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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ June 16, 2014

Graham Greene 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. Things seem to be coming together on the relocation front…starting to get excited. Things will continue to be super intense until late August.

    There is really no end to how much stuff I can get rid of. Kind of mind boggling.

    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 [partial]
    * Project Life update [maybe] [no]

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

    June 16, 2014
  2. maureen #

    hi all

    After a long wait I finally got in touch with the charter school to see if I got the part time art teaching gig. they went with another candidate. I am not surprised, I was ill prepared for the interview and just winged it. Also I don’t know why but the 5inch beige patent leather pumps on the receptionist gave me the woolies right before the interview. a case of intimidation by shoes. now if she was wearing brown suede somthings I would have been put at ease.
    so I am going to be doing a phone interview with another art teaching gig tonight or tomorrow for a paint and sip wine franchise.
    we will see how that goes
    mosaic stepping stones are complete
    now to contact client for delivery arrangements
    cut out more collage materials and recycle the rest of magazines
    cut boards to collage onto.
    administer to sick child
    call ortho surgeon to reschedule because of kid’s tonsilitis
    ride stationary bike while watching HOUSE daily
    stretch daily
    still waiting to receive art back from gallery ….
    contact again by Thursday…

    June 16, 2014
  3. Last week:

    – write blog post per day with the WordPress Writing101 challenge (managed 2/5)
    – prep for baby on the weekend. (got some specifics done)

    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 16, 2014
  4. This week:
    -Pray each morning
    -Read 20 minutes of book
    -Take care of my chronically ill child
    -Blog 5/x per week
    -Read/comment on 20 blogs/day
    -Find time to exercise even though I can’t leave the house
    -Work on needlepoint when stressed

    June 16, 2014
  5. Your post is so inspiring, especially to a homeschooling mom like me. My 6 year-old shows interest in painting and did some awesome pieces when he was younger. I hope to find more inspiration through your blog so I can nourish my son’s creativity. 🙂

    June 17, 2014
  6. My creative / well-being intentions for this week:
    – practice yoga at least 3x this week
    – finish setting up my son’s homeschool classroom
    – write a blog entry each day
    – engage my son in a weekly themed photography project

    I have a lot more in mind but these are the ones that must be prioritized.

    June 17, 2014
  7. I’m starting to feel more creative, finding time to blog and have a look at other blogs like this one. I like how this site inspires one to set achievable goals. I’m learning, with 2nd child, to let go of the big expectations and set small goals I can do and therefore feel pleased about, rather than feeling useless and frustrated for not achieving big things.
    I think my goal this week is to be creative with friends in making a small world play for my daughter’s dinosaur party.
    This week – hubby to take kids out for 2 hours so I can make dinosaur world (and have creative fun and freedom) with friends
    -write one post of my blog

    June 17, 2014
  8. Hi Miranda! I’m back! I got no internet connection for so loong!!!! Anyways,..last week, I was busy as a bee figuring out how to earn and make money the easy way. Still no luck here.
    This week, I’m continuing on my local pre-loved boookshop on Instagram. I don’t have that much personal books to sell and I’m hoping to get my hands on some books I wish I could sell here.
    Then I’ll be tutoring my mom on email and social media marketing for her business, every Friday starting this week. I guess I can’t demand payments on that. lol
    Then house chores: never ending laundry, deep cleaning, and clean wide space maintainance.
    For creative measure, I’ll be writing everyday offline an online until I ran out of words to say.haha I’m also doing an art journal…actually, editing Paulo Coelho’s Planner of 2012.
    Daily Reading of actually anything and everything just to pass the time when I’m still awake.
    whew. Really thankful for your Monday Post. It keeps me organized and on the track of my week. 😀

    June 17, 2014

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