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VNM Book Encouragement Club | April Book Introduction

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Phew, after a month of learning about finances we’re going to shift gears into some creative play!

Don’t let your goal slow your progress.

Sometimes having a specific goal can work against you. If your goal is to read 8 pages a day but you feel exhausted and you don’t even read one, don’t let that keep you from ever picking the book up again. Just reassess & restructure your goal to meet your needs. Maybe you add 1 extra page for the following week, maybe you give yourself an additional day at the end of the month, or maybe you add a month to your overall goal.

Whatever pace you go at, just keep picking up your book.

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WHY I PICKED THIS BOOK:

This book came recommended by quite a few people over the years. I love books that push me to build habits that amplify my creativity. I like to think of my creative expression as another muscle in my body. Books like this act as great weights to help me ‘stay fit’ creatively speaking. Since my days on stage when I was younger, Twyla Tharp has always been someone I’ve admired. I’m really looking forward to exploring her off-stage creation.

ABOUT THE BOOK (VIA AMAZON):

“One of the world’s leading creative artists, choreographers, and creator of the smash-hit Broadway show, Movin’ Out, shares her secrets for developing and honing your creative talents—at once prescriptive and inspirational, a book to stand alongside The Artist’s Way and Bird by Bird.

All it takes to make creativity a part of your life is the willingness to make it a habit. It is the product of preparation and effort, and is within reach of everyone. Whether you are a painter, musician, businessperson, or simply an individual yearning to put your creativity to use, The Creative Habitprovides you with thirty-two practical exercises based on the lessons Twyla Tharp has learned in her remarkable thirty-five-year career. 

In "Where's Your Pencil?" Tharp reminds you to observe the world -- and get it down on paper. In "Coins and Chaos," she gives you an easy way to restore order and peace. In "Do a Verb," she turns your mind and body into coworkers. In "Build a Bridge to the Next Day," she shows you how to clean the clutter from your mind overnight. 

Tharp leads you through the painful first steps of scratching for ideas, finding the spine of your work, and getting out of ruts and into productive grooves. The wide-open realm of possibilities can be energizing, and Twyla Tharp explains how to take a deep breath and begin...”

DAILY PAGE GOALS:

Finish in 1 month:

9 page per day, 7 days per week | 63 pages / week
or
11 pages Monday - Friday, 8 pages Saturday, no reading Sunday | 63 pages /week

Finish in 2 months:

4 pages per day, Monday - Saturday, 5 pages on Sunday | 29 pages / week
or
5 pages M-F, 4 pages Saturday, no reading Sunday | 29 pages / week

GOAL TRACKER

To track your goal, print out the calendar sheet below (click to download). Once printed, fill in your daily page goal in pencil (so you can adjust if need be) and hang it somewhere you’ll regularly see it. I like to use the inside of kitchen cabinets, the refrigerator, or a next to the bathroom sink.

click the image to download