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Monday Post ~ August 15, 2011

“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time. This expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it.” ~Martha Graham

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. Sometime back in July I must have hit a time warp because I have no idea how I got to mid-August. Crazy.
    I’m keeping my intentions for this week the same as last week – because really, these are the most important things.
    1) garden design project – 2+ hours/week [YES]
    2) 2 blog entries per week [NO]
    3) 1 art project and 1 nature excursion per week [YES]
    4) focus on compassionate, patient, artful parenting [STILL STRUGGLING A BIT HERE!!! We have all been so exhausted from vacation and re-entry that we aren’t our normal shiny selves. But TODAY I will be compassionate, patient, and artful.]

    August 15, 2011
    • I am clearly in that same time warp, jlcm. In fact, it seems to be quite crowded in there!

      August 16, 2011
  2. last week: vacation adventure.

    this week: blog vacation adventures, and two days of writing camp to hopefully finally finish this draft of my novel and send it out.

    August 15, 2011
    • oh and slowly getting the hang of bellydancing choreography!

      August 15, 2011
      • Wow! Is this something that you practice for A when the kids are in bed?? lol

        August 16, 2011
      • lol! maybe when i get a little better at it. 🙂

        August 16, 2011
  3. Was a busy bee on the domestic front last week — totally sorted out and organized my home office/library as well as the art room, which had become so overrun that we couldn’t even work at the art table. Feels SO good. Last week’s goals:
    * Assignments for WishStudio “This Moment” course [YES]
    * Coaching [YES]
    * Life Assessment Responses [NO]
    * Journaling [NO]
    * Make carrot cake with kids for Grandma’s birthday [YES]
    * Project Life update [YES]

    This week we’re going away for a few days, but my husband is off for the whole week and I plan to take creative advantage of his presence! Hoping to clear the deck in a few areas as my next CCA class starts on Thursday.
    * CCA homework [FRI]
    * Coaching & Life Assessment Responses [ad hoc]
    * Journaling [DAILY TARGET]
    * Project Life update [SAT]
    * Make something!

    August 15, 2011
  4. Lovely quote for this week! It’s one of my very favorites.

    So, last week:
    Maintain my sanity [MTWThF] — I think I did fairly well with this 🙂
    Make 2 new necklaces and three sets of wineglass charms.– NO necklaces, but I did work out the design problem I had with the wineglass charms.
    Production-line enamel 16-20 copper disks for various other applications [on T/Th] NOPE
    Blog post for A Hot Piece of Glass [for W/Th] YEP – Tues/Sat
    Blog post for Studio Mothers [W] – YEP
    Blog post for The Medieval Glassworker [Th] – YEP

    For this week….

    Continued sanity-maintenance…
    Complete six sets of wineglass charms and one necklace
    Make a set of beads for a swap [by WED]
    Develop teaching outlines for three possible classes
    Blog for A Hot Piece of Glass 2x
    Blog for Studio Mothers 1x
    Blog for Medieval Glassworker 1x
    Go through my bead and jewelry supplies and pare down to what I need for the kids of work I am making right now. Give away the rest.

    August 15, 2011
    • Serious traction over there, Christine!!

      August 16, 2011
  5. i absolutely love the idea of Sudden Opportunities. this is exactly how i work! it’s amazing how much seems possible to me when something surprisingly presents itself — vs. something that is slow cooking and gives me the time to ruminate about whether i will or won’t, can or can’t, etc…. you are giving me a doodle idea!

    August 15, 2011
    • If that doodle idea makes it onto paper, Aimee, I will want to order a dozen!!!

      August 16, 2011

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