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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ July 1, 2013

Albert Einstein

Commit 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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  1. Feeling deeply grateful recently. So many things to delight in, to celebrate, and look forward to. Highlights of last week include a major weeding session; lots of divestment (getting rid of things is one of my 2013 intentions); banging through a bunch of things on the to-do list; finishing several books; feeling wonderfully connected to family.

    Daily writing practice streak: 201 days in a row of logging a minimum of 500 words daily in my WIP. Writing group on hiatus until September.

    This week is full of client work and as many trips to the pool as we can make, weather permitting. On Saturday my two youngest boys are going Grandma’s house for 9 days — MAJOR PLANS UNDERWAY.

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling [yes]
    * Daily writing practice [yes]
    * Walk x2 [yes]
    * Daily reading [yes — yes finished two books]
    * End-of-year “certificates” for kids [no]

    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 due to injury]
    * Daily reading
    * End-of-year “certificates” for kids…although I might not get to these until next week, given what the schedule looks like.

    Last week’s FUN:
    * Lots of trips to the pool [yes]

    This week’s FUN:
    * More pool, reading, and just blissing out on nothing in particular 😀

    July 1, 2013
  2. My creative intentions this week are divided by what I hope to achieve for myself and what I hope to achieve with my daughter. For me, I want to write ten pages of my work in progress, and post on my personal blog twice (the poor blog has been sadly neglected). For my seven-year-old daughter, I hope to be the writing coach she thinks I’m going to be as she continues to write her first play!

    July 1, 2013

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