Ah, the irony...
If you've been following along with my #100DaysofQuotesOnCards project on Instagram, you'll probably have noticed a lull in activity this week. To cut a long story short, I've been pretty ill this week off the back of two weeks of caring for a poorly baby and I couldn't muster the energy to sit and watch TV in the evenings, let alone set to and start creating a new card.
I could choose to continue on with the project, picking it back up now that I'm well again and maybe even spend a bit of time catching up with the ones that I have missed so I still have a tidy 100 at the end. But... I think I'm done. Taking so many days to recover from a simple cold is not like me, and I have to admit that I am trying to do too much and something has to give.
In hindsight, this wasn't my year. Whilst I do think that you can't wait for the perfect time to start something, some times are better than others. The few months following the end of maternity leave? Not the best time. If this was all I was doing on top of work and family commitments, then I could have made it work, but I very cleverly also started a podcast at the same time, and I have this blog to contend with. And, realistically, the latter two are a bigger priority to me.
Saying all that, I did learn a few things from my 100 Day Project this year, despite only completing around a quarter of it. I learnt that practice really does make perfect; I started out not being about to really do any lettering at all and just a few short weeks later, I felt like I'd come on in leaps and bounds. It's a skill I'm going to try and keep up with, probably not daily but maybe weekly or fortnightly, as it is something I've been enjoying and it feels like a surprisingly useful skill to have in your arsenal. I learnt that it's okay to suck and to show people that you suck - the world is not going to end if you aren't perfect straight away. I've learnt, for probably the hundredth time, that I love making things and I want making and creating to be a big part of my life.
I can't remember if I mentioned this before, but my grandad is a total whizz at traditional calligraphy. So much so that he legit wrote a book about it (which I want to encourage him to publish somehow because it is hella detailed). Unfortunately, it's not something he's really able to do much of these days, but I'd really like to carry on the family tradition in some form (although I'm sure he would cringe at the mismatched size of my letters!). Every Christmas, he would make us little name cards to go on top of our stockings so that Santa knew which one belonged to us and it's something I miss now that he's no longer able to make them. So, it's my aim this year to be good enough to do some for the whole family by Christmas, which feels like a much more sensible goal for where I'm at right now.
I really want to complete The 100 Day Project at some point. Maybe next year when we're totally in the swing of work and nursery, and when a fifteen minute cartoon might buy me some time. Or maybe in 5 years when I can do a project *with* Ben. I'm not committing to the specifics now, but this is still very much on my radar.