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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ July 28, 2014

Mary Oliver 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. We’re in the new house! Movers arrived yesterday; making progress in the sea of boxes. Can’t wait to share photos of my new office/studio as soon as it’s in working order! xo to all

    July 28, 2014
  2. I love your views on creativity. I have decided to be selfish and not wait for someday when I have the internet as my audience. I write on the weekends (usually in the morning on Sunday but I have to try for Saturday or so so I can go to Church) and post during the week twice a day striving for once in the morning and once in the evening. I tried to have specific times but I just can’t seem to do it.

    I want to put more video into my blog as I was a Broadcast Cable Productions major at Western Michigan University and had a 10 year career doing training videos. Shouldn’t let that all go to waste. I minored in Journalism and as a Mass Communications Major I wrote all the time in College.

    I thought to myself, “Why don’t I be selfish and do music videos of the songs that I write?” So during the week I am going to write the lyrics and strum out the chords on guitar. On Saturday I hope to have my “concert” of one song ready, video tape myself and try to post on Sunday. Something like that. I am going to actually have to do this to set up a routine.

    My blog is : http://www.muddywritersblock.wordpress.com

    July 28, 2014
  3. This will become my screen saver. Thank you.

    July 28, 2014
  4. maureen #

    congratulations on the move, I am excited to see the new digs! another friend has just moved and now have a pool to contend with, can’t imagine!! any how this week creative intention is to scan ten drawings, fill out application and submit for an artist grant. wish me luck!!

    July 28, 2014

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