Hello & welcome to a new instalment of Sunday Scribbles. In this post, I talk about my 40 Days of Blogging experience, how I stepped outside of my comfort zone more this past couple of months and I share the things that made me happy.
It’s been such a long time since I wrote a Sunday Scribble post. I even went back and read them all the freshen up my mind. Gladly, I still like the feel and content of those posts, so I definitely should take the time to write them more often. 🙂
40 Days of Blogging
It’s been a very lazy Sunday and my plan was to get a ton of writing done for next week. This, obviously, didn’t happen, although, I did film a video showing my workspace. All this blogging, even though it’s a bit stressful, also really helps me getting back into blogging. Planning and writing the posts of the last couple of days have definitely been fun.
I really like that I’m not doing this alone. Last time I attempted a 30 Days of Blogging challenge I didn’t have a Facebook Group where other people were voicing their feelings and doubts about the project. Just reading about it already helps. So yeah, I feel positive about this challenge. It already makes me feel inspired again and I have at least 40 blogpost ideas for the following days. Are any of you participating? How are things going?
Stepping outside of my comfort zone + lessening the amounts of fucks given
With the new year and my new birthday challenge, I feel very motivated to step out of my comfort zone and to do Things. For example, a couple of days ago I put a quote design I made on Society6. In the past (and still a tiny bit now) I would be worrying about not having enough products (only 1 at the moment), the design not being good enough (I’ll only get there if I actually start making and finishing things, not by dreaming of the perfect collection) and if people would be laughing with the crappy designs I put up because I’m not good enough (I’ll probably never know and if so, I can’t change that). True, I didn’t promote my new store yet, but hey, baby steps! Also, I ordered myself a pouch to see what the quality is like.
Other things I did: I send in an application for the Adobe Creative Residency of 2017. Chances are low I’ll get this (and that I have to move to Germany for a year), but that wasn’t enough of a reason to at least try, right? I also got filmed by a whole film production crew last week, making me an actor in a promotional video of a political party. I really wanted to see how I would react for a camera, with a crew of people I don’t know.
And guess what? It felt totally chill, even though all my colleagues had to listen to my 45 retries of one sentence. I didn’t feel ashamed once. Afterwards, I realised that starring in a promotional video of this sorts might anger some people, but, I don’t think that me appearing in this video hurts anybody, so I probably shouldn’t be worrying about this.
I’m reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck” at the moment and even though I think this book isn’t well written (and maybe should be a 50 page essay instead of a book), I do notice I’m more conscious about the amounts of fucks I give and the amount of worrying I do about people’s opinions. Don’t misunderstand, I still value the opinions of people I know (or of the people who leave comments ;)), but I think I should stop worrying about the possible opinions of people I don’t know and will never meet.
Random Sunday Scribbles
Things that made me happy
- Participating in 40 Days of Blogging and seeing everyone’s enthusiasm
- The days are definitely getting longer and sunnier
- Verrrrry slowly getting to know my new point-and-shoot camera
- Sticking to things and seeing them pay off! I’ve followed the 5:2 for a couple of months now and I can see myself change slowly but surely
- Pictures of space
Work in progress
- With 40 Days of Blogging I have tons of things planned. I just need to write them. A couple of posts have been on my to-do list since this time last year.
- I finished my 30 Days of Lettering and now I want to digitise some of those sketches.
Things I enjoyed
- Hanne’s post on Selfcare and how to get your creativity back
- How BBC makes Planet Earth look like a Hollywood movie
- Kathleen’s post (in Dutch) on Patreon, Michelangelo and creativity
- This post (in Dutch) on how having multiple bikes makes you cycle even more
- Give your time just to be
- We forgot why we do it
That’s it for this Sunday Scribbles. Tell me how you’ve been. Did you also do something uncharacteristic this week?