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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ January 12, 2015

Virginia Woolf quote

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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  1. I HAVE to write things down. If I don’t, I feel lost. I use to sketch all the time when I was younger. I think I turned it into writing because I wasn’t very good at sketching. haha!

    January 12, 2015
    • Jen Nifer #

      I used to sketch a lot when I was younger too! I think I focused more on writing when I gave birth to my first child..and then I came upon Miranda here and her Creative Intentions post. It makes me think about not giving up my drawing and having a schedule for everything including sketching ofcourse! Hoping you find your way back to it to.. 🙂

      January 12, 2015
    • Keep up the drawing! My 9-year-old son wanted to sketch together the other day (and by that he meant each sketch our own thing at the same time) and I was actually pleased with what I did in those few short minutes. Such good muscles to exercise, even for writers! 🙂

      January 12, 2015
  2. Reblogged this on For Your Family and commented:
    Reblogging from an awesome fellow blogger!
    What’s your #creative #intention this grey Monday?

    January 12, 2015
  3. Lost two days last week, but feeling optimistic about getting my writing practice done in the coming days.

    Last week’s intentions:
    * Daily journaling [nearly daily]
    * Following No S Diet [two-day fail, but back on track]
    * Lots of reading [yes]
    * Blog post [yes]
    * Weekday writing practice quota [no]
    * Project Life [yes]

    This week:
    * Daily journaling
    * Following No S Diet
    * Lots of reading
    * Blog post
    * Weekday writing practice quota: T-F at 11:00 am; Monday at 12:30
    * Project Life

    January 12, 2015
  4. kaiteking #

    I drew, painted, and did photography before my daughter was born. I made all the decorations for her nursery when I got pregnant. But it took me until she was nine months old before I started a new art project. I’m starting to have a little bit more free time now so I can do small things. Last week I turned my Christmas cards and family photos into fridge magnets. lol A little bit more crafty than artsy but it felt good to create again. I’ve also gone to a coffee shop to start a drawing. I need to stop procrastinating and commit to a day to go again because I think about it all the time. Thanks for posting this – I need to take some of this great advice! 🙂

    January 12, 2015
    • Good for you, kaiteking! It’s great to see you here — don’t be a stranger! 🙂

      January 16, 2015
  5. kaiteking #

    Reblogged this on Pocketful of Posies.

    January 12, 2015

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