From 4th April through to 12th July this year I took part in the #100dayproject on Instagram. This was my second year but last year I fizzled out. I finally gave in at day 70 although I had only posted for around half the days. This year I made it all the way to day 100. And now I’m wondering “what next?”
I feel like I’ve finished a really great book and starting another just wouldn’t be right somehow. I’m sure you know what I mean? There seem to be a lot of loose ends. My #100day theme was #100DaysOfAdvocacy. Like April not being the only month for awareness of autism – advocacy really is a forever thing.I feel I learned and gained so much from my 100 days.
I found my creativity again. I’d become a little (make that a lot) disenchanted with the whole Etsy and creative selling world – putting in a lot of hours and seeing no return. And I’ve come out the other end ready to jump back on the bus. I’ve been revamping my Etsy shop and have lots of ideas in the pipeline.
I found my new product line. I’m going to be using my creative hoops from my 100 days to make some digital downloads. It’s something I’ve been thinking on for quite some time by the 100dayproject gave me the time to come up with some fun ideas. And a new Etsy shop coming very soon.
I love instagram. There is no 140 character limit on what you put in and it’s an amazing community. I’ve not been brave enough to add a story yet. But I have been looking into it, checking out, I’ve pinned the info for later use.
I’m still working on the hashtag thing #. I still find the need to put a capital letter at the beginning of each new word, not sure if that’s just an age thing! Who knew there were so many ways to hashtag embroidery and creativity.
We are #AllDifferentByDesign. It’s strange but in finding the many positives with Autism/neurodiversity throughout my 100 days my focus has moved beyond the whole Autism Awareness thing. Recognising individual musts and needs is key to a bright future.
I love The Crossroads of Should and Must. I find I choose musts and needs above shoulds and wants most if not all of the time now. I do stray into ‘Should Land’ every now and then but find I can remove myself from that thought train pretty quickly.
100 Days is a good time to find what works. As I jumped into my #100DaysofAdvocacy I also jumped on the Business Bakery wagon with Julia Bickerstaff. This is my 3rd time I think with this group. Whilst I have still remained in the background, I’m quietly working on plans for the next 100 days, I’m presuming will start in September.
I have other skills to sell. My newfound creative vigour led to my volunteering my services and creating a website for one of the participants in the Business Bakery, a lovely lady called Lindsay from East Kilbride with a niche business in the care sector, The Night Visitors. They offer personally tailored care so that people can maintain their independence and family can have peace of mind that they are cared for through the night. A much needed service today.
There is so much to do but I can cope. In the week since my #100DaysOfAdvocacy has come to an end I have been busy revamping My Shop and learning a how much there is to learn about SEO’s. That is a whole other story, and shaping up to be part of next week’s post.
Rejigging this site is high on my agenda too. And not as daunting as it might have been 100 days ago.
I recommend 100 day projects to anyone trying to find their thing. I also recommend the instagram approach for the first one as it’s not so structured and really does give you a chance to play around with your creativity. In the more structured worlds I do recommend skulking in the background till you find your feet and realise that you are not alone. We’re all making it up as we go along.
When I embarked on the 100 Day Goal with the Business Bakery this time I didn’t do the 150 things to do thing at the beginning – although I’m thinking my list may be a lot longer than that now. I set myself a bit of a different goal. By the end of the 100 days I was to decide whether I should stick with the cubicle life really be creative.
I have discovered that I really am creative – whether in a cubicle or not. And I have discovered a market for cubicle decor. It’s all green lights for cubicle decor on Etsy right now. And who knew I had already created so much of it. It would seem that sometimes the purpose finds the creation rather than the other way around. Things really are woven together in so many ways in this world.
And I have decided that for now I will be sticking with the cubicle, perhaps for fewer hours but it’s staying in my life for a while. Yet another subject for a whole other post – once you find the purpose life’s a lot less sucky.
So, I must get back to my Etsy creativity, because I now really want to. My 100 Day Project has not only helped my find my creative mojo again, but has given me back my creative confidence. I am looking forward to my next Business Bakery 100 Day Goal with purpose. And am thinking I may have to give myself another instagram 100 day goal just to keep things pumping.
Have you embarked on 100 day project and learned a lot from it, or maybe just enjoyed the ride. I’m please to say that I’ve done both and really have the 100 day bug now.