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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ December 22, 2014

Thoreau quote

There is just over one week left in 2014. How will you spend it?

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. This is so great and encouraging. My creative outlet has never been writing until recently. For sone reason I woke up last week and needed to write! I did and it felt like the best thing ever! I’ve never written for a nom educational assignment until now. The feeling is incredible and hopefully 2015 will bring out a “me” I did not know exists. This is my first blog but hopefully it will become so much more than that.
    Cheers,
    B

    December 22, 2014
    • This is fabulous, B! Go you!!

      December 22, 2014
  2. Despite all of the busyness, feeling relatively centered. Hoping that the case of pink eye that appeared this morning doesn’t spread through the entire family — or else we’re going to have a very squinty Christmas.

    Last week’s intentions:
    * Daily journaling [yes]
    * Following No S Diet [mostly]
    * Evening reading [yes]
    * Blog post [no]
    * Christmas gifts for neighbors [nearly ready to package]
    * Last of wrapping and shipping [shipping done — need to do more wrapping]

    This week:
    * Daily journaling
    * Following No S Diet
    * Evening reading [have to get through a handful of books to hit my target of 50 by the end of the year!]
    * Blog post
    * Gingerbread houses with kids
    * Last of wrapping

    December 22, 2014
    • maureen #

      Thank you Miranda for this intentions page and the ongoing blog! I have come to thoroughly enjoy checking in and it helps keep me focused. I believe it played a part in my good news I have to share below.

      December 22, 2014
  3. maureen #

    hi all,
    the walk in the woods and put together shelves just did not happen last week. that was overly ambitious!
    last week yeses
    entertained , yes
    cleaned house for that , yes
    made felted ornaments for teachers gifts, yes
    *** And the risky one to put on the list, receive good news letter with forms to fill out , well yes, that happened.
    I ” ll be a 2015 grant recipient for works on paper, for my drawing series called private life.
    so this week
    put forms in mail
    wrap
    deliver a painting tonight
    eat chineese, watch” Elf”
    visit parents on xmas
    drive around and look at lights
    dream about where I want to exhibit my work this year as the grant requires.

    December 22, 2014

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