Ten days ago, I committed to 100 days of journaling. It seems ironic to me that it has taken a week and a half for me to write about it, but these days I have other writing to write about.
I considered #The100DayProject last year and enjoyed following along as others posted their daily progress photos. This year, I wanted in on the fun myself.
I enjoy writing but did get weighed down by the deadlines and the homework from the Foothills Voices project. Now that I’ve had a bit of a breather, I wanted to get the words flowing again.
While sharing on this site is important to me, I also like writing for my own enjoyment. Over the next 100 days (down to 90 and counting), I’m not going to share every day’s writing.
I may write, let it simmer, edit then share. I may “just” write in my journal, working through my thoughts and feelings.
In his book Finish, Jon Acuff talks about setting a goal and then cutting it in half. We often dream big, then the goal is unattainable. I kept this in mind as I set my parameters for my 100-day project.
- Write for 7 minutes each day.
So far, I’ve written daily in my journal. That’s right, good old fashion pen and paper. I hope to continue that pattern, but will also count time spent putting together a post to share here.
Extra long text messages or Instagram posts, however, don’t make the cut.
- Begin on April 1st.
Everyone else started on April 2nd, but that just didn’t sit well with me. I wanted to start on Monday the 1st for a cleaner date. Who’s ever heard of starting on a random date/day of the week? Also, if for some reason I slip up, I have a bit of a buffer already built in.
- Post on the socials when I take a notion.
How’s that for playing fast and loose with the rules? One of the main components of a traditional project includes sharing daily using tagged #The100DayProject and whatever personal hashtag the creator has invented.
Some of my journaling will be too personal to share. Also, my handwriting leaves a lot to be desired. Handwriting is the only subject in the entirety of my 13 years of public education where I learned anything less than a B. That middle school “C” still haunts me to this day.
I do, however, hope to post more than usual about my writing. Between my Foothills Voices work and #100DaysofFraddtasticWriting, I will have more to share. Instead of focusing on a creative way to post, I want to spend my time and energy on the writing itself.