You know those challenges we see online. Some I’ve mentioned previously on this site. There are reading challenges–read 52 Books in 52 Weeks, the Read Harder Challenge, Reading Women Challenge, etc. There are so many and I want to do them all. Although I never do. Yet now that I think about, I’ve read 7 books this year so far…I might do it. I have spreadsheets other people made for download that I’m using to keep track.
I also have reading lists from classes, websites, prizewinners, etc. I want to meticulously go down those lists and check them all off one by one. I want to go methodically through the books I already own and read each one in the order in which they are placed on my shelves. This one I have just decided I will do this year. It just won’t be that I read those exclusively. And some, I’m sure, will fit into my reading challenges.
I’m drawn to those projects where someone cooks their way through a whole cookbook. I’ve always wanted to do that with my Martha Stewart Baking Handbook.
I used to be a big fan of the daily to-do list. But now I don’t keep them as rigorously because I found all my little errands and tasks were distractions from writing. If I need to clean the bathroom or go food shopping, it will be obvious and won’t need to be on a list.
I’m starting to realize that this could be my Year of Finish. To Finish something. Anything. Because every year I have lots of goals, ideas, “challenges,” half-assed projects, and, aside from Couch to 5K and 10K training schedules, which I have finished more than once, I don’t finish much. Not even the cross-stitches I start.
Elise Blaha Cripe said, “There is something so powerful about setting a goal, committing to yourself and then delivering for yourself.” I really believe this and I want to just DO something. I have always felt there was magic of some kind in completion. In getting through the mundanity, having some discipline, overcoming boredom, lack of motivation, obstacles in general, and showing up for yourself and your project. Committing to yourself.
So. I have decided I will do #The100DayProject. It starts April 2.
- Bake something every day
- Write 1000 words every day (which I plan to do anyway so maybe not that)
- I do not consider myself a visual artist at all so maybe I can try?
- Take a photo of some sort every day but it would have to be focused, a theme, something with direction
- Work on my cross-stitch that I’ve been “doing” for 13 years.
- Take a different walk every day and document where I went, for how long, and the weather
- Flip to a page in a random book, pick a sentence, and use it as a prompt
- Go somewhere I’ve never been before, like even a Starbucks or library branch I’ve never visited.
- Write a blog post every day