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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ September 8, 2014

Paulo Coelho 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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10 Comments Post a comment
  1. I will straighten up my studio TODAY, I have put it off as other things have nudged to the front. I figure creating order out of mess is creativity of different sort and will allow me to restart myself. The show is up, the next one in the works so a clean up is in order.

    September 8, 2014
  2. Last week wasn’t quite the hit-the-ground-running return to school that I’d hoped for; my first-grader had a great first day but spiked a fever as soon as he got home and was out for the rest of the week. So it was all a bit half baked.

    This week: getting up on time, journaling each morning, hitting my quota for billable hours each day, going for a midday walk Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri.

    Writing for two hours on Friday.

    September 8, 2014
  3. Denise #

    I will work in my studio at least 2 times this week.

    September 8, 2014
  4. Weekly intention to step into a stronger version of myself- writing clear sentences, running with a 10k race goal (aaah!), journaling often and reading great fiction. Healthy/ nourishing moves for me AND sharing goals, keeping connected with others too! 🙂 thanks

    September 8, 2014
    • Nice, Lucy! How are things going??

      September 22, 2014
  5. maureen #

    yay! I did my intentions from last week!
    the comment I made last week came to mind and helped me make it happen a few days in when I noticed it wasn’t happening yet.
    so this week
    yoga class at least twice
    deliver large wall piece to the gallery
    Figure out how to say No gracefully to the constant requests for donations of my art work for art auctions. if any one has some great one liners to share please I would love to hear some. two liners too!
    I intend to journal two pages on the power of NO !

    September 9, 2014
    • *LOVE* the power of accountability!

      September 22, 2014
  6. I am committing to sitting at the park around the corner from my office and working on writing my children’s book and/or sketching, as the mood takes me, on Tuesday and Thursday this week during my lunch hour.

    September 9, 2014
    • So good to know that your lunch-hour intentions paid off, Lisa So many of us get used to the can’ts that often come with a full-time job. You’re an inspiration 🙂

      September 22, 2014

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