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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ August 4, 2014

Ursula K. LeGuin 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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13 Comments Post a comment
  1. Very close to being completely unpacked — hoping to share photos next week. Sending reams of creative mojo your way! xo

    August 5, 2014
  2. 1 of writing every evening 1/2 an hour of singing every day and a meditation to get me there. Also taking a writing course tomorrow and seeing an artspace on Friday Busy week for me

    August 5, 2014
  3. I love the quote! I haven’t been responding to these for a while. My goals for this week (in no particular order) are:
    * write 15 minutes per day
    * take some time to play with watercolors (I got new ones just for me while I was school supply shopping!)
    * work through Week 2 of The Artist’s Way

    August 5, 2014
  4. A break from regular practice….ahhhh…anyway back to it now.

    Before the school holidays I was painting everyday. I am back to it now but with more a focus on regular practice and looking at avenues to start selling my work.

    My two creative goals this week are to:
    Paint and plan
    These sound broad but sometimes just picking up the brush (for me) is an achievement in itself.

    Have a good week,
    Sarah

    August 5, 2014
  5. Inspiring post! My goal for the next two weeks are: study for one hour each morning (while 10-month old visits/transitions his new day care)….and create two colouring pages each evening, once the kids are in bed. (http://www.funprintablesforkids.com).

    August 7, 2014
    • What a fun site, helenearley! How are things going?

      September 22, 2014
      • Very well, thank you Miranda! Thanks for reading Eastcoastmum.ca 🙂

        September 29, 2014
  6. Wow, this is great! I’m glad I found you!

    August 9, 2014
    • Hi Erin! How are things going in your creative world??

      September 22, 2014
  7. edit one chapter of my novel’s first draft and make notes for revision

    August 10, 2014
    • How did things go last month, kreativekathleen?

      September 22, 2014

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