The 100 Day Project, sort of

I introduced my 100 Day project idea to you back in April, when the project officially started. In order to improve my sketching and stretch the ideas of my jewelry design, I would choose a new song each day and come up with a jewelry idea based on it. 

I enjoyed the heck out of it. It was really fun sketching with no parameters about collections or viability. Just ideas. My sketching was better than expected (to me, at least) and I definitely saw improvement each day. And it's always a good day when I can listen to music - it was actually required. This photo shows the variety so far at Day 30.


#The100DayProject sketches inspired by songs


And then I got to about Day 46 and reflected. A daily project takes a lot of work. That's kind of the point of it, to explore discipline and/or routine. The other half of it is setting a personal goal - skills, recreation, exposure, body of work, etc. So many benefits to a daily project. But if you feel you're not getting much out of it, then your heart isn't in it and you're wasting your time and not producing great work. Around Day 46, I felt I had gotten what I wanted out of the project. My goals were to improve my sketching and to let go in my ideas, and looking back on the previous days, I realized I had reached those goals. Yay!

Now, to be clear, I reached those goals for me. I am still not a fabulous sketcher, but I am much, much better and learned a lot. And I did come up with some designs way out of my comfort and skill zone, which is a great achievement for a practical mind. And I've brought that expanded view into my everyday work. Big difference. 

So my 100 days turned into 50 days and I'm proud of it. I respect the heck out of anyone who makes it through a full 100 days, because as I mentioned, it's a lot of work and commitment. But I also respect anyone who sets a goal and achieves it, even it it takes two years or two days or two hours. The point is to give it a go, take it step by step, be aware of what's going on throughout for you, and get to where you want to go. The set parameters, like 100 days, are a guideline. You can go 365 days (as I did here) if you decided to set a bigger goal, or you can just stop, if you find it's not helping you at all. The project is yours - you get to set the rules.



If you're curious, here's the list of songs for the 50 days:

Day Song Artist
1 I Can Change LCD Soundsystem
2 Stay In My Corner The Arcs
3 Lazy Eye Silversun Pickups
4 Various Prince
5 Anonymous Club Courtney Barnett
6 Reaper Sia
7 New Rush Gin Wigmore
8 I Think I Found the Culprit Jack White
9 All Is Not Lost OK Go
10 A Place Called Home PJ Harvey
11 15 Steps Radiohead
12 My Type Saint Motel
13 The Garden Guns 'n Roses
14 Dog Days Are Over Florence + The Machine
15 Danger! High Voltage Electric Six
16 Frisk The Big Pink
17 Unbelievers Vampire Weekend
18 Subterranean Foo Fighters
19 Givin Em What They Love Janelle Monae ft. Prince
20 Dance Little Liar Arctic Monkeys
21 Long Way Down Robert DeLong
22 Holy Roller Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
23 Bulletproof La Roux
24 Pools Glass Animals
25 Superstition Stevie Wonder
26 God From the Machine Santigold
27 Catcher Song Great Lake Swimmers
28 Figure It Out Royal Blood
29 Cursed Sleep Bonnie "Prince" Billy
30 About a Bird Fantastic Negrito
31 Sister of Pearl Baio
32 Can't Pin Me Down Marina & The Diamonds
33 Judas Depeche Mode
34 Passes Me By Leah Randazzo
35 New Moon on Monday Duran Duran
36 Moon Bjork
37 Full Moon The Black Ghosts
38 The Divide Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
39 Cherry Blossom Paolo Nutini
40 Rebel Heart The Shelters
41 I Sat By the Ocean QOTSA
42 I'm Free The Soup Dragons
43 Down to Earth Peter Gabriel
44 Ball of Twine Louis XIV
45 You and I Margaret Glaspy
46 Counting Stars One Republic
47 The Captain of Her Heart Double
48 My Mathematical Mind Spoon
49 Whirring The Joy Formidable
50 Tease Pale Honey




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