365 Names

Lauren in Manitoba, Canada is creating her own name daily in 365 Names...

Why did you decide to do this project? I’ve attempted daily projects before—a drawing a day, a photo a day, etc.—but I never got past the one month mark and subsequently gave up. This time was going to be different. I saw the “Make Something 365” book online and it totally inspired me to try this all over again. So, instead of taking pictures, I decided to do something more personal. I decided to create my name using a different medium every day for one year. I chose my name because I’ve had an interesting relationship with it. When I was 4, I declared to my parents that I did not like the name “Lauren” and insisted on only being called “Laurie”. And that’s how it was until 7 years ago when I was in class on my first day of college and the professor asked if I would want to be “Lauren” or “Laurie” and I said “Lauren!” and I’ve never gone back. I love my name now and I wanted this project to reflect my change in heart.

How has doing a yearlong/daily project affected your life?I’ve really learned to be much more open and willing to share bits of my life with others. I’m a pretty closed book but keeping a daily blog and letting people in on what I’m doing, has certainly taught me to let others in occasionally. I’ve also loved hearing ideas from friends (and strangers!) and getting encouragement as the project has progressed. Who knew a daily project could be fun?!

See all of Lauren's names HERE

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