4/9/2016: Promises

A friendly reminder to uphold the commitments you make to yourself! $25 giclee print available at the Made Vibrant Art Shop.

When I came up with the idea to do a different art piece every day of 2016, one of the reasons I did it was because I wanted to challenge myself to do something that felt impossible. At the time, it was SO scary to say I’m going to do this for 366 days straight. What if I missed a day? What if I didn’t feel up to it? What if I was traveling? What if it wasn’t convenient? WHAT IF.

But I did it. I committed.

And what I’ve realized over the course of these 100 days is that a commitment like this only boils down to one thing: a promise you make to yourself. A promise to follow through on this one thing no matter the circumstances. If I don’t FEEL creative, if I’m out of ideas, if it’s 7pm and I’m drawing a blank on what to write about, I still show up. I just think about that inner person I made a promise to and I know I can’t let her down.

I wrote once that confidence is nothing more than being able to trust yourself. Knowing that you’re going to come through for yourself when you make the ask. Keeping this promise to myself for 100 days straight has done that for me. It’s boosted my confidence in my art and my ability to stay consistent with something. And on top of that, every day it submerges me further and further into my own intuitive creative process. For that, I’m grateful I stretched myself by committing to something that felt scary.

I know #the100dayproject is coming up from @greatdiscontent and @elleluna and as someone who just finished my own version of a 100-day project, I can’t recommend it enough. Take the challenge. Do the impossible. Keep the promise to yourself.

You’re more capable than you know.