It felt weird writing 31/31, and timely, too. As I reflected on this past month, there were so many sentiments I wanted to talk about. My personal growth, which was tremendous. The amount I learned about my craft. The amount of new skills I acquired. The amount of spider webs I walked into, and so on.
What stood out most, though, was the word commitment. I kept coming back to it. Sure, the commitment is obvious: I committed to 31 days of content. A photo, video and blog every day. That’s 93 pieces of content in one month. It is a commitment in every sense of the word. But the word commitment feels hollow if I don’t pair it with community.
I am part of this community, and you are, too. Every day I woke up with a desire to share my life, my unfolding story, with anyone who wanted to listen. Because, at the end of the day, I am not creating solely for myself. I am creating to unleash my imagination, to understand myself more deeply, but also, and equally important to me, is that I am creating for those who feel they cannot. I am creating for those who need to feel connected, who need to feel those two most beautiful words rising in their throat:
Thank you for your support this month. This image is a representation of how I have felt – held up by hands stronger than my own. I owe you.
Today is the last day to sign up for the 15 Day Content Creation Challenge. We begin tomorrow! This is a creativity challenge for any type of artist. You will receive a 52-page e-book, content creation chart, daily challenges and emails, and a supportive Facebook group. And, there is no set cost. You pay only what you can. And 40% goes to charity, so win-win! Registration closes at 5:00pm PST, and emails begin at 5:00am PST on August 1st!
Julie Oshiyama - I’m speechless; therefore, I’ll leave you will this very humble, yet, heartfelt, Thank You!!!
Emma - Wow!! You are truly a star and a light for us! I have been inspired by you since 2009 and still you are one of My greatest source of inspiration both by the art you ceratet and the way you are as à human. Everyday this month has been à thrill and I really look forwaed to the 15-day challenge and I hope I Will find time to join everyday. Thank you so much!
Tuttie - Hi Brooke. My name is Tuttie. I come from Zambia. I’ve been following you ever since Instagram featured you and I must say I love every piece you created.I am interested in photography myself but I’m an amateur at the moment I cannot afford a real camera and I just use my phone. I would really love to do your 15day challenge though but I don’t have anything to contribute at the moment. I don’t know can I still do the challenge? Looking forward to your response
Tuttie - Hi Brooke. My name is Tuttie. I come from Zambia. I’ve been following you ever since Instagram featured you and I must say I love every piece you created. Each one unique, telling it’s own story .I am interested in photography myself but I’m an amateur at the moment.I cannot afford a real camera and I just use my phone. I would really love to do your 15day challenge though but I don’t have anything to contribute at the moment. I don’t know can I still do the challenge? Looking forward to your response
brookeshaden - Hi Tuttie, I have added you to the challenge and you will receive emails each day at 5:00AM PST 🙂
Gallagher Green - Bugger, you’re going to make me cry with a post like that! (Big HUG!) Your posts mean so much to me, they not only help keep me creating even when I don’t feel like it. But they help guide me through life as a whole, they and you are truly a gift.
4-5am walking through the forest, I can only imagine how many spider webs that must have been! You need to invest in a good stick to hold in front of you as you walk. And stuck in the mud, I have been there a lot over the years, and it is never fun. LOL
I can’t wait till tomorrow, I am going to try really hard to keep up.
Thanks again for sharing your July challenge with us.
Caz Harris - Well it is done. CONGRATULATIONS! An epic task and a teriffic result. I’m sad it’s over…I’m being selfish as I’ve really enjoyed taking the journey with you, if only as a spectator.
The sentiment in this final July image is very touching. It’s good to feel part of the community, you are the best friend that we all had or still have that is always there whenever we need them in good times and in bad.
I’m looking forward to the 15 day challenge…wow not sure how I’ll fair but I’ll give it a damn good go! Girl….you’re a hard act to follow 🙂
Shana - First off, congratulations for completing your challenge!! By all means, this was definitely an adventure, it had all the elements of excitement and surprise. I love your strength and dedication to your craft, you honored what you set off to complete and now you have 31 images, 31 videos, and 31 blog posts as a testament to your commitment. And I love your eagerness to share it with the world, so thank you. It has become part of my daily routine to stop by and be inspired by your newest post. You have definitely created a community and I feel so fortunate to be part of it.
crackle - Hey Brooke – Congratulations – and thank you for all the authentic sharing and amazing creating you have been doing. Love all these – images – Just magical – just like you! xox Thank you.
Vicki Kurasz - I consider your going off in the woods as adventures too. The meaning to words often mean different things to different people. My photography friends and I love going on our little adventures. It will never be skydiving, but they will always be fun for us.
Can’t believe how much work you did this month. Time for you to take a breather. I will miss stalking you every day. 🙂
DAD - Beautiful journey. Can’t wait to see your next adventure.
Rose - I got the join up email at midnight on 1st August my time, and when I went to register, it said it was closed.
Given the timings and time differences I was never going to get access to this, which is a real shame, I got a lot out of the 30 Days of Creativity.
brookeshaden - Hi Rose, I have added you to the challenge and you will receive emails each day at 5:00AM PST 🙂
Rose - Wow! Thanks. Can I donate somewhere or pay etc?
Trish Edwards - How exciting and well done such an amazing journey.
I live in Australia and went to register for the 15 day content creation challenge, but missed the deadline obviously because of the timeline difference. 🙁 Hopefully I can join the next one.
Thanks for sharing your journey with us 🙂
brookeshaden - Hi Trish, I have added you to the challenge and you will receive emails each day at 5:00AM PST 🙂
Mira - Brooke!!! Thank you for this July. It was a great adventure. Every day a new world! It was magical!
Mary Gonzales - Good Morning Brooke I love your work and have followed you since first seeing your Photos at the Annenburg in Century City.
I registered for the 15 day challenge but have not received the emails. I checked Paypal and it seems my donation was sent. Please help.
Erin - Just amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this journey with us. I’ve learned so much from your videos. I just binged watched the 31 day challenge last night. Lol Unfortunately, I found out about the 15 day challenge too late. I would have loved to join along. Next time for sure. 🙂