Round 2 of 100 days to 100%

30 Aug

As you know, I recently finished my 100 days to 100% challenge. Now I am ready for round 2 of the challenge. Are you with me?

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The first time around I really had a more generalized plan for the 100 days. I wanted to take better care of myself. That included more exercise, better eating habits, more time for me, and self-reflection. It was a good 100 days, but this time around I really wanted to create a more focused plan.

The last few days I have been thinking about what I could do. Should I spend more time on one aspect of what I did in round 1? Should I find something completely new? Should it be health related, art related, work related, or what? So many options to choose from!

In the end I kept being drawn to the creative side of things. Since I am already doing my daily inchies and twinchies for the 365 days of art challenge, I wanted something that would be different from that. After all, I am already doing those every day. I needed something new, but something doable with my schedule.

I finally decided I would do a daily Zentangle®. I used to do these every day, but have found that lately I haven’t been doing them as often. Of course I do them for classes and for class preparation, but I haven’t been doing them just for me – at least not as much as I would like. So I will take my 100 days to 100% and focus on re-creating my daily meditation with Zentangle.

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

I will post my progress here on the blog every 10 days, like I did before. And I will occasionally post my progress on Instagram or Facebook as well.

I really like the 100 days idea. It is much more likely to become a good habit with that much time invested. I know they say if you do something for 30 days it will be a habit, but I have found that it is still fairly easy to let go of that habit at 30 days. And the 365 day challenge is fabulous, but a big commitment. The 100 days is doable but not extreme. After all, 100 days is about the length of summer and how many of us get to the end of summer and wonder where it went? How could it go by so quickly? The 100 days of this challenge is going to fly by for you.

I hope you will join me on round 2 of our 100 days to 100% challenge. I know that the first round yielded good results for a lot of you, and I expect this round will be just as good. If you use the hashtag  #100daysto100% on your posts or shares then we can gain some momentum and also see what everyone else is doing that is participating in the challenge.

I’ll see you in 10 days to tell you of my progress!

#100daysto100%

~Deb

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100 days to 100% – Day 100

27 Aug

Day 100! Wow! Did you sometimes wonder if you would be able to make it to day 100? I know I had a few days like that! But commitment and perseverance kept me moving forward and looking at that finish line! Too often we stop just shy of the finish line. Don’t let that be your habit!

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I started this journey with general expectations of getting back to what was important for me. Eating better, exercising more, paying attention to what was in my heart, and just taking care of myself. Here are the results of my 100 days.

  • I walked every day (except when I hurt my knee and couldn’t)
  • I lost 6 pounds
  • I drank smoothies and juices most days
  • I journaled every day
  • I practiced gratitude on a daily basis
  • I set daily intentions
  • I paid attention to my self

It wasn’t always easy to do, but that is what makes it a challenge! I fell off track when I injured my knee, but once I realized that I got back on track. The hardest part was the daily journaling. Not the journaling so much, but the introspection and self-discovery that I wanted to do. That was hard for me to express.  I loved getting back to walking more as I really had missed that. When you start taking care of you, you feel better and you can do more! What a great process. :)

So what did you take from this experience? What was the best part of it? What was the worst part of it? What  surprised you about your journey? What did you learn that you didn’t know before? What lessons can you take and apply to the rest of your life?

And most importantly, are you going to continue on your journey and keep up the good work you have done this past 100 days? I’m thinking about continuing with another 100 days. I’ll keep you posted.

~Deb

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Week 34 – 365 days of art

27 Aug

Another week is complete. I was traveling again this week, so didn’t get this posted yesterday when it was due because I forgot to take all of the week’s goodies with me. So a day late, but it’s OK!

Here are this week’s inchies and one tweenchie. When I am traveling I am much more limited by my supplies and by my time, so those inchies are usually a bit different than the ones I can do when I have studio supplies readily available. BUT, I do make the time to do them and really it only takes a few minutes and a bit of imagination (which I admit I am sometimes lacking), but there is ALWAYS some little bit of art you can do no matter where you might be.

The sketch is from our sketch group last week. A still life drawing, which is interesting to do sometimes. Trying to figure out the best angle to sit at in front of the still life and then trying to figure out how much of the surrounding area you also need to include in the drawing. I wanted to try to work on the reflections of light on the glass but that is going to take a lot more practice! :)

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

Enjoy and see you next week!

#bts365days

~Deb

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Book Club – The Trickster’s Hat

26 Aug

This month’s Book Club read was “The Trickster’s Hat” by Nick Bantock. If you don’t know who Nick Bantock is, you should visit this website to find out more. His gift for collage and creativity is amazing. I so enjoy seeing his work and trying to figure out what he might have been thinking while he was creating (because that is entertaining for me). So when I saw this book I knew I needed to read it. I was hoping for a glimpse into how his creativity unfolds.

The Trickster's Hat

The Trickster’s Hat

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the book, and was actually expecting to find more of a ‘story’ to unfold. However, it is really mostly a collection of exercises and challenges to encourage you to push the boundaries and expectations of your own art, no matter what form your art takes.

The exercises take different forms – some drawing, some painting, some writing, some collage, some assemblage, etc. Most of them are timed so you can’t over-think the assignment (because you know that a lot of us do that).  Some of them are fairly basic and simple, while others are much more complex and engaging. All of them are quite fun and entertaining!

It is tempting to scan through the exercises and pick and choose the ones that we would like to do, but I challenge you to also do some of the exercises that require a much bigger jump outside of your comfort zone. Or something even more fun might be to just randomly select an exercise without looking at it first. And invite your friends to play with you! That will add an entirely new dimension to the exercises.

Just open your mind to the potential of how your creativity might be able to change and grow. Jump into Nick Bantock’s mischievous world of wonder and art and revel in the possibilities of where your art might take you. :)

Next month’s book is “Thinkertoys” by Michael Michalko.

~Deb

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August ATC Challenge – AT THE CIRCUS

22 Aug

Deb Prewitt:

There is still time to participate in this month’s ATC Challenge! I expect some wonderful entries!

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I almost missed that it is Aug 1st and time for a new challenge. The August theme for the monthly ATC challenge is AT THE CIRCUS.

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Summer often includes a visit to the circus. The fun and laughter and spectacle of the circus seems particularly fitting for the end of summer. The circus has been around for a long time, in one form or another.  From feats of daring and strength to equestrian skills to acrobatic wonders to the weird and unusual, the circus covers a lot of ground.

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Kids always want to run off and join the circus (some adults too). Perhaps because it is so far removed from our everyday lives.

We go to the circus expecting to see things that we don’t normally experience – from trapeze artists to elephants to sword swallowing to the bearded lady and clowns and more. It is an adventure, that…

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Week 33 – 365 days of Art

19 Aug

Woo hoo for Week 33!!  Lots of fun inchies and twinchies this week. It was nice to be back from traveling and have access to more art supplies.

I was working on a Zentangle® sketch for a challenge I am participating in and figured I would share it with you for this week’s sketch. Sometimes I just randomly tangle ideas, and I often find some great results that way. It is not a finished piece, but still worth sharing.

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

I hope you are enjoying your own challenge this week.

#bts365days

~deb

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100 days to 100% – Day 90

17 Aug

Day 90 of our challenge of 100 days to 100%. I’ll bet you already feel 100% better! YES!!!!

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Have you followed through on your commitment to this challenge? Exercising – eating right – sleeping enough – nurturing your soul and your spirit – learning about yourself and what you love most – growing as a person?

This journey has been incredible and I am so glad you are on it with me.

I actually had one of those Aha! moments, when something just clicks and you wonder why you never noticed it before?  I recently  injured my knee and so I have been unable to walk or do much exercise. While it is much much better now, it is not at 100%, so I am still taking it easy and being careful so I don’t re-injure it. Set-backs like this happen, and we just need to move forward again when we are able, and make the necessary adjustments as we go.

The Aha! moment came when I noticed that as soon as I was not getting in my daily walks, I also stopped doing the other things that were good for me (or at least not doing them as much). Now granted, I was traveling part of the time which offers a whole bunch of other obstacles for us to deal with, but I started noticing that I wasn’t preparing my daily smoothie, wasn’t paying attention to what I was eating, wasn’t going into my art studio, wasn’t playing the piano, wasn’t taking care of myself, etc.

There seems to be this connection between each of the components of taking care of ourselves. When one of them starts getting neglected (for whatever reason), the rest soon follow suit. Hmmm. As I thought about it, I realized that this is typical for me, which means it is probably typical for others too. Of course, I knew it was all connected – I just didn’t realize how literal that connection was.

If I start exercising, then I start eating better, then I start sleeping better, then I start doing things that I love, then I start noticing what is important to me, then I start thinking about my life journey and purpose, then I start making art, and then I feel happier and more grateful and so I start exercising more, and it creates a full circle. I can start anywhere along this circle, and each part leads to the next part. Amazing!

But if I break the circle anywhere along it, then soon all the other parts start getting neglected. WOW! Have you noticed this happening to you too? It is all connected – it is difficult to just do one part of this circle. As we start focusing on one of these elements, the others all start falling into place. That is so incredibly empowering! You don’t have to set out to completely change all these different elements, which can be overwhelming to think about. You can just start anywhere and soon the circle will be complete. AHA!!!!

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I’m not sure why I never really noticed this before, but I am happy to know about it now. It makes it so much easier to get back on track if I start to neglect myself again, or if an injury (like this time) puts me off track. It gives me a sense of empowerment! I can just choose one area to focus on and the rest will follow suit. YES!!!

Has your journey of 100 days to 100% been smooth? Or have you had some set-backs? How did you compensate and adjust? The journey is never going to be smooth and wrinkle-free. But if we are always moving forward, then we are on the right track.

#100daysto100%

~Deb

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Look at the Birds!

13 Aug

I am excited to share the BIRDS ATCs for the July challenge. I knew there would be some great ATCs. It makes me smile every time I get a new envelope in the mail with an ATC in it. I want everyone to play and have fun and making ATCs is one way to do that.  As always, there was lots of variety in mediums and techniques –  with fabric and paper and texture and dimension, etc. I especially love when people add quotes or clever titles on the back of the ATCs. Very fun stuff!

Here they are in no particular order. Enjoy the show! I wish you could see them in person, because they really are fabulous!

And now for the winners. We had enough entries for 3 winners this month. Woo hoo!!  Congrats to……..Asha Watson, Pat Petersen, and Margaret Bremner.  Yay!!! I will get your ATCs sent off this week. Thanks so much for participating and I hope you will participate in the August challenge too. And maybe get your friends to join the fun as well! :)

The August theme is AT THE CIRCUS and I know you will be creating more ATCs that are just as fabulous as these. Let’s get to 40 entries this month with 4 winners. YES!!!!  Send them to the address below, or you can drop them off if you are local.

Thanks to everyone who sent in ATCs!

~Deb

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Week 32 – 365 days of art

12 Aug

I just finished up Week 32 of the 365 days of art challenge. I was traveling all week (I just got home last night) so my challenge was making sure I did my daily inchies even though I was very busy at the conference, very tired by the end of each day, was driving in the car several days, and had limited art supplies.

I want you to know that you can still make art even if you are somewhere that doesn’t seem like an art environment, or if you are traveling and have no room to carry art supplies with you, or even if you are exhausted and uninspired (which is probably when you need art the most).

Mostly I used pens and paper as I had that easily available (except for today’s tweenchie since I was back home and in the shop again). I also used a flyer that somebody gave me and cut it up into colorful bits. You can always find interesting words to use from flyers and handouts. I also used part of the hotel soap packaging one day. If you don’t have glue with you (I usually try to pack a gluestick to have with me), you can usually find somebody who has some tape or a stapler that will hold your bits together too. The point is to do some small little bit of art to complete your day.

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

The drawing this week is a flower sketch with colored pencils and gel pens (I did it before I left town). I like how it turned out. I’ve used the combo of colored pencils and gel pens before and they seem to complement each other nicely. Plus, they are fun to use.

I hope you had a creative week with your own challenge.

#365daysofart

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

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100 days to 100% – Day 80

7 Aug

Day 80 is here! You have to finish now, right? You are so close to the end! Let’s keep going and cross that finish line! YAY!

This has been an amazing journey and I am so glad that I listened to Sandra Yancey and made that commitment to taking care of myself. As a matter of fact, I am at the eWomen Network Conference in Dallas this week. Sandra Yancey is the founder of eWomen, which is a remarkable organization. The Annual Conference is an amazing event and I love being here.

Sandra is an inspiration to all of us and I want to be an inspiration to others too. I want to be my best self, my 100%!!!!! How about you?

#100daysto100%

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

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