee, i will head to the library to write and edit again. i’ll see about wed, later….

    ps: i absolutely love twyla tharp! one of my favorite performances ever was of her and baryshnikov when he was in his 50s. they were stunning together.

    May 30, 2011
  2. Cathy I agree with you- LOVE TWYLA and her creativity book was the first one I read cover to cover and WANTED TO be more creative after reading it!

    Ok I am becoming a crazy blogger girl. I think I am now blogging in about 6 different places and I love them all! Very niche and very fun.

    I just need to sit down this week and get myself on a schedule instead of doing this seat of my pants thing.

    May 30, 2011
    • How are things going for you, Robin?

      June 15, 2011
  3. Last week, I only got to ONE of my list items, despite a whirlwind of activity. I’m not even sure what I did all week. Probably running in circles on the hamster wheel.

    Today I finish with the last of my two current classes, so I’ll have a good break before starting up again in August. To start off that break with a bang, I’m heading to Costa Rica with my husband. No children, no work, for five days.

    The only thing on my agenda is to read, read, and read some more. Oh, and also take tons of photographs. Pinch me, right?

    Next week I’ll be back on the creative schedule.


    May 30, 2011
  4. I’ve been committed to sketching each day this month, even if just for 10 minutes. I’ll continue that this week. Also will continue posting on my blog each week day. Final goal- come up with some creative solutions to sibling bickering.

    May 30, 2011
  5. When I wrote my intentions last week I almost laughed thinking there was no way I’d get them all done. Here’s the report:

    My creative goals for this week include:
    – Sew one sundress for my girl: YES
    – Do two blog entries: YES (3)
    – Finish up my time management plan: NO
    – Start creating an interview process for garden design clients: YES (80% done)
    – Do one creative project with my son (painting or creation station or perhaps making rhubarb pie!): YES (2)
    – Soak up the Wild Edibles foraging walk @ Wisdom of the Herbs school in Vermont: YES (awesome)

    Go figure, it works!

    This week:
    – Cut out blue sundress pattern
    – Do two blog entries
    – Finish time management plan
    – Finish client interview questions
    – Do one creative project with son on Friday
    – Do one creative project with daughter on weekend

    Miranda, Costa Rica? Wow! Enjoy a well-deserved break!!
    — Jane

    May 30, 2011

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