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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ January 20, 2014

Patti Digh

A regular creative practice — a daily practice, if possible — is key to staying in touch with how you make meaning. Key to living, not postponing. (Let’s all agree to give up on “someday.”)

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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15 Comments Post a comment
  1. Reblogged this on Shannon's Creative Work.

    January 20, 2014
  2. Last week was about turning inward as well as focusing on my family. Both feel really important right now. My efforts are supported by the excellent book “Hands Free Mama” by Rachel Macy Stafford. Every mother will find inspiration in its pages.

    With two sick kids in the house, there’s been a fair amount of nursing going on — one of them is still out for the count (and I’m just praying that the youngest doesn’t also succumb).

    Revamped my planner pages for the New Year — have come up with the ideal DIY setup for home life as well as work life. I’ll ride this wave until I get itchy for another new setup (does seem to be an addiction of mine).

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily sitting [yes]
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling [yes]
    * Daily reading [yes]
    * Emergency measures for workday focus and output [yes]
    * One page of art journaling [yes]

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily sitting
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling
    * Daily reading
    * Practicing mindfulness in my work day as well as with my family
    * One page of art journaling

    January 20, 2014
  3. This is a great inspirational post for a Monday. Thank you!

    January 20, 2014
    • Thank YOU, Love Coffee Tea 🙂

      January 23, 2014
  4. Last week I wanted to knit for 10 minutes every day. While I didn’t quite get there, I did a bunch of knitting and was able to sit quietly most days. This week I want to do some crafts with my children, knit daily so that I finish my scarf, and again, sit quietly in the afternoon for prayer/devotion.

    January 20, 2014
    • How is that scarf coming along, Sarah? Share a picture when you’re done!

      January 23, 2014
      • Thanks Miranda. Unfortunately it’s going shower than odd. I’d like. I’m still working!

        January 27, 2014
      • I *finally* finished the scarf and mailed it off to my brother! Now that it’s done, winter will probably be over … but that’s something to be glad about too!

        February 22, 2014
      • Applause!! Feels so great to finish a project like that (and mail it!). Congratulations 🙂

        February 24, 2014
  5. Reblogged this on Running Into Life and commented:
    Brilliant, and yet so simple.

    January 20, 2014
    • Thanks as always, runningintolife!

      January 23, 2014
  6. Reblogged this on Read and Write and commented:
    Hi Miranda! 🙂 will be reblogging this just to say that I’ll be posting with you through Mondays starting next week 🙂 hope you’re still visiting siegmom.com 🙂 have a blissful, creative week. Love your Monday Posts ever.

    January 21, 2014
    • Yay, Jennifer!!! Always great to see you. How’s little Liam doing? xoxo

      January 23, 2014
      • Little Liam’s doing great. He’s 11pounds last Wednesday, January 22! He’s so heavy! haha

        January 24, 2014

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