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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ December 15, 2014

Melissa Jean quote

There are just over 2 weeks left in 2014. How will you spend them?

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.”) And don’t forget that maintaining your creative practice can be the path to sanity during the holidays.

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. Christmas countdown bells are ringing loudly…

    I’ve signed up for an in-person mastermind group here on the island that will start in January. Really looking forward to that.

    I enjoyed a weekend unusually full of socializing. Planning this week carefully so that nothing important slips through the cracks. My planner is going to be my constant companion.

    Last week’s intentions:
    * Daily journaling [yes]
    * Following No S Diet [yes]
    * Evening reading [yes]
    * Project Life progress [no]
    * Blog post [no]
    * Christmas gifts for neighbors [decided on, purchased supplies]

    This week:
    * Daily journaling
    * Following No S Diet
    * Evening reading
    * Blog post
    * Make Christmas gifts for neighbors and teachers
    * Last of wrapping and shipping

    December 15, 2014
  2. Sarah #

    Sometimes these Monday posts read my mind. Standing at the kitchen bench thinking how you can’t wait to be clean/organised/rested etc etc in order to ‘start’ something. Then I look at my iPad and see the post.

    Such a terrible morning in Sydney this morning as a siege ends and innocent people lose their lives. Feeling very sad for them and their families.
    My intention is to enjoy life this week.

    December 15, 2014
    • So sorry about the recent events in your part of the world, Sarah xo

      December 22, 2014
  3. maureen #

    hi all,
    I got all last weeks intentions done, hurrah!
    even the receive checks!

    this week
    * receive a good news letter with forms to fill out 🙂
    *assess gift purchases, wrap and mail some out.
    * run errands for household.
    * deposit another check
    * walk in woods
    now for creative… a request was made for me to bring some ornaments to local art center. I sent out ten felted balls(labor intensive) last week. I could spend my time doing that.for the local place.. but not feeling it.
    so I am not sure.
    will be arranging an altar direction for solstice celebration / service on sat. morning. so that’s creative.
    I want to do some organizing of my studio that was disrupted by thanksgiving (wow, that was only two weeks ago!) and xmas prep.
    assemble new metal shelves for items to be moved out of studio and stored elsewhere, I think I can do that this week.
    * entertain with bon fire ( no rain please)

    December 15, 2014
    • Woohoo, Maureen! You’ve been on a terrific streak!

      December 22, 2014
  4. Realistic is key here for me. Going through a stressful season. . .my intentions:
    *Capture every emotion in the raw by journaling on my notepad throughout the day.
    *simple thoughts, speedy prayers
    *bake. . .anything chocolate
    *sip wine and enjoy at least 10 solid minutes of silence (I have 5 kids. . .this is a dream)
    *sit in my jammies while holding the littles, no worries

    December 16, 2014
    • Nice, Sandra — how did your week go?

      December 22, 2014

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