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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ August 18, 2014

Thich Nhat Hanh 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. maureen #

    hi all, summer is winding down to final week as childcare for my own kids this summer.
    so intentions:
    stay calm
    drink fluids
    locate and switch out a black felt tip marker for the ball point I am using in a labor intensive abstract drawing I am doing,
    you know work smarter not harder.
    celebrate a sale of a painting! with well…. painting time!
    specifically cover a surface with random fibers for the next mixed media colorful work to ensue.
    plant tree seed, yes a real one from my best friends tree and see what happens with care
    don’t overwhelm your self with too many “have to s”
    eat well

    August 18, 2014
    • Love your list, Maureen — and congrats on the painting sale!!

      August 18, 2014
      • maureen #

        thanks Miranda! now if I can be rid of my donut problem that my late 40s have given me I” ll be happier in my 50s which is two years away…. birthday is coming up in september..

        August 19, 2014
  2. Had a great time planting my big planters this weekend — feels ever more like home. Gardening can be such a wonderful creative outlet, don’t you think?

    I’ve also been working on how my schedule will change when my little boys go back to school on September 3. I’m going to give myself two weeks to get caught up with client projects and any lingering new-house/relo tasks before it’s drop-dead on re-starting my daily writing practice.

    If you’re in the northern hemisphere, I hope you’re enjoying the last summer weeks!

    August 18, 2014
  3. Hi Miranda, I receive your post daily and I do read them. As I find with everyone here, you are an inspiration. I would like for you to follow me also. Hope you feel the same way
    Nsasi

    August 19, 2014
  4. Hello 😀

    I’m kinda late on getting to this weeks Creative Intentions but here it is. For the first part of the week I wanted to spend more time playing & creating with my lil’ one rather than cleaning or other un~fun duties..so I did, for three solid days!

    Now for the rest of the weeks Intentions;

    *Pick the basil and make pesto, yumm 🙂
    *Write that blog about camping at Frog Lake!!
    *Get started o sewing the wedding gift for my friends wedding in 2 weeks.

    I think I will leave it at that ;D Thanks for this little push to put it out there and hold myself accountable! Crystal

    August 21, 2014
    • Yay, Crystal! How did your week go?

      August 26, 2014
  5. This is awesome, an inspiring to set time aside for my personal creative work. I am grateful to be able to come to work and create and go home to work on school work where I too get to create, although none of these creative outlets allow for purposeless creativity. This weeks goal is to make a list of the paintings/digital prints I want to complete for my new home we are moving into this weekend! 🙂

    August 21, 2014
    • Great to hear from you, sjstewdesign! How did things go with your move??

      August 26, 2014

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