Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ June 17, 2013
Commit, or recommit, to a regular creativity practice. Regularity — a daily practice, if possible — is key to staying 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. If appropriate, use time estimates to containerize your task, which can make a daunting project feel more accessible.
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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Last week of school for my elementary/high school kids. Looking forward to a last-day-of-school trip to the beach on Friday!
Last week was intense. Working on a few schedule adjustments for the summer.
Daily writing practice streak: 187 days in a row (six months! whoohoo!) of logging a minimum of 500 words daily in my WIP.
Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
* Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling [yes]
* Daily writing practice [yes]
* Read group’s pieces for Wednesday writers’ group [no — group was postponed]
* Walk x2 [no]
* Daily reading [yes]
This week’s creative/well-being intentions are another repeat:
* Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling
* Daily writing practice
* Walk x2 [still reducing expectations here given prolonged hamstring issue]
* Daily reading
* End-of-year “certificates” and tea party for kids (annual tradition)
Last week’s FUN:
* Not sure I have time for fun this week…whatever happens in the recreation department will be totally ad hoc! [did manage to fit some fun in there — esp]
This week’s FUN:
Ahh, what perfect timing for this post and for me discovering your blog just this morning! My Dragon Project. It has been simmering inside me for over three years now. I feel the push to complete it, but, like all other mothers (and add in full time teacher), I never allowed myself the time to complete it.There was always laundry waiting, dishes crusting over, and an energetic little imp wanting my full on attention–the usual excuses we creative creatures use to keep ourselves from completing a project. My three year old daughter just began swim lessons last week. My husband and I are taking turns driving her to these four day a week lessons. My two days “off” give me a little over two hours of Me Time. Bliss. Last week I wasted it doing laundry and washing crusty dishes 🙂 This week I promised to give that time fully to the Dragon Project. That’s about four hours per week I can devote to this creative endeavor. Today was my first day “at work” in my art room on this project, and I am so pleased with all I accomplished! Thursday will find me back in that room again working on my scheduled project. Deep sigh of satisfaction here! And thanks for unknowingly supporting the cause!
whirlwind weeks of graduation, etc over, summer programs starting up, thought i would catch a break…
last week’s goal: pretty much took pics and stayed in tune trying to keep writing morning pages going a little more consistently. that’s about it.
this week’s goal: get a grip on runaway scheduling. do morning pages every *morning*. try to get to one place away from the insanity tomorrow, to write with a friend. or even alone. too much going on with the kids.
Post next “making a better world” essay on blog. Write 15 minute minimum daily. Use free weekend wisely (DH and kiddos going camping!!! 3 days of blissful alone time) – ie – not entirely on doing dishes and catching up on laundry. Specifically – finish 3 cloth dolls, paint small cradle and do the backgrounds on two canvases.