Wednesday, September 3, 2014

To Dream the Impossible Dream

Happy September all!
I know I haven't finished telling you about my trip yet, but I wanted to let you know about this challenge I am doing this month.
Recently, I've been reading No Plot? No Problem!. This book is about how to write a novel in a month. (No I'm not writing a novel . . . yet. )
It got me thinking though, if you can write a decent length novel in a month, a seemingly impossible task, what else could you accomplish in a month?
Which led me to my art challenge for September. In the next month, I've promised to challenge myself to do something seemingly impossible that moves me forward in my art career. The only rules? I couldn't start drawing until September 1st, and everything needs to be done and posted here by September 30th. I want it to be something different then I usually do, yet something that will strengthen my portfolio. I  want to do
10-15 portfolio pieces (so scary seeing it in print!) but would be happy with any strong pieces that come out of this challenge. I don't want to give anything away yet, but I'm pretty excited about some of the ideas I've come up with.
However, I've already started procrastinating! And I'm only on day 3 of the challenge. (I mean, this was supposed to start the 1st, and here I am, only telling you about it now!) When I realized I was simply scared to start, I emailed my wonderfully talented friend Olivia (see her work here), who is doing this challenge with me! It seems that we are both struggling a bit already, but it helps to know someone else is doing this with me, and also helps hold me accountable to someone other than myself, and that looming deadline. I think just telling her, "I'm scared!" helped me make the first scribble of an idea on paper.
Now I am also posting it here, so you can all hold me accountable too. Even though it's the 3rd already, you can join too! Pick something seemingly impossible to do, and get it done! Let me know what you are planning to do in the comments and we can all help each other with this challenge.
Of course, since I am telling you about this late, you can also just simply enjoy our crazy journey so keep looking for mine and Olivia's updates! I'll be sure to post everything both here and on my Facebook page so you can't miss it.
(No worries. I will take some breaks from feverishly drawing to inspire you with beautiful pictures of the California coast!)
This month is all about challenging yourself and getting outside of your comfort zone. What will you do?

A little motivation from our friend the hedgehog. Time to get to work!


  1. You can do it! I don't think I could do a challenge like that, you're amazingly dedicated!

    1. Thank you! I also don't have a full time job to get in the way so it's a bit easier for me to be this ambitious. :) But that doesn't mean you couldn't do another challenge ... haha no pressure!

  2. I may end up saying this twice because the iPad is being weird, but I am joining you. By the 30 I will have a complete draft of my portfolio and 15 student artifacts, which are part of the process. Would you be willing to do weekly check ins via phone or email? You rock!

    1. That's a great goal! And of course we should do weekly check ins. That's part of the whole accountability thing! I can do either phone or email :) Maybe both depending on schedules

  3. I'm in! Goal: Apply to 10 schools (besides paying...I'm poor) and 30 jobs by September 30. This may seem insignificant but to me it does not :)

    1. Goals that better your life or make a step in the right direction are never insignificant :). We should also do weekly check ins so that you are sure you make progress!