As you may have seen on Instagram, this year I'm participating in The 100 Day Project, which started yesterday. Over the past couple of years I've watched Elise and Allie doing this project and learning so much (which they chat about in this podcast) and I've always wanted to give it a try myself but it wasn't until this year when I booked onto a calligraphy workshop that I had an idea for what I could do...
What is The 100 Day Project?
Essentially, it's just doing something creative every day for 100 days. You choose your own project and share on social media as much as possible throughout the 100 days. It's pretty simple at its heart, and you can find out more from founders Elle Luna and Lindsay Jean Thomson on the website.
That said, it's also rather daunting. The project doesn't finish until July 11th, and in that time I'll be going back to work after maternity leave (today's my first day back!), probably going on holiday, visiting family and friends for the weekend, and having some house renovations done, on top of all the regular everyday stuff. Committing to an everyday practice is something I've never really done before, but I'm excited to see where it takes me.
For my project, I'm going to be hand lettering and doing calligraphy onto greeting cards - a different quote or saying every day for 100 days. Now, when I originally came up with this project I thought I'd already have attended the aforementioned workshop but it was snowed off so I'm going in on my own at first.
I know that this is not my greatest skill. It is not something I have ever really done before, and it feels quite vulnerable to share the first ones with you all. I don't think that I'm going to be proud of them, because they're essentially 'practice' ones. But, working on something for 100 days means you're bound to get better, right? Right? So I'm hoping that by the end I'll have something that I'm pleased and excited to share.
Of course, I could just do this on a piece of paper and be done with it - but part of the point is that these are greeting cards; if you ever spot one where the quote speaks to you or you just fancy a bit of post (everyone loves post!), then drop me a message and I'll send it off to you! I've already planned a few to send to friends and family, but it would be cool to send some to 'strangers', too.
That's the point of this project for me. To get better at this skill, but also to get better at sharing things that are in progress, that aren't perfect. To prioritise creativity and to be accountable to that. It's exciting. It's scary. It's happening.