The 100-Day Project is here!
One tiny beautiful thing each day
It’s almost time! I’m kicking off a new 100-day project tomorrow, and I’m so excited to be diving into this creative adventure with our beloved community!
In the last few days, I’ve heard from hundreds of you about what you plan to do for your project. (And if you haven’t come up with yours yet, it’s not too late.) Some of you are journaling, some nature walking, some drawing or painting, some planting seeds—literally one seed a day for 100 days. Glorious. I’ve loved seeing the breadth and depth of your ideas and also fielding your questions about the how and when and why of the project, as they’re really the essential questions about the creative process.
Like this question from a community member named Carrie: “How do I rip off the seal and begin?”
It’s a little different for everyone, but for me, it goes like this: In the lead up to a 100-day project, I always feel excited and a little jittery—it feels like the first day of school. I like to get my workspace set up, which right now is going to be the coffee table in the borrowed apartment where I’m staying. I’m also reminding myself that it’s important not to put pressure on myself, which will make this feel daunting.
Today I contemplated how to leave a gift for tomorrow’s self. I have an ambitious painting in mind, one with lots of little elements, and the composition and perspective have been thwarting me. So I looked for a small, manageable way in. And I’ve decided: tomorrow, on Day 1 of 100, I only need to paint the cat. It may be that I paint more—but if I do, I’ve exceeded my expectations, not undermined them and thereby discouraged myself.
To cultivate a sense of accountability in this first week, I’m planning to text Carmen and my mom once I’m done with my daily creative act, not for feedback (make a note of that, you two) but more proof of life. Maybe your version of accountability is with a similar buddy system, maybe it’s checking the day off a calendar, or maybe it’s something more public, like posting your creations to social media. But whatever you do, please know, this project is for you, and we’re always here to support you.
Before I go, I have a little question for you: I’m thinking about posting discussion threads where our community can connect and share more about the experience. Does this feel like a good idea? What would help guide you during these next 100 days? Let me know in the comments below.
Can’t wait to start creating with you,
P.S. This project is free, and all are welcome. If you’re interested in extra support, become a paid subscriber ($6/mo) to receive periodic check-ins, pep talks from me, and opportunities to have your work featured. If a paid subscription feels out of reach, just email me. No questions asked—we’ve got you.
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