Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ October 6, 2014
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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In a much better mind state than I was a couple of weeks ago. And the past week was FULL of productivity. I was able to meet the mountain of editorial work head on — and really crank, as opposed to frittering away my time in a paralysis of overwhelm. Good thing too, because I have at least as much work on deck this week.
Turned another corner in our house this weekend, too — got the last collection of former attic storage sorted out — and got the house tidied up from top to bottom, vacuumed, etc. Did not make any time for creative practice, however. Going to schedule that for this week.
Last week’s intentions:
* Daily journaling [not daily]
* Daily billable hours quota [yes]
* Following No S Diet [yes]
* Morning walks plus BarreFusion class Wednesday [I went but class was cancelled — I did go for a walk every morning with my husband, tho]
* Evening reading [mostly]
* Daily journaling
* Daily billable hours quota
* Following No S Diet
* Morning walks plus BarreFusion class Wednesday
* Spend at least one hour revising last short story [Thurs]
* Evening reading
* Project Life session [Tuesday afternoon]
Write for at least 15 minutes a day (Yes+) This week I allowed the writing to guide me, instead of placing expectations upon it – it flowed more naturally and exceeded the 15 minutes a day!
Wake up at 5:45 to journal (Yes, but once or twice I journaled at a different time of day, but still used morning time to create)
Wake up at 5:45 (4 days) this week and use this time to create before the little one wakes up (journaling/art journal/write)
Take one photo a day that will capture everyday, ordinary moments of beauty
Get outside for at least 15 minutes everyday
Work on writing project each day for at least 30 mins.
Read a chapter of The Big Leap
I made a pact to draw daily for Inktober, so far so good! You can check it out on my blog http://jackiefullerartist.wordpress.com. Another positive is that I am blogging about it daily too, an unexpected two-for-one deal! I plan to keep going this week doing the same……
* continue office painting
*go to yoga class twice
* prep for ancestor ritual -co leading Tuesday night
* buy metal shelves, assemble and clear a table in studio
* draw for an hour one night, Wednesday or Thursday
* pack for boy scout camping this coming weekend
… err , have fun….
My creativity this week seems swallowed by a volunteer position I am busy with this month. Writing is being pushed aside. I will give myself grace in this time, and allow myself to pick up my writing when I feel more grounded in my other activities! I still plan to journal every day (which is a significant bit of writing, but only for my eyes), and I would like to do one flash fiction blog piece as well.
The studio floor is done and looked great for the Lowell Open Studios weekend. Onto the next goal of regular hiking while the weather holds. Floor pics are at http://becswindmill.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/be-floor-and-after/