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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ August 17, 2015

Marianne Williamson 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.

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. 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 really like your post on August 17! I feel I was creative this past week with more posts added to my blog. I work on my blog site every day trying to get the hang of all the great information here and everywhere I land, thanks for being. Doris aka Queen Rose

    August 17, 2015
  2. maureen #

    last weeks intentions
    *walk 3x ( yes)
    * vacuum for kids party ( yes) and hosted dinner for nine kids, whew!
    * clear table in studio for painting ( no) but finished office painting instead
    that was a year in the waiting… the computer table was in the way..ha
    now a new desk is in there and printer / scanner not scrunched up and blocked by devices…maybe I”ll do some computer scan art…. future.
    this week intentions
    * walk 3x
    * use up sculpty that is sitting on table that needs to be cleared in studio
    ( I don’t want to store it any more as I have done for years, I want to use it, half hour of facebook time now morphed into sculpty time, each day)

    August 18, 2015
  3. I just started a blog, as in just two days ago! I haven’t written anything yet. I intend to take 30 minutes after breakfast tomorrow and write my first post. I enjoy writing and I would like to do it for fun. One goal would be to have even one follower in a weeks time! This post was just what I needed today. Reminding me to set time aside for the things that are important, and give myself a creative outlet.

    September 9, 2015
  4. I just started a blog called Projects In Parenting (projectsinparenting.com) as a creative outlet to share some of my fun ideas for kid crafts/activities, DIY projects, etc. Your post helped reassure me that trying to stay creative and artistic, even in the midst of all the parenting chaos, is in fact important. Thank you for that.

    November 21, 2015

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