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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ June 1, 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!

The photo used in this week’s Monday Post is courtesy community member June Kwak. Thank you, June! And if you would like to contribute a nature image for a future Monday Post, please send an e-mail to creativereality [at] live.com !

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7 Comments Post a comment
  1. maureen #

    last weeks intention
    ordered more up coming exhibition cards (yes)
    walked 3x yes
    yoga tape yes
    continued cleaning studio ( began purging)
    drew alittle even though not on list….

    this week
    walk 3 x
    yoga tape 3x
    finish studio organizing and purge some things
    focus on daughter’s room dust bunny collection removal
    goddess flag completion with ladies Tuesday (finally)
    new tires on car wed
    museum visit Thursday
    volunteer fun day at middleschool fri
    finish off box wine from last art opening ha

    June 1, 2015
    • Busy week, Maureen. Maybe combine the dust-bunny project with the wine? 😀

      June 1, 2015
  2. Love that quote! Thanks for sharing! I need to sit with that one for a while 🙂

    June 1, 2015
  3. Marcus #

    Reblogged this on The Future School and commented:
    “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.”

    June 1, 2015
  4. While I didn’t make much headway with re-establishing my morning practice, I did have a positive week — feeling increasingly well centered. Settling into a new “normal” (whatever that is, right?).

    This week I’m shifting my creative practice back to daily writing practice.

    Last week’s plan:
    * Daily/evening planning [partly]
    * Daily journaling [only once]
    * Exercise at least 3x [yes, 6]
    * 30 hours client billables [no, only 20.5]
    * Ease back into morning practice routine [only meditated once]

    This week’s plan:
    * Daily one-hour writing sessions
    * Daily/evening planning
    * Daily journaling
    * Exercise at least 5x (walk or yoga)
    * 30 hours client billables
    * Ease back into morning practice routine

    June 1, 2015

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