The 100 Days Project — a lesson in showing up

On May first I started a project called #100DaysOfLettering in which I practice hand lettering at least once a day for 100 days straight. It's a personal project that is part of a larger movement called The 100 Days Project started by Elle Luna and The Great Discontent. The premise is simple (which is why it's so attractive).

The great surrender is the process; showing up day after day is the goal. For the 100-Day Project, it’s not about fetishizing finished products—it’s about the process.
Illustration by Elle Luna from The Crossroads of Should and Must

Illustration by Elle Luna from The Crossroads of Should and Must

Just showing up. More times than not, that's the most difficult part. For me, making the time to do something even though I know I'll enjoy it and be glad I did it after the fact, is an internal war. This project is designed to help you push through the mental blocks by surrounding you with a community of other people going through the same struggle. It helps you not worry about making it perfect or asking "what if no one appreciates it" and put the emphasis on just doing it.

At the end of 100 days, not only will you have improved in skill, you'll also have a body of 100 pieces of work. Granted the first 50 might look like crap but you'll certainly have more than if you had done nothing.

I think the idea for the project is brilliant because the premise can be cross-applied to so many areas of our lives. 100 days is just over 3 months. You can pretty much do anything for 100 days even if it sucks. In 100 days, you'll have a good idea of how you feel about something. You'll have given it a fair shake and can now determine if it's something you want to become a part of your life or if 100 days was enough.

Illustration by Elle Luna

Illustration by Elle Luna

Give yourself a chance to like something, to become good at something, to experiment with something, or to create something. You never know what will come of it.

To get you started, here are a few other people's 100 Day Projects: