It started as a personal challenge. Something to get me out of a rut. I only really had one goal in mind; to get back into a rhythm of creating. Creating art and creating videos.
Initially the plan was to put out a video a day. I had it all planned out. By the end of December I’d be done and I could start 2017 with a new outlook on productivity and an effective filming and editing routine.
Things didn’t really pan out like that. And looking back, I’m kind of glad. I got to dedicate more time to it. The end goal became irrelevant and I found myself immersed in a project. I’ve never committed so fully, so happily and whole-heartedly to anything like this. I really didn’t think I was capable of the discipline it took to hold myself accountable to the promise I made to complete each and every page, some of which would be well out of my comfort-zone.
But here I am.
Watch the full playlist of videos from the start!
I thought this project would end with a feeling of relief. I thought I’d be looking forward to scaling back the effort and time I had been dedicating to art and work. And although I’m absolutely elated with the achievement side of things, there’s this unshakeable sense of restlessness now.
My body has become accustomed to early starts. My mind is now used to purpose and direction. I thought I could take a break but it seems like the project has surpassed its original goal. What was supposed to be a change of outlook on productivity has become a change of lifestyle entirely.
I’ll forever be able to look back on this series as a milestone. And the icing on the cake has to be the response it’s gotten from an amazingly increasing audience. I never thought I’d be able to reach so many people- I never really thought I had anything to share worth listening to- but hearing the different stories of people who shared in the same bouts of self-doubt that I’ve been through, pushing through with the same desire to learn and improve, I’m humbled to have been able to be part of such an encouraging and open and sharing community.
The final thing, I guess the cherry on top, is that this project has produced the piece of work I am most proud of to this day; a book compiling each page featured in the series. This is my baby. I so desperately wanted to bring together the essence of the project into something authentic, as close as I could get to handing out the sketchbook itself. And I couldn’t be happier with the quality of the finished product, well-worth the work that went into it. I hope you all love it as much as I do. There will only ever be 100 of these out there, so get it while you can!