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Monday Post ~ February 27, 2012

“I can’t say enough about the connection between body and mind; when you stimulate your body, your brain comes alive in ways you can’t simulate in a sedentary position.” ~Twyla Tharp

This is the moment to deepen, or commit to, your regular creativity practice. Regularity — a daily practice, if at all possible — is key.

So what are your plans for creative practice this week? Given the specifics of your schedule, decide on a realistic intention, goal, or a milestone to reach for — and plan that time in your calendar. An intention as simple as “I will be creative for 10 minutes every day” or “I will gesso three canvases on Wednesday” is what it’s all about.

Share your intentions or goals 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. Our “vacation” week is slightly extended with two little boys home sick today. I’m actually happy to have a completely unscheduled day at home to catch up on domestics and Project Life, which I didn’t get to last week.

    Last week’s intentions:
    * Morning centering practice [not daily]
    * Complete nonfiction project for writers’ group by Fri deadline [yes]
    * Prepare for Sunday coaching circle [yes]
    * Project Life update [no]
    * One blog post [yes/editor]
    * Journaling [not daily]
    * Yoga/run x3 [yes, x4]

    This week’s intentions:
    * Morning centering practice [daily]
    * Complete installment of nonfiction project for Friday accountability group [T/W/Th/F]
    * Read other writers’ pieces for Thursday nonfiction writers’ group
    * Project Life update [M/S]
    * One blog post [Tues, Wed]
    * Journaling [daily]
    * Yoga/run x3 [T, W, Fri]

    February 27, 2012
  2. Love the new header, Miranda! It reminds me of your shelves of books arranged by color. 😉

    Last week was xc skiing/winter hiking/AMC lodge vacation bliss, and no agenda except winter fun. It was hard to come back to a land of no snow…. But then yesterday I was out prepping a garden bed for arugula seeds and spring felt pretty enticing! Thus this week’s design projects are garden-related. Just in time for the mid-week snowstorm.

    This week:
    – Yoga [4X]
    – Journal [3X]
    – Blog posts [2X]
    – Order/buy hoophouse materials so I can get that baby in the ground and plant some seeds!
    – Start vegetable/medicinal herb garden planting plan

    February 27, 2012
  3. Oh dear, my goal’s last week far exceeded my abilities. It turns out that I had bronchitis with a touch of pneumonia, so I forgive myself. Here is what I did do:
    1. I drew 5 out of the 7 days
    2. I posted 1 blog on the yoga blog, and 2 on the art blog
    3. Made a rough draft of a nonfiction piece on the merits of a daily drawing practice
    4. Journalled most days
    I did not quite draw every day, and as the week went on I fell behind on the housework. I also did not polish and submit the tree essay to Elephant Journal, or start new panels.

    And since today I’m still weak and rather shaky, I’m going to keep the goals light. The problem is, my dreams are growing!

    This week I will:
    1. draw daily
    2. work on the tree essay and the daily drawing practice piece
    3. simply get caught up on everything around the house as best I can with the view of starting fresh next week
    4. as always (even when I forget to state it), daily or near daily journalling

    I particularly love this week’s Twyla Tharp quote, and I find this true in my life. My yoga practice feeds my art practice in myriad ways, and vice versa. In fact, during those times in my life when I’m not able to create works on paper, the yoga is my art.

    February 27, 2012
  4. reworked about a paragraph and a half last week, tomorrow writing group, yay! boy do i need it…

    February 27, 2012

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