Here we are four days into 2019, but there are a few things I want to share with you from 2018. First up is a recap of the #DrawYourJolly challenge. A couple of days before December began, I was feeling discouraged in myself because once again another year went by where I didn’t create any products to sell in an online shop. If you know me, you probably know that I dream of opening an online shop, filled with encouraging prints and cute greeting cards. You also probably know that I admittedly can be a bit of procrastinating perfectionist. This combination isn’t always conducive to getting things done.
So, I decided to take action and challenge myself to get a very early start on a 2019 holiday collection. Similarly to the 100 Day
Call me crazy for adding another to the to-do during the busiest time of the year, but I posted my first drawing on December 1st with a bit of anxiousness and a lot of excitement. Even though I had previously done the 100 Day Project and knew how much work and dedication it takes to complete a daily challenge, I was still apprehensive of my procrastinating and perfectionist tendencies. Would I be able to finish the project? Would I like what I was creating? What if I got overwhelmed and quit halfway through?
I knew I wanted to attempt to draw people and animals this time around. And in all honesty, I am not as confident with drawing those things. In fact, growing up and even so in college, I never considered myself to be a drawer. But I love hand-drawn illustration and want to continue to practice and improve my drawing/illustration skills. That’s another reason I wanted to do a drawing challenge.
Speaking of honesty, I gotta tell ya, compared to the 100 Day Project, this challenge seemed to more difficult. I think it was because of a couple reasons. One reason being the tension between the busyness of the holiday season and desire to slow down and snuggle up to a Christmas movie. I had to push through a lot more resistance this time around. Another reason is that I was definitely set high expectations for myself. I intentionally wanted each drawing to be detailed enough so it could be a starting point for a future greeting card. There were many days where I wanted to post something quick and easy, but I pushed the drawing further until it was at a point where it felt more refined. Let’s just say that this resulted in lots of late nights and posting on Instagram well after the ‘recommended’ times. Some nights I even posted after midnight. Oh well, done is better than perfect. 😀
Alright, so maybe you are wondering if I learned anything from this challenge or what my plan is now that it’s over. Let’s dive into those questions real quick! First, I learned that no matter what you create be proud of yourself for simply trying, for pushing your creativity despite the results. Not every day was easy; some days I wanted to give up and go to bed. I faced doubts and insecurities along the way but I chose to believe that as long as I posted something, it was a win for the day. Not every drawing turned out how I imagined, but I learned to be proud of them regardless — simply because they represent progress and experimentation, not perfection.
Now that the challenge is finished, my plan over the next year is to take some of these designs, resize them, and expand upon them. I imagine these could be used as greeting cards or custom photo cards that I can sell in an online shop and maybe even sell at a few markets next holiday season. This year I am committed to making my ideas happen, slowly and surely. That’s actually something else I learned through this challenge: I can do hard things. I can push through resistance. I can make things happen with passion and persistence.
Okay, your turn! Which ones are your favorites? Would you like to see some of these available as cards next year? I’d love to know! Let me know in the comments or hit me up on the ‘gram!
Oh, and P.S. I am always blown away with the support and encouragement from this community. I am so grateful for every single comment and message throughout this challenge and 2018. It truly means so much to me! <3