Project 100


What do you do to you make yourself feel good….noooo….not like that gutter brains…I mean like emotionally good, like what makes you feel happy, fulfilled, successful?

For me, the easiest way to perk myself up or bring myself out of a depressive mind-set….build a fort to snuggle in with my dog…but then we don’t ever want to come out…so that’s maybe not the best solution.


Seriously….have you ever snuggled with a mastiff? BEST! She has been known to snuggle better than my kids, who are certified professional snugglers..which should TOTALLY be a thing.

How off topic am I?

So…my favorite non-fort-building or dog-snuggling way to make myself feel good….doing something good for somebody else.

One of my favorite PDF sewing pattern designers, Patterns for Pirates, released a free hat pattern AND a free mitten pattern right before Christmas. Since they were so generous, I decided to pay it forward….and so I set a goal and the #100Project was born. I decided I would make 100 fleece hats and 100 sets of mittens for my local Winter Freeze Shelter to hand out.

Last night I was bumming because somebody else (way more qualified and much more knowledgable than myself) was chosen for an opportunity I was hoping to have. Boohoo…poor me. NO!!! I had to nip that in the bud so I sewed up 40 hats and 30 sets of gloves I had cut out the night before. When I finished, I realized how silly I was being, and how I was now closer to the goal I had set for myself.  Also…I was really proud I didn’t break this ever-loving Whole30 I’m doing with my husband and drink all the wine in the house.


My husband gave me two books for Christmas, one of which was the always amazing Jenny Lawson’s Furiously Happy. First of all….Jenny Lawson, AKA The Blogess….she is my spirit animal. From the opening sentence, I just kept wanting to hug her, or dress up like a kangaroo and go to Australia with her (how fun would that be, right?!).


That’s a real taxidermied raccoon.

He participated in a cat rodeo.

Now roll that around in your grape for a minute or two.

Wow…that’s not off topic AT ALL. Hats, mittens, natural antidepressants, taxidermy, cat rodeos….this might be a good stopping point, yeah?

Anywho, my point is….sometimes the easiest way to make yourself feel better is to make somebody else feel better. Not only does it give you the warm fuzzies from all the feels, it helps you realize you do have some control and it shows you just how much you have to contribute.

Go and do people!!





About arosephoto

I am a budding portrait photographer who spent the last 7 years as a photographer and journalist in the Marine Corps. I have always wanted to be a successful photographer outside of the Marine Corps, so I am giving it a go!

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  1. It plays in far better than you could ever imagine. I now want one…that’s how well! And seriously, do not delay, read it now! It may be the most oddly inspirational book I’ve ever read simply because I was able to relate to soooooo much Jenny wrote about. I think I will start following her blog as well just because she seems like a person whose words I need to hear. <3 <3

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