How this whole mess came about
Originally started by design educator Michael Bierut for his students at Yale, the 100 Day Project is a creative project where you pick a simple, creative action and do it every day for 100 days in a row. The project was introduced to Instagram by @elleluna in 2015 and now every year there are hundreds of thousands of people that take part.
I've been following along with the project on Instagram over the last few years, but I've never taken part myself. I think this is because when it comes to creative projects, I tend to be a 'jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none'. I just couldn't decide on a project that seems worthy of my focus for 100 days in a row. Nothing would really excite me. Then I'd panic and decide that I'd just skip it for another year.
Last week, I was driving home from work listening to the latest episode of 'Elise Gets Crafty'. Elise was talking to Allie Lehman about how they were both taking on the 100 Day Project again this year and I was again reminded that the project was about to go ahead without me. As I was driving, I began to think about what I would do for the project if I could choose anything.
Then I had an 'aha!' moment. I could start a podcast. I'd been thinking about the possibility of doing it for a while, but never knew when to start or what to focus on for a topic. (Seeing a theme here yet?) What if I made the 100 Day Project my topic? And worked on a podcast for 100 days? Could I manage to interview 100 guests? Ok, that last bit is completely ridiculous.
But, it was like all of the pieces suddenly clicked into place. And I was excited.
And this is Day 1 of 100. It's time to get started.