This is a few weeks late but I wanted to share that I am currently involved in something called The 100 Day Project. If you are not sure what The 100 Day Project is, it is simply a creative project where you create something and share it each day and for 100 days. It was created by Elle Luna, someone who I admire and have talked about previously on this blog. Her book, The Crossroads of Should and Must, is a game changer as well as a life changer! HIGHLY RECOMMEND. All caps totally necessary. I first learned about The 100 Day Project last year and followed one of my favorite bloggers, Elise Joy, as she made her way through 100 Pep Talks that she posted on her Instagram account and later made into a book! I was inspired to try it but had no idea what to do for my project, so I decided to follow other people’s projects instead of participate. This year, at the last minute, of course, I decided to join in.
For my 100 Day Project, I decided to keep it simple and do something that I already do practically every day. I love taking photos and do it on a regular and consistent basis, but I am not great at sharing them. They tend to just sit in my phone and take up space. I always think about sharing them (and sometimes, I do) but most of the time I become insecure with self-doubt and worry about it being “Instagram worthy” AKA being beautiful, with great light, and with the styled approach that many of the people I follow on Instagram are able to achieve on a daily basis. It can be intimidating to say the least.
But then I wondered, why? WHO CARES?! I am not a professional blogger. I am not working for a specific brand. I am not doing this for money. I do not have to make my photos perfect. And in a way, I don’t want to! The pressure that I feel from Instagram and that I honestly put on myself is ridiculous and unnecessary. And that’s why I don’t always share my photos, even though I take them on a regular basis.
So instead of being embarrassed of the lighting in the photos I take or not thinking they are good enough to share, I am sharing them! Every day for 100 days. Whether I take a good photo or not, I will be posting a photo every day that I took THAT day. No cheating here, though I am sure sometimes it will be tempting.
Since this post is a few weeks late and I am almost two weeks into the challenge already, I wanted to be honest in that I haven’t actually posted each day. There have been a few days that I forgot to share my photo, but I have made up for it the next day and tag the photo as such. I’m not going to be perfect at this right from the get go. I am not someone who posts every day, so getting into that routine is hard, especially on days when I work both of my jobs back to back (which is happening more often lately). But I will try! So far I have been good about taking a photo each day and sharing it. Some of my photos have been good, others have been just okay. BUT I’M DOING IT! And that’s all that really matters to me. I’m getting back into a creative process and routine. I’m learning more about which photos I like and which I don’t. I’m using my camera more often and discovering new features about it that I didn’t know before. I am challenging myself each day to find something new to photograph and to also write about. At first I thought I would be doing a small caption with each photo that I post, like I normally do on my Instagram page. But I found myself journaling a bit about my day and explaining what the photo is about or why I took it. I thought this would be tedious or annoying but I am actually enjoying it! I can look back on my Instagram page and see what I was doing that day or how I was feeling. It puts a new perspective on my Instagram photos instead of a witty, five word caption with multiple hashtags.
SO THERE IT IS. I have put it out there and it’s officially happening. I know it has only been two weeks but I am enjoying it so far. I am hoping to not quit and give this up like I have with so many challenges and projects that I have done before. If you are interested in following my 100 Day Project journey, you can follow my Instagram page or follow my specific hashtag for the project: #100daysofphotosbybrittany. You can also follow my project and others with the hashtag #the100dayproject.
If you are interested in learning more about The 100 Day Project, please visit their website here. This year’s 100 Day Project technically began on April 4, 2017, but if you are interested in starting now, go ahead! This is ultimately for you, not for others. You can start and stop whenever you like. If you do decide to participate and share your journey, please let me know! I would love to follow along and encourage each other to keep going. Thanks for reading and I am wishing good luck to everyone who is participating in The 100 Day Project, including myself. I’m going to need it! 🙂