How #the100dayproject Has Improved My Discipline

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In two weeks, #the100dayproject has already improved my discipline. Drawing my favorite things every day has become second nature to me. Every illustration is not equal though. Most days I put a lot of effort into the illustrations, but there are definitely days that it is all I can do to scribble something on the page. The process has been so freeing though. To get to the point though, I am going to share three big reasons why I know #the100dayproject has improved my discipline.

1. Instagram is like an accountability partner. The Great Discontent and elle luna has created this community around this project that has blown me away. There are a few artists that I am following consistently each day and I know there are eyes on my project as well.

2. The focus of the project is about showing up. Since there is a bigger importance being put on practicing everyday, it is taking the pressure off of making a masterpiece every day. Letting go of perfection has actually opened my mind in so many area’s of my life other than just #the100dayproject.

3. Everyday builds upon the day before. All of the things that go into creating every day has built up skills, confidence, creativity, thought quality, and productivity. I am stretching and using my creative muscles and it is paying off. It is like my brain is ready to flex it’s guns. ;)

I am so glad that I have committed to #the100dayproject and as I have said before, I can’t wait to see where this journey leads me. Learn more about the project here and go follow my project #100daysofdrawingmyfavoritethings if want to see my work every day. You can join it too if you like. If you would like to read more of my thoughts related to this project you can follow this tag.

How do you improve your discipline? I would love to hear about your struggles and victories in showing up every day.

Keep on keeping on,
I love you – Jessica

10 Business Resources I Love

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Lately, I have been running into a lot of business resources that I love and think you will love too. Every time I find a resource that aligns with my intentions at the time, I save it to Evernote. I don’t want to hoard all of those juicy resources though, so from time to time I want to round up my favorites and share them with you awesome people.

If you need a couple of doses of creative rocket fuel each week, listen to the Being Boss Podcast. Kathleen and Emily really know how to talk a fire under your butt.

Creative Start Podcast has been an amazing way to learn about new creatives. I am loving exploring the creative journeys of so many awesome people.

Even if you don’t work at home, there are tons of ways to connect with others all over the world without leaving the comfort of your digs. Here are 5 tips for networking at home.

Branding is a huge deal and if you don’t ask the right questions, it could lead to a brand disaster. If you need help thinking of questions check out this logo questionnaire guide.

On the flip side, new businesses should really think their branding needs through ahead of hiring someone. Sian tells it like it really is with these 5 branding tips for business newbies.

One of my go to places for learning about all things web, design, or buisness related is Treehouse. They offer the most professional, easy to understand, interactive courses I know of. I love their format and can get lost in learning with their library of knowledge.

One of my favorite illustrators talks about small biz fears, struggles, & doubts on the Jess Lively show. This came out a while back, but still really enjoyed it.

If you are thinking about expanding your remote team, here is the most awesome list of related resources that will change the way your remote team works.

I haven’t had the chance to dig into these two yet, but I know enough about them that they are worth mentioning. One thing on my wish list is the creative class by Paul Jarvis. I absolutely love his writing style and perspective on business so I think the class would be a perfect fit for me. Also, I have been hearing so many great things about the cross roads between should and must. If you have got to dig into either of these two resources, let me know what you think!

Have a creative weekend!
Love Jessica

My First Impressions of #the100dayproject

If you haven’t heard of #the100dayproject, it is an amazing exercise where you show up every day and make for 100 days. You choose one action to complete for the 100 days, you do the work, and then you share it on Instagram using #the100dayproject. Then create a hashtag that is unique to your project so your work can be browsed easily. If you want to learn even more details about it, head over to the Great Discontent.

My action is drawing my favorite things. It has been so fun and interesting to draw and talk about all these little details in my life that I love. If you want to see what is up with my 100 Day Project, check out #100daysofdrawingmyfavoritethings.

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A few days ago on Instagram I shared my feelings so far. “After having officially completed a full week of showing up every day I feel awake. I don’t know how long it has been since I have felt so motivated. I feel like I have been in hibernation and now I am awake and rearing to go. I have learned that showing up doesn’t mean you’re perfect. I’ve learned that doing the work also doesn’t always mean things will go as planned. Motivation is nothing without action. Planning, wanting, & dreaming are all nothing without doing. Every day that I show up, explore something new, and take a step forward, is a day that I am winning. I am learning to embrace my own journey, mess making, and my own rules. Here is to another 93 days of #The100DayProject”

To expand on those thoughts, I have learned that the process of actually doing the work is so much more fulfilling and rewarding than I could have ever imagined. I feel like showing up everyday and illustrating is like pushing over dominos. Initially, I thought that starting this project would turn into one of those things that I would not have time for but would try to force into my day until eventually I just forgot and then sadly gave up. I know that is a depressing way to look at it, but I just was being realistic.

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Discipline has been my core focus from the beginning though. Since starting, I go to bed thinking about what I am going to draw the next day. I wake up obsessing over all of the possibilities. Throughout the day, I cannot wait to get home to explore illustration techniques and share bits about my favorite things. The surprising thing though is that not only have I made time for this in my life, but I have also been more productive & disciplined throughout other areas of my life. Laundry? No problem, I will just take it one day at a time. Can I take care of a flower garden? I don’t know, but I am going to try it. While I am at it, let me just deep clean my house. Guys, this energy is the real deal. Everyone has always talked about it and I have always listened, but I never had a thing quite like this that just really got the ball rolling.

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I would LOVE to see your 100 day projects if you are doing the work too. Link to them below and I will check them out! I love seeing everyone’s unique perspective.

You can do the work,
Love Jessica

Take Baby Steps

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Hey babe, one day at a time, one step at a time, you will be living the life you want to be living. All you have to do is make an effort. Take a step. Make a change. All the little steps add up. I say that as I lay in bed, making my own effort as I type this. One little word at a time. I should be going to sleep, but something came over me. I was inspired to write this after working on the illustration above.

The trick is to do the work even when your are not inspired to. Do it when you don’t feel like it. Breathe in the feeling of discipline. Wake up and take on the world. Motivation, inspiration, and good intentions will only get you so far. You need to have the determination and discipline to keep going. Keep going when it’s hard, when you want to quit, when you can’t see the possible outcomes.

Maybe you have been wanting something so bad. You want something that feels so unattainable. You are overwhelmed with fear, doubt, and self-disappointment. How could you have not reached your goals by now? Maybe you feel like you haven’t scratched the surface. I am hear to tell you that today is not over. Do one thing that will help you get there. We all know where there is don’t we?? We all have a there, and you can get there with baby steps.

Think of the smallest possible thing you could do right now and do it. If you want to work on becoming more healthy, go for a 5 minute walk. If you would like to become a better illustrator, draw something without holding back. Just take 5-10 minutes at first and work on something. Repeat this and build upon it each day and then some. You will get there, just take baby steps.

with love & discipline,
Jessica