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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ April 13, 2015

Gustave Flaubert

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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10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Ahh, intentions the great foil to doing anything! Good reminder.

    April 13, 2015
    • Yes…..the road to hell and all that, lol 😀

      April 13, 2015
  2. Gosh — I had no idea that I never posted to the Monday Post last week — I was sure that I had! Sigh…. a sign of where things are at right now.

    On Friday we closed on our house in Massachusetts — a huge relief. We’re still working hard to sell our house here in Washington. One down, one to go.

    My schedule is so unpredictable (with house showings and myriad appointments, tasks, and phone calls related to buying, selling, getting divorced, moving) that right now my top priority is planning each day in detail the evening before. While there are still many late-breaking surprises, this is my best chance at hitting my client billables quota each day and not lapsing into a coma of overwhelm.

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

    April 13, 2015
  3. This week I am committing to taking and editing photos every day – my dear friend from Belgium is visiting so I look forward to the photo opportunities as I show her around Florida / Georgia 🙂

    April 13, 2015
  4. Maureen #

    I missed last week too, was on spring break and three day trip to Cape May
    so check .. climbed the cape May lighthouse 13 flights up equivalent , legs work

    art related
    Exhibition announcement cards came in mail hurrah so this week…

    * send out cards
    * finish three drawings, one a day Tuesday, Wednesday, thursday
    * photograph them
    * frame them all by Thursday – so one a day

    leave for retreat Friday
    teach goddess peace prayer flag workshop

    call dr for scoliosis screening for daughter

    congrats Miranda on the sale of the mass. house!

    April 13, 2015
    • Thank you, Maureen! Good luck this week — what retreat are you going on??

      April 13, 2015
      • maureen #

        Church ladies of the unitarian universalists, we do yoga, bike to beach, sing goddess songs, craft and eat well

        April 14, 2015
  5. This is such a wonderful reminder for mums that we need to dedicate time for ourselves and for our creativity. I am new to blogging and have just started to write some concrete goals each week. Last week was ‘writing’, this week is ‘creating’ and I think I will stick to this roster. This week, I am starting a new cloth doll. Great article and motivator. Thanks, Emma

    April 13, 2015
    • Good for you, Emma! Wonderful to see you here.

      (And I love your name — my daughter is Emma!)

      April 20, 2015

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