Creativity, Self Empowerment

One hundred days of scaring away fear

I’m starting something new. I have signed up to do something called the 100 Days Project. Basically all I have to do is choose one action then do it for the next 100 days. Sounds easy enough, right?

Um, no.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, I have trouble starting new ventures. My good old friends fear and procrastination are right here with me, making me question my every move. I’m trying my best to tune them out, and I guess that’s what the next 100 days will be about.

My plan is to journal every day in some form, although I’m using the word ‘journaling’ pretty loosely: I will write in my journal, create in my art journal, do work in my visioning journal(s), create found poetry or practise my handwritten typography. I guess I count these things as journaling in some sense because I do them all in some sort of journal. Some days I might use a prompt, other days I will just go where my creativity takes me.

Then, I will share what I have done here: what I learn, an image, a quote, an insight, or just something to (hopefully) inspire you for the day. Some days I may have a lot to say, others very little. But the main thing is to show up every day.*

There are a few things I’m hoping to achieve, or make some progress towards, over the next 100 days:

  • Get comfortable with blogging (yes, it still terrifies me each time I press ‘publish’)
  • Vary the way I blog – some longer posts, some shorter posts, some mostly photographs, some lists, etc
  • Get into the habit of blogging regularly
  • Overcome perfectionism and procrastination around blogging
  • Build a following of readers
  • Challenge myself to be vulnerable, to stick with something, to take risks and push myself
  • Challenge myself to find inspiration each day

I guess the idea of blogging each day is quite simple to some, and it probably seems like I’m making a big deal out of nothing. But for me, it is a big deal. I’m not a blogger. Not yet anyway.

I’m excited and terrified. But I guess that’s the point. Seth Godin said,

In the long run, the enemy of fear is creativity. I’m sure of it.

Here’s hoping I can scare fear away using creativity. I guess that is my true goal for the next 100 days.

*The irony is that as soon as I’ve posted this I have to pack for a trip I’m taking this weekend where there is no internet… But, I will still type up posts and share them when I am home on Sunday – I promise!

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6 thoughts on “One hundred days of scaring away fear”

  1. Love your post. I joined the 100 Days Project too, but I can’t decide what the heck I want to do for those 100 days. I thought of taking a photo everyday, but that’s something I almost always do anyway so not much of a challenge. My next thought was to create a piece of art everyday or to create an art journal page everyday. Those are more challenging since my pals fear and doubt are having a hey day with their “you can’t and you suck” drumming in my head.

    Good luck on your challenge.

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    1. Hi Lisa, thanks! Did you decide what to do yet? I think you should do the art journaling for 100 days, it will really help you to overcome fear and doubt. I use Journal52 to give me art journal prompts and I’m also signing up for the summer camp art journal week 1 course here: http://journalgirl.com/summercamp. It starts tomorrow and is only $30 so I figure it’s perfect timing! Let me know what you decide and where I can follow you! Good luck 🙂

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  2. Hi Jen, I’m doing the 100 days project too. 100 sketches in 100 days. I’m also doing my Bachelor in Visual Art and Design. Fear seems to be part of the artists territory, no matter how famous you are lol. I recently read a book called, ‘Art & Fear’ by David Bayles and Ted Orland. The comments they make in the book include this: Do not compare yourself to other artists or their gifts, that does not have anything to do with you. Look at your own work and assess what improvements you need to make, based on what your last work was lacking. Your path becomes clear when you follow leads that arise from contact with your last work.
    As far as attaining perfection goes, only Mozart was Mozart. Move on and be yourself.
    Go well, with the challenge. You can do this!

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    1. Hi Vilia, thanks so much for sharing that! I will have to check the book out, sounds great. I also really love Steven Pressfield’s Do the Work – it’s about overcoming fear and resistance in creative work. Thanks for the encouragement and support, good luck with your own challenge!

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