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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ March 23, 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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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Maureen #

    last week
    drawing (yes)
    framing (yes)
    order exhibit cards (no)
    stay off social media for specific time (yes)

    this week similiar
    order cards
    daily to do list – feel good about
    walk daily 20 – 30 minutes
    photograph drawing before framing
    clear table space to do that in studio (the hard part for some reason)

    kid home sick… two days this week so far…

    March 24, 2015
    • Nice, Maureen. I hear you on the kid home sick….

      March 24, 2015
  2. So… of my boys may have pertussis, even though he’s been vaccinated — there’s an outbreak on the island where we live because so many people aren’t vaccinating their kids. Test is a nasal swab–results in 3-4 days and he can’t go to school until we get results and/or he’s finished 5-day course of antibiotics. He’s not coughing that much but systematically feels crappy. And he’s home.

    This is in the midst of a few major projects: Selling two houses, moving, and getting divorced. Yep. Just a few things going on over here. The house we’re living in goes on the market tomorrow, so there are a COUPLE of things on my to-do list.

    And one of the dogs has been up nights, sick and needing to go out.

    How’s that for my inventory of caveats?

    Last week’s intentions:
    * Daily journaling [mostly — missed a few]
    * Following No S Diet & IF [yes]
    * Lots of reading [yes]
    * Blog post [no]
    * Exercise at least 3x (walk or yoga) [yes]

    This week:
    * Daily journaling
    * Following No S Diet & IF
    * Lots of reading
    * Exercise at least 5x (walk or yoga)
    * One writing session

    March 24, 2015
    • Maureen #

      wow, I am speechless! and amazed at how much self care you get in there with so much change happening, truly a model of how to do it Miranda!

      March 30, 2015
  3. ljoe6374 #

    love her creativity, I hope I can just the same or almost.

    March 25, 2015

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