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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ December 29, 2014

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This is the last week of 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. I can’t believe 2014 is almost behind us! I always try to bite off more than I can chew, so I am going to try to be a little more conservative with my intentions this week. I plan to:

    * Complete lessons 6 and 7 of my Editing class
    * Work on my novel for 20 minutes 3 times during the week
    * Write 2 pieces of flash fiction
    * Spend 1 hour reading
    * Finish the hat I started knitting

    December 29, 2014
    • Nice, Sarah! Do you need to schedule those writing sessions, or are you able to fit them in ad hoc?

      December 29, 2014
      • It’s hard for me to schedule anything, with little kids home. I plan to do the work in my “work time” in the morning or after they go to bed.

        December 29, 2014
  2. Love the guide you posted! Thank you!

    December 29, 2014
    • Thank you so much, MamaPains! xo

      December 29, 2014
  3. What a week! After a quiet Christmas, I’m thrilled to have the house back to normal AND have totally caught up on Project Life. It was a lot of hours, but well worth it. Also worked on schedule revamp.

    Last week’s intentions:
    * Daily journaling [mostly]
    * Following No S Diet [yes]
    * Evening reading [yes]
    * Blog post [no]
    * Gingerbread houses with kids [yes]
    * Last of wrapping [yes]
    Bonus: Many hours of Project Life catchup

    This week:
    * Daily journaling
    * Following No S Diet
    * Lots of reading
    * Blog post
    * Resume writing practice

    December 29, 2014

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