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Monday Post ~ November 7, 2011

“True imagination is not fanciful daydreaming;
it is fire from heaven.”

~Ernest Holmes

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. This is a busy week for me as I’m hanging a show and all that goes along with it. Common Threads at the GPL local folks. So my creative goal this week is simply to draw Camel Pose (ustrasana) everyday and post the drawings on my blog: I’ll also get my kids or my husband to take some pictures of me in the pose. All this in preparation fro a 9X12 panel I want to work on during the last 2 weeks of November, so I’ll also need ideas for the background, things to transfer, etc… But that will have to be next week.

    November 7, 2011
    • Nice — good luck with the hanging! (Wait….that doesn’t sound right….)

      November 10, 2011
  2. last week’s goals:
    1. nano has started, which inspires me to tackle the end of this manuscript’s edits a little at a time as i can steal it, which i did this morning. 20 pages of rewrite to go! ~ did a bit more, but i was again reminded, if i am going to really make headway i need to leave my house. but my baseboards are tres clean of dog and cat hair now! and i got a poem written! more regularly.~ check
    3. be more attentive positively with the kids. my head is in novel land too much when i’m with the kids. ~i did, and was well rewarded for it. ❤

    this week: Library and writing group ho! i won't say i'll finish the edits this week, because that will surely jinx me. but i do want to make significant progress.

    dismantle my mondo stroller/infant carseat combo to clean and pass to a young friend who is pregnant.

    November 7, 2011
  3. Happy Monday!
    Last week we were on vacation for the first half of the week, so I didn’t post on here (I don’t think…). I did manage to do *some* yoga and write 3 blog posts as usual. Still on Chapter 3 of the RBBP, although I did a little more on it by drawing my own versions of her “playsheets” (it was FUN!).

    This week my goals are:
    -write 3 blog posts
    -move every day (preferably walking with Xander, yoga, or dancing…or more than one)
    -finish Chapter 3 of RBBP COMPLETELY and move on to Chapter 4
    -go through my computer and put all the unread/partially read e-books in one folder (I’ll explain why later…possibly on my blog, I’m not sure)

    November 7, 2011
    • Ah yes, the beautiful “to read/inspiration” e-books folder!

      November 10, 2011
  4. We survived the power outage and then succumbed to a nasty cold that still lingers. The good part of that it has given me ample opportunity to make and test various herbal treatments!

    Last week:
    – Run 3X [NO! So bummed.]
    – A.M. time w/ son 2X [YES}
    – Make herbal lozenges [YES – they were hideous. I also made echinacea tincture and elderberry-rosehip elixir]
    – Continue clay-oak-leaf-felted-acorns project w/ kids [NO]
    – Decluttering 2X [NO]
    – Homework for Minerva Project class [A tiny bit]
    – Write a blog entry [YES]
    – Call someone [YES]

    This week:
    – Run 3X
    – A.M. time w/ son 2X
    – Make another herbal remedy
    – Felted acorns project – finish & document process
    – Decluttering 2X
    – Passion & Purpose Statement for Let’s Fly class
    – Daily journaling
    – Write 3 blog entries
    – Call someone


    November 7, 2011
    • lol…I want to try one of those hideous lozenges!!

      November 10, 2011
      • me, too. i’ve been getting my fill of horehound candies lately….

        November 10, 2011
  5. Last week I wrote: Have had no power since Saturday, and school still cancelled (I’m working from the library), so not feeling confident about making ANY plans, but here goes:

    * Begin Art Every Day Month project [daily, with posts]
    * CCA homework for one class plus reading [Th]
    * Journaling [daily target]
    * Begin promoting holiday workshop [Sat?]
    * Yoga x 2

    Outcome: The week was a total bust in the planning department. Power out until late Wednesday evening, no internet until two days ago. Was a somewhat trying experience on many levels. I managed to chip away at AEDM, and got in a bit of journaling, but was pretty much a scratch on everything else.

    This week’s goals:
    * Art Every Day Month project [daily, with posts every other day or so]
    * CCA homework for one class plus reading [Th]
    * Journaling [daily target]
    * Yoga x 2

    I have some major client work to complete this week and am still mostly overwhelmed in all areas! Given the client work situation, and our Minverva Project workshop this coming Sunday (had to be rescheduled from the October Snowmageddon), I’m keeping my sights on just staying on even ground.

    November 8, 2011

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