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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ February 2, 2015

Eudora Welty 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. Lots of stuff happening over here — I want to make time to share with you soon. Will do as much as I can this week.

    Last week’s intentions:
    * Daily journaling [yes]
    * Following No S Diet & IF [yes]
    * Lots of reading [yes]
    * Blog post [draft not yet compete — did not work on it further]
    * Weekday writing practice quota [yes!]
    * Exercise at least 3x (walk or yoga) [yes — seems to be turning into habit]
    * Project Life [no]

    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

    February 2, 2015
  2. Maureen #

    Hi all,
    artist mother of two, an 11 year old boy and next month turning13 year old girl. Art has been riding right along with motherhood the whole time, there were lulls and high points of creativity along the way.
    Last week
    * reclaim afternoons and quit job (yes)
    anything else was gravy, did draw a little and started a really smart book called ” The Word Exchange”.
    still working afternoons while other mother finds childcare, gave her two weeks notice.

    This week
    *walk three times
    *consider tai chi classes again (I tried to do my form and forgot the sequence, used to have a 109 pose form memorized)
    *Draw on one drawing to completion – have four in the works
    * meet with co-workshop leader to plan and make examples of goddess flags for a womens retreat.
    pay attention to children, my daughter got a “c” in honors math for not turning in hw, I chalk that up to my working at doing homework with another womans child…

    February 3, 2015
  3. Nikki #

    Thank you very much for your inspiring and motivating posts… I’m not a mother myself, but I love reading this blog. It’s wonderful to know there are so many people out there that strive to be better creatively, to create more and express more passion in their lives 🙂

    February 5, 2015

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