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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ May 11, 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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  1. I did do some writing last week (yay!) and then turned my focus to the next step in my Big Life Transition: moving. Packers come Wednesday, movers come Thursday. Needless to say, I will be consumed by packing and moving tasks this week — will be a struggle to get a minimum of client work done in the edges.

    Last week’s plan:
    * Daily/evening planning [mostly]
    * Daily journaling [yes]
    * Daily writing session [three days]
    * Following No S Diet [mostly not]
    * Lots of reading [yes]
    * Exercise at least 3x [yes]

    This week’s plan:
    * Daily/evening planning
    * Daily journaling
    * Exercise at least 3x (walk or yoga)
    * 20 hours client billables
    * MOVING

    May 11, 2015
  2. writing, writing, writing…. no plans, no gin, just writing. 😉

    May 12, 2015
  3. Thats so true.

    May 12, 2015
  4. Reblogged this on nancycarucci.

    May 12, 2015
  5. maureen #

    last week
    achieved most of the goals for last week

    this week
    Tuesday. installation of solo exhibition
    rest of week
    watch a comedy movie
    blast an email, buy stamps
    send a handwritten thankyou note to installation crew
    buy wine for reception, attend the reception
    go to my friend’s solo show ( hers is up til Sunday)
    decide on which room to start thorough cleaning of, seriously house is six months over due, that’s what happens when you put art and family first, wouldn’t have it any other way. Each room will take a day I think…
    yoga tape 3x
    picnic dinner on beach Saturday night

    May 12, 2015
  6. samitakaur1974 #

    Reblogged this on myideasaremine and commented:
    we always forget that change is essential part of life.

    May 15, 2015
  7. Sometimes life is moving too fast!!!!

    May 18, 2015

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