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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ December 17, 2012

“Some people use things; they destroy. You’re a creator, a builder.”
~Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

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Despite the holiday mania, stay committed 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. My intentions for this week:

    1) Think of a catchy sounding theme for the G-Fit programs I’m planning to start at Global Fitness, and start promoting it.

    2) Think of a catchy name for my business. I’d like to come up with something that emphasizes my holistic philosophy and my sensitive personality.

    3) Think of a theme for my next blog post, and start writing it.

    4) Get into the club at least twice this week, both to reestablish a cardio routine and to connect with members.

    5) Write down a lesson plan for my triceps workshop, then set a date and time and start promoting it in my classes.

    Last week’s intentions:

    1) Ask a certain club manager if it would be okay to distribute my latest post in said club as a handout. (Yes! And she thought it was a great idea!)

    2) Get into the club at least two mornings this week to establish a presence with the members there. (Unfortunately no. Being a caretaker to an injured spouse is proving to be somewhat challenging.)

    3) Set a date and time for my triceps workshop. (No. I need to write down a lesson plan first, including what equipment will be needed.)

    4) Give myself more down time and stress less. (Hasn’t quite worked that way, See item #2 above.)

    5) Thank the brilliant person who planted the idea for action item #1 in my head! (Yes! And many thanks to her again!)

    December 17, 2012
    • Terrific update and list, Andy — keep on keepin’ on….

      December 17, 2012
  2. As for most of you, I’m guessing, it’s been difficult to focus since Friday’s devastation in Newtown. Whatever your process is, honor that.

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages and intention journaling [yes]
    * Daily writing practice [yes]
    * Revise the short story that I workshopped last week [no]
    * Complete installment of short story for “5PM Friday” weekly accountability group [yes, but only sent update and wordcount]
    * Blog post [yes]
    * Yoga/walk/run x3 [only x2–lost my Saturday yoga class due to daughter’s road test–but thrilled to welcome our newest licensed driver!]
    * Reading [yes]

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions are light:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages and intention journaling
    * Daily writing practice
    * Complete installment of short story for “5PM Friday” weekly accountability group [daily]
    * Yoga/walk/run x3 [M/W/Sat]
    * Reading [daily]

    December 17, 2012
  3. Hi, just nominated you for the inspiring blog award 🙂 http://soulfoood.me/2012/12/21/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

    December 21, 2012

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