Thanks to the lovely Tori’s instagram, I recently discovered the 100 Day Project. Last year I was doing the 100 days of happy on Instagram, and I lost my flow when I went to Finland. When I found the 100 Days Project, I figured it was perfect to get me going again!
What Is the 100-Day Project? It’s a celebration of process that encourages everyone to participate in 100 days of making. The great surrender is the process; showing up day after day is the goal. For the 100-Day Project, it’s not about fetishizing finished products—it’s about the process.
Now I’ve been debating a few things to do with this. 100 days is quite a commitment but I feel like it will be a great challenge – and I won’t be alone!
My first thought was to do a similar thing to last year – 100 days of happiness – and I would post a photo of something that made me happy each day. The more I think about it though, the more I want to challenge myself and I’m now thinking of yoga. I did a 30 day challenge in January, and it was great. Then February came, and I did hardly any yoga. And then March, and I did none. So yeah, this 100 day challenge may make it become a habit! It may be difficult for the first week especially, as from Tuesday I am volunteering at South Lakes (more to come on that!) but it only takes 10 minutes out of my day really so there’s no excuse. If I fail on a day or so, that’s that – I’ll just keep going with the rest. I am committing!
You can follow my journey on my instagram: @katehlouise
My tag will be #100DaysOfYogaWithKatie (original, I know)
Here’s where the idea came from:
The Inspiration Behind the Project
Initially inspired by a grad school project conceived by Michael Bierut—a prolific, talented designer, writer, and teacher—Elle and a group of friends decided to launch a social media version of the project in 2014.
For years, Michael Bierut led graduate graphic design students at the Yale School of Art in a workshop that he called “The 100 Day Project.” The premise for the class was simple: each student chose one action to repeat every day for 100 days. For example, one student made a poster in under a minute every day for 100 days; another danced in public every day and made a video; another student, Rachel Berger, picked a paint chip out of a bag and responded to it in writing for 100 days.
In 2014, Elle and her friends banded together and decided to share their projects on Instagram, tagging images with #The100DayProject. People of all ages joined in, and it was incredible! Those who participated were empowered by the accountability of doing the project alongside others in a very public way on Instagram.
Now, the 100-Day Project is back with Elle at the helm, asking anyone who will answer: What could you do with 100 days of making? Who should participate? Anyone. Anyone who is hungry to jump-start their creative practice, who is curious about being part of a community that celebrates process, and those who are busy with work and family commitments, but searching for a bite-sized way to play creatively. Learn more in TGD’s feature on Elle and the 100-Day Project.