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Monday Post ~ August 8, 2011

“All that is necessary to break the spell of
inertia and frustration is this:
Act as if it were impossible to fail.”
~Dorothea Brande

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” or “I will gesso three canvases” 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 I did accomplish my primary goal, which was to complete my Right-Brain Business Plan (for e-course) and create a video tour of my plan. Yay! I also started a few hoop art designs on Saturday night, which are leading me down some very unfamiliar pathways, lol.
    * Assignments for Right-Brain Business Plan e-course [DONE!]
    * Assignments for WishStudio “This Moment” course [printed out all of my new worksheets, getting started]
    * Coaching [YES]
    * Life Assessment Responses [YES]
    * Journaling [STILL NOT DAILY 😦 ]
    * Do art project with kids [NO]
    * Project Life update [IN PROGRESS]

    This week’s goals:
    * Assignments for WishStudio “This Moment” course [M/T/W]
    * Coaching [AD HOC]
    * Life Assessment Responses [T/W/Th]
    * Journaling [DAILY TARGET]
    * Make carrot cake with kids for Grandma’s birthday (Th)
    * Project Life update [AD HOC]

    August 8, 2011
  2. I’ve been on vacation for a few weeks so I’m starting fresh.
    1. order any necessary supplies to try paper marbling again (several attempts have failed so far), I’d love to marble paper on my birthday on Sunday
    2. Draw as many days as possible, children, plants, anything at all.
    3. Focus on creating space for creative play in the studio I share with my husband.
    4. Daily journal practice. Even if only one word.

    August 8, 2011
    • Yay Deb! Birthday paper marbling? Awesome!

      August 9, 2011
    • How’s it going, Deb? xo

      August 24, 2011
  3. Back from vacation too, and besides being an awesome break I think it gave me some important perspective. I’m trying to keep it simple for the next few weeks until the kids start school again. I feel a little disconnected from them due to the energy I’ve been putting into creative pursuits, so I want to re-balance a bit.
    1) garden design project – 2+ hours/week
    2) 2 blog entries per week
    3) 1 art project and 1 nature excursion per week with kids
    4) focus on compassionate, patient, artful parenting

    August 8, 2011
    • Would love to hear more about that perspective, jlcm! Oh, and if you could pass along some tips for #4, that’d be great too, lol 😉

      August 9, 2011
  4. August is not always the best month for me to do anything creative because I am home all day with all my kids. But, here’s last week’s goals and progress:
    Torch time – [Tues/Thurs] — NO (way too hot!)
    Make jewelry – [T/W/Th/F] — Friday only
    Blogging – [M/W/F]– Managed a Tuesday post
    List items in shop – [M/W/F] — YES! Although I listed most everything W/Th

    For this week:

    Maintain my sanity [MTWThF]
    Make 2 new necklaces and three sets of wineglass charms.
    Production-line enamel 16-20 copper disks for various other applications [on T/Th]
    Blog post for A Hot Piece of Glass [for W/Th]
    Blog post for Studio Mothers [W]
    Blog post for The Medieval Glassworker [Th]

    And of course there’s always more, but that’s probably sufficient for this week. 😉

    August 9, 2011
    • And what I meant was…August is not the best month for me to have time to work on my own *personal* creative projects…apparently today is not a strong written communication day! 😀

      August 9, 2011
    • LOVE being on your to-do list, Christine 🙂

      August 9, 2011

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