I finished the 100 Day Project

I did it! I did it! I finished The 100 Day Project! It was amazing and I loved what I accomplished these past 100 days!

I raised money for charity!

Yay!! $280 is going to an LGBT youth services program in Alabama. The Shoals Diversity Center has a support and community building program for LGBT teens. This is exactly the kind of program I envisioned this money funding. Thanks, Rebecca for helping me figure it out and I know you will put the money to it’s best use. A special thank you to each of you who bought one of my pieces and supported this endeavor. It means so much to me. Thanks.

If you are like me and into helping young people feel whole and welcomed and loved, put some money into the Diversity Center or a like-minded organization in your community. This is me practicing active Hope this year. Putting money into people and programs working for a better world. I challenge you to do the same.

This piece is going with the monetary donation to the Diversity Center. 

A few things technical things I learned from this project

I both loved and hated the narrowness of the focus. I did pink and yellow paint and then collage. I have a huge body of work that is clearly a series, which I love! I liked being forced to work out of my comfort zone for an extended period of time. But at the same time I got really tired of using what felt like the same stuff over and over from my pink and yellow work box.

100 Days is WAY TOO LONG to do an Instagram sale. I was tired of it and I think everyone on my feed was too. Next time I do an insta sale it will be a much shorter timeframe where I work on the pieces ahead of time and then drop them for sale over a few days or a week.

There are some great services out there to help you commemorate your 100 Day project. Blurb has a great one that will hook to your Instagram account and flow the pictures right in. Since I sold about half of my work for this project, I’m  getting a book to remember it all. If you’d like to own a copy, you can get yours here.

Make a spreadsheet!! I can’t emphasize this enough. I started early and I’m so glad I did. I have a record of who bought each piece and it helped me keep track of who paid, what I’d shipped out, what my totals were at the end. Now at the end of the year, I don’t have to reconstruct that for taxes.

100 days is a long time. A long time. Did I mention how long 100 days is?

Overall, I’m glad I took part in this project. It ate a good bit of my time so I’m glad to be transitioning to something new now though. I’m on the fence about joining again next year but I’m sure once April rolls around again, I’ll be ready to go!!