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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ October 27, 2014

Erica Jong

Halloween comes to the Monday Post….boo!

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. Still working on the basics here, but about to add writing practice back into the mix. Woohoo!

    Last week’s intentions:
    * Daily journaling [yes]
    * Daily billable hours quota [partial]
    * Following No S Diet [yes!]
    * Morning walks [yes]
    * Drawing class & homework [no]
    * Evening reading [yes]

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

    Secondary:
    * Project Life session [Tues/Thurs afternoon]

    October 27, 2014
  2. maureen #

    hi all,

    this week
    + yoga class twice
    got a nudge to work on a promised painting so
    +one hour of fine art painting daily
    + office painting
    +carve pumpkins with kids

    last week
    yoga once
    office painting yes
    drawing yes
    art work was picked up yes
    arranged time to pick up from retrevial person , no

    October 27, 2014
    • How’d it go, Maureen?

      November 4, 2014
      • maureen #

        It went pretty well, while I did not paint dailey I put in a 2 1/2 hr session on the over due painting. I arranged and picked up art work and took a 2hr hike with an artist friend on a new path (milkweed field to be checked out next year for monarch butterflys). yoga class only once, carved pumkins and office painting- yes.
        Thank you for asking. its great to list intentions on this blog, it really helps.

        November 4, 2014

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