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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ June 15, 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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15 Comments Post a comment
  1. So pleased to be writing daily again. Having a really, really hard time shifting my day to the early morning (it’s 10:30 pm right now and I still have a bunch of work on deck). But at least I’m getting it done. Still working on the schedule this week.

    Last week’s plan:
    * Daily writing sessions, 5:00 am [did the writing, but not that early]
    * Daily/evening planning [partly]
    * Daily journaling [not daily]
    * Exercise at least 3x [yes, x6]
    * 30 hours client billables [yet again no, only 23.75]

    This week’s plan:
    * Daily writing sessions, 5:00 am
    * Daily/evening planning
    * Daily journaling
    * Exercise at least 5x (walk or yoga)
    * 30 hours client billables

    June 15, 2015
  2. Anita Ibeakanma #

    Reblogged this on

    June 16, 2015
  3. M E Cheshier #

    Love this!

    June 16, 2015
    • Thank you!

      June 23, 2015
      • M E Cheshier #

        You are very welcome Miranda. Sorry it took so long to respond. I have been waist high in work,

        July 4, 2015
  4. maureen #

    this week i intend to have a fun session on my painting while the middleschoolers do what they do, hahaha
    *most likely on wed. I have some ideas of steps I am taking to make my work, rice paper is placed now for the acrylic gel medium gluing down.
    * call karate place and give the news after three years oldest child is done.
    * join the ymca, yes fill out forms, do it
    *deliver drawing to purchasor/art collector that bought my work
    * excersize, yoga tape 3x, swim at friends house friday

    last weeks intentions
    clear off one table (yes)
    join ymca (no)
    finished mother daughter book club book and attend mtg (yes)
    glue down rice paper (no)

    June 16, 2015
    • How was your week, Mo? (Can I call you that??)

      June 23, 2015
      • maureen #

        Reeny is better, the week was sluggish, sleeping in way too much, sloging around in pjs and flip flops and looking at fb too much. I look at kids and husband with faces in their devices and sometimes I think gee who am I with here? husband did intiate a walk to rite aid and back , took 30 min. how was yours?

        June 23, 2015
  5. Great prompt. My goals this week are to finish chapter 7, write a blog post, and actually do some of my day job writing!

    June 16, 2015
    • Yay, Alana! That “day job writing” is a slippery eel for me these days…. eek!

      June 23, 2015
  6. Before I have my first child I used to create everyday. Then I fell into depression, Post-partum depression, and I shut everything down.
    One day I decided that I needed to start creating again…because it is vital.
    So I started drawing again, and taking pictures, and writing scripts.
    My intentions are to :
    -finish writing my short film and film it
    -finish a pastel canvas that someone ordered from me
    -draw Marylin Monroe on black board

    June 20, 2015
    • Good for you, enyah4m! How did things go?

      June 23, 2015
      • Pretty good now actually. My drawing business is doing pretty well. I taught my son how to play by himself while I draw. I explained to him why I am drawing.

        January 29, 2016
  7. maureen #

    missing creative intentions in my inbox… hello all.

    July 15, 2015

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