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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ May 5, 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. At the 11th hour, my daughter decided on the University of Colorado at Boulder. A great choice for her — and I look forward to visiting her in that awesome city.

    We had three showings last week but no serious bites yet. It’s hard not to get resentful of all the time that staging and vacating the house eats up, but I’m working on embracing my reality.

    I definitely made progress in being more focused on the little boys last week — more of same for this week.

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Ease back into daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling [no]
    * Daily reading [mostly]
    * Working from my planner every day [yes]
    * Focus on client work this week — lots of catching up to do — use planning sheets and timer [yes]

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Ease back into daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling
    * Daily reading
    * Working from my planner every day
    * Focus on client work this week — use planning sheets and timer
    * Project Life update

    May 5, 2014
  2. I have started a new blog at seasonofmotherhood.wordpress.com. My goal is to write on it every day, and to post at least three times. I also want to finish and send off the baby hat I am knitting, before it gets too small for the baby!

    May 5, 2014
    • Congrats on the new blog, Sarah — I see you moved it, too! Keep it up 😀

      May 18, 2014
  3. I always look forward to your Monday posts, a great way to start the week. This one, though, speaks to me for all facets of my life.
    Thanks!

    May 5, 2014
  4. Reblogged this on Running Into Life and commented:
    The Monday posts from this blog are always a great way to start the week. It gets me inspired and gets me going, even when I’m just muddling through a Monday.

    May 5, 2014
  5. I should have listed my creative intentions for this week in my comment above. Oh, well. Here goes:
    1. write one new blog entry
    2. write and submit one article for publication
    3. doodle, draw, make notes in my journal at least 3 times this week

    May 5, 2014
    • Yay! Do you find that you’re able to accomplish your list without scheduling specific time? Please share!

      May 18, 2014
  6. maureen #

    hi , I love my tomato timer, good to be reminded to use the timer from your posts. lots to do.. I intend to
    not become overwhelmed
    mark off at least three things from my way too long list every day
    daily bike riding on stationary bike
    prepare for job interview Friday, first in over 14 years!!
    try to get into the city to see my art on exhibit before the show is over.
    (mailed art in) at least call and make appointment to do that.
    continue organizing studio
    deposit checks:)
    work on a surrealist collage, small one

    May 5, 2014
  7. Reblogged this on Zuri Living Center and commented:
    Love this!

    May 5, 2014
  8. I’m going to be trying out some new jewelry product designs (as soon as my supplies arrive in the mail, grrr) and focusing on my business’s web presence. I gave myself a little gift of making time to get creative and carve a new rubber stamp design to give to my mom for Mother’s Day!

    May 7, 2014
    • Nice, Kathryn! How are things going?

      May 18, 2014
      • Slow going, I’m afraid- as always life gets in the way a bit… but have completed one new piece and have set aside some time tomorrow to paint 5 new pieces. Fingers crossed!

        May 19, 2014

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