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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ November 10, 2014

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There are only 7 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. Just when things were threatening to settle down on the domestic front, my husband and I decided to stir things up by getting a new puppy. We pick her up on Friday. I’m really excited about this addition to our family, which is just further evidence of my questionable sanity.

    Meanwhile, way behind with the art class we’re taking together. Our house is really coming together, however — and this week we’ll be finishing off the last couple of significant projects. So it’s a big week.

    Last week’s intentions:
    * Major organization/planning sweep [yes]
    * Daily journaling [yes]
    * Daily billable hours quota [no]
    * Following No S Diet [yes]
    * Morning walks [yes]
    * Drawing class & homework [T/Th]
    * Evening reading

    This week:
    * Daily journaling
    * Following No S Diet
    * Morning walks
    * Evening reading
    * Puppy preparations

    November 11, 2014
  2. “Putting your intentions on “paper”…that is such a great tip and has helped me stay on track often enough to stress the importance of it!

    November 11, 2014
  3. I love this provocation! I’m trying to learn to code, which is a creative endeavor unlike any other I’ve experienced! I’m still in the skill-building place (I prefer expressionism in most of my other creative endeavors, but haven’t quite figured out how to be a coding expressionist, haha!), but my goal is to make something real by the end of the year. That’s vague, I know, but I just want it to be my own idea, and not something prompted or built in a tutorial. When I started a month ago, I had NO idea what I could even make with programming. Now I think I might understand some possibilities. I feel like I’m on the verge of a real idea, though I still don’t have an inkling what the idea will be!

    November 11, 2014
  4. maureen #

    hi all , I left this weeks intention on last weeks post I was that anxious to list them on Monday.

    Big news is that I finished a portrait !

    7 weeks left of the year and how do I want to spend it? a good question to answer… I want to spend it wisely!
    I had a good year in that I quit an organization that was draining me and shifted my ambitions moving the house organizing which had remained on the back burner(even off the burner) for years and placing it at the front burner.
    intentions then are
    office painting to resume, its the computer wall that I have left for last with a large scientfic lab table to move.
    trips to goodwill
    making my family take an active role in xmasifying the place
    enjoying the xmas shopping
    art dates with friends
    collaging and drawing
    preparing for a wine and paint night I am to teach
    make quick prep painting for that!

    Good luck with the puppy Miranda, my husband has been hinting for a long time… I want no parts of it. I like dogs but….

    November 12, 2014
  5. Ironically, one of my creative intentions for the week was to slow down and read this post, as well as a few others. 🙂 Does Sunday count as part of this past week? I’m happy to be here. Can’t remember how I came across this site, but I’m glad I found y’all.

    November 16, 2014

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