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Monday Post ~ July 18, 2011

“Nurturing your own creative spirit will not only bring more peace, satisfaction, and joy into your life and the lives of those around you, but it will also serve as a guide and model to your children on finding their creative lives.”
~Amanda Blake Soule


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.

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  1. Last week:
    -Work on eco garden design project: YES -2+ hours
    -A.M. yoga/design work: 4 days NO, too sleepy 😦
    -Meet w/ permaculture friend for collaboration opportunities YES
    -Creative projects with kids (minimum of two) YESish – just one

    http://cultivatejlcm.wordpress.com/2011/07/18/hula-hoopin/

    -Two blog posts – YESish – just one

    This week:
    -Work on eco garden design project: min. 2 hours
    -A.M. yoga/design work: 4 days
    -Creative projects with kids (minimum of two)
    -Two blog posts (I have a serious backlog of ideas, but would rather be gardening than blogging!)
    – Redesign of small garden beds by back door w/ edibles and ornamentals

    July 18, 2011
    • LOVE the hula-hoops!! That tape is a serious coup….

      What time are you aiming to get up for a.m. yoga? I’m having trouble getting up myself, but if I knew someone else was getting up at the same time, I might hop out of bed and onto the yoga mat in a more timely fashion :-/

      July 19, 2011
      • 5:30. Knowing you are trying too – I’m doing it tomorrow.

        July 19, 2011
      • You’re on! Let’s report back. (Hmmmm….going out on a date tonight with my husband….had been planning to enjoy an oversized mai tai. I may need to rethink that drink order in light of my early morning commitment!)

        July 19, 2011
  2. Last week’s goals:
    * Assignments for WishStudio “This Moment” course [YES, caught up]
    * Assignments for Right-Brain Business Plan e-course [YES, caught up]
    * Coaching [YES]
    * Life Assessment Responses [YES]
    * Journaling [YES but not daily]
    * Finish personal essay FRI [NO]
    * Do art projects with kids [YES]
    * Project Life update [NO]

    This week’s goals, a near replica of last week’s list!
    * Assignments for WishStudio “This Moment” course DAILY
    * Assignments for Right-Brain Business Plan e-course DAILY
    * Coaching DAILY
    * Life Assessment Responses W/Th/F
    * Draft Creative Times newsletter W
    * Journaling DAILY TARGET
    * Finish personal essay FRI
    * Do art projects with kids T/W/Th
    * Project Life update MON

    July 18, 2011
  3. last week, finessed one chapter. horribly sewed hems to cheap georgette for a belly dancing practice veil.

    this week’s goals: if i can grab more days of sitting from grandma, hit the library for edits amap!

    July 18, 2011
  4. WELL!! This is the week when I have three whole mornings entirely to myself….one child in summer school and one in preschool camp. 😀

    Today I have to go to my day job, but I am going to make a list of beads to make, and necklace/earring/bracelet ideas for this week’s construction projects!

    Tuesday morning is to be completely devoted to as much torchwork as I can stand (2 to 2.5 hours). I have a ton of bead ideas in my head all clamoring to be made.

    Wednesday I will saw out some copper for pendants, design and paint them, set up the etching bath for those pendants, and run the kiln with Tuesday’s beads..

    Thursday is for reconnecting with a friend, and making at least four pairs of earrings and some simple necklaces.

    On Friday, I will steal a few minutes to finish necklaces in prep for a market on Saturday morning.

    July 18, 2011
    • Awesome, Christine, how you’ve bookmarked your mornings!

      BTW, anytime you want to post and intro piece here–we’d all love to see you and your work on these pages 🙂

      July 19, 2011
      • I would love to post here…how do i do that?

        July 19, 2011
      • Awesome! I’ll e-mail you the details, Christine!

        July 20, 2011
  5. Last week I DID EVERYTHING! YES!
    3 blog posts
    a 20-page e-book (with hilariously awesome photos) for the Goddess Circle
    a dancing video to go with the e-book
    my Dancing Mamas Tribe session which was the most successful yet (which is a nice way of saying that someone showed up this time :P)

    I’m super-excited, because that was my first-ever e-book and first-ever video. YES! And they weren’t as scary as I thought they would be! Such an incredible week! …But now the house is a wreck and I am 2 weeks behind on World Changing Writing Workshop AGAIN. But hey, WORTH IT. Today is catch-up day.

    So…this week…
    3 blog posts
    Catch up on WCWW
    Do something (ANYTHING) for my new (top secret) website
    Make 2 playlists for next weekend’s Dancing Mamas
    (If the stars align) work with my husband to create some t-shirt designs for Cafepress and order samples

    I also feel like I need to take some time and look at the rest of the summer and what I want to accomplish in the long term…just get some perspective. I feel a distinct sense of magical possibility in the air, and it makes me SO HAPPY! 😀

    July 18, 2011
    • Wow, Meg–I want some of YOUR creative mojo!

      You’ve already done so much this summer — what else are you cooking up??

      July 19, 2011
  6. wow you girls are ROCKING!

    1 concentrated goal this week:

    Finish up creativity workbook 1 in a 5 part series on the Psalms

    July 18, 2011
    • Yay Robin! Are you melting down there in AZ??

      July 19, 2011
      • How are things going in your world, Robin? xo

        August 3, 2011
  7. Last week’s report:
    1. plan a fun b-day party for my boy- I’ll get the girls working on a poster today for it while I clean the house.- Done- the party was fun (and the weather cooperated)
    2. draw, draw, draw anything at all but draw!- I drew a bit one night at the concert on the common
    3. write a blog post or two- nope
    4. work on the schedule- find a plan that is workable for summer. -nope
    5. find that kimono pattern!- found!

    This weeks goals:
    1. scan the kimono pattern and try it with an asana, natarajasana? parivrtta parsvakonasana?
    2. draw, at least a little, every day- report back how many days.
    3. Prepare for week with Swenson including portable art supplies.

    July 18, 2011
    • Hi Deb! Re last week’s item #4, your plan *does* seem to be working, even if it doesn’t feel like a plan! You’re stating your intentions weekly and then getting to your creative work. No worries if you don’t get to everything on your list, every week — none of us do, after all — but you’re figuring out how to be regularly creative and make progress on your bigger goals — maybe you can put a checkmark next to #4 after all? 🙂

      July 19, 2011
  8. My creative goal is to simply make a mess and enjoy it without guilt or worry, and not tidy it away immediately.

    July 19, 2011
    • Yay Lianne! Have a wonderful, messy week!

      July 19, 2011
      • How did your messy week turn out, Lianne? 🙂

        August 3, 2011

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