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My 100 Day Project (2019 edition)

Jlynn Frazier

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Another round of The 100 Day Project is upon us! This will be my third year participating in this wonderful process of making and creating something to share with the world every day. In 2017, my project was #100DaysofPolaroid360Prints. I focused on seeing and creating while learning the process of capturing and processing prints. Then scanning in to share. In 2018, my project was #100daysofnaturefieldnotes . This time I also embarked on a photography project and paired it in a nature photo journal style to write observations about the world around me.

 This year, I’m taking the plunge into the project again and am thrilled to make it all about writing!

As Mary Oliver said, “I think we’re creative all day long. We have to have an appointment to have that work out on the page. Because the creative part of us gets tired of waiting, or just gets tired.”

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What if I brought together my desire to write and the 100 day project? What if I made the 100 day project my daily appointment to have my work out on the page?

I remembered three important reasons I love being a part of this project: the community, the commitment to creating every day, and the awe and curiosity to see a body of work at the end of 100 days. Because that is a really good amount of time to dig in and dig deep into a process.

I asked what if I wrote for 100 days and that seemed too vague. So I decided I would need to be specific. What about 500 words? It just sort of came to me. It felt like a lot to commit to, since I had no real sense of what it would be like. So I did a test run for a few days. I sat down, put on my Bose headphones and my classical “get in the create zone” playlist on Amazon Prime Music and just started writing. And I found that 500 words was very doable. That in fact, I was exceeding it anywhere from 750 to 1,000. The 500 word commitment seemed to be enough to get me really going and in a flow.

500 words X 100 days = 50,000 words! That’s book length people!

I’ve set no specific expectation that it be ready to print. In fact, I’ve given myself permission to write as rough and raw as it comes out. Because the point is to get it down onto the page. I’ve been writing a lot in a sporadically emerging sort of way. I think the next 100 days will help to find clarity and I’m bound to learn a lot about what it is I really want to say.

And so, I’m in. My 2019 project will be #100daysoftruthtellingbyjlynn. I will not be publishing each days draft because this is not a polish and publish sort of endeavor. It’s freedom to flow. But I will find a nugget of truth from each days writing to share on instagram in my Instagram story. I’ll also try to share other tid bits about how its going, what I’m thinking about, other writer’s who inspire me when I need a nudge to keep going. I’m that giddy kind of nervous excited and of course determined. Ready, set, go write!

 

Monthly Photos of Wild Places [April]

Jlynn Frazier

This is a monthly photography roundup of images captured while out exploring our wild places. I am now just over a quarter of the way into the 100 Day Project. Each day, I'm posting in a special blog type format every day for #100daysofnaturefieldnotes. This includes sharing the location, weather, and an observation (or two). Simplicity is key and so all images for this project are created with my iPhone 7s, edited in Snapseed, then the post is completed on my phone. I am sharing on Instagram too. 

Here is a selection of images from this project for this months photo roundup.

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Day 50 of #The100DayProject

Jlynn Frazier

Day 50! Wow, it's hard to believe that I am halfway there already. The first image is my 50th image along with a small selection of images captured over the first half of the project. 

Whoa, we’re half way there
Whoa, livin’ on a prayer
Take my hand and we’ll make it - I swear
Whoa, livin’ on a prayer
— Bon Jovi

But first, I thought I would share three thoughts about what I have observed so far in this project:

  • It is easier than I thought it would be. Let me explain. Back in April when the project began, I decided to do this project. So far it seems that having made that decision and committed to this helped tremendously. Each day I do not think about whether or not I am going to make an image. I know that I am going to create and post on Instagram. It is just a matter of when and where.
  • I really can do this. Having now reached the halfway point I am thrilled to have made it this far. I am not sure why exactly but I questioned whether I could do this for 100 days, would want to do this for 100 days and whether I could find joy in the process for 100 days. So far so good. 
  • I do need to give myself pep talks. Some days I am happy with the images I create. Some days are okay. Then there are the few days that I have just failed. By failed I mean that an image was very underexposed or just did not come out at all as I had hoped. The first "failed" image I posted was really tough. I thought about just calling it quits or skipping a day. But I made the commitment and said, nope. Committing to this project was about the process and that means showing an image every day, even if you think it is awful. The project is about creating, learning, and growing. As I said at the beginning it is about letting go of perfection and expectation and focusing on the daily joy of the process.  And yes, I am finding great joy in this process!

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