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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ December 1, 2014

Paulo Coelho quote

There are just over 4 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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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Behind the 8 ball this week, after a weekend of power outage.

    Are you, like me, wishing you could hit the pause button before the holidays hit?

    Last week’s intentions:
    * Daily journaling [yes]
    * Following No S Diet [partial]
    * Evening reading [yes]
    * Project Life progress [no]

    This week:
    * Daily journaling
    * Following No S Diet
    * Evening reading
    * Project Life progress
    * Blog post

    December 2, 2014
  2. maureen #

    yes, a pause button would be nice with a cool machine elf in there to clean all the bathrooms.

    last week
    husband and kids were home for the whole week….
    xmasifyied the house Yes (tree up and decorated)
    got unexpected order for ten ornaments , so busy needle felting
    my class had only one registered but this week

    This week
    My class has two registered…
    art center is desparate to run this class and has asked me to take pay cut and run theclass with two people…
    My gut reaction is No, I don’t think a class touted as Girls Art Night out with alcohol and snackies should run with two. It advertised as a party atmosphere. They are bound to be disappointed.
    I am kinda pissed to be put in the position of having to say no. Then it appears that it is my fault the class did not run….
    arrg
    so. intentions
    Breathe, breathe, breathe
    do household jobs
    make ornaments
    finish painting background on the sample painting anyway. its a sweet Painting.

    December 3, 2014
  3. Melissa #

    Just found this site and am happy about it. I’m a homeschooling mom of four, an artist with artist kids. I’ve recently started using early morning hours to focus on colored pencil drawings and writing. Then my brain–conscious and subconscious stays busy with the art in a (mostly) good way that keeps me speeding through the stuff that just has to get done and keeps me creative and smart about making sure everyone does their part in keeping the household running OK. I find when I do this I find more time to be create later in the day and my kids follow my example and make more stuff too.

    December 4, 2014
  4. Aargh. I left a comment above, but I pressed a wrong button and don’t think I filled in the website field, so I’m trying again.

    December 4, 2014

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