#the100dayproject

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I’ve decided to try the 100 day project again this year! Last year I made it so close to finishing and completely lost steam, but I’m taking what I learned from that experience and loosening up the restrictions. Last year I set out to carve 100 stamps and then create patterns from those stamps. I experimented in stampmaking more than I would have otherwise, but it was really difficult when I travelled or had plans after work. I found myself playing catch up at the end of most weeks, which completely defeated the purpose of creating every day.

This year, I want to create a gratitude list in illustrations, or rather 100 illustrations of my favorites—things, activities, places, and (this one scares me) people. Some days I might doodle all of my favorite flavors of ice cream and some days I might draw my closest friends. One day I might letter my favorite quote from an overheard conversation on the train! Who knows! My main goal is to practice illustrating each day, pushing myself to draw things out of my comfort zone, and to just experiment with different illustration styles. I spend a disproportionate amount of time thinking about things I’d like to draw rather than actually drawing, so this is my chance to follow through.

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I’m a little nervous that this year’s project ends three days before my wedding (I could be crazy), but I’m excited to have a little illustrated journal of the last 100 days before I get married! I hope to use this project as a break from the chaos of planning a wedding rather than adding more stress to the process.

How I’m preparing:

  • Brainstorming ahead of time. I’m overwhelmed by creative ideas every day when I’m tied to my day job, but by the time I finish my 1+ hour commute home, my brain has shut down, and I feel like I’ll never have a good idea again. Having a note of jotted down ideas will help on those days.
  • Telling people! I’m putting it out there that this is my goal, and I plan to engage with the community on Instagram throughout. There’s something powerful in complete strangers bonding over a shared challenge, and I look forward to cheering people on and accepting encouragement when I need it.
  • Preparing for when I don’t have time. These are the 100-ish days before my wedding, so I’ll be simultaneously making stuff for that, going to my bachelorette party and bridal shower, hosting family members, and traveling around to visit vendors and the venue. Remembering to charge my iPad and Apple pencil ahead of time (and bring them with me!) will be a major factor in succeeding.

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If you’re not familiar with the 100 day project, you should check out the project website. There’s a list of simple steps to help you get started including signing up for the newsletter and following the founders of the 100 day project—Elle Luna and Lindsay Jean—on Instagram. I also really loved Elise’s Instagram stories about how she’s preparing and how to get motivated.

You can see everyone else’s projects by following the #the100dayproject hashtag—my favorites to follow along with last year were @bydylanm‘s #100daysofillustrationbydylanm and @elisejoy‘s #100plantsonfabric—and follow my project at #100daysofMJSfaves. I’d love to hear what you’re doing (if anything) for the project; share your hashtag so I can follow along!

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