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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ July 14, 2014

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Last week at this time I was traveling from Massachusetts to Washington State — along with my family, three cats, and large dog — and as the days leading up to our relo were too full for me to make time for the blog, we missed last week’s Monday Post altogether. Apologies if you came looking for it! In the coming weeks, I’ll be giving Studio Mothers some much-needed attention.

So, the Monday Post. 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. 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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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Before the end of this month, I’ll be out of our temporary housing and partially settled into our new home — with a new office/studio space. Can’t wait! Until then, my time is devoted to client work, family time, and relocation-related tasks. I look forward to joining you in creative goal-making in the very near future! xo

    July 14, 2014
  2. This week I will be preparing to display my art and perform some songs at the Port Moody Art in the Garden show. So in preparation for that, I need to put finishing spray on all the paintings, get my signage together, and keep practicing songs. I also need to make a final decision on the size and format for my children’s book so I can start on layout. I am feeling stuck with making a decision on that because I am torn btw what is fiscally reasonable and what I really want to create. Must make the call though.

    July 14, 2014
  3. maureen #

    my creative intentions
    detox from beer intake
    ride bike, walk or swim daily
    eat well
    get proposal in Wednesday for job search
    work on graphite drawings hurrah I have about seven related drawings
    so far.
    more goodwill trips to declutter house

    July 14, 2014
  4. GreenbArg #

    I’m not a Mom, I’m not even a woman… but my creative intentions this week are to finish the outline to the tv pilot I’m co-writing with my Mom. I’m also very excited to dig deeper into your site. I really like what this site is about and hope to be further inspired. Thanks!

    July 15, 2014
  5. I want to spend at least 20 minutes a day writing and 20 minutes reading. I am passionate about both and I tend to let life get in the way of doing them.

    July 20, 2014

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