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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ April 14, 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. 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. Let’s just say that Mercury was in retrograde. My cat needed emergency treatment last week ($2,200 and counting — still sick); my well system needed a repair; my house went on the market and I had to prepare for showings; my youngest son came down with strep (after both of the youngest boys had been sick intermittently for nearly a month); and then to cap it all off, I dumped a mug of hot tea all over my open MacBook. Dead. (Just when I was trying to finish a big project for a new nonprofit client.) It was a tough week. My husband is away, so I am deeply grateful to my mother for bailing me out, big time. There’s only so much that one person can do. I think I’d be babbling in the corner by now if not for her help.

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling [no]
    * Daily reading [not daily]
    * Working from my planner every day [yes — my anchor]
    * Focus on client work this week [when I could, I did!]

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling
    * Daily reading
    * Working from my planner every day
    * Focus on client work this week — lots of catching up to do

    April 14, 2014
  2. Reblogged this on RhOksh.

    April 14, 2014
  3. maureen #

    does the retrograde explain my manicness of last week? it was a doozy, but while walking in the state park I was asked by a naturalist I know that I passed on the path to come show my art at their creek festival. That really raised my spirit and i also got a check to start a commision over the weekend to make mosaics for a pet cemetary.
    this week I intend to do:

    daily walking
    trim quilt squares
    sew more paper piecing squares for quilt
    grout the six experimental round mandela mosaics I made in the last two days- (not for the commision) it was beautiful outside!! making the art
    decide if I will take an opportunity offered to me today to be an on site artist on May 10th for a new paint the town event.
    return email for creek festval May 3rd
    eat good food
    practice gratitude daily

    April 14, 2014
    • I hope that the mania has lifted for you, Maureen — how are things going?

      April 22, 2014
  4. jacqueverse #

    I quit my job and don’t start the new one until Tuesday so I’m going to try (do or do not, there is no try) to edit a big chunk of my first book. I’m having trouble staying motivated to do it

    April 17, 2014
    • jacqueverse, for many people it’s the starting that’s the hardest. Set a timer for 30 minutes, turn off the interwebs, and go. You can do anything for 30 minutes, right?

      April 18, 2014
      • jacqueverse #

        That I can! Maybe that would be more effective than doing a chapter at a time… Ive been slacking

        April 18, 2014

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