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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ May 26, 2014

Winslow Homer 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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11 Comments Post a comment
  1. What I need to do is review some memories in my journal and plan to post one of them after I have written down the facts and feelings.

    May 27, 2014
    • I love this practice — wonderful!

      May 27, 2014
  2. I’m in the middle of a short course on creative writing so am hoping to finish my first short story…then it will be a question of whether I am brave enough to share with other students.

    May 27, 2014
    • Good for you, Emma! PS: My daughter is Emma K too 🙂

      May 27, 2014
  3. Adrienne Veglia Mazeau #

    I just discovered your site and love it! I would like to spend this week to loosely outline my posts for the coming month on the places we’ve recently visited to get the detail down while still fresh.

    May 27, 2014
    • Awesome, Adrienne! Great to have you here. 😀

      May 27, 2014
  4. maureen #

    last week’s intentions
    winter clothes put in trunk and in basement (yes)
    kids registered for camps(yes)
    daily stretching (yes)
    three times walking in the sun (yes)
    painting every day (no)
    quilting tasks , two full days (yes)
    trip to see my art in a philly gallery (yes)
    so a pretty good week last week but a word to the wise if you ever bring a new friend to a gallery meeting with a new dealer – coach that friend in how to be a good wing man or wing woman if that’s what you want. While I wanted company for the hour long ride to philly and someone to have lunch with, she was attention getting with the dealer even whipping out her phone to show pictures of her first time art class as a student -good for her but –ugh for me. Live and Learn….
    this week
    * laundry
    * smash plates for mosaic commision
    * start the commission
    * daily stretching and walking 30 minutes
    contact the exhibition take down person to arrange mailing of my art back to me , show ends today.
    peace all

    May 27, 2014
    • Great week for you, Maureen! Verrrry interesting about the show-stealing gallery companion. You’d have thought that this kind of thing wouldn’t need instruction. Sigh….

      May 27, 2014
  5. After a week enjoying myself in three cities — Boston, New York, and Seattle — I’m back to focusing on the workload.

    After all that time I spent getting set up in PocketSmith, I decided to cancel my account and go back to Quicken Essentials. There were just too many limitations with the app and I can make Quicken do most of what I want it to.

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Ease back into daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling [no — abandoned morning practice while traveling]
    * Daily reading [no]
    * Working from my planner every day [on work days, yes]
    * Focus on client work this week — use planning sheets and timer [on work days, yes]
    * Project Life update [no]

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions are another repeat:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling
    * Daily reading
    * Working from my planner every day — using block time scheduling
    * Project Life update

    May 27, 2014
  6. Hello,
    One of my creative intentions was to refelect more. I attended a Mother Artist Forum at the MCA (Sydney) on Sunday. Listening to the stories of others helped me evaluate what I am trying achieve. It also made me think about how anyone who is the primary carer for their family needs to do a lot of juggling regardless of their chosen field. The journey we experience and the process we apply is just as important as the outcome (for many).

    Have kept up with my small paintings, and this week chose to use the same subject in several works. Part of the reflection and evaluation piece in my process…

    So…
    -Keep painting
    -Keep reflecting
    -NEW: Keep focussed. PLAN and organise. Picture where I want to be…

    Have a good week

    May 27, 2014
  7. Ooops. It’s taken me until Wednesday to find this! I started my blog just over a week ago, and have posted a few times, with drafts and ideas hovering too. My focus is getting the hang of this blogging malarkey. My unintentional strategy has been brevity – writing short, spontaneous blogs has made it more likely that I post. I’m also looking for inspiring and interesting blogs to follow. Just doing this much seems to have helped me to think more creatively and to feel more energised to continue. Oh, I’m going to have a go at the daily blog starting on Monday. In at the deep end…….!

    May 28, 2014

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