It’s day 99 of The 100 Day Project. You know the feeling when you’re coming to the end of a project and the tiredness sets in and you feel proud but can’t quite remember why you started?
At the beginning of this project, I wrote down my whys and I’m looking forward to going back to them and sharing them with you tomorrow and seeing how they’ve developed.
Yesterday I shared what I won’t miss about writing on Medium every day and today I want to share with you what I will miss.
In all seriousness, there were days where this list would start and end at zero, but I can definitely start to spot the things I will miss:
1. The semblece of a routine in a time of big life changes
A LOT has happened over the last 100 days. I wake up in a new city, I’m a lot further away from family, I live in a new apartment and I’m starting a new life. And while that’s all wildly exciting, there’s been a huge shift in routines and finding my new normal. Writing on Medium has been the one staple and it’s been a kind of comfort in that it hasn’t changed.
But this challenge has given me the confidence to embrace new challenges and I’m looking forward to using this as a springboard to push myself further.
2. The to share about what’s happening right now and be real
There’s something about knowing that you have to write and publish something by the end of the day that just makes you get on with it. And get on with it in a way that is much more authentic because you don’t have the time or energy for it not to be.
I have a very love-hate relationship with Instagram and I find that as hard as I try, it still ends up pretty curated.
It’s been really reassuring and liberating to feel the freedom on here to write about what I feel right now and what’s going on. I’m excited to see how I can continue that going forward
3. Not polished
On a similar note, it has been lovely to not have to be really polished and be rough and ready instead. It’s nice not to obsess over things and take more of a shitty first draft approach instead.
I think that’s also helped me rediscover my natural voice much more and trust that I have something to say. I prefer the less polished approach to things and this has just reinforced things.
I have to give it to Medium, their platform is bloody beautiful and a a great writing experience.
It’s been amazing to get out from behind WordPress and use something so simple. I’ve also discovered writers I never would have heard of before and get inspired by them.
I will miss the simplicity of Medium and might use it to draft posts in the future.
I’m not giving up Medium altogether though, just in the beginning stages of figuring out where to go from here.
5. Writing more = notice more
This is one I’m glad to say I hope not to miss as it will continue.
I’ve loved having a regular writing routine and I’ve found it’s helped me to be a lot more present in my life.
It feels great to be writing so much and while I’m still struggling with reclaiming the title of Writer (which was one of my biggest reasons for starting this challenge, I feel like I’m getting closer.
So, it’s day 99 folks! Who would have thought it?! Can’t wait to publish a celebration post tomorrow, get seriously real about how this challenge has been and share what I’m going to be up to next!
As always, thank you for being here on this journey with me ☺