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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ May 25, 2015

Martha Beck 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 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. Thank you for the inspiration here on this post. I do the same when I follow a plan for running exercise, but have found it difficult to have a plan for creative things. So I will try to set time a side for writing and sowing clothes

    May 25, 2015
    • Lovely, Maria! Let us know how it goes! xo

      May 25, 2015
  2. Maureen #

    Last week
    registered daughter for a summer camp – yes
    walk three times – yes
    register son for a summer camp- no
    clean two rooms thoroughly- no
    go on art date with myself – no
    order more show cards for next shows (all out), ( yes half way) designed online, need to edit and order
    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. (yes)
    yoga tape three times (yes)

    this week
    fix design and order more upcoming exhibit cards
    walk three times
    yoga tape three times
    picked studio for clean up and organizing so continue that
    along with dinning room adjacent
    was asked to help with a UU church service focusing on art so
    do one task on that (service in August)
    and now for a reflection, The house is important, its ok to put house before art for a few weeks… but i may make a move on a painting…heehee

    May 25, 2015
    • Awesome, Maureen! Amen to putting art before house! 😀

      May 25, 2015
      • maureen #

        I know! I put art before house for five months then put house before art for going on three weeks now to catch up, I think I may have found a good rythym for art and house if deadlines don’t creep in..

        June 1, 2015
  3. I’m now box-free! The little cottage has come together beautifully. Now it’s time to find a new homeostasis (as much as that’s ever possible). Part of that means resuming a morning routine that includes time for meditation and my various morning practices.

    Last week’s plan:
    * Daily/evening planning [mostly]
    * Daily journaling [only once]
    * Exercise at least 3x [yes, 5]
    * 20 hours client billables [yes, 22]
    * Finish unpacking! [yes!]

    This week’s plan:
    * Daily/evening planning
    * Daily journaling
    * Exercise at least 3x (walk or yoga)
    * 30 hours client billables
    * Ease back into morning practice routine

    May 25, 2015

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