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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ January 6, 2014

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A regular creative practice — 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. The New Year is off and running…so far I seem to be ON the bus, rather than running after it. Spent a lot of time with Danielle LaPorte’s The Desire Map and Leonie Dawson’s 2014 Create Your Amazing Year (Life + Biz Edition). Still more to do, but feeling like I have my arms wrapped around the most unwieldy rocks.

    Have resumed my daily writing practice as of January 1 (500-word minimum). Due to some changes in my personal life, haven’t been sleeping a lot — and as a result, have almost entirely caught up with Project Life. Today I’ll finish the last outstanding month from 2012 and will then have three solid years completed — and be caught up to the present. I can’t articulate how great that feels. My kids LOVE looking at the albums.

    Daily journaling and daily sitting, without fail. Both are super important to me right now. In an attempt to ease back into yoga despite a hamstring injury that has persisted for 9 months, I’m doing three sun salutations every morning. That’s it. A beginning.

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily sitting [yes]
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling [yes]
    * Daily reading [yes]
    * Continue workday focus and output [yes]
    * New Year’s Eve planning session [yes — so good]
    * Project Life sessions [YES YES YES]

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily sitting
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling
    * Daily reading
    * Continue workday focus and output
    * More planning/workbook time
    * Last of the remedial Project Life sessions!
    * One page of art journaling

    January 6, 2014
  2. maureen #

    love the list Miranda. love visualizing The dailey sitting and sun salutations. It makes me want to try to see if I can remember how to do one.
    i set an intention for the year and the resistance to it is very sneaky and comes at me daily. but I keep saying it over and over.
    1. House organizing and purging are number one.
    then
    family,
    me,
    healthful eating
    then art
    i am making the careing about friendships and biz relationships go off the burners
    they were taking too much priority and precious mind time over all the other things on my list. for art i will continue my red pen drawing for a show at a gallery next month just for the fun of it.

    January 6, 2014
    • Awesome, Maureen. You’re absolutely right, you can’t do everything. Prioritization is a continual process. Hope you’ve had a good week!

      January 11, 2014

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