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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ November 3, 2014

Mary Oliver quote

There are only 8 weeks left in 2014. How will you spend yours?

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. Seriously? It’s November? {insert expletive of choice here}

    On the road and late to the Monday Post.

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

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

    November 4, 2014
  2. maureen #

    gosh, I wrote out all my intentions, hit the wrong button and lost the whole list!
    but short
    paint daily
    yoga practice at home daily

    took on a new job of watching another child after school for 2and a half hours – mon-fri. 330 – 6pm and she is a pistol
    I am grateful for the work but no more naps and facebooking and doing my own thing while my kids unwind and do homework afterschool.

    November 4, 2014
    • That’s a big change, Maureen! Let us know hos things are going….

      November 5, 2014
  3. Yoga classes, writing group and solo writing time written in my new agenda- and always, always finding more ways to simplify!

    November 5, 2014
  4. maureen #

    it is Nov. 10
    need to post now at 9:13 then leave email alone the rest of the day
    so
    last weeks intentions
    painting daily (yes)
    yoga daily (no)
    the painting daily aided me in concluding a promised painting for an auction item from 2013. So that is a big to do OFF my list. it has to dry now.. then I”ll wire and deliver it.

    This week
    work from to do list. (many items)
    one of which is to draw (which I did last week too even though not on last weeks list)

    New job is challenging but also a delight. got to introduce Beatrice Potter to a six year old who knew neither hide nor tail of it -to be punny!

    November 10, 2014

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