The 100 Day Project is starting early this year but I am ready to take it on for the second time! If you’re not familiar, here’s a little more about this global art project and what my plans are for my 2021 project!
WHAT IS THE 100 DAY PROJECT?
The premise for the 100 Day Project is very simple: pick a creative project, do it every day for 100 days, and share your process online. It’s a huge project that thousands of people participate in–it’s incredibly inspiring and motivating to be a part of this community and see what everyone is up to.
There are no rules as to what your project is–that is entirely up to you! They range from daily sketches to photography to mini essays to sewing scrap fabrics and so much more! If you need ideas, browse through the #the100dayproject hashtag on Instagram.
WHEN DOES IT BEGIN?
This year, the project will beginJanuary 31st. There is no set start date, each year has been different. This is the first time it’s taking place so early in the year though–it usually starts in the spring!
MY 2021 PROJECT: MEDITATE + PAINT FOR 100 DAYS
My project this year is to spend 5 minutes meditating each day followed by painting 1 stroke onto a canvas.
By the end of 100 days, I hope to have cultivated a meditation practice and have a completed work of art created with 100 strokes/splatters/smears!
This project was inspired by a few things: a meditation paint box that I had not opened since last April, wanting to explore an art form other than lettering, wanting to create a piece of art for my tiny home, and facing my fear of not knowing how a creative project will turn out–but doing it anyway! My goal is to find joy in the process and in the moment–see how I am feeling each day and make a mark on my blank canvas.
For now, I’m keeping my paint colors to just white and black and all the greys the two will make. Other than that, there are no other rules–I am so excited to dabble in painting and try different techniques (especially smearing paint like @Mogleameg and @CourtSeniorArt)!
I have failed and succeeded at completing a project (I did 100 Days of Alphabet Connections last year) and my big takeaway is to make the daily task 15 min or less and very focused!
I found that if I knew exactly what I needed to do and it could be completed in a short amount of time, I was setting myself up for success. On the flip side, if I had to take a lot of time to think or plan each day prior to the task, it slows down the whole process and I lose motivation and inspiration!
It was also helpful and fun to be able tovisually see the progress–I used a bulletin board to pin up each day’s work and seeing it fill up made me want to keep going until the entire board was complete! If you can do something similar for your project, I highly suggest it!
And posting daily on Instagram also helped to keep me accountable.
I invite you to join me and embark on a 100 Day Project of your own! If you like what I am doing and would like to do the same, feel free! If you don’t have a canvas or paint, the same thing can be done with a piece of paper and pencils/pens/markers/watercolor you have at home. Take a look around at what you have that can be utilized! You can also order supplies from a local craft store too.
If you create a project and plan on sharing it on Instagram, it’s nice to make a hashtag for it so you can have all your project posts in one place. I would love to follow along so let me know what your project is and hashtag if you have one!
I love the start of a fresh new year and all the possibilities that come with it! It feels like a much needed reset and a great time to put your intentions out into the world. I’ve been picking a word at the start of January for the past few years–it helps me set the tone, describes what I am feeling, and keeps me focused! With that said, I choose it while giving myself permission to be flexible with it if that’s what I need during a particular space and time.
I chose “fearless” because there are a lot of things in this world I am fearful and concerned about right now—but there are also things that I have the power to be courageous about.
Not so much jumping outta planes or bungee jumping 😅—for me it’s being fearless about creative choices, new projects, making mistakes, not being “perfect”, living life on my own terms, asking questions, not knowing what’s next, asking for help, saying yes to the unknown, speaking up, quietly processing, embracing the unpredictable future.
Fearlessness may feel like it needs to be bold or loud, but it can also be quiet, unseen, something that happens on the inside.
It might seem like an odd word to pick for the times we live in but while I have my worries, I know there’s a balance between not living in fear, staying safe, challenging myself, and moving forward.
Do you have a word for 2021?
I hope your year is off to a wonderful start! I hope it brings you much joy, peace, inspiration, and creativity in the days to come!
PS: The first free Mini Better Letters In 15 Challenge is lettering your word of the year 5 different ways! If you’d like to participate, click here to sign up to get the free worksheets and instructions!
Happy 2021! I couldn’t think of a better way to start off my new year than with filling in my 2020 Winter List with activities and things I am excited to do this season! It took me awhile to think of what I wanted to add to it but I am really looking forward to getting some things checked off!
Here’s my list, all filled out, below, along with my summer and autumn list (I was able to check everything off of that one!) You can also find an Instagram reels video sharing a peek of the process by clicking here.
I’ve included a few new habits I wanted to create (starting off very small and attainable and hoping to build up!), some organization projects for the start of the year, creative projects, and some activities for self-care. What is on your bucket list for this season?
If you’re interested in downloading this template and filling your own list out, sign up for my newsletter by clicking here to get instant access to the PDF Library. You’ll be able to find this download–along with many more–in it! I hope you are having a cozy winter so far! :)
For this holiday season (and any time you need to give a gift!) I wanted to share with you my favorite women owned small businesses to support and shop with! Not only do they make quality products, many give back, are eco-conscious, sustainable, and all are created with love by talented and wonderful human beings.
I’ve separated out the shops by category. Below are pictures as well as each shop’s website, owner name, and a few highlighted products from their line. In addition to these handmade businesses, a few of my favorite non-profits are on this list too :)
At the time of posting, many of these businesses are having awesome specials and offers for the holidays so be sure to check out their sites and social media if you like what you are seeing! I hope you enjoy this guide and shop small with us this holiday season!
PS: I am also participating in Etsy’s cyber sale this week! From 11/21-12/2/2020, enter the code cybersale2020 at checkout and receive 10% off everything in my shop: cards, brush lettering kits, stickers, mugs, t-shirts, and more! Click here to visit my shop.
BATH + BODY
B.A.R.E. SOAPS Owner: Jessie B.A.R.E. Soap’s goal is to bring antiseptic resources to everyone. 20% of every purchase helps to support sustainable initiatives such as employing women in India to recycle used hotel soaps for distribution in slums & clinics Highlights: Soaps in seed paper packaging, shampoo/conditioner bars
LB LOVE ORGANICS Owner: Meredith Consciously created organic skincare for Every Body Highlights: Natural deodorant in zero waste packaging and sugar scrubs
THE WILLOWFIELD Owner: Cait Shop plant based healing products using mother nature’s finest herbs Highlights: Body oils, herbal rollers, sprays
FOR YOUR HOME
LAIT CANDLES Owner: Jennifer Hand-poured soy candles for the eco-conscious minimalist Highlights: Discovery set: choose 6 tealights to experience, charity candle for breast cancer
LIBERATA DESIGNS BY NDAHEI Owners: Kaysha, Ndahei Handmade baskets supporitng local women in Rwanda Highlights: A variety of colorful and unique designs (I love the black and white one my friend Susan gifted me–it’s so pretty that it’s hanging on my wall!)
LUNA REECE CERAMICS Owner: Andrea Handcrafted ceramics for the modern home Highlights: Rainbow pots and wall hangings
CLOTHING + ACCESSORIES
ANN REVERE JEWELRY Owner: Allie Consciously crafted demi-fine jewelry Highlights: Nora necklace benefiting Baby2Baby, Marsha ring benefiting New Avenue’s SMYRC PDX
OLATHES ART Owner: Olathe Artwork by a navajo and shawnee artist Highlights: Wrapped in wildflowers tee and sweatshirt, Nanise’ botanical poster
SWEET PEA COLLECTIVE Owner: Lauree Sweet Pea Collective is a curation of handcrafted + vintage + modern goods. We value quality, artistry and creativity. Highlights: I Got It From My Mama tee, SP love notes necklaces PS: We collaborated on this world changer tote! Proceeds will go towards SP’s World Changer Program + help provide meals
CLOTHING + ACCESSORIES (CONT.)
HELLO SHISO Owner: Mimi Cute, modern, and unique hair accessories and clips for little ones and adults Highlights: Adorable animal and food snap clips, bunny ears headband
FOR ANIMAL LOVERS
HERA THE DOG VODKA Owners: Julia, Alli A portion of every bottle goes to helps animals in need by supporting local rescue groups Highlights: Cheers to helping our furry friends!
LANGE FOUNDATION – GIFT OF LIFE Founder: Gillian This tax deductible gift will help care for an animal that was recently rescued from an overcrowded shelter. Highlights: Your recipient receives a personalized story and photo of one of the rescued pets in our care. Each card is written personally by Gillian.
THE PAPER WILDERNESS Owner: Jenna Illustrated watercolor stationery and gifts for animal and nature lovers Highlights: Letter writing stationery kits, 2021 animal swimsuit calendar
LEANNA LIN’S WONDERLAND Owner: Leanna LLW is a playful gift shop and art gallery featuring independent artists + designers for the young at heart! Highlights: SO many fun books and games, DIY activity kits, original art and prints by local artists
KINDRED POST Owner: Christy Neighborhood gift shop and post office located in Juneau, Alaska Highlights: Growing Upwords–a collection of items inspired by what Christy’s son has said (the card shown in the image is one of them and the story is even cuter!)
SHARE AND DO GOOD Owner: Lilly EVERY item in this shop is carefully curated and gives back! Highlights: Be Kind wall hanging, ornaments, gifts for babies (animal rattles crafted by artisan women, Kind Is Cool Wonder Bib)
CHILIS ON WHEELS Make a donation in honor of a loved one and help Chilis On Wheels provide vegan chili and vegan-friendly meals to those in need across the US. Highlights: This non-profit is based in NY and was started by mother and son, Michelle and Ollie. This is also the only vegan food distribution program I have come across serving the US.
KIVA MICROLOANS Give a Kiva card and someone you know will receive the chance to change someone’s life through a micro-loan. Your recipient chooses who to support and when the loan is repaid, they can relend or withdraw the funds. Highlights: Loan recipients are based around the world and have businesses in all different industries!
If you know me at all then you know I 1) LOVE HALLOWEEN and 2) LOVE TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE! The second movie was released back in February and the moment I saw this scene, I KNEW that’s what Valentine and I were going to dress up as for Halloween! (Yes, I knew since February what my costume was and I saved a box for 9 months to make the toast lol And I even planned on growing my hair out so I could braid it like this!)
In case you haven’t seen To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, PS: I Still Love You, I’m dressed up as Lara Jean dressed up as French toast and Valentine is dressed up as John Ambrose McClaren as a deviled egg :) Here’s some reference photos but please watch the first and second movie if you haven’t yet!
Valentine is such a good sport :) Because of Covid I actually didn’t have any plans but since I had my heart set on this costume for SO long, I decided I had to do it! Even if it was just for a few pics and getting Val to be an egg lol.
Little did I know that this Halloween would be the BEST HALLOWEEN EVER because LANA CONDOR (the actress who plays grown up Lara Jean) COMMENTED ON MY PHOTO!!!!!!! I literally stopped functioning when I saw this:
AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! Seriously I love her in the movie so much, this was so exciting and awesome! Then THIS ALSO HAPPENED:
Both Lana AND Jenny Han, the author of the TATBILB books, shared our costume in their stories!!!! And here I thought it was going to be an uneventful Halloween lol
Just thinking about it still makes me so excited and happy lol I am seriously a super fan so this SO made my day/year/life!
I hope you had a happy and safe Halloween! Now it’s time to start brainstorming what next year’s costume will be 😄
WE REACHED THE FINISH LINE! Here’s my last page of Inktober!
Wow, I can’t believe it’s already day 31! When we first started, the idea of doing all the prompts was a little daunting and it seemed like it’d take a long time to get to the end! But in reality, it flew by.
My favorite part was looking up what the day’s prompt was and trying to figure out how to translate it into lettering. Which definition of the word should I use? How do I want it to feel? What’s the look I’m going for? This year I tried to go outside of what I normally do and experiment more with different forms and shapes as well as add more drawings.
If you had asked me to draw 4 pages of letters this month, it would have felt like too much. But breaking it down into 1 (or 2 if I was a little behind!) drawings a day was completely doable. I enjoyed this project so much and creating just for the fun of it!
Here’s a look back at all the prompts!
If you’re interested in joining in, Inktober continues on throughout the year in the form of Inktober52, one prompt a week. You can learn more here.
I am already thinking of Inktober 2021 and am excited to take on the challenge again–until next year!