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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ October 13, 2014

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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. Last week did not exactly meet my productivity expectations — but I’m going to make this week better. My little guys have no school on Thursday or Friday — so going to have to be a ninja of time management.

    I’ve also started an online drawing class at Sketchbook Skool, which I’m doing with my husband — it’s going to be great, but I need to make time for it!

    I took a yoga/meridian stretching workshop yesterday that made me feel much more connected to my yoga and meditation practice — an area that I’m like to pay more attention to.

    Baby steps.

    Last week’s intentions:
    * Daily journaling [not daily]
    * Daily billable hours quota [no]
    * Following No S Diet [no]
    * Morning walks plus BarreFusion class Wednesday [yes]
    * Spend at least one hour revising last short story [no]
    * Evening reading [yes]

    This week:
    * Daily journaling
    * Daily billable hours quota
    * Following No S Diet
    * Morning walks
    * Drawing class & homework [daily]
    * Evening reading

    * Project Life session [Tuesday afternoon]

    October 13, 2014
  2. maureen #

    hi all,
    * keeping painting office
    I will keep writing that one down until its done. I know that may get boring for some people or they may think , wow you are still not done! I feel and think those things too. I think there may be value in recognizing how long it takes to do major projects while doing a life with kids and a husband. all with needs to be met. sometimes its my needs that are met first and sometimes it is theirs. a balance is required for happiness.
    *yoga class twice (yes)
    *patch on quilt (no). but must this week as quilt group meets wed.
    that’s all for now.

    October 13, 2014
  3. My intention is to paint something each day. Most days I do. The small 5″x7″ sketches count. When I don’t pick up the brush I also acknowledge posting works in progress on my FB page or any listing,re-listing on my Etsy shop as well as a visit to a museum or any ART related activity.

    October 13, 2014
    • Denise #

      I have the same intentions as you. Especially since I’ve been recently laid off from work! I have more time to create!!!! However…..I have more time to clean and keep up on laundry and cooking….Oh by the way I can actually pick up my kids and do homework instead of relying on my in-laws……I tried to keep Thursdays as my actual creative day but other things got in the way. So I chose Friday to make up for Thursday…….Oh I had to clean the basement by accident instead of making up for creative Thursday on Friday. That was on the list for next week! So once again I put my creative self off for the house cleaning and so on……I’m going to get back to my creative self……tomorrow…..I promise!

      October 25, 2014

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