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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ October 14, 2013

Thomas Vasquez quote

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. Limiting my morning and evening social media time has continued to make a significant difference — I have more time, more focus, more clarity. I’m also still working on macro-level goals and intentions, which is so seductive that I do have to actually cut myself off now and then and DO the work.

    Last week I felt compelled to watch political news in the evening. I don’t usually watch much TV, and I get antsy when I’m not doing anything productive or interesting. So I decided to do some sketching while the TV was on — a satisfying way to get my political fill.

    I also got two long walks in last week — one with a good friend and the other with my daughter. It felt great to actually move my body during this intensive work period when I’m mainly sitting at my desk.

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling [yes]
    * Daily reading [yes]
    * Final polish of short story for contest entry [yes — one last pass to make today]

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling
    * Daily reading
    * Submit short story to contest
    * Anything else is a bonus!

    October 14, 2013
  2. Haven’t been here for a while as work exploded, and yesterday was a holiday here. Not complaining though as I got my dream project at work. 🙂

    My intentions this week:
    – finish my mom’s birthday tribute today
    – Starting my new knitting project tomorrow: a baby blanket due in March.
    – replenishing my reserves by reading as much as a can.
    – deciding if I’m going to do NaNoWriMo this year.

    October 15, 2013
    • Dream project at work?? Applause for that! Hope you’re having a great week xo

      October 18, 2013
  3. Denise Howard #

    I am spending WAY too much time on the computer this morning but in many ways I’m feeling very fulfilled by the exploring. I could explore forever. I definitely need goals and goal planning!!! . . . .

    October 15, 2013
  4. Denise Howard #

    I have 3 hours left until I have to pick my son up from school today. Intentions for today:
    -Work in studio after lunch/Take pictures of work on iPhone for Etsy
    -Go for a bike ride
    -Decide and schedule in my intentions for the rest of the week.

    Thank you Miranda for the place and forum in which to do this. I REALLY need this!!

    October 15, 2013
    • Good for you, Denise! How did it go with sketching your intentions for the week?

      October 18, 2013
  5. Reblogged this on theonetheonlydotnet and commented:
    How true

    October 15, 2013
  6. Brilliant quote – one to live by

    October 17, 2013
    • I quite agree, Elizabeth Jane!

      October 18, 2013

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