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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ January 5, 2015

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Welcome to the first Monday Post of 2015!

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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11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Love it! My creative intentions for this year is to keep up my schedule on my blog. 🙂

    January 5, 2015
    • Awesome! How frequently will you be blogging? I’d love to know how you’re approaching your schedule!

      January 5, 2015
      • My plan before I signed up for blogging 101 was 4 times a week. Since im in blogging 101 I may be posting a little more because of the assignments. That will only last a month, then I will be back to 4 times a week.

        January 5, 2015
  2. Wow — feels amazing to return to some kind of “normal” today. Working hard to stick with my revamped scheduled, which includes a midday hour of writing practice. I’d intended to resume for former WIP, but something new has pushed its way to the fore. So I’m just doing what it tells me, lol.

    Last week’s intentions:
    * Daily journaling [almost daily]
    * Following No S Diet [yes]
    * Lots of reading [yes]
    * Blog post [no]
    * Resume writing practice [yes! yes! yes!]

    This week:
    * Daily journaling
    * Following No S Diet
    * Lots of reading
    * Blog post
    * Weekday writing practice quota
    * Project Life (Now that I’m all caught up, it’s not overwhelming. Yay!)

    January 5, 2015
  3. Reblogged this on Running Into Life and commented:
    I share these a lot, because I love thinking about the week and how I can cram life and creativity and everything into it!! Thank you, Studio Mothers!!

    January 5, 2015
  4. Thanks, as always, for helping me start the week with creativity and inspiraion!! 🙂

    January 5, 2015
  5. Reblogged this on Fiction As Life and commented:
    My plans last week were:
    * Complete lessons 6 and 7 of my Editing class (yes)
    * Work on my novel for 20 minutes 3 times during the week (no, I only did one stretch of novel writing)
    * Write 2 pieces of flash fiction (yes)
    * Spend 1 hour reading (yes)
    * Finish the hat I started knitting (not finished, but progress made)

    This week my plans are:
    * Complete lessons 8 and 9 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

    (Goals can carry over from week to week, right?)

    January 5, 2015
    • Absolutely, Sarah! So great to see your lists.

      January 10, 2015
  6. Love this quote!

    January 7, 2015

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