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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ October 20, 2014

Anne Lamott 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. Another mixed bag, last week — one of those stretches where self-discipline seemed to have left town — but I’m off on the right foot this go round.

    Last week’s intentions:
    * Daily journaling [not daily]
    * Daily billable hours quota [no]
    * Following No S Diet [no]
    * Morning walks [yes]
    * Drawing class & homework [no]
    * Evening reading [yes]

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

    Secondary:
    * Project Life session [Thursday afternoon]

    October 20, 2014
  2. Thank you for this! I intend on picking up my guitar for at least 20 minutes every day this week. 💗

    October 20, 2014
  3. maureen #

    creative intentions from last week
    quilt patch was placed on the auction quilt (yes)
    continued painting office (which spills into kitchen) yes
    prepared and spackled black board painted wall (its time, the kids don’t chalk draw on it anymore)
    yoga class twice(yes but only once)
    As spontaneousness is valued I viewed a few art quilt videos and mixed media videos, counts as creative research.

    this week intentions
    tearing out pages from my old oprah magazines for collage and tossing the remains
    continue office painting
    yoga class twice
    walk a couple times
    take vitamins ( vit. D lackthere of time approaching)
    check if my art mover picked up my work from exhibit and arrange pick up from her
    cut collage boards to size..be smart about what size to cut them for future economic framing.

    October 20, 2014
  4. fdavidneal #

    Creative intentions for this week:

    Write 1 hour daily
    Draw something daily
    Kaizen my website
    Refine my GTD

    Nice post, Miranda! I love how you emphasize the importance of structure around creativity.

    Also, nice header image on the site.

    ~Dave!~

    October 22, 2014

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