Hearts and Grit

the 366 Hearts blogFour years ago, I wrote a blog post about Hazel McNab, a woman who challenged herself to design a heart to go with an inspiring quote every day for a year. She held herself accountable by posting her journey online. It just so happened it was a Leap Year, hence the name of her blog: 366 Hearts.

Well, it’s four years later, and let me tell you she is still going strong! As I write this, Hazel just posted her 1775th heart! How amazing is this?? I really LOVE it, on so many levels….

First of all, I love the symbol of the heart and all that it represents. I love quotes. I love loose, sketchy watercolors. And I love things that inspire me. 

But most of all, I love Hazel’s example of tenacity and grit…. of deciding to do something creative and then really sticking with it….. even to the point of going above and beyond her original goal. 

Lately I’ve been fascinated by grit…. how it motivates us, and how we can develop more of it. By mid-February I’m guessing many people have become discouraged and abandoned their goals for the new year, if not forgotten them altogether. I think I’m not alone in my desire to grow in this area!

So Hazel, if you happen to see this, we would love to hear your thoughts on how you met, and even went beyond, this creative goal. Besides the accountability of sharing your dream online (which is powerful indeed!), what other advice/wisdom can you pass along? What have you learned from this heartfelt journey of yours?

And if anyone else out there has accomplished a creative goal, we’d love to hear your story, too! Feel free to share in the comments below.

Subscribe to the 366 Hearts blog so you can get your own daily dose of inspiration and while you’re there, check out Hazel’s books, prints, and cards, and see some of her commissioned work. I hope Hazel’s story will inspire YOU to find your own version of hearts and grit!

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