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: 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 Friday (comfort)

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Hello and welcome back to Writing Prompt FridayI’d like to take a moment to say “Thank you.” Really, thank you. I’ve been posting writing prompts regularly and you still keep coming back for them. Many of you even “Like” them. And I appreciate it. I appreciate you. I started posting prompts as a way to stay engaged with my blog even when life gets in the way of writing long posts. That you keep liking them and enjoying them have helped me keep it up. For that, I thank you. Any audience is a privilege and not to be taken for granted. Thank you for coming to visit.

Now, on to this week’s prompt…

Life had become so comfortable, it hurt.

Want to share your writing prompt result? Share in the comments.
Yours, Ducky

The truth about feedback

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It’s a truth universally acknowledged that when one hears the word “feedback,” one thinks “criticism.” The face twists in a cringe, and one wants nothing more than to run fast, run far and insert one’s head into a hole in the ground.

Feedback is uncomfortable.

Getting feedback on our work is one thing. That kind of feedback comes with the territory; we expect it and usually take it objectively because it’s about our work, not us. But getting feedback on our professional or personal performance? Yikes.

So let’s shed some light on what feedback really is: a gift. Continue reading

Staying social when writing is solitary

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Writing itself is solitary. Even if we’re working in an office and surrounded by people, we typically tuck ourselves away, apply our headphones and scurry into our documents with the enthusiasm of a meerkat digging a new downstairs.

Let the others collaborate; I have word magic to conjure.

It’s not that we dislike people (generally speaking). It’s that writing happens in our head. But that creates a problem.

Writing is solitary, but humans are social (even introverted ones like me; don’t tell). We fill our creative wells in countless ways, but one of those needs to be socializing despite the inherently solitary nature of our work.

Socializing keeps us:

  • empathetic
  • in touch with other perspectives
  • connected with other ideas
  • up-to-date with trends and techniques

It’s important, but it’s counter to what we do. So, what do we do? Continue reading