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Monday Post ~ October 17, 2011

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
~William James



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. It was a big week for me — finished one of my CCA courses, which included completing a final project, and spent quite a bit of time holed up with Ellen Olson-Brown, preparing for our workshop (which opened yesterday — feeling very good about how it went).

    Last week’s goals:
    * Final preparations for workshop starting Sunday [yes]
    * Prepare for & attend Wednesday holistic health event as vendor [yes — was a blast!]
    * CCA homework for two classes plus a final project for one class [yes]
    * Journaling [yes]
    * Yoga x 2 [only 1x]

    This week’s goals:
    * Preparations for second workshop Sunday [ongoing]
    * CCA homework for one class plus reading [Th]
    * Journaling [daily target]
    * Yoga x 2

    October 17, 2011
  2. I didn’t catch last week’s post, but I think this advice is divine. Cheers to creativity and your advice to let it have its space.

    October 17, 2011
    • Thanks, universalgrit! Lovely to see you here.

      October 17, 2011
  3. Back again! 🙂

    OK…this week I intend to:
    -write three blog posts
    -make significant progress on my Right-Brain Buiness Plan (I don’t want to set a specific marker on this one because some parts take longer than others, and it’s unfolding very organically)
    -practice yoga for 30-or-more minutes three times
    -thoroughly enjoy time with friends and family (crazy-busy social week this week)

    October 17, 2011
  4. I love the words “creative intentions.” Good inspiration for the day today!

    October 17, 2011
    • Thank you for the positive feedback, Andrew!

      October 17, 2011
  5. last week’s goals:
    commit to editing manuscript everyday with the goal in mind to finish by friday. (but not stress if i don’t) ~ mostly met, but i ended up spending 6 sessions trying to rework one chapter. it just wasn’t working the way i intended, then i finally had a breakthrough on it and for the whole book!

    more landscaping during the week, really need to get business done out front. ~um, not so much.

    appreciate the colors around me as the season begins its change, my favorite! ~yes yes yes! and finally took two of the kids for a ‘last beach day’ this saturday! so needed. and the two kids that fight the most, had a great time together!

    this week’s goals:
    preschool hours and maybe some ymca time for toots with grandma on non-preschool days = editing. really. so close….

    landscaping when it doesn’t rain during afternoons.

    October 17, 2011
  6. Last week:
    – Run 2X [1X]
    – Yoga 1X [barely]
    – Nature Craft w/ Kids 1X [no!]
    – A.M. time w/ son 2X [YES]
    – Immunity Kit: Make herbal lozenges [NO, MADE ELDERBERRY ELIXIR]
    – Inner exploration/excavation work [A LITTLE BIT]
    – Decluttering (aka excavation, ha ha) 2X [NO]
    – Halloween: work on costumes for kids [NO}

    This week:
    – Run 2X
    – Yoga 1X
    – A.M. time w/ son 2X
    – Immunity Kit: Make herbal lozenges with kids
    – Decluttering 2X
    – Halloween: work on costumes for kids
    – Homework for Minerva Project class

    I have to say that as a general rule, I have so many things I want to do that I feel like I don’t really get any of them done. Looking forward to working on the class homework, as I welcome the need to focus on one thing.

    Jane

    October 17, 2011

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