On April 4th, I embarked on a project that I knew would be challenging, but I didn’t think it would change how I write or think about myself. But nevertheless, it did both of those things. It challenged me to remember every single evening to write in a journal whether I felt like it or not. On the days when I felt like I had nothing to say, I would write the most. And the days I felt like there was a lot I could write about it was hard for me to write an entire paragraph.
The project lasted from April 4th up to and the day of July 12th. It’s a great project that I heard about on a podcast. This project is only showcased on Instagram, or in private. You can find other people’s projects under the hashtag #100DayProject. That way you can see what they chose to focus on. Once you decided what your creative project would be you had to create your own hashtag for the project. So I chose, #100DaysOfJournaling.
the 100 day project: my findings by journaling
I first found out about this project through Elise Joy, who has written a blog for the past twelve years and she has a podcast, Elise Gets Crafty. On her podcast, she discussed the 100 day project with another creative. It sounded so interesting to me to challenge yourself for 100 days based on one subject that would be a little different every day. The 100 Day Project was created by Elle Luna and Lindsay Jean Thomson. Elle is an artist that wants others to be vulnerable and challenge themselves creatively. Lindsay is the co-founder of Women Catalysts, a membership organization dedicated to inspiring women to take action.
why i chose journaling
I chose a personal journal because I felt like I fell out of love with journaling. Yes, I blog, so I write a lot. But I don’t sit down and journal. I’ve never been the type of person that held a consistent journal. If I look back to some of my childhood journals they have a span of over six years of me writing in them and never completing them.
In the beginning of 2017, I began using the 52 Lists For Happiness, in the hopes of appreciating the little things in life more. So in accordance with this daily journaling for 100 days, I wrote in this book every Saturday.
what i enjoyed about the project
What I enjoyed most was that I was able to find my writing style. I realized that like all people our writing style evolves over time. And I felt like I was finally able to find my voice. I figured out what I wanted to do with this blog and the direction I wanted it to go in. I also figured out how I’d like to navigate my life in a simple, happy, and healthy way.
One thing that I began doing in most of my blog posts too was that I quit writing and I began journaling. I’ve written more personal posts instead of writing posts that I feel weren’t truly authentic to who I am.
what i would do differently
I wish I had small journal entries or poems instead of writing in one personal journal. Just something that was a little bit more public and documented so I could print them off and turn them into a book. Something a little bit more tangible.
will i do this challenge again?
Yes! I plan on embarking on this challenge again next year. However, I will be doing something that is a little bit more tangible. Like a product that I can sell, or something that I can share either weekly, or bi-weekly on here.
Have you heard of the 100 day project before? Would you take part in it?