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Monday Post ~ November 14, 2011

“Sometimes I wonder how all those, who do not write compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear, which is inherent in a human condition.” ~Graham Greene



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 wrote: 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.

    Outcome: It was a crazy week, but thankfully my husband is home (unemployed) and was able to pick up a lot of slack as the manny. (Gotta love having a manny.) I also managed a serious cleanup of my art room, which had become a bit chaotic over the past month. Feels AWESOME. So much more fun to be in there when I can actually access my work table!

    Last week’s goals:
    * Art Every Day Month project [YES, tho not daily]
    * CCA homework for one class plus reading [YES]
    * Journaling [YES]
    * Yoga x 2 [YES]

    This week’s goals:
    * Art Every Day Month project [daily, with posts every other day or so]
    * Creative intensive at Open House [Wed]
    * Play hooky from work to go on museum date with husband [Thurs]
    * CCA homework for one class plus reading [Th]
    * Journaling [daily target]
    * Yoga x 3 [Wed, Fri, Sat]

    November 14, 2011
  2. I feel like that quote everyday.

    last week’s goals:
    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. ~on;y one significant session in really, but it was a mother of a session. very happy with what I accomplished.
    dismantle my mondo stroller/infant carseat combo to clean and pass to a young friend who is pregnant. ~stalled in favor of more landscaping, holy landscaping, batman! and then got word that they got another mondo carseat stroller from someone else.

    this week’s goals: finish. this. draft. will go to library tomorrow. and wednesday and thursday if necessary.

    November 14, 2011
    • and of course, more yardwork. i do enjoy it. there is an art element to it and i am ‘in nature’ which makes a load of difference for me.

      November 14, 2011
    • Nice work, Cathy!

      November 18, 2011
  3. i’m more than a little late getting to this post (can i use the excuse i was “trying” to be creative? 😉 )

    but your post is too good to just leave with a smile, though i’ll do that too!

    setting some minimums is a great thing to do, though i have little fear of “vacuuming out the sofa cushions” 😉

    thanks miranda!

    November 17, 2011
    • I’m sure you have your own version of vacuuming out the sofa cushions, Adan! 😉

      November 18, 2011

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