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Monday Post ~ December 19, 2011

“Nothing builds a child’s self-confidence like unconditional love. Let your children know that you love them for who they are, rather than for what they do.
~Michael J. Gelb, How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci

What are your plans for creative practice this week?
It’s holiday time, so enjoy a broad brush when it comes to creativity: cooking, baking, decorating inside and out, making gifts, making cards, getting creative with wrapping, savoring the magic, finding ways to enjoy the small moments of each day.

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.

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  1. Last week:
    Run 3X [1X due to sickness and work)
    Fill bottles and assemble herbal immunity kit [YES]
    Make spy kit for son [YES]
    Make American Girl camping kit for daughter [NO]
    Make stuffed animal for niece [NO]
    Ready christmas packages that need to be shipped [YES]
    Meditation + intention journal (1X) [NO]
    Knit mittens for the kids [YES] (although halfway into the first mitten for my daughter she announced that she though the color was hideous.)

    This week:
    Wrap presents
    Feel joyous

    The “NO”s on the list above got jettisoned. My daughter and I can make the American Girl camping kit together, and I’ll make the stuffed animal for my niece’s birthday in June. I have had to do paid work extra hours the last two weeks (rotten timing) so I’m giving myself a pass. I’ve also been in a pretty sour mood/funk so my goal for this week is to pull myself out of that. Once the presents are wrapped the to-dos are done. On Friday I’m facilitating a Christmas craft (pinecone elves) for my 2nd grader’s class – that’ll be crafty and festive!

    December 19, 2011
    • Too funny on the mitten giftee’s announcement…lol.

      Nice work in shifting to Plan B on those list items. “Serenity now” is surely the prerequisite to feeling joyous. Hoping that your pre-holiday blahs have lifted.

      Have a wonderful Christmas!

      December 22, 2011
  2. I can’t even remember what I might have said about what I was going to do, so I am starting over. 🙂

    This week, the kids are off school for the holiday, so we will:

    Make paper snowflakes
    Visit the local botanical garden for the light display
    go ice skating
    make gifts for Grandma and others

    And I will:
    Spend some time making glass beads
    Knit (like crazy — got to finish that scarf for my daughter!)
    Sew a gift for my mom’s husband
    Wrap presents
    Relax and ENJOY this week and the whole holiday season! (I want to start 2012 feeling positive and centered)

    December 19, 2011
    • Nice list, Christine! Sounds like a very cozy week at your house 🙂

      December 22, 2011
  3. last week, only managed the one edit session. but i did it.

    this week: hahaha – cookies, i hope. have sick kid, job, and two more kids who will be home for half the week. my nephew sent me a flat stanley project, so we will take a day with the kids up to Corwallis’s Cave and take pics, by the big monument, too.

    so another opportunity for creativity, but not much for writing…maybe next week….

    December 19, 2011
    • I had to google “flat stanley project”–sounds like fun!

      December 22, 2011
      • i’ve done it for friend in ct’s son. lots of fun, i even managed to get aimee dolich involved in that one. 🙂

        my sister-in-law sent a send to next list along with my nephew’s, so i won’t deviate.

        December 22, 2011
      • My kids did Flat Stanley in Pre-K, and it’s a super cute project (although my homebody daughter didn’t want to send Stanley across the country to Gram’s house, so he stayed home). We did our own version, the “Flat Daddy” project, when my husband was traveling this fall and the kids were just beside themselves missing him. We were so busy laughing they forgot all about their dejection!

        December 22, 2011
      • i love that, jlcm!

        December 28, 2011
  4. On Friday I did massive planning session to make sure that everything that still needs to happen before the end of the year, and for Christmas, is accounted for. What needs to happen, and when it’s going to happen. I felt much better after that — back in the saddle. Plowing right along!

    Last week’s goals:
    * CCA homework for one class plus reading plus supervised coaching [yes]
    * Journaling [yes]
    * Christmas preparations [yes]
    * Yoga or run x3 [x2]
    * Mega work sessions with Ellen for our new venture: Open Studio at 30B Hollis Street in Groton!!!!! (Details soon) [yes!! aplenty]

    This week’s goals:
    * CCA homework for one class plus reading plus supervised coaching [Th]
    * Journaling [daily target]
    * Christmas preparations (cookies, edible gifts, projects with kids, etc.)
    * Yoga or run x2
    * More work sessions and chipping away at tasks for Open Studio
    * Cram to finish reading five more books before the end of the year so that I can meet my Goodreads challenge of reading 50 books this year!

    December 19, 2011

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