So some of you may know that I started the 100 days project in July….. and well, I totally failed it. If you don’t know what the 100 days project it’s the idea where you do something creative that you define and do it for 100 days in a row and share it on social media. I was super excited to start this project, I decided to do a combination of drawing and watercolor because those were two skills I really wanted to strengthen and since practice makes perfect what better way to do that than doing it for 100 days in a row right? Well life and the amount of time in a day had another plan.
It didn’t take long for me to fall behind, on July 15th I launched my Etsy shop Allie Crafts Art, check it out here if you haven’t yet, so that means I was spending most of my free time working on my stock. Since I work a full time day job that meant that most of my days were spent at work or painting for my shop. Then in August I had my first art show, so guess what I was back to painting my ass off to make sure I was really happy with the work I was going to have displayed. To be honest once the show came around I just totally dropped the idea of the 100 days project and that’s ok.
I think there is a lot of value in these projects were you do something every day for an amount of time, if you stick to it not only will you grow but you can see the evolution in your work. That’s really something incredible to look at, but at the same time sometimes it’s really difficult to find the time to always fit it in your day. Even though I totally failed and stopped doing the 1o0 days project, when I reflect on that time I was pretty much still creating art all the time. It just wasn’t labeled as the 100 days project or always shared on social media, I took what I thought was valuable for the project and just made it part of my lifestyle, which was to find time to create whenever you can. To be honest, I pretty much paint/create something every day, it doesn’t happen all the time but majority of the time it does. I think if you can’t commit to these projects that is 100%, we have jobs, side hustles, passion projects, friends, families, classes all these things that require physical time on our part. I think it’s realistic and doable to just work on making time for a creative hobby whether that’s every day, every other day, once a week, once a month whatever works for your schedule, just embrace creativity. I can’t always paint every day but I make time for it when my schedule allows it, but I’ll tell you I rarely go two weeks without painting, if I can’t paint majority of my week I will at least do once a week. I’ve decided not to stress about fitting it in every day, if I run out of time it’s not the end of the world I can just make time for it when I can, the important part is to actually do that.
This month I’m going to try another daily creativity challenge for the #CreateLounge community, it’s called #NaNoLounge, modeled after the NaNoWriMo challenge that takes place in November. I have decided to do my own take on it and create a watercolor illustration with a little writing/story. Although I’m writing this late Thursday night and I’m already missing today’s entry. That’s because I’m due at the dentist on tomorrow (when you are reading this) at 7am to get 2 cavities filled because I fainted when they numbed me at my appointment on Wednesday. Yeah that’s right I’m that girl that faints at the dentist, so I’m off to bed right after this, but it’s not a huge deal I’ll just catch up with my entry over the weekend. I plan on showing my progress on Instagram, if you don’t follow me on Instagram my username is @allie.explores. I highly recommend participating in the challenge, it’s more manageable than the 100 days project and the #CreateLounge community is filled with wonderful encouraging creatives.
Let me know if you’ve ever tried the 100 days project, did you follow through and what was your craft!
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