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Amping Up for The 100 Day Project

Pink background with light yellow text that reads I'm doing #The100DayProject (100 Day Project) follow alongHave you heard of the 100 Day Project? I’ve been promoting it on the newsletter and on the Maker Challenges list. But if you’ve missed it, here’s an excerpt from the official website:

#The100DayProject is a free art project that takes place online. Every spring, thousands of people all around the world commit to 100 days of exploring their creativity.

Anyone can join (yes, that means you!). The idea is simple: choose a project, do it every day for 100 days, and share your process on Instagram with the hashtag #The100DayProject.

The beautiful thing about a project like this is that your project can be anything, literally ANYTHING at all. And you’ll get to share it with an engaged community from all over the world.

It doesn’t have to be a specific “art.” It’s totally up to your interpretation of what art means to you.

In past years, one person committed to 100 days of decluttering. Another quit alcohol for 100 days. Those are both laudable, and not necessarily the first idea that popped into my head from the word art. But that’s their art.

Art doesn’t have to be scary. I make clothes, that’s my everyday art. I also used to be a photographer, which anyone with a phone camera can be. There is art everywhere if you just open your mind.

I went through a lot of ideas getting to my final project. At first, I thought about revamping this website.

I desperately need to go back through my older posts and enhance the SEO, pictures, etc. The thought of having to go through that actually gives me anxiety, but I hoped the fixed amount of time would be great for forcing me to commit to actually getting it done. I have 93 posts without a featured image, so that alone would lend itself to 100 days of progress.

But it made my stomach churn. Just look at how I’ve described it: like something I’m forcing myself to do! That’s no bueno. Plus, how much time would that leave me to create new content?

The decluttering idea was also interesting. With the recent move, there’s a lot of stuff just kind of lying around as we figure out where to put it all.

It’s yet another task that has to get done. But I certainly don’t want to post about it on Instagram every day. Or here on this blog. I’m not sure how I would make that an exciting read (I’m sure someone far more talented than me could do it!).

Then I thought about my word of the year: CREATE. If I’m going to commit to a full 100 days of creating, it has to be something that isn’t going to stress me out. This is, after all, supposed to be fun, right?

El Hubo and I are still in the exploring-the-neighborhood phase of living in our new place. Long Beach is amazingly walkable, genuinely diverse, and full of things to do and see.

Like peacocks. We have wild peacocks that just roam around the neighborhood. One is named Pete!

Random, right?

We took a little walk around the neighborhood this past weekend. Hit the library just 4 blocks away, then checked out a few local yard sales. In the mere hour we were out and about, I walked nearly 7,000 steps! And enjoyed so many cool sites from the architecture to the flora (spring has sprung!) and said hi to a lot of dogs and neighbors. Everyone is so friendly here.

We didn’t see peacocks that day, sadly.

And that’s when it hit me. Why not create an urban scavenger hunt over 100 days? This will get me out of the house, allow me to explore my neighborhood and beyond, AND get me moving every day. So here’s my art project:

A daily health-driven scavenger hunt! I’ll record the beauty hiding in my new city by exploring it daily on foot in a quest to hit 10k steps.

On my journey to accept myself naked, I know I need to get more exercise. Lifting is great, but it also has its own challenges (I can’t squat right now because of a hip impingement). I have to keep moving but in lower impact ways.

Walking is great exercise! My cardiovascular health should certainly improve in 100 days! Not to mention how this will help shift my mental dependence on my car (I live in LA, we love our cars here).

Will I be able to last a full 100 days? I hope so! There’s no penalty for not reaching the goal. But that shouldn’t feel like a safety net. There’s a whole community I want to participate in, but I won’t punish myself if I miss a day. I just don’t plan on that happening.

You also don’t have to plan for one singular project for the whole 100 days. Some people break it up into three 33 day projects. Or ten 10-day projects. 100 days is 14 or so weeks. You could conceivably do 3, 10, or 14 mini projects—or make it whatever works for you.

If you want to join in, head over to the website and then follow the directions to get on the mailing list so you can join the Facebook group, and submit your project. I’ll start posting my daily “scavenged” finds on Instagram starting April 2nd. Maybe I’ll also post updates here too. The 100th day is July 11th!

Will you participate in the 100 Day Project? What can you commit to doing for 100 days? And what cool hashtag should I use? #100DaysofLongBeach? #100LongBeach10k? Help a girl out!

 

 

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