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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ September 24, 2012

“Things are not difficult to make. What is difficult is putting ourselves in a state of mind to make them.” ~Constantin Brancusi


This is the moment to deepen, or commit to, your regular creativity practice. Regularity — a daily practice, if at all possible — is one of the best ways to stay in touch with how you make meaning.

What are your plans for creative practice this week? Given the specifics of your schedule, decide on a realistic intention or practice plan — and ink that time in your calendar. The scheduling part is important, because as you know, if you try to “fit it in” around the edges, it generally won’t happen. An intention as simple as “I will write for 20 minutes every morning after breakfast” or “I will sketch a new still life on Wednesday evening” 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. We use a broad brush in defining creativity, so don’t be shy. We also often include well-being practices that support creativity, such as exercise and journaling.

Putting your intentions on “paper” helps you get clear on what you want to do — and sharing those intentions with this community is a great way to leverage the motivation of an accountability group. Join us!

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  1. Three posts this week, which will bring me to a grand total of 99 posts! It’s time to plan my 100th post celebration! (And for that, I’m going to figure out how to incorporate video). Thanks for this space to keep me honest:)

    September 24, 2012
    • Wow! Congratulations, Delicious!

      September 25, 2012
  2. I’ve been realizing recently how important it is for me to be creative, especially with my identity so tied up (for now) with my young children. I have been sewing recently, and my goal is to finish the shirt I am sewing this week. I have been using cooking as a creative outlet as well, although I’m a single mom for the week so probably won’t be doing as much creative cooking this week. It’s not as much fun when I have to do the cooking AND cleanup!

    September 25, 2012
    • Wonderful, addsarah! And show us a picture of your shirt when you’re done! 😀

      September 25, 2012
      • that is fantastic!

        September 25, 2012
  3. Spent the entire day yesterday getting my car registered, which marks the end of a three-week administrative wormhole, and I’m now driving my own car again. Despite the lost work day, this is a fabulous way to start the week!

    Last week was a whirlwind, and I’m looking forward to a calmer landscape this go-round.

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages and intention journaling [yes]
    * Daily writing practice [yes]
    * Complete installment of short story for “5PM Friday” weekly accountability group [no–didn’t share work last week]
    * Refreshing Writers’ Workshop outline for new 5-week session that starts Wednesday [yes]
    * Blog post [yes]
    * Open Studio Groton marketing and development projects [yes]
    * Yoga/walk/run x2 [yes]
    * Reading

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages and intention journaling
    * Daily writing practice
    * Complete installment of short story for “5PM Friday” weekly accountability group
    * Prepare for Wednesday Writers’ Workshop [T]
    * Blog post [W/Th]
    * Open Studio Groton marketing and development projects [T/W/Th]
    * Yoga/walk/run x2
    * Reading

    September 25, 2012
  4. sad to see you didn’t have time to read, miranda, i know how important that is to you.

    last week: more organization, incrementally, decided to start blogging a poem at least a couple of times a week. poetry being the first love. so much for accomplishing that this am, as #2′s school nurse just called me for a pickup. will try to block 2 sessions for the manuscript. at library this week while #3 is at preschool. :: i made a lot of headway, and good headway in my draft 4 by setting aside a day to write with a friend.

    this week: toots has the cold now, and so does spouse, I was hoping to do more of the same today, but i don’t think toots can handle the Y with grandma in the morning and preschool in the afternoon the way she feels right now. i have a lot of organization to take care of, mostly papers and time around my senior in hs. his schedule has gone off the chart, and he is still not licensed. Later in the week, i will make another session with j. two more sessions that go as well as last week’s, and i will really be ready to send it out.

    September 25, 2012
    • Thanks, Cathy — although I did actually read — I just neglected to add the [yes] to last week’s list. Seeing as I read every day without fail, I probably don’t need to keep putting it on my list. Hmmm….

      October 4, 2012

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