When I was working on the 100 Day Project, my main goal was to prove to myself that I could see something through from start to finish. I wanted develop my technique and track my progress. I found very quickly that it was going to be more than just a form of practice, it became a form of therapy and a source of motivation.
I had only been lettering for about 6 months and was excited to further develop my skills. I focused on pushing through the 100 days and changing the way I approached Voyage Lettering, it was going to be more than an Instagram account, it was going to be a project that developed into a business and someday a full-time job. I wanted the next 77 days to be a point in my life where I made changes in major ways.
I started off the 100 days strong, I was lettering and posting every day and was gaining followers. I was motivated and excited to see what could develop over the course of the project. As the project progressed, life got in the way. I made excuses, “I have a lot going on”, “I’m too tired”, “I’ll do it tomorrow”, etc. I hit a lull and the project slowed down. From start to finish, the project set to span 100 days, ended 26 weeks after it began — almost double the amount of time originally planned. Although it took longer, I accomplished what I had set out to accomplish. I followed through the project from start to finish. I motivated myself to step outside my comfort zone and take a job in a city I wasn’t familiar with and moved away from the place I had spent my entire life. I started thinking about Voyage Lettering post 100 Day Project. I shifted my focus to starting a business and made that my new dream.
When I reflect on the 100 Day Project, I think about how something so simple changed my outlook. I am able to see my progression in skill level and am able to have a turning point in my life documented. I think about how taking a leap and going out of my comfort zone reduced my anxiety, and pushed me to set new goals for myself personally and in my career.