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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ January 26, 2015

Berthe Morisot 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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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Lovely post. Thank you. 🙂

    January 26, 2015
  2. Today I’m thinking about my friends and former neighbors in the Northeast. Do I miss the excitement of an impending storm and the prospect of several snow-day school cancellations? Well, I might miss some of the excitement, but I certainly do NOT miss the actual snow, cold, and ice. I hope everyone makes it through this one unscathed.

    Was partially derailed by migraine last week, but despite that, reinstated my daily writing practice, which makes me SO HAPPY.

    Last week’s intentions:
    * Daily journaling [yes]
    * Following No S Diet & IF [yes]
    * Lots of reading [yes]
    * Blog post [draft not yet compete]
    * Weekday writing practice quota [yes! yes! yes!]
    * Exercise at least 3x (walk or yoga) [yes!]
    * Project Life [partial]

    This week:
    * Daily journaling
    * Following No S Diet & IF
    * Lots of reading
    * Blog post
    * Weekday writing practice quota
    * Exercise at least 3x (walk or yoga)
    * Project Life

    January 26, 2015
  3. youngenhopeful #

    Reblogged this on Me In Progress.

    January 26, 2015
  4. Maureen #

    I have been watching that Following no S diet listing for what 6 months to a year? and am in awe Miranda! at how many (yeses) I see.
    I just can’t give up that fraction of a teaspoon everytime I have a cup o joe three times a day…. I have a plague of girlie problems because of it too…
    waa.
    so this week, a huge one
    * Quit my afternoon 12 1/2 hrs. a week pt job watching a neighborhood kid for afterschool care. Been at it for four months and the kid is demanding.
    * I owe it to myself to reclaim that time .. to be serious about my fellowship year that is under way, (make art, frame art, market art shows)
    as well as keep on top of house organizing, (still have a wall left to paint in office) cleaning, cooking dinner, be there for husband and little league baseball season.
    I asked a woman to be my quitting coach, she gave me some good lines and reminders.
    It is hard, but must be done, I gave it serious thought in the last month.
    The progress on my fellowship activities is off to a slow start because of the added responsibility…. and normal January recovery from holidays…
    * goal to check off with a yes to having given my notice. send good vibes

    January 27, 2015

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