30-Day Challenge Celebration

    Self-PortraitToday I celebrate the completion of my first 30-Day Doodle Challenge. The challenge entailed selecting Avatars to formally doodle. The whole exercise was done in the in the spirit of growing, pushing boundaries, and getting outside of my comfort zone.

    What began with trepidation, ended with a sense of pride. Pride in having completed the task I set for myself. Once I remembered to breathe, not only did I have fun with the doodles, I even learned a few things about doodles (and life).

    *You can surprise yourself by doing more than you thought.

    *Small/minute things make a huge difference. With doodles, the placement or angle of eyebrows, mouth, nose, ear make a huge difference. In life small/minute everyday choices make a huge difference.

    *Less is more ~ just a few well placed lines, dashes, dots can convey a lot. Less “stuff” means less time and energy taking care of it (to say nothing of trying to keep track of it all and organizing it) and more time and energy for what’s important to you.

    *It’s okay to feel uncomfortable. It’s so easy to get complacent and try to avoid discomfort at all costs. In hindsight whatever you’d been dreading, probably won’t be as bad as you thought heading in.

    *Encouragement does wonders for the doubting uncertain soul. Think of how your day gets so much better, brighter, and cheerful after given a compliment. Move it forward. Go forth and compliment!

    *There are a lot of amazing people doing amazing, fun, interesting things. Expand your horizons. Try new things. Think new thoughts. Widen your circle of friends and acquaintances.

    *Doodles are definitely a Good Thing and Little Happy.

    *When you do something you didn’t think you could, you get an invigorating jolt of I-can-do-it-ness. Harness that. Channel it. Use it as fuel or a stepping stone. Propel yourself to the next level. Your next boundary-breaking adventure. That sensation is addictive (in a good way). To keep the feeling humming, keep pushing your boundaries and challenging yourself.

    A few direct results of my harnessing the Challenge-energy include:

    ~Setting up a Flickr account to showcase my Doodle-togs. (Photographs which I’ve doodled.)

    ~Applying to a relatively new online venue for commissioned art. (More about that in a later post.)

    ~Preparing to offer doodled avatars for sale. (Have most of the pieces together for that, just not quite all. Soon. Very soon.)

    Sweet. Turns out 30-Day Challenges can all be a Good Thing and Little Happy. … Perhaps even a Big Happy.

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    Dana Bailey - January 31, 2014 - 7:59 am

    AWESOMENESS!

    Tana Bevan - January 31, 2014 - 9:34 am

    Hehehe

    IR - January 31, 2014 - 11:33 am

    so proud of you!

    Tana Bevan - January 31, 2014 - 12:14 pm

    Toda! :>)

    Sheila Bergquist - January 31, 2014 - 9:07 pm

    I love the list of things you learned. It was a fun 30 days…you did a great job!

    Tana Bevan - February 1, 2014 - 11:36 am

    Thank you Sheila. *smiles*