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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ August 11, 2014

Julia Cameron 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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9 Comments Post a comment
  1. This is just the motivation I needed, thank you! I’m planning to write for at least 1 hour a day (maybe during baby’s nap time)

    August 11, 2014
    • Bravo, Tiffany! Let us know how it goes 🙂

      August 11, 2014
  2. I am getting a LOT of creative satisfaction taking care of the last, decorative parts of getting unpacked. Can’t WAIT to start writing in my new office!

    August 11, 2014
  3. The past week I:
    -Picked up the brush again after a longish break.
    -Submitted a painting to BIG Magazine for their Tiny World theme
    -Opened my Etsy Store “SarahRogersArtist”.
    -Painted, sketched and researched about seeing with your brain.
    This week:
    Paint, paint, paint. Keep up the momentum.

    August 14, 2014
    • How are things going, Sarah? xo

      September 22, 2014
  4. Ah, how I needed this today. Today, I actually said out loud, to my husband: “Why do I even bother, maybe I should just quit.”

    It can be so frustrating to be so filled with inspiration and ideas and not to have time to release it. I have two wonderful boys, both are extremely demanding in their own ways. The only time I actually have to myself is after they’ve gone to bed when I am utterly exhausted. Still… I shall not quit, despite what I said today. I am sitting at my desk at 11:30pm doing the best I can. And I will be following this blog to keep me going!

    August 16, 2014
    • Bravo, Leila!! You’re not alone. Keep the faith. It really does get easier. Thinking of you! xo

      August 18, 2014
      • Thank you Miranda! It’s so good to know we’re not alone xx

        August 18, 2014
  5. marycheshier #

    Reblogged this on Travels with Mary and commented:
    Well said!

    September 25, 2014

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