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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ January 27, 2014

Janis Joplin quote

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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  1. I haven’t been here in a while. My creative intentions this week are:
    – write poetic asides poem
    – write one blog post associated with health care architecture.
    – Finish the baby blanket for my friends’ shower on Sunday.

    January 27, 2014
    • Nice, Heather! Great to see you again.

      January 27, 2014
      • Thanks Miranda!

        January 27, 2014
  2. My baby girl turns 18 today! Not that she’s the baby of the family — she has two older brothers and two younger ones — but she’s my only baby GIRL. Wow.

    Knock on wood, everyone is mostly healthy and back in school. I’m tempted to say that I avoided getting sick myself, but why would I tempt the universe like that?? 😉

    My new DIY planner is working really, really well for me. Feels like an anchor. Helping me stay focused, productive, and present.

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily sitting [yes]
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling [yes]
    * Daily reading [yes]
    * Practicing mindfulness in my work day as well as with my family [yes]
    * One page of art journaling [no — but I did do my weekly Project Life update — so different to just be staying current, rather than feeling overwhelmed by a backlog!]

    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
    * Project Life update
    * Finish the back panel of the sweater I’m knitting

    January 27, 2014
    • Happy birthday, to you both!

      January 27, 2014
  3. My new blog is my “creative practice” and post like yours just make me stronger in my intention! thanks a lot!
    So my purpose is:
    ° one new post every day!
    Therefore I will go now to write the daily ones

    January 27, 2014
    • Good to have you here, giorgiosblog! How are things going?

      February 17, 2014
  4. Finished my edits, reconnected with artist, book should be uploaded in fundraiser site in 2 weeks when I receive art. 🙂

    Focusing on long neglected house this week, fun with kids, and fending of the apparent doom of snow that is supposed to hit my usually snowless area.

    January 27, 2014

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