Have I really reached the halfway point to Elle Luna’s The 100 Day Project?
Why yes, yes I have.
As with many challenges that seem daunting at the outset, this one has flown by and taught me so much. I never want it to end. Yet it will, but I will keep exploring the lessons and the curiosity the project has piqued in me.
Before I continue, you can read more about what this project is and why I’m participating here: Start Already.
Now, here are the lessons I’ve gathered during the past 50 days.
Poetry may not be popular, but that’s no reason to deny that being a poet is an essential part of who I am. I cannot run from it or hide it. And haiku? Interesting phrases and lines find me everywhere, at all times. I am inspired to say much with little. And while it takes discipline to create a haiku every day, it’s not work. Most other writing is work for me. This is not.
I love design, and I’ve been surprised that a handful of my designs for this project have made me think, “THAT. That is something good worth exploring further.” Other designs just offer a glimpse of goodness. Some, offer nothing at all—except proof that I’m trying, experimenting, learning. Of course all of them are mere sketches. I don’t spend time obsessing over the typography, but I will for the designs I play with in the future.
A few of the designs feature my own watercolors. Why did I stop painting? Time to start again!
The best things really are the simplest.
I always wanted to be able to take amazing, photojournalistic pictures of people. I felt inferior for not being able to do it. One: that’s silly. Two: maybe I need to embrace what I do enjoy—photographing architecture and nature. Doing so is proving to be a spark of goodness I might be able to ignite.
Inspiring people are everywhere. I mean it. One of the best things about this challenge has been discovering a community of artists. Many of these people might be skittish about calling themselves artists, but when you look at their work—wow times 100.
Light or thin type makes me happy. It just never looks as beautiful in my jpgs as it does in my psds. Designer friends, who’s willing to giving me a tutorial on this?
Once in awhile I’m funny. But only in hindsight.
One day, I will create something lovely that involves transparent shapes. It’s a new goal!
Having the intellectual and creative energy to participate in this challenge has affirmed that shifting my career was the right decision. I didn’t realize just how drained I had become attempting to be creatively “on” all the time during my twenty years of #agencylife.
People say “creating art for art’s sake” like it’s a bad thing, but it’s not. It’s rejuvenating. And ends up being so much more.
And that’s my report on these first 50 days of the project. I’m looking forward to seeing how the second half unfolds. You can even join me—participating in half the project is better than not participating at all. Or if you just want to observe for now, follow the project at #the100dayproject, or my own progress at #100haikudesigns or @mslierre.
Thanks for reading and for supporting me.
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