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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ May 18, 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. Thanks for your prompt Miranda! I scheduled in my goals and writing time last week and did so much better! I plan to write for (at least) 30 minutes two evenings this week, and for an hour this weekend.

    May 18, 2015
  2. maureen #

    hi All,
    last week
    reception went well, favorite peeps came, lots of new people and some surprise people. My dear older friend bought a drawing. She is a great model for me, even into her eighties she is willingly to buy and add to her collection.
    excersize- yes
    beach excursion- no
    comedy movie watching – yes
    see friends art show – no
    took kids to bird sactuary instead
    choose a room to focus on – yes

    this week
    registered daughter for a summer camp – yes
    walk three times
    register son for a summer camp
    clean two rooms thoroughly
    go on art date with myself
    order more show cards for next shows (all out)
    buy a shelving unit for studio to replace the 30 year old plastic one designed to hold 8 inch deep books, use that else where.
    yoga tape three times

    May 19, 2015
    • Lovely, Maureen. And you’ve reminded me that I *must* sort out summer camps this week…..

      May 20, 2015
  3. I’m now installed in my new home. Unpacking is going slowly, but I’ll be box free by the end of this weekend. More news on all of this soon.

    Last week’s plan:
    * Daily/evening planning [mostly]
    * Daily journaling [only twice]
    * Exercise at least 3x [yes]
    * 20 hours client billables [only hit 7]
    * MOVING [well, yes]

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

    May 20, 2015

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