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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ September 29, 2014

Auden 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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11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Hi there!
    This week it is my intention work on a piece about exploring beauty in your everyday life by writing for at least 15 minutes everyday.
    I also intend to wake up by 5:45 at least 4 days this week to journal or transcribe messages from the universe before my little one wakes up!

    September 29, 2014
    • Love it, Gina! Your early-morning strategy is a keeper. Let us know how it goes! 🙂

      September 29, 2014
  2. Jen Nifer #

    Answered this on my blog Miranda! 🙂
    Come see?
    jenonlinenow.wordpress.com

    September 29, 2014
  3. I’m scheduling some jewelry making time for this week. This will be my last run before I jump headlong back into some large paintings.

    September 29, 2014
    • Fabulous, Nicolette! Do you have a set time for your creative work? Let us know how you make it happen!

      October 6, 2014
  4. maureen #

    hi all,
    I will continue painting my office until it is done. Then I will organize it. Hurrah I have one wall done (the biggest) with its first coat. on monday

    I intend to squeeze in yoga classes – 2 of them

    label and bag four drawings for print rack at local art center deliver next monday

    attach quilt label to quilt

    take one walk at least

    September 29, 2014
    • Thanks for checking in, Maureen! Have a great week 😀

      September 29, 2014
  5. Last week was a mixed bag — but a weekend with my daughter in Colorado helped clear my mind and get back on track.

    My husband and I decided to walk every morning for 30 minutes after the boys get on the bus, which is a bonus on several fronts (exercise for both of us, time together, and getting my walk in early in the day to ensure that it actually happens).

    Last week’s intentions:
    * Daily journaling [no]
    * Daily billable hours quota [only two days]
    * Following No S Diet [only 2 days]
    * Try new BarreFusion class Wednesday [yes]
    * Writing blocks x2 [no]
    * Evening reading [partial]

    This week:
    * Daily journaling
    * Daily billable hours quota
    * Following No S Diet
    * Morning walks plus BarreFusion class Wednesday
    * Evening reading

    Secondary:
    * Project Life session

    September 29, 2014
  6. Jackie Fuller #

    Hi, love that quote! I just found out about Inktober, so my intention is to complete the challenge….a drawing a day for 31 days! I hope it will become a new daily habit.

    October 1, 2014
    • Nice, Jackie! Share some of your work with us if you like! 🙂

      October 6, 2014

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