Mon. Nov. 28, 2022: Intent for the Week — Organized

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This week’s intent is to stay organized.

There’s a lot that has to get done this week, in order to prepare for the lot that has to get done next week, so things can be clear going into the holidays and the end of the year.

Instead of getting overwhelmed, I have to look at both the big picture and the smaller bits, and get it done.

As I’ve often mentioned, To-Do lists don’t work for me. “Got Done” lists are much better. My calendar shows me what needs to happen when; the rest, I can arrange to fit the energy, the day, the work.

What is your intent for this week?

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Mon. Nov. 21, 2022: Intent for the Week — Quiet Enjoyment

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My intent for the week is “quiet enjoyment.”

Here in the US, this is Thanksgiving week. A time where we are grateful for those we love, our family, friends, lives, and celebrate through food.

We acknowledge the origin of the holiday, and the cruelties on which it was founded, and turn it into something good, as we work toward building a better world for eveyrone.

For many, this is the start of the winter holiday stress and busy-ness.

I have a lot to do, workwise, before Thursday.

I have a lot to do, cooking-wise, on Thursday.

I have a lot to do, decorating-wise, all weekend.

But I want to enjoy it.

If it takes longer than I perceive it should, so be it. I want to enjoy the process.

What is your intent for this week?

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Mon. Nov. 14, 2022: Intent for the Week — Aim for the Horizon

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Monday, November 14, 2022

Neptune, Chiron, Jupiter, Uranus, Mars Retrograde

Partly Sunny and cold

Nano trucks along steadily. I broke 30K over the weekend, and had a good writing session this morning.

With Thanksgiving happening next week, there’s a lot that needs to get done this week. Instead of getting overwhelmed, I am keeping my eye on the horizon and aiming for it.

I want to plot along, steadily, and get things done.

What’s your intent for the week?

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Mon. Nov. 7, 2022: Intent for the Week: Envision the Long Game

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Like everyone else, I’m going through a lot of upheaval these days, little of it my own doing.

What I need to remember is not just to experience the moment (mindfulness), but also to take a step back and up, look from above, and look for the long game.

My PERSONAL long game, which has to adjust as things change around me.

I need to do that which serves my writing, and therefore my life, the best.

Some of the decisions to support that will be hard, and may seem harsh to others. However, they are necessary.

This week will see lots of changes and challenges, on multiple fronts for all of us. Don’t get so caught up in the chaos that you lose sight of your personal long game.

How do you plan to do that this week?

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Mon. Oct. 24, 2022: Intent for the Week — Make the Climb

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Today is the Dark Moon.

Tomorrow’s new moon is in Scorpio.

While Saturn went direct yesterday, Mars is still in Gemini, and that retrograde looms as of the 30th.

I can feel that argumentative energy rising. Keep sharp objects and flamethrowers away from me, because I am ready to use both.

We’re in the time around Samhain, which is my busiest time of year, on multiple levels. Anyone asking for anything extra gets “no.” I’ll be pulling ridiculous hours this week. My mother’s 98th birthday is on Saturday. Samhain is on Monday, and next week I have nearly full week of Ceremonies for the Dead.

With the COVID losses this past year, that willl be particularly intense.

Plus my regular freelance workload, plus the launch of THE PROCESS MUSE on Wednesday, plus LEGERDEMAIN and all the other deadlines.

I need to remain calm, focused, and deal with each thing as needed.

What’s your intent this week?

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Mon. Oct. 17, 2022: Intent for the Week — Ride the Creative Flow

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I planned to rest this weekend, but I got caught up in the creative flow of several projects, and chose to ride it.

I have an enormous list of work that has to get done within particular timeframes this week, in spite of my relative flexibility in my schedule.

Therefore, the plan is to ride the creative flow and match the best energy to the best project at the best time to get it done.

What’s your intent for the week?

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Sept. 26, 2022: Intent for the Week — Repositioning

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My intent this week is to reposition myself in a few different situations.

During meditation this morning, I came up with this:

“I thrive in situations where my work is respected.

I remove myself from situations where it is not.”

I will apply this test and make the necessary adjustments.

Over on the Goals, Dreams, and Resolutions site, I posted the Questions to Ponder for 2023, and we will reconvene there after the first of the year with what we’ve come up with.

What is your intent for the week?

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Monday, Sept. 19, 2022: Intent for the Week — Steer Through

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There’s a lot going on, on multiple fronts, with all these retrogrades, so I’m looking at the week as an obstacle course which I need to steer through. Keep a cool head, keep it together, make it through.

What’s your intent for the week?

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Mon. Sept. 5, 2022: Intent for the Week: Keep the Inner Work Going

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It’s a holiday Monday here in the US. While the weekend wasn’t the home-based retreat for which I’d hoped, I managed to get a lot of inner work done (along with a good bit of outer work, such as unpacking more boxes).

The week after labor day is, traditionally, busy with everything starting up again after summer. Only with all these retrogrades weighing us down, and Mercury Retrograde looming over us (starting on Friday), maybe we shouldn’t just jump back in and race around. Maybe we need to approach autumn more slowly this time around.

I’m attempting to do that — get my work done, but not overbook myself. I have friends coming at the end of next weekend into the following week, which makes me happy, and I have to prepare for that, too. I have to figure out when to book the fifth Covid boosters, for myself and my mom.

My intent is to take things slowly, and pay attention. Maybe even enjoy them!

What’s your intent for the week?

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Mon. Aug. 22, 2022: Intent for the Week — A Positive Tension

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This week feels like walking a tightrope, because there are a lot of things that need balacing. I want to make sure it’s done in a positive way, not the negative way I felt like I was spiralling toward by the end of last week.

I’ve let my daily yoga and meditation practice moulder for the past couple of weeks, and this morning, I made the time to put them back into the early morning routine. It’s already made a positive difference. A good reminder not to self-sabotage by letting steady practices slide.

If my father was still alive, this would be his 101st birthday. It is not a day to mourn him, but to celebrate him, and I intend to do just that.

What’s your intent for the week?

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Mon. Aug. 8, 2022: Intent for the Week — Slow, but Steady

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The last two weeks have caught up with me, and I am tired. I got all six Topic Workbooks re-released, and the 7th is just about ready to go. LEGERDEMAIN launched. A radio drama I wrote is in rehearsal. I’m taking Italian lessons and a cooking class, and I’m working on another poem to read this week for Poets in Conversation. I taught a class and attended a play.

I need a nap!

Seriously, though, this week still has a lot that has to get done. And the heat and humidty are slowing me down.

So I will work slowly and steadily. I will listen to my body when it needs rest. I will get things done, but without driving myself into illness.

What is your intent for the week?

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Mon. Aug. 1, 2022: Intent for the Week — Stay Focused

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Today is Lammas, a big day in my personal calendar.

Much as I would like to take today off, there are things that need attention. I need to focus on each task, and give it my full attention while I do it, complete it, and do the next thing. While keeping an eye on the bigger picture.

That is what this week needs, leading up to my teaching gig on Saturday.

I don’t like multi-tasking anyway — I believe it’s a capitalist tool to keep labor overwhelmed so they don’t actually stand up for themselves and improve society.

One can be aware of the big picture and all that needs to be done, while keeping attention and working mindfully on one task at a time.

What’s your intent for the week?

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Mon. July 25, 2022: Intent for the Week — Enjoy

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This week is about enjoyment for me.

I have three Topic Workbooks releasing this week: THE GRAVEYARD OF ABANDONED PROJECTS, THE COMPLEX ANTAGONIST, and ORGANIZE YOUR WRITING LIFE.

LEGERDEMAIN launches on Thursday, with the first two (free) episodes.

If I continue to test negative for the plague. I get to visit a friend I haven’t seen in person in over 10 years.

I still have scripts to cover, an article to finish, more Topic Workbooks to revise, and more episodes of LEGERDEMAIN to get uploaded and scheduled.

The plan is to enjoy all of it.

What’s your intent this week?

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