Happy Monday, friends! What in the creative realm would you like to accomplish this week? Comment below with the what, when, and how! And if you commented on last week’s Monday Post, let us know how things went: the hiccups as well as the successes.
Yes, please. I’m listening to Brené Brown’s new book, Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone,and I’m falling in love with Brené all over again. I’m pretty sure I should keep ALL of her audiobooks on my phone and listen to them on endless rotation. Every time I read or hear her work, it hits me at a deeper level — and always feels like exactly what I need in the given moment. Don’t you find that the most authentic work does that to you?
In our Meme of the Week, here’s a keeper from Brené’s 2015 book Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead,as found at her website:
Commit to a regular creativity practice. Regularity — a daily practice, if possible — is key to staying in touch with how you make meaning.
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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