Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ August 26, 2013
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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Highlight of last week: Another month caught up in Project Life (I am seriously considering writing a blog post entitled “How to Catch Up on Project Life when You’re Waaaaay behind”).
Without meaning to, I seem to have committed to several weeks of catching up in several areas of my life — and I’m not going to get back to my regular writing practice until next week, when all of the kids are back in school and I can fully recommit to my various practices. I do feel good about reviving my morning pages practice, which took a hit this summer — I rarely did my pages more than twice a week.
Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
* Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling [yes]
* Writing practice — at least writing ABOUT my project if not actually logging word count [no]
* Daily reading [yes]
* Project Life mania [yes]
* Art room move [no]
This week’s creative/well-being intentions:
* Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling
* Daily reading
* Project Life mania
* Art room move
week’s goals: prod along through final read, appreciate final week with son leaving for college, and rest of family, and enjoy myself!! -met
I am definitely in a transitional mode after leaving kid #1 at college on saturday. adopted dog and then got some poop at home for doing so on the fly. returning today. can’t replace kid with dog. lol. though a dog would be good to have around here, things are up in the air with project groundwork, and applying for school positions again. probably not the best time to adopt, having my heart on my sleeve.
this week’s goals: school meetings, birthday sleep over, etc. readthrough continues, await artwork and figure things out from there. major goal this week: simplify and organize before school year gets going.
– failed to write 500 words per day on ms. got stuck at a point, so started to outline the rest of the storey so i could move forward.
– outlined parts of my 3 day novel for this coming weekend.
– concert tonight so not getting much done.
– outlining till friday evening for the 3 day novel contest.
– saturday through monday: 3 day novel. Wish me luck!
Good luck indeed, Heather! Hoping the week has turned out well for you. Looking forward to your next update.
I didn’t comment last week but I did start drawing for the first time in well over ten years. I say drawing but it was a quick sketch! Today I wrote my first poem since school (nearly 30 years ago!). I have 3 small children and I am carer to my husband so life is hectic to say the least and me time is precious.
This week I aim to post in my blog at least twice and to attempt another sketch and whilst this last one is not really classed as creative I will stitch all the name tags onto my children’s new school uniform!
My sketch can be seen here http://fivemsblog.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/art-in-august/ and my poem here http://fivemsblog.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/ode-to-mum-bodies/
Those are lovely, m! Hope you’ll share more here in future! 😀