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The Start of the 100 Day Project 2021 : Days 1 through 20

I started 2021’s 100 Day Project on January 31st. I assume they moved it up from its usual April starting date because, well, there’s nothing better to do this second year of pandemic plague lockdown. And most of us truly need to have a reason to create every day to offer us some relief from our anxieties.

This is my 4th 100 Day Project. Two years ago, I found the magic of this challenge when I recreated objects in my house using pencil and pastels. This year I am recreating views from with my house using watercolor pencils. I found my rhythm and talent then and I’m searching for it currently in this different medium. And what I also gained from this perpetual daily project was a self-trust and meditative practice that brought joy to my heart.

I am currently working on a way for the world to share in the joy of the art and discoveries of that and this projects so that they may open their hearts to an understanding of their own creativity that goes further than just showing up whenever the mood strikes.

Meanwhile, here are the first 20 pieces I’ve created thus far for #100daysofShalagh and #the100dayproject2021 .

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What Personal Sustainability Looks Like

When we talk about environmental consciousness, “Sustainability” has become our buzzword referring to “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs”. Born in response to perceived public discontent over the long-term damage caused by a company’s focus on short-term profits, it has now entered my life’s vocabulary.

Personally, sustainability is how I make choices to live and not exhaust myself before I reach my goals. No goals? I think you just call that surviving. Or making do? I’ve been living a life without goals for a while and goals give me a place and a way to be proud of myself. So then the manner in which you choose to do this must be crafted and curated as to not sabotage yourself and do that burn out thing that seems so en vogue.

Creative Soul Living requires being both creative

and wise about our life choices

My sustainability starts with taking an inventory of my available time and how best to spread what I need to do over that time. This is tricky because we often get very gung ho about what we want to accomplish and unless we’re bipolar and spastic, we will overestimate our capabilities and our time and set ourselves up for feeling like failures pretty quickly.What Personal Sustainability Looks Like on Shalavee.com

As a mother, I have a lot less time than I think and a lot more. If I plan hard by meal-planning and delegation and just plain demanding my time away, I can eek out a few hours here or there for myself at home. I discovered that sustainability also has to do with pacing a diet. I can be Okay with a half a pound loss a week instead of a pound. And exercising. I am not going to all the classes I used to attend but rather showing up on the treadmill. And politely telling people I will be back soon.

Watching my boundaries to conserve my energy and time, as well as allowing for days that derail me due to illness or life happenstances, that is how I will allow the boat to stay afloat and going instead of abruptly tipping. Being realistic allows for patience, compassion, and understanding for ourselves. Sustainability will allow us to move however slowly but steadily toward the life we really want to be living. Creative Soul Living requires being both creative and wise about our life choices.

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Grow Where You Are Planted

After nearly a year of feeling the pinch of our collective sequestering, l’ve come to understand my ultimate importance.

I maintain my family and I care for myself.

The normalcy and the creativity are my realms.

We all need both of these to keep our sanity.

To feel that everything’s Okay in our tiny world but to also express our uniqueness.

To hear and feel ourselves getting in touch with our own inner voices.

That is what grounds me. Keeps me. Spurns me onward.

Because this isn’t about product.

This beautiful life we have a chance to live every day is about process.

And from a solid inspirational process comes products that exceed expectations.

Keep on Keeping on lovely people and honor yourselves for the lives you get to yet live.

Grow where you are planted.

 

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Regular Creativity Can Bring You the Joy Akin to Christmas

My daughter Fiona is about to turn 8 years-old. She has already written and posted a birthday wish list on the refrigerator. It includes items like a trampoline, a banana seat and basket for her bicycle, and a goldfish. Her birthday isn’t even 3 moths after Christmas so I’m thinking how do we so easily forget what we have and want more so quickly?

But the bigger question I realized is how do we keep the creative and abundant spirit of Christmas going throughout the year? Perpetual Creative practice. When I make something, I am gifting a part of me to myself, my family perhaps, and to the world if I choose to share it. There is such a wonderful feeling the magic of which is akin to Christmas.Regular Creativity Can Bring You the Joy Akin to Christmas on Shalavee.com

I’d add that gratitude is the other practice that give you grace and feeling like what you have is almost enough. Although gratitude won’t get you more gas in your gas tank, it might get you a job from someone you took the time to thank. The little things we do add up to a lot more than we can ever know.

I have embarked on my fourth 100 Day Project journey this week. A non-negotiable daily promise to show up and make small art. The result is many fold. I become better at using the medium I have chosen which this year is watercolor pencils. I reestablish or create self-trust when I show up for myself. And I get to share my art with an enthusiastic community which furthers my Christmas-like high.

There is nothing here not to like.

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You Don’t Have to Be Called “Artist” to Create, You Just Need to Create

You recognize that you’re a creative person. You make stuff all the time. And yet you aren’t comfortable calling yourself an artist. You say, “Artists devote themselves to their crafts and are really really talented. That’s not me.” I’ve been there, done this too. But I say, it’s not about calling yourself an artist, it’s about crediting yourself with your unique and constant creativity. About choosing a label you are happy with like Maker or Creative.You Don't Have to Be Called “Artist” to Create, You Just Need to Create on Shalavee.com

I started by calling myself an artist with a small “a”. As I said yes to creative projects, I began to see myself as more talented through the eyes of the other participants. And when I was introduced to the idea of calling myself an Uber-Creative, I knew I liked that definition way more than Artist. Read my thoughts about this in my post on Life as an Uber Creative.

It’s all about giving credibility and voice to your inner creative child. We have taken on the voice that says that creativity is unproductive and unnecessary. We all expect women to create children and homes and systems to raise them in. From the meals that we make to the ways that we parent our obstinate offspring, a woman’s world is perpetually creative.You Don't Have to Be Called “Artist” to Create, You Just Need to Create on Shalavee.com

So I invite you to see yourself in this new light of permitted creativity. We makers need to stick together and show off what we make. To be seen and to see what we may be capable of making too. Join me on Instagram, a fairly straightforward social media app, by posting a picture there, describing it in the description area, and typing #ourcreativeselves and @shalaghhogan there too to connect with us. This will be an amazing first step to acknowledging your creativity and joining a community of creatives.

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