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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ February 18, 2013

Monday Post Henri Matisse quote

If you aren’t doing your creative work as often as you’d like, recommit to a regular creativity practice. Regularity — a daily practice, if possible — is one of the best ways to stay in touch with how you make meaning. Can a regular creative practice be part of your intentions for 2013?

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 leverages the motivation of an accountability group. Join us!


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  1. Last week was mostly full of “catching up,” aside from a two-day e-mail outage that set me back with client work (although I made good use of the time taking care of other tasks).

    This week, despite being February vacation, is a normal work week for me — except that on Friday I’m driving out to Ithaca for my oldest son’s senior recital. So looking forward to that.

    Daily writing practice streak: 68 days in a row of logging a minimum of 500 words daily in my WIP. I’m still leaving it until too late in the day, however, and not making time for other developmental work sessions where I’m not focused on my quota. Feeling frustrated on that front.

    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]
    * Complete and send newsletter [yes]
    * Stage blog post [yes — reprint]
    * Yoga x3 [x2]
    * Reading [yes]
    * Project Life [no]
    * Make valentines [yes]
    * Complete month plan for rest of February [yes]

    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 [daily]
    * Stage blog post [T]
    * Yoga/walk x3 [M/W/Th]
    * Reading [daily]
    * Project Life [afternoons w/kids]
    * Make collage card for Russell

    February 18, 2013
  2. Monday Post: February 11, 2013

    1. Monday- printmaking class with Pam Lawson- yes, made a print that I love
    2. Daily drawing: the teapot/ might work on drawing the yoga poses and getting the hand positions – umm, missed a few days so far, but I’ve got a few drawings of it
    3. The CAA deadline Wednesday- finish framing and submit 2 pieces. Yes! But didn’t get in
    4. Update my art blog, more links to other art blogs – not yet
    6. Writing- begin working on the next chapter and the overall arc of the story, where does it end? – yes
    7. Gallery work- filing, Tarbell committee, ISS, budget for the 2014 lecture fund, -got some of this done
    8. Yoga- sore shoulder and wrist, so I have to modify a bit this week. Mon, Tues Wed: 2nd series. Thursday, Friday- 1st series get to class this week? – yes, it was a good practice week
    Monday- afternoon to parsvo, Tuesday-1 hour first series to ?, Wednesday- 2nd with Deb, Thursday- 1st in Deb’s class, Friday 2nd series at home
    9. some longer walks with Meyer on mon, wed, & Friday. Snowshoeing? – not so much, short walks only
    10. The 5 year plan, put the book somewhere that I can’t ignore it! Print out what I’ve got so far. Make a graph with columns, 1 year, 2 years, etc.- nope!
    11. Acknowledging with some sadness that we need to sell our house, and getting it ready to sell is going to cut into my time for writing and art. There’s a lot of painting, fixing, and decluttering that has to happen. So, the 5 year plan will help me stay on track, but I’ll have to keep my goals modest. For now!

    Monday, February 18th
    1. I have the flu, so recovering from the flu (or whatever this nasty chest cold is) is my primary task for the next few days.
    2. Still, I could draw the teapot some more and
    3. Work on my writing
    4. Update the art blog
    5. Gallery work: prospectus for Summer portrait show, go to ISS, etc…
    6. Cambridge Art has an international show coming up with a submission deadline of 3/1. This seems a bit daunting but I’ll think about it. It’s digital submissions so there really isn’t that much to lose.
    7. 5 year plan- a teensy bit of progress on this goal that’s been here for a while.
    8. That’s it for now, Until I feel a bit better. There’s a syrupy gauze over my brain. That and it’s february vacation which doesn’t leave me much time for creative endeavors this week. Small goals then…

    February 18, 2013
  3. last week’s goals: sent out a couple of queries after editing the heck out of my synopsis and bio. didn’t crack open the nanowrimo, lots of travel and kept creativity alive through photos and observations throughout busy travel, etc.

    this week: keep in mind that i do more creative stuff than i necessarily focus on in these posts. 🙂 photos, snippet writing, singing, dancing, etc…open up the nanowrimo manuscript, and see what i can do with it.

    February 18, 2013
  4. mettapanda #

    Well, I got two blog posts up today – one ‘writey’ and one ‘song-y’. I ditto the comment on resting up to feel better this week; assuming that happens, I look forward to performing at an Open Mic on Friday. I have one new song ready to go for that (having rehearsed it this past week, after using it as part of a worship service a week ago). Would like to improve my daily writing habit (which is also part of my daily spiritual practice.)

    February 18, 2013
    • How did it go last week, metta? Hope you enjoyed your open mic!

      February 25, 2013
  5. Stephanie #

    Hear ye, hear ye – group accountability really works! I got last week’s art project done!
    This week is more about getting educated.
    My goal is to upload my artwork onto the new blog I’m designing and to read all of the introductions to a series of art books that I am committing myself to studying over what’s left of 2013. As one of those books includes the lovely works of Charles Bargue, this should be quite a year artistically. I’m out to prove you can do full-time mommy and full-time step mommy and still get your creativity out into the world. Here goes nothing!


    February 18, 2013
    • Hey Stephanie! How did it go for you last week?

      February 25, 2013
  6. I vowed a couple of weeks ago here to devote time every day to reading and writing. I know, that’s terribly general, but in the process of carving out a little space to write each day and after taking time to read some good stuff, too, I have been able to focus my efforts and have revamped my blog. This week? Author a guest post for writer’s network blog and continue to devote 15 precious minutes each day to reading poetry. And write. As the mom of small kids, I can’t always do it at the same time each day, but there are windows here and there. I keep the journal handy.

    February 20, 2013
    • Great idea to have your journal on hand, K. Some years ago, when it seemed like I could only manage a few lines in my journal each day, I used to call it my “ship’s log.” Since time was passing so quickly, I at least wanted to capture a snapshot of each day (that cute thing that your kid says, or an unexpected delight or challenge) and somehow calling it my “ship’s log” kept my expectations in check 🙂

      February 25, 2013
      • I love that! I met a poet who didn’t publish anything until her kids were grown. She said she kept little notes, though, along the way, and tapped back into them when her life had enough space to really focus on writing. Those notes informed her first collection. I find that story inspiring!

        February 26, 2013

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