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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ March 16, 2015

Maya Angelou 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 the last 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. Love the Monday Post. This week I am learning Scrivenir via online class and need to catch up on the writing that goes with that workshop. My other goal is to actually submit something somewhere – I am always finding reasons not to do this.

    March 16, 2015
    • Nice, Sarah! How did things go?

      March 24, 2015
      • I fell behind, naturally. It’s still going on – I get a tutorial every day – but life intervened. I am determined to catch up, though. It will help if I settle on just one project to work on in it. That’s one thing that is tripping me up.

        March 27, 2015
  2. Have been running flat out for too many days now — did not want to miss last week’s Monday post, but something had to give (OK, a few things) and there you have it.

    I’m overdue for a full update on my end, but until then…..keeping the creative embers alive while I focus on the logistics of a major life transition.

    Intentions from two weeks ago
    * Daily journaling [mostly — missed a few]
    * Following No S Diet & IF [yes]
    * Lots of reading [yes]
    * Blog post [no]
    * Weekday writing practice quota [no]
    * Exercise at least 3x (walk or yoga) [yes]
    * Project Life [no]

    This week is another repeat:
    * Daily journaling
    * Following No S Diet & IF
    * Lots of reading
    * Blog post
    * Exercise at least 5x (walk or yoga)

    March 16, 2015
  3. Maureen #

    Hi All,

    This week

    ~ Draw for 40 minutes – 1 hour three times
    ~ Frame on Wednesday – three drawings that are completed and photographed
    ~order exhibition announcement cards, who should i use?
    ~touch base with Gallery about getting the word out – they need a push

    ~Stay off face book for four out of seven days, (yes to that for last week)

    March 16, 2015
  4. Practice guitar 5 times a week, 15 minutes on work days, 1 hour, (maybe two?) on days off.
    Blog post once a week.
    Work 15 minutes on photo albums 2 times this week.
    Walk 20 minutes everyday.
    And I just hired a housekeeper. 😊

    March 17, 2015
    • Whoa, yay on the housekeeper! How did things go, Alexandria?

      March 24, 2015
  5. Maureen #

    that house keeper part will make a big difference!

    March 24, 2015

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