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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ June 9, 2014

George Eliot 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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10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Right, here goes! I’m going to write two posts this week for my blog,

    I try to work during my daughter’s nap times, usually in the morning about 10-11am, which means I must forego tidying up and housework for that day! I find housework chills me out a bit too, oddly, but at the moment getting my blog off the ground is more important to me. Thanks for the motivation! Xx Julia

    June 9, 2014
  2. maureen #

    love the above george elliot quote.
    hi all
    this weeks intentions
    grout the three commisioned large biomorphic stepping stones I designed and glued down last week.
    stretch daily
    ride bike or walk
    relax my expectations with the kids this summer
    read book for mother daughter book club
    do to do lists each day
    plan solstice bar b q and invite people

    June 9, 2014
  3. It’s a challenge to stay focused amid a torrent of distractions related to relocating, selling, and buying, but every week moves us a little closer to where we want to be.

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling [no]
    * Daily reading [yes]
    * Working from my planner every day — using block time scheduling [yes]
    * Project Life update, maybe [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 [maybe]

    June 9, 2014
    • How are you finding the block time scheduling?

      June 9, 2014
  4. rainfaerie13 #

    I’m going to write at least 3 pages in my journal and just allow my stream of consciousness flows onto paper. I used to practice this daily and it kept me so centered. Thanks for this inspiring blog, you’ve motivated me to start again! 🙂

    June 9, 2014
  5. Last week:

    – write blog post per day with the WordPress Writing101 challenge (managed 4/5)
    – prep for baby on the weekend. (got my purchase list outlined – on to specifics)

    This week:
    – write blog post per day with the WordPress Writing101 challenge
    – prep for baby on the weekend – get actual items listed or create a registry / wish list

    June 9, 2014
  6. This week I plan to freewrite for 5 minutes each morning, and write for 20 minutes per day (additionally).

    June 10, 2014
  7. Past week
    1. Plan for next term after school holidays? No
    – This week: work on plan. A REALISTIC plan.
    2. Assess progress on plan from beginning of year? No, but set a date with hubby for our half yearly ‘board meeting’ this weekend.
    3. Review courses available
    – yes! Booked an ink drawing workshop. Something slightly new for me.

    Yes I’m still painting my small paintings. Not always at a daily rate at the moment. Becoming less focused on the output and more about the meaning.
    Have a good week.
    Ps. I like the ‘relax expectations with kids’ comment Maureen. A good reminder going into the holidays…

    June 10, 2014

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