day after day

tammie bennett's day after day illustration

i've been drawing an image in my sketchbook every single day, never missing once for 784 days as of this writing.

i've been writing a page in my journal every single day, never missing once for 784 days.

i've done a tiny sketch of something i'm thankful for every single day in 2014 (see #365tinythanks on my instagram).

 i created a pattern in adobe illustrator every single day in 2012.  

i've done 10 pushups every single day without a miss for 723 days.  

i've done a minute of plank every single day for 723 days.  

i've done at least a minute of some other exercise for 669 days in a row.  

in 2012, i ran at least 2 miles every single day for 75 days in a row (and then my body needed a break!)

so, i kind of know a thing or two about creating habits.  and i know a lot about keeping habits.  

i've had a lot of questions and emails about how i do it.  i've been thinking of putting together an inexpensive 30 day e-course complete with a workbook, an inspiring print, and an option to have daily emails to help keep you on track.  

is this something you'd be interested in?  if so, could you please reply to this post or send me a note via email.  i'd love to put something together for the new year and want to know if it would be valuable to a lot of people.  and also, if you AREN'T interested could you let me know why not?  thank you so much.  i appreciate your feedback!


P.S.  i'll be sending out a newsletter tomorrow.  are you on my mailing list?  i haven't sent anything in way too long, but i'm getting back on track to send an email 1-2 times a month with resources, links, tips and sometimes a free surprise.  sign up here so you don't miss out.  

cool teacher gifts

i know it was over a month ago, but i have to show you these presents we gave my children's teachers for christmas.  each of the kids decorated moleskine journals and we gave them some personalized pencils that i ordered:: 

the gifts were a big hit. the teachers really loved the handmade aspect, and who doesn't love a moleskine??

i've been mulling over ideas for handmade valentines for their classmates.  i think we made a little headway today, and i'll show you when we put all the parts together.

the sketchbook project

1. first day in my new moleskine for the sketchbook project, 2. butterfly net, 3. moleskine cover, 4. home is where the heart is, 5. rapunzel rainbow, 6. starry night, 7. mushroom, 8. you are my home, 9. seaweed, 10. sky, 11. poppy, 12. words, 13. this or that, 14. rat race, 15. cherry blossom, 16. our history, 17. city, 18. gumballs, 19. fire, 20. catch, 21. adrift, 22. balloon girl, 23. hanging flower, 24. cake, 25. forest king, 26. jungle, 27. love yourself, 28. disco, 29. yes, 30. striped feet, 31. touch here, 32. trace, 33. ride

my sketchbook for the sketchbook project is complete! and i even have a few days to spare. i have to send it in by the 15th of january, and this is actually surprisingly not last-minute by my standards. unsurprisingly, the more i sketched, the more ideas i had and the more satisfied i was with my work.

i signed up a couple months ago in hopes of getting rid of some of my self-constructed creativity  blocks. i do not, by any stretch of the word, consider myself to be an illustrator or someone who can draw. i do enjoy it though and i thought this little project would be just the motivation i needed to get over myself and just draw. it turns out i was right! this was so fun, and i think i need to incorporate more sketching into my life.

if you are in one of these cities, stop by and see the traveling sketchbook exhibition. and you can look me up and see my book in person!

* my scanner isn't the best quality so the colors are a little skewed, but you get the gist.