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Monday Post ~ July 25, 2011

“Carve out the time. Notice I do not say find the time. That is an absurd and dangerous phrase. Time is never lying around waiting for us to find her. She is elusive. She wants you to sculpt her like clay, to mold her into exactly the form you desire your days to take. If you refuse to do that, if you spend your mornings worrying and your afternoons catering to others, always hoping there will be a few minutes left for you, time will play you like a sucker, making you run harder and faster with each passing week. Time wants you to realize that she is the most precious and irreducible fact in your live. Make her into what you will.”
~Jennifer Louden

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’s goals panned out: tues, some good headway in the manuscript, but slow. wed, was going back for more, but toots woke up throwing up, thought i’d work at home, but looked out my office window and tree branch clearing in 100F heat seemed more appealing. lol.. she was fine by evening, so thurs, went back to library and tackled TWO chapters!

    this week’s: plug away, i’m am once again going to attempt working at home today, because i didn’t schedule childcare with grandma yet, so want to try to work this am, tomorrow, my usual writing day i have an early am appt, maybe i can hit library after that. thurs, will try the same as last week,

    July 25, 2011
    • okay, so i don’t sound completely dull and and like editing is all work work work…more creative elements of course are playing with my toots, i’m feeling the drawing need, gardening, belly dance class and chorus rehearsal.

      also, last week, a poem came out, or the start of one, it has been ages, since i’ve been so focused on the novel. totally different kind of headspace for writing,

      July 25, 2011
  2. Last week’s goals:
    * Assignments for WishStudio This Moment course [yes but I’m a bit behind]
    * Assignments for Right-Brain Business Plan e-course [yes–very satisfying]
    * Coaching [yes]
    * Life Assessment Responses [yes]
    * Draft Creative Times newsletter [no]
    * Journaling [not as much as I wanted]
    * Finish personal essay [no]
    * Do art projects with kids [yes]
    * Project Life update [yes]

    This week’s goals, a near replica of last week’s list — and will be a challenging week as my daughter is having her wisdom teeth removed, we have several appointments, and in-laws are visiting for 5 days (while my husband has clients at the office and can’t take time off). Want to try to get to daily intention journaling for centering.
    * 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 M/T/W
    * Journaling DAILY TARGET
    * Finish personal essay FRI
    * Do art projects with kids T/W/Th
    * Project Life update SUN

    July 25, 2011
    • can I just say WOW?

      July 26, 2011
      • i second that wow.

        July 26, 2011
  3. Last week:
    Work on eco garden design project: min. 2 hours YES
    A.M. yoga/design work: 4 days NO – ONLY 1 MORNING
    -Creative projects with kids (minimum of two) YES
    -Two blog posts (YES
    – Redesign of small garden beds by back door w/ edibles and ornamentals YES

    This week:
    We’re going on vacation/visiting family on Wednesday for 10 days. Before I go I need to get the design project map to some usable format, get all the garden produce harvested, pack and clean the house. All in one day!

    July 25, 2011
    • Have a wonderful trip, jlcm! The trip will no doubt charge your creative batteries in many ways. Looking forward to connecting on the other end 🙂

      July 25, 2011
      • Update since I won’t be around next week – I got my design project map into a usable format so I can proceed to getting the ideas down on paper once I get back from vacation. Yay progress!

        July 26, 2011
  4. Okay, last week….

    Monday, I ended up grabbing some torch time in the evening.
    Tuesday I did work at the torch again in the morning (yay! But it was HOT)
    Wednesday, I ran the kiln and made several pairs of earrings.
    Thursday I spent most of the morning having coffee with a friend, and made earrings in the evening.
    Friday I made a few more earring pairs.

    This week:

    Torch time (Tues/Thurs)
    Hang those darn living room paintings! (Wed)
    Sketch/plan a piece of collage/fiber art for my eldest daughter’s room (Fri)
    Blogging (Mon-Wed-Fri)

    I am very tired today, so I already feel challenged by my goals. The creative wellspring is a little on the dry side, but I am hoping to replenish it soon.

    July 25, 2011
    • Nice work, Christine! We’d love to see your paintings “in situ” when you hang them 🙂

      July 25, 2011

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