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Well I managed the first week! I’m actually so proud that I was able to upload one illustration everyday even if it was only for a week, but I think the first week is one of the most important. It is within the first week that we can see how difficult a project is, and make any appropriate changes to encourage ourselves to carry on. I am incredibly happy with how my first week went! I barely struggled at all and sitting down to work on each illustration became a real act of mindfulness. It would calm me down after a hectic day and really balance me out, almost a bit like yoga for the mind! The reason why I think my first week was so successful came down to three reasons. Firstly, I specifically chose a subject that I am fascinated with. Secondly, I planned out every single day of this challenge so I’m never stuck for ideas. Thirdly, I prepare these illustrations either the day before they’re due, or if I have work for a few days, I will create a batch of them so they’re ready to post on the correct day. I honestly don’t think I’ve been so organised in my life, not even when I was at uni! Organisation is really helping me within the project though and I hope that I can keep it up so I can continue this challenge as easily as I have started it!

Do you have a favourite among this week’s illustrations? Or are you excited for a specific constellation to come up later down the line? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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Guess who is going to take part in #the100dayproject challenge on Instagram?! That’s right, little ol’ me! It’s quite common knowledge that I really suck at keeping up with challenges, but I am so excited for this one that I really hope that I am able to stay focused and determined!

#the100dayproject is an Instagram challenge created by @elleluna in which you are encouraged to repeat an action everyday for 100 days starting from the 19th of April, which is tomorrow! Do check out @elleluna’s Instagram for more information or the hashtag to get a feel of the community already forming!

So what am I going to be doing? Well, everyday I am going to illustrate a constellation, moon phase, or meteor shower in black & white ink. I have planned out every day to MAXIMISE my chances of success here, so this project will feature 88 constellations, 8 moon phases, and 4 meteor showers! It will be hashtagged as #100daysofinkedastronomy so all of the illustrations will be able to be viewed as I progress.

I am so excited to get started, in fact, I have already finished Day One so it is ready to be posted online tomorrow! I’m thinking that by working on them the day before, I will give myself plenty of flexibility to get each one done in time.

So are any of you guys taking part too? Let me know what you’re doing and what your hashtag is, I’d love to see!