There’s definitely a time and place for quitting. While occasionally given the stink eye as a sign of failure, quitting also makes room for something new (and maybe better). Sometimes, it’s the right time to throw in the towel and know that you gave it a good ol’ college try.
About a month ago, I decided to try a 100 Days Project. The project encourages participants to take on a creative endeavor and practice it for 100 days in a row. It’s challenging but can help a person dive a bit deeper into a creative pursuit and learn something about themselves as well as better understand their passion.
I decided to complete #100DaysofWastedArt. Here’s the Instagram post I initially shared about it.
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I've been thinking about doing a waste audit (where you track everything you throw away for a set period of time) to get an idea of just what we trash. 🗑️ But that seems like so. much. work. So nope! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I've also been intrigued by the #the100dayproject for a couple years. That also seemed like so. much. work. So nope! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Until I married them. 🤔 Here's my plan. I am going to do #100daysofwastedart whereby I create a simple image with items from our trash each day ... for 100 days. Here's Day 1 (I'm a few days behind, but so what). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1/100: ☀️ The forecast this week calls for sun all week, and I'm beyond stoked about this. The grocery store had loads of champagne mangoes yesterday, which also made my day. So... this pretty much sums up how I feel about the week. ☀️ Mango remains headed to my compost bin celebrating the sun of spring. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Wish me luck! 💚 100 Days is a lot of days to be creative with the trash I create. I suspect I'll reflect a bit as well on what exactly goes to waste. 😲 #iheartwastedart
Also, I found it to be more time consuming and mentally draining than I had expected. A single post might take an hour when considering the mental energy expended to dream up the idea followed by creation of the image itself. Between my job and my family, I don’t have a lot of time to create. I found that I had to replace time usually spent taking photos of my kids or writing blog posts with creation of my #100DaysofWastedArt images. I was simply replacing one creative pursuit with another and one I enjoyed less.
So… I Quit.
And I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders.
I still like the idea, and I will continue to create an image here or there when I’m inspired by the waste I find in my life. For example, I used the fallen petals that covered our patio, and were on their way to the compost bin, as the inspiration and setting for a recent post about secondhand jewelry. I have a slew of refashion projects sitting next to me waiting to come to life, clothes that definitely will become “waste” if I don’t breathe new life into them.
This isn’t the first time I’ve shared about the power of quitting. Sometimes, it really is the right time to quit. In the pursuit of a minimalist lifestyle, it’s particularly important to say no to the right things (and also say yes when your heart tells you that you’ve found a gem). Saying yes is just another way to say no to something else. Saying yes to everything is generally a recipe for disaster.
So my daily #100DaysofWastedArt project is over. If you follow me on Instagram, you know you haven’t seen an image in a while. I had an idea, I gave it a shot, and I found out it was definitely not for me. It was time to quit.
What is one thing you’ve proudly quit? Tell me all about it in the comments!