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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ February 9, 2015

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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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9 Comments Post a comment
  1. It’s beautiful, welcoming for starting your day on Monday!

    February 9, 2015
  2. Maureen #

    hi all,
    last weeks intentions
    * walk three times ( no , but only yes once)
    * draw one drawing to completion (yes)
    * met with fellow workshop leader (yes)
    * made example peace / goddess flags ( no)
    * research (yes)

    this week
    * walk three times during the school day, Monday,Wednesday ,Friday for 45
    * draw one drawing to completion
    * research and decide and order frames
    * watch tai chi instructional video by my former teacher
    * go to art opening with gal pals
    * visionary art museum outing with family unit on saturday

    February 9, 2015
    • Nice, Maureen! How much tai chi do you do? It’s always appealed to me….

      February 9, 2015
  3. jenpiercedwonderings #

    This week, my intentions are to get back to my morning pages habit, focus on meditation, & complete my two photo projects (one is due today! Eek!)

    February 9, 2015
    • That’s a lot, Jen! Good luck!

      February 9, 2015
  4. Amy #

    Working on my intentions now 🙂

    February 9, 2015
  5. The pink eye invasion continues! Two down at my house. Doing everything I can to avoid it. It’s so hard not to touch your eyes when you keep telling yourself DON’T TOUCH YOUR EYES DON’T TOUCH YOUR EYES

    This morning I’ll be attending the first meeting of a local mastermind group I’ve joined. As a coach, I love getting a dose of my own medicine!

    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 [no]
    * Exercise at least 3x (walk or yoga) [yes]
    * Project Life [no]

    This week is a repeat:
    * 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 9, 2015

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