Affirmations are a relatively new edition to my spiritual practice but have already proven to be fun and very helpful! Essentially an affirmation is a short sentence that you repeat over and over until you start truly believing it. They can motivate and inspire you depending on the affirmation you use, and through the power of the subconscious mind these short powerful sentences begin to affect our habits, behaviours and more! The fun comes from the creativity behind it, of course you can google “Affirmations for blah blah” but I find it really fun to come up with my own affirmations as they then feel more personal. I encourage you to come up with a few affirmations for yourself if this resonates with you, but if not or you would like a starting point, then I have decided to share three affirmations that I use throughout my day to help me in specific situations!

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Sometimes we just need an extra boost of confidence and I find this affirmation helps me feel confident and to trust myself. I struggle a lot with confidence and self-belief so this one has been super helpful, especially in stressful situations!

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This one is great for when I’m feeling sad, lonely and just generally poopy. Repeating this over and over makes my mind think about all the people in my life who support me with their love, which then makes me feel grateful for them and that I am able to reach out to them when I need to. It’s not always a magic fix, but I find that it definitely helps!

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As a very nervous and shy person I am also prone to becoming stressed easily. This affirmation allows me to almost “step out of myself” for a minute and just become mindful. Sometimes the stresses in life are really silly little things that seem bigger than what they are, this is great for looking at situations through another perspective.

So those are the three affirmations that I use the most throughout my day, I have a few more that I use but they’re either creativity or spirituality related so I’ll talk about them in another post! I hope these were even just a teeny bit helpful or even better, have inspired you to write your own affirmations!

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We’re four weeks into the project now, am I allowed to call it a month yet?! I’m excited because, as I keep saying, I’ve never kept up with a challenge so well and for so long! One half of me is just waiting for me to slip up and stop participating, while the other half just laughs and says “nah, we’re here for the whole thing!” Even though I am super pleased with how well this project is going, there is one thing that I feel I really need to work on.. my participation & interaction with others & their work within the challenge. On a typical day, I’ll sort out my illustration then post it to Instagram, then I won’t think about it again throughout the rest of the day. That sucks, and I’ve begun to realise that a lot of the joy from this challenge comes from interacting with the other artists and following their journey too! I’m going to make it a daily goal now, to go through #THE100DAYPROJECT tag at least once, then I can catch up with everyone and feel more part of the growing community.

Do you have any favourite projects in the challenge? Link me and share the love!

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Golly golly gosh, week three already people!! Is time going by super quickly for you all or is it just me? Three weeks is a decent length for an everyday project but it really has flown by for me.

This has been my most challenging week so far due to a combination of not staying on top of the illustrations, and having to illustrate some HUGE constellations! I don’t know why for sure, but my normal practice of doing the day’s illustration the night before went right out the window for me this week. I often found myself quickly finishing them off right before I head off to work so I’m certain that I can photograph them well enough and get them posted for the day. Thankfully I haven’t missed a day yet, but I certainly came very close to that a couple of times in the last week! I found this to be much more stressful and frustrating for me so I am making sure to go back to readying the illustrations the night before again! We also had some quite tricky constellations to illustrate this week. Carina, Centaurus and Cetus are all huge sprawling constellations in the sky, so trying to get the proportions and shape right in a teeny A6 illustration was quite challenging. I’m very happy with how Carina and Cetus turned out, but I planned Centaurus so badly that I had to cut off some of the constellation as I set it up far too big! I’m trying to be really careful with the larger constellations now so that doesn’t happen again, so at least I have learnt my lesson!

So it’s been a challenging week, but also the week where I have learnt the most in so I’m happy with that!

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Welp, this recap is teensy bit late but better late than never! Here are all the illustrations I did for Week Two of my #100daysofinkedastronomy! I’m still going strong in this challenge, I haven’t missed a single day yet which has really surprised me, but also makes me feel really proud. I am terrible with challenges that require so much commitment but it’s actually working out really well for me!

One of the things I really love about my project is that everyday I get to explore a new constellation. I learn its name, what it looks like and if I have time, I read about what it represents and the stories behind it! Eventually I want to be well versed in all the constellations in the sky but I think that is going to take a while haha! I’m interested in all their stories because eventually I would love to turn these illustrations into an Oracle deck for myself. I imagine shuffling a deck of a hundred cards then picking one that could be any constellation, moon phase or meteor shower, then using the myths and stories to give them a divinatory message. The idea of an Oracle deck comprised of the very essence of the night sky just rocks my world and I can’t wait to get it in my hands, but first I have to get all these illustrations finished!

I hope you’re enjoying my project and your own if you are taking part!

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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!