Mon. May 23, 2022: Intent for the Week – Enjoy the Process

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This week, I’m going in several directions, creatively, physically, and practically. I intend to enjoy the process as much as possible. There are concerns weighing on me, but I’m trying not to let them conquor all the good things that are on tap.

What is your intent for the week?

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Mon. May 16, 2022: Intent for the Week: Get Back on Track

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Last week, I was derailed by tech issues, so I focused on hearth and home things. I’m grateful I had the time to do so, but now I have to get back on track with work that needs to be done on the computer.

This week, my intent is to get back on track, especially when it comes to The Big Project and CAST IRON MURDER.

I also have to catch up on a good deal of admin, and I take the car back to the mechanic, for what I hope will be the final time, at least until the next oil change.

There’s still plenty to do on the hearth-and-home front, but I hope I can balance that with the work that pays to keep us with a home!

What’s your intent this week?

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Mon. May 9, 2022: Intent for the Week — Embrace Stillness

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Mercury goes retrograde tomorrow, and it remains so until June 3.

Since I have to get the car fixed (a big red flag during such a time), I am not looking forward to this. I never look forward to Mercury Retrograde, and last year, moving during the Retrograde nearly killed me. Fortunately, I had signed the lease prior to the retrograde.

Things to watch out for during the retrograde:

–Avoid big purchases, such as a house, a car, electronic devices;

–Electronic devices are likely to be troublesome (I already backed up everything);

–Plan for travel delays and give yourself extra time;

–Communication misfires are common. Think before you speak. Choose positive and/or diplomatic phrasing whenever possible. Look for what’s under the words you hear, instead of reacting to what’s on the surface.

–Try not to sign any contracts. If you need to, make sure you look at the fine print carefully.

–Try not to start a new project, especially a creative one, until Mercury goes direct.

Positives:

–This is a great time for sales and shopping for small purchases, non-electronic items, and things like garage sales and thrift shops.

–This is a good time to slow down, stop and smell the roses (both metaphorically and literally.

–This is a good time to return to unfinished projects and finish them, such as WIPs you put aside, unfinished crafts, etc.

–Take the time to think before you speak. One should always do this, but this retrograde reminds us of that imporantance.

My mantra for this retrograde is often: Stay low, stay quiet, go shopping (at thrift stores, anyway).

What’s your intent for the week?

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Mon. May 2, 2022: Intent for the Week — Concentrate

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It’s a new month, we’re in Pluto Retrograde, we have a Mercury Retrograde looming.

I have some projects on deadline that I need to clear off my desk this week, so my intent is to concentrate. Not allow distractions. Not break projects down into chunks, and then lose time trying to remember where I was.

I want to spend large blocks of time in concentration. I do my best work that way.

What is your intent this week?

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Mon. April 25, 2022: Planning

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We’re getting into Retrogrades again, starting near the end of this week — Pluto goes retrograde on the 29th, Mercury on May 10, and they pile on from there.

So this week, I want to plan for the next few months (if that’s at all possible). I want to take all this interior work I’ve been doing, and figure out how to manifest it externally.

It’s not about items on a To-Do list. It’s about manifesting what I want on the “I Am” list.

What’s your intent for the week?

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Mon. April 18, 2022: Intent for the Week –Rearrange

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“Rearrange” — that’s nice and vague, isn’t it?

Well, there’s a lot to rearrange. Part of it is rearranging my workday, what I’ve been trying to do these past few weeks, to match the best task to the best energy at any given point, instead of simply plowing through a list. The list only exists in my head, anyway, since writing down a daily To-Do list stopped being a positive tool for me years ago.

As part of the ongoing spring cleaning/continuing to unpack, I’m rearranging things in the house. Less following a feng shui template than shifting things until they look and feel right (and then they usually wind up being in the right spot anyway).

There will be a good deal of trying something, finding it’s not working, and shifting. But that’s okay. That’s part of the process. Then I’ll find something that works — until it doesn’t, and I’ll have to shift again. But that’s one of the reasons I prefer to freelance. I don’t have to get trapped in someone else’s idea of how a workday is structured.

What’s your intent for the week?

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Mon. April 11, 2022: Intent for the Week — Restorative Rest Powers The Week

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Today, I rest.

Yesterday, I had the 4th vaccine. So I worked a long day on Saturday so I could rest post-shot Sunday and today.

Tomorrow, a busy week commences, including car repair and a video conference with a potential new client.

It’s a shortened week around here. Many people are taking part or all of Friday off going into the Easter weekend, and, here in my state, Monday is a holiday (Patriots’ Day).

So today I rest, and tomorrow, I start handling the week.

What’s your intent for this week? Whatever it is, I hope it’s a good one!

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Mon. April 4, 2022: Intent for the Week — Stretch

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This week’s intent is to stretch, in a couple of different ways.

The first stretch is to stop beating myself up for “not getting enough done” when I’m getting plenty done and meeting my deadlines just fine. This stretch means enjoying the work I’m doing, and realizing that yes, it is enough. I need to stop nearly killing myself all the time, to meet outmoded expectations.

The second stretch is with the work I’m doing — with Monthology, with the project for the Dramatists Guild, with the radio plays, with The Big Project. All of those stretch me creatively in different ways, and I need to mindfully enter each project with full joy in the process. Not feel like I have to rush through it in order to get to the next thing on my list.

The third stretch is actual, physical stretching. I’m sitting too much, and I need to add several breaks and find yoga asanas that are appropriate counters.

That’s my plan for the week. What’s on your list?

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Mon. March 28, 2022: Steady At The Till

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Last week, I started finding a steady, creative rhythm for my projects. This week, I want to maintain that steady progress on them. It’s not as fast as I worked ten or fifteen years ago, but the rhythms build, and that means the work gets done.

My intent this week is to keep with the steady rhythm. Not push to build on it to work faster, but to keep the rhythm. Keep the flow.

Enjoy the work.

What’s your intent for the week?

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Mon. March 21, 2022: Intent for the Week — Level Out

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My intent for the week is to level out. Keep a strong balance between my own creative work, and the work I do for other people. Create a better flow in my work day. Have more time to rest.

I’m sure there will be challanges along the way: I have to find a different mechanic to fix the car; the war against Ukraine; the problems here within our own flawed structures; another COVID surge coming up.

But I will try. I will work on keep an even level, and acknowledge and then deal with the stresses as best I can.

Because all I can do is the best I can do.

What is your intent for this week?

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Mon. March 14, 2022: Intent for the Week — Clean

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This week marks the start of our big spring cleaning. I’m figuring it will take about two weeks, because it has to be done around work and other commitments. Ideally, I’d be done by the Equinox, but if it takes two weeks, that won’t happen.

So we’ll see. We’re working, room by room, to make things sparkle for spring and summer.

The hope is that cleaning on the physical level will clear out some of the psychological dirt, too.

What’s your intent for the week?

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Mon. March 7, 2022: Intent for the Week — Gentle

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This is the week leading up to my birthday (I have a Big Number Birthday coming up on Friday).

This is my 3rd birhtday during a pandemic. In 2020, things were just starting to shut down. 2021 was in the midst of it, with the vaccines starting. This year, we have Omnicron.

And war.

I always struggle in the time around my birthday, because I’m always disappointed by what I didn’t get done in the previous year.

This year, I will try to be gentler with myself. I’ve survived a lot in the past couple of years. I have it better than many. I have a lot for which to be grateful.

I would like to live on a peaceful plateau for a bit. While that’s not an option, I will be quieter this week, and try to be kinder to myself. I will push hard on the work, because I want to take a long weekend off for my birthday.

There’s a lot in flux right now: will our lease be renewed? can the car be fixed within my budget? Can I grow my work in the directions I want?

But, this week, I will try to be gentle.

What is your intent for the week?

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Mon. Feb. 21, 2022: Intent for the Week–A Different Kind of Re-Set

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I realized, this weekend, that some of my responses lately have less to do with what’s actually happening than sense memory back to difficult things that happened around the same time over the past two years.

My intent this week is to catch myself when that happens, acknowledge why it’s happening, and make better choices.

I can’t solve it all in a week, but at least I can start putting in the work.

What’s your intent this week?

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