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