I love August! I have loved August since the first year I went to school (in the Chicago suburbs where I grew up, school starts in August rather than September). There's always been so much promise in the start of a new year for me, kind of like in January, but for me I feel that new year vibe even stronger in the Fall. I love new classes and subjects and schedules, all bursting with good new things to learn and try and practice.
I think my love of that back-to-school wave must have been seeping in even though I didn't realize it, because this week I signed up for three creative challenges for August--one for writing, one for journaling, one for photography. I should find plenty of new things to try with these!
Writing: I'm signed up for DIY MFA's Conquer the Craft challenge, which is actually a 29-day challenge. I'm going to use it in conjunction with a group I signed up for called My 500 Words that focuses on--I bet you know this one--writing 500 words a day. After August I plan to do it only one weekdays/work days, but for August I'll use if for the 29 days of Conquer the Craft. This might even fit in with my #Just10Minutes practice, at least on some days. If I'm on a roll, I can write 500 words in 10 minutes, so I might try to push for it a few times just as an extra challenge.
Journaling: I'm also jumping back in on Lisa Sonora Beam's ROOT 30 Day Journal Project. I sort of participated in January, but I was still heavily in a Lull phase and didn't get all the way through.
Photography: And finally I'm doing the Life in Black and White challenge. Thirty-one days of black-and-white photography. Since getting a digital camera, and then an iPod Touch, I never shoot b & w anymore, and I used to love doing that with a film camera. I'm looking forward to focusing on some photography plus getting back to black-and-white. I even got two new apps for my Pod (Noir Pro and Hueless) to try out for the challenge.
So what about you? Do you get the same kind of vibe I do when it's back-to-school time? Any plans to start something new this August? Tell me all about your plans--I'd love to hear them!