11 things I learned from doing a 30 day project

Almost a month ago I started my new 30 day project; 30 days of flowers. 
For 30 days I've been drawing and painting flowers, using ink, pencils, watercolor, brush pencils and gouache. I really love 21 or 30 day projects because they really can really make an impact. By challenging yourself you will most likely suprise yourself. 
It’s a great way to make you more aware of how you are spending your time. 30 days is not too overwhelming, but enough time to learn a new habit, to get rid of an old one or learn a new skill! 
Long enough to have fun and to really learn something. Short enough to keep focussed and stay light.You’ll be amazed at what you can do in 30 days!

11 things I learned during this 30 day challenge

- You start noticing things you didn't notice before. I always liked flowers, but after 30 days of studying them I notice so much more. Like I'm suddenly wearing floral glasses ;) 

- The power of routine is amazing. The last weeks have been busy, very busy! Besides working on our apps I had lots of great client work and I also wanted to make some great trail rides and hikes. The daily habit of sitting down to make my flowers made it easier to make the time to do it, without feeling too rushed or overwhelmed by my schedule. 

- 'What you do everyday matters more than what you do every once in a while' (one of Gretchen Rubin's Secrets of Adulthood). Doing something day after day for a period of time matters more than doing something just once. 

- Sometimes I just didn't feel like drawing flowers. And that was okay, I did it anyway. And you know what? I never regret having painted those flowers afterwards! 

- Getting bored can be a good thing! Around day 8 I felt a bit bored... flowers... again?! But eventually it made me look at things differently, forced me to try something new to keep it interesting. 

- I discovered new places. We have a lovely picking garden in our neighbourhood that I had never been before! It's a lovely place where you can pick flowers, fruit and vegetables and a great place to relax and drink a cup of tea. 

- There will be good days and bad days. And that's okay (or at least I have to act like that's okay). I really love some paintings I made. And there are also a few drawings I don't like so much. I posted them anyway. 


- I really like gouache. I always liked gouache, but I discovered that I really REALLY like it and want to do more with it! 

- Time is something you have to make. We all get the same 24 hours. Just taking half an hour a day for doing something you really really want to do is something we all can do, you just have to make it a priority, a commitment. 
By starting a 30 day project you make the subject of your project a priority. No matter what, you HAVE to do it. Not forever, but just for 30 days. 

- You really get better. Really, you do! 

- I love 30 day projects. And I'm already thinking about my next challenge! Gouache will probably be involved ;)