Monday, April 27, 2015

The 100 Day Project

Goals have always been something that I've struggled with. True, I've always been the type of person to set goals, but the problem arises when it comes to accomplishing those goals. I'm proud to say that I have accomplished many of the goals I've set for myself (though I still have many more to go!) but the real problem is in the struggle to accomplish them. It's not that the goals are often ever that difficult to achieve, it's more about my internal demons, my doubts and fears, that keep me and overwhelm me from moving forward in a positive way. I have a horrible habit of making small issues and stresses larger than life in my own mind, which bogs me down and tricks me from doing the things that I love and make me happy. 

I'm always looking for new ways to be inspired and motivated to achieve my goals, so when I first heard about The 100 Day Project, I was immediately intrigued. The 100 Day Project was started by the magazine The Great Discontent, which delves into the stories of inspiring millennials who are striving to achieve, you guessed it, contentment. It's about those creative people who are choosing to dig their own path and stray from the norm in order to achieve their hopes and dreams. The 100 Day Project was started for people just like me, who get overwhelmed by one final large goal. This project is not about setting a goal to achieve in 100 days, it's about consciously focusing 100 consecutive days of your life on one creative pursuit. It's about valuing the process and journey of creation, and embracing new directions and goals which may arise.

With a newfound love for food photography I knew that I wanted my 100 days to be about learning this new art form. Though I haven't exactly followed all of the rules, choosing to not post a photo of my progress on my Instagram account every single day, I can say that since beginning this project on April 6th, I have already learned so much about myself. This project has reminded me how much happiness art and creativity brings to my life. It's reminded me to focus on the little things that make me happy like being active, writing in a journal, and taking the time to be focus on my talents (so that they don't disappear!). 

The next step for me is making writing in my blog apart of my weekly routine once again. I've been focusing so much on taking photos, that I feel I've neglected my writing. I don't think it would come as a surprise to say that I've once again been overwhelming myself with the goal. I've been stressing over what the heck to write in each entry that I've forgotten how moving and effective a blog can be with just a few words. I want to make an effort to share my process with my readers (or should I say reader, hi mom!) and find the joy in sharing those pieces of my life once again. Some entries may be quite short, with just a simple caption, while others will surely be my typical long ramble of nonsense. The point is, I don't want to feel like I have to keep my entries consistent with the rest of my blog. I want to start embracing the beauty of the process once again, even if that means that my blog may look a little funny and disjointed for a bit. Then again, this process may inspire me to take my blog in an entirely new direction. Who knows! But I feel the need to express this change as a way of introducing my new perspective on creativity and goals. I hope that you enjoy following along on this journey with me. 

To learn more about The 100 Day Project, click here!

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Velva said...

Enjoy the 100-day project.

You have natural talents…Art and fashion I suspect are at least in the top three. These natural talents are an incredible springboard for discvering so many new talents you have-

Goals are achieved one step at a time. Always keep your eye on the prize.


Danielle said...

Wow, what a lovely comment to wake up to, Velva. Thank you for your thoughtful words of encouragement. As much as I try to find motivation within myself, It's people like you who keep me on the right path. :)