find your spark with 100 projects

A few years ago, I posted about 100 Projects to Recenter because life happens and when life happens it’s easy to get stuck in survival mode. A lot of us have been in survival mode these past few years. I have, which makes this a perfect time to revisit this 100 Projects topic.

Let’s be clear: This 100 Projects is not the same as the 100% Project to crowdfund for education. Nor is it in any way related. This version is an idea I got from a friend who got it from a friend when they needed to reclaim the joy they were losing in life. This 100 Projects version is a way to bring balance and joy back into your life. To get back in touch with your spark.

To feel like of version of yourself you recognize and like again. If you’re already balanced and full of joy, this is still a great idea. Also, what is your secret?

How this 100 Projects version works

  1. Choose a topic that interests you.
  2. Find 100 unique ways to do that topic.
  3. Set boundaries so you can’t cheat.
  4. Lather, rinse, repeat.

For example, my friend tried 100 completely unique tacos. Got her out of the house and out of her rut. She found a lot of places to eat and met a lot of new people by asking for recommendations. Then she had 100 conversations with homeless people. She switches it up; fun then altruistic and back again.

Some 100 projects ideas to get started

  • Fill 100 pages of a journal
  • Read 100 new books
  • Write 100 cards to people you care about
  • Write 100 short stories
  • Create 100 of your own writing prompts
  • Spend 100 days drinking only water
  • Eat 100 totally different sandwiches
  • Visit 100 new blogs
  • Walk 100 miles
  • Randomly leave 100 kind notes in books for people to find
  • Learn 100 new words
  • Try 100 versions of the Solitaire card game

My 100 Projects

I’m working on these now. Feel free to steal ideas.

I’ll probably finish watching the movies and taking pictures of flowers this year. The others are going to take me time because I’m going through some challenges that drain my physical and mental energy. And I need to make sure I have enough in the proverbial tank to keep my day job, too.

Do as many as you want at the same time. Or do one project at a time. Fit your projects into your daily schedule or take a week off for knock one out. Set time limits—or not. Just make them something that you really want to do.

Know what? If you’re not up to 100, do 50. Set your own number. Totally up to you.

Have ideas? Share in the comments below.

Stay safe, Ducky

writing prompt: can kicking

Random lines are some of the best lines I hear all day, especially when I can take them out of context and apply a metric ton of imagination. Here’s one I just heard for your new writing prompt enjoyment.

writing prompt

One kick at the can.

Bonus points for including the words: origin, kerfuffle, scorch

Important: Bonus points are not valid in exchange for anything here. They exist solely so you can feel even better about that magnificent piece of writing you produce.

Enjoy!
Rubber Ducky

writing prompt: what’s good

I confess: I’m notorious for not following my own self-care advice. So I doomscrolled a wee bit today and now I’m a wee bit depressed by the news, which is (as we all know) sad sad sad sad. Which has left me wondering if there’s any good news out there? So I found some good news in the form of a dog surviving in the woods and while many people find solace in this kind of story, my brain zeroes in on the fact that dog needed to survive in the first place.

Not helpful, brain. Whose side are you even on? I’m your house; remember that.

Yes, I have a point. Namely, today’s writing prompt.

Writing prompt

Write the good news story you most want to read right now.

Share in the comments if you’d like. But even if you choose not (and that’s okay, no pressure), I hope you feel better. I’m going to go pet my cat because I know she doesn’t need saving. Even if she’d like to dispute that sometimes.

Stay safe,
Ducky

writing prompt: midnight planter

Um…yeah…. it’s been a while. Too long. Because life, you know? Life happens. And a lot of life has happened since I stepped away from my blog. A few weeks ago, something happened (and is still happening) to me that has shown me how much I need to write just for the fun of it. I’ve been writing in journals; nothing I’ll share online, but I’ve still been writing.

Now it’s time to get my online writing groove back. If you need to write, too, I hope this writing prompt helps.

Writing prompt

Why is your neighbor planting a tree in his backyard at midnight?

Share your result below. Or keep it in your journal.

Stay safe,
Ducky

P.S. I actually have a neighbor who works on his backyard garden at all hours; literally. He’s a very nice person.

writing prompt: define normal

I don’t know anyone who thinks they’re “normal.” Which makes sense because we all know our own flaws better than anyone else, so we disqualify ourselves from being “normal” faster than anyone else will.

Or maybe I hang out with the wrong people? What is normal, anyway?

writing prompt: Define normal.