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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ June 23, 2014

Edgar Degas art 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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3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Hello from sunny and beautiful Boulder, Colorado! My daughter and I are here for her freshman orientation at CU Boulder — and while she’s learning the lay of the land with a mandatory overnight, I’m skipping the parenting programming to hole up and get lots of work done. I can’t feel too badly about being inside as the patio doors are wide open and I had an accidental 5-mile walk this morning. (Yeah, really.)

    At home, it’s all work, kids, and preparing to move. I’m not sure I have ever been so acutely aware of needing twice as many hours in a week.

    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]

    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 23, 2014
  2. Reblogged this on Running Into Life and commented:
    I hadn’t thought about art, or creativity for that matter, in this way. I like the shift in perspective this has given me and I wonder if it will show up in my writing this week. This is a great quote to start the week’s endeavors.

    June 23, 2014
  3. Love the quote. Back to the work of writing — a daily journal, a weekly blog post, room to play.

    June 24, 2014

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