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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ August 10, 2015

Andy Warhol 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. 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!

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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  1. I do an hour of art related work a night. Can be actually drawing, or just writing new blog posts or researching new project ideas etc… Fortunately it is actually the time of day I look forward to the most, as it is also my relax wind down time from life.

    August 10, 2015
  2. I’ve started writing again. Not well but its never been about that for me. My words are my outlet and so I set up my little blog and when I’m thinking something I jot it down. My intention this week is to undertake a local art trail (#BuryWolfTrail) and to document this somehow on my blog. It’s not much but its a start!

    August 11, 2015
    • It sure is, Amy — good for you!!

      August 12, 2015
  3. maureen #

    I wrote on a peice of paper earlier this year “say yes to house, yes to income, and yes to art, say yes only to volunteering with kids””. its working and helping me make decisions when I begin to get cloudy and everyone is asking for volunteers. This is an intention that comes after my priority, kids, yes i feed them every day and help them not be hermits. As for home, income and art intention,I cheated twice already, co facilitating a needle felting workshop for free upcoming in october and giving a sermonette at church on my art last week and darn it , i am chairing a craft show at my church ( that was set before my intention). Art related yes but takes time and mental energy.

    this weeks intention
    * clear table for work on new paintings for october show. pour paint on at least one. do this by Sunday night. goal is five new paintings 16″ x 20 ”
    * vacuum for kids party and house guest next week
    * walk 3x

    I have curtailed f b use. and feel like a warrior for it.

    August 14, 2015
  4. I swear this was written right to me! I have been trying to get my creative mojo back lately. I have finally started investing in me! I finally have my studio up and running. I have everything I need to create all kinds of my favorite forms of art! Now to find the time. With two kids, plus a nephew who I help raise and a husband who is super needed, I just can’t find any time! So I made a Life Binder and started setting a time for everything, including my art. NOW…to get my family to respect that time!

    August 19, 2015
    • maureen #

      I look forward to hearing how the navigating of the life binder goes.

      September 2, 2015

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