If you follow me on Instagram, you may already know that I am doing The 100 Day Project this year. If you aren’t familiar with the The 100 Day Project, it is “a free, global art project that anyone can participate in.” The only rules are…
- Repeat a simple creative task every day for 100 days
- Record each day’s efforts
I heard about the project last year and thought it sounded like an effective way to accomplish some creative goals, i.e. writing more. But by the time the project rolled around this year, I knew I needed to embrace a different perspective.
Lately, I have been suffering from writing burn out, and I knew deep down that pushing myself into writing for 100 days would only be more discouraging. Instead of raising the stakes in the creative medium where I already feel the most pressure, I wanted to use the project to light a spark of creativity in my life and let that influence everything else.
Also, if I start in a place where I don’t know all the rules for how to do it “right,” like painting and drawing, I’ll have a better chance of relying on creative instincts.
You see, I believe we all start creative. If you’ve ever seen a toddler dance or admired a child’s scribbles displayed on a fridge, you know what I mean. Not only do kids create intuitively, they don’t question their ability to do so. They are free.
Then they get older and maturity steals some of that freedom, and often their greatest passion gets the brunt of the internal and external criticism.
With this in mind, *creative* isn’t something we aspire to become; it is something we need to recover.
For me, this means committing myself to daily acts of creativity, starting with these 100 days.
It also means inviting you to join me! Maybe you don’t want to commit to 100 days, but you can commit to one.
Think about what creative activities you enjoyed as a kid (dancing, painting, baking, drawing, singing, writing, story-telling, and more) before life started to weigh you down. Do one of those things today, even if the results are awkward or embarrassing, and let it energize and empower your creative self. Then — if you’re reasonably comfortable doing so — share your work and experience in the comments or on social media, claiming creativity for yourself first, so you can invite others to become more free too.
Listen to a Podcast
- Elise Gets Crafty: On Making Art and Taking Up Space / Ep 140
- Chasing Creative: Trying New Types of Creativity
Read a Book
- A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live by Emily P. Freeman