Warts and all.

I WANT TO BE All In.
To jump at the chance.
To go full-tilt, full-bore, full-on.

I want to grab life hard, and fast, and as my inspiring friend Tim Floyd reminds me–yell YIPPIE taking the sharp curves.

YIPPPIIEEEEEE!

 

But I am not that person.

Instead I move slow, questioning reason, searching for nuance in every little thing (then analyzing its role and significance). I want to know options and variables and alternatives.

I want to see the whole picture.

 

 

This is why it’s such a surprise I’m a moth to the flame of any social media community/creative challenge. The idea of pushing and producing and sharing (while NOT perfecting) is terrifying but also wildly exhilarating.

It’s healthy, I know, adding a little wild abandon to my life. It also nourishes a spirit that’s hungry to make.

Plus it’s just so fun to find community in the midst. (Hi, Laurel!)

 

THAT’S A LOT OF PRELUDE to say when this beauty rolled by

I was so in.

The setup is easy.  Choose an art “action” to do each day, then share on Instagram using the #100day project hashtag. I decided to do a small painting a day, my goal to work fast and loose.

 

landscapes

 

and big fat winter birds

 

and flowers

 

Lordy I’ve found it difficult! (I am not fast and loose–see paragraphs 1 through 5 above.)

Still–it has been so much fun.

 

barns and buildings

 

It’s cool to see the collection I am creating, my on-the-fly decision to do twenty series of five paintings each. And I am woefully behind as life and travel and other responsibilities have gotten in the way. (It is much smarter–albeit not on brand at all for me–to make this a more simple exercise one can complete anywhere in just a few minutes.) Still I believe the intention of a challenge like this is to give it a go and do the best you can.

 

How lovely it is to have the option to simply begin again tomorrow.

 

If you’d like to join, you can find the simple instructions for #The100DayProject here. (I hope you will!) Or just start your own creative initiative and do a little something every time you can. I think you’ll find, as Gretchen Rubin said and I, too, believe:

What you do every day matters more
than what you do once in a while.

XXOO

 

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3 thoughts on “Warts and all.

  1. Such dedication.
    Skip a day but always returning to #100day
    Stretching, searching and of course succeeding
    Sums up Cathy

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