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Today is the day, ladies and gentlemen, the day that creativity gets a big kick in the booty! All around the world people are pulling out dull pencils and dry paint brushes. They are dusting off their sewing machines, charging their camera batteries and cleaning their workspace for the project of the year. And I’m so excited!!!

This year I’ve got two projects to work on. Sewing and Writing.

Sewing. For me this is sewing of all kinds, but what I’m going to focus on over these next 100 days is sewing clothing and quilts. I’ve been a quilter for a long time but I’m the kind of girl who likes to sew in large chunks of time or not at all. Why do I do this to myself? Invariably I end up with neck and back injuries, dark circles under my eyes and 5 pounds heavier from all the instant food because I’m too busy quilting to take the time to make dinner. I’m definitely easier on myself when sewing clothes, but they are usually costumes or gown alterations. I want to make my own clothes! I want to create a wardrobe that fits me like a glove, and makes me look good too. I want to want to get out of my sweats and look like I spent all morning getting ready. That’s not too much to ask, is it?

Writing. As you can see by my blog post history I’m not a very consistent writer, lol. A few months ago I woke up with the most amazing dream and I thought it would make a great story to tell. So I told the story to my family and thought, maybe I should write this all down. And not just in my journal, but in a book I’ll publish and it will be on every shelf in every library. Well, I’m not that grandiose, but I did think it would be fun to publish a book – or at least to see if I am a good enough writer to get one published. The funny thing is that the story was way better in my dream and in the telling of my dream than it actually is on paper. So I’m working on it… very, very, slowly. Actually, I only write when something brilliant pops into my head and it takes me on an awesome ride.

I seem to see a pattern happening here.

So this project, the give your creativity a shot of adrenaline by doing it in 100 days project is also, for me at least, a let’s get better by working consistently rather than expecting some miraculous burst of inspiration to fall into my lap by doing nothing project.

This is my hope, at least, that by small daily works I’ll be better at what I’m working on. And if nothing else I’ll get stuff done. And small chunks of time will probably work so much better for me in the long run because my house won’t be overrun with dust, laundry and a starving family that I’ll have to stop everything I’m doing just to feed and clean until it’s all shiny and happy, just to do it all over again in a few weeks when I’m finished with the next project that consumes me.

Because that’s what happens. My workroom tends to open it’s jaws and swallow me whole, only to regurgitate me- often with something pretty to show for it- looking like I haven’t seen the sun in weeks and survived only on dark chocolate and Coke Zero. It’s my bad habit. One I’ve been trying to break for years but never knew how. Maybe, just maybe, this is the answer to my prayers.

So I’m crossing my fingers, saying a heartfelt prayer, and hoping that my next 100 days will be inspiring and create new habits for me, ones that I won’t easily allow to dissipate.

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