Did you sign up for #the100dayproject? Today is Day 101, so you may have to wait until next year if you didn't. Loads of people managed all 100 days. Look at all these amazing projects.
I didn't. My project was #100daysofmakingmymark and I put pen, brush or pencil to paper around 50/100 deliberately for the project. I only shared my work 34/100 times.
I'm okay with that and here's why. I didn't give up the first time I missed a run of days. I didn't give up the second time, or the time after that. I kept trying, right up until Day 100 (above). I learned a lot in the process:
- I suspect I would've done better with more limitations. I thought mark-making would allow me to use whatever I was doing at the time. Instead, I think it stopped me setting up a practice.
- Next time, I will choose one thing and set up a space for that for the duration, with all supplies to hand.
- Creating and sharing are two very different processes for me. I found I often was off-line on the days I made my mark and sometimes I didn't make it to the capture and share stage.
- It inspired me to try a consistent visual style for the photography, but that meant there was a little more in the way of sharing.
- Next time, I'll be more deliberate about sharing. I'll plan time for that, and maybe plan to work one day behind, sharing yesterday's work.
- And I should have my photography nook set up soon, which will help.
- Sharing unfinished work, practice marks and experiments can feel very hard.
- I just read Gretchen Rubin's book "Better Than Before" and I understand a lot more what sort of person I am when it comes to habit-forming. (There's a quiz. I love a quiz.)
If you did a 100 day project, how did you get on? Feel free to link in the comments.