100 Days of Mind Mapping

From September 15, 2016 - January 9, 2017 I took part in a #The100DayProject of making a mind map each day, for 100 days. The purpose of The 100-Day Project is to encourage 100 days of making. It's not about finished products; it's about the process. 

So although each mind map (the product) is not the purpose, below you'll find all of them to date so that you can see the process.

Lastly, here's a reflection I wrote in June 2017 about what this creative challenge felt like and what I learned along the way.

Day 1: How to Respond to Cat Callers

Sept. 15, 2016

Day 2: Things I'll Miss About My Job

Sept. 16, 2016

Day 3: Reasons I Left My Job

Sept. 17, 2016

Day 4: Friends in France

Sept. 18, 2016

Day 5: Park People (as seen at Parc du Peyrou)

Sept. 19, 2016

Day 6: French Islands

Sept. 20, 2016

The other night I went to dinner with two people from New Caledonia, which I hadn't known about until that night. The population of the whole island is roughly the same as that of Montpellier, so it was interesting to imagine what life is like. Damien's sister got married on Réunion, and travels often to Martinique for work, so I hear about those islands often. Above is just a fraction of all the French islands, and I used Wikipedia to help.

Day 7: Places I've Lived

Sept. 21, 2016

I spent all day in bed, reading, watching TV online, and sleeping. I had unusual stomach pains in the morning, and didn't eat anything until around 5 p.m. It was around 9 p.m. when I realized shoot, I hadn't made a mind map yet today. And since I'm leaving Montpellier in exactly one week, this idea came to mind.

Day 8: Ways to Create

Sept. 22, 2016

I had no ideas today; this one felt like fluff.

Day 9: Moving

Sept. 23, 2016


Day 10: The Power of Categories

September 26, 2016

Today marked a first in this project, as I drew out the above mind map while listening to "The Power of Categories" from the Invisibilia podcast.

Day 11: Phone Call with Chad—Tues.

Sept. 27, 2016

I rather enjoyed not having to come up with all the content yesterday, so I made today's mind map while talking with my friend Chad on the phone.

Day 12: Where Friends Live

September 29, 2016

Day 13: La vida de Gregorio Luna

September 30, 2016

Made during lunch with Gregorio while visiting Chinchón (~40 minutes from Madrid)

Day 14: Madrid

Oct. 1, 2016

Can you tell where I am this week?

Day 15: Mind Maps

Oct. 2, 2016


During a brief phone call with my younger brother, he asked about this project and I shared in laughter that I've quickly realized I actually don't like mind maps. Some Wiki-ing led me to discover I've been making them "wrong," as words should be written on the branches, and at least three colors are recommended—hence the slight change in appearance today.

I don't really like writing on the lines, though, so this format probably won't last long.

Day 16: Watercolors

Oct. 3, 2016

Day 17: My Experiences with Public Transportation

Oct. 4, 2016

Day 18: Metro Ride (Pueblo Nuevo to Ópera)

Oct. 5, 2016

I attempted to live-mind map this metro ride, but it basically ended up being a scrambled list of things I was seeing.

Day 19: Books

Oct. 6, 2016

I bought the Spanish translation of "The Great Gilly Hopkins" at a used bookshop this afternoon, which got me thinking about this topic. Again, here's another mind map that just feels like a messy list. (Thank goodness for Goodreads.)

Day 20: Surprises

Oct. 10, 2016

Day 21: Chapter 4—Prison Break 101 

(from book "Born for This")

Oct. 11, 2016

Day 22: Da Vincian Principles

Oct. 13, 2016
(From the book "How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci.")


Day 23: Waunakee Restaurants

Oct. 14, 2016

After over a year living abroad, I returned to my parents' home this week (in a town of ~13,000). On Friday nights my parents go out to eat somewhere, but the restaurant selection is quite limited. They usually go to one of four or five places.

Day 24: The Alexander Technique

Oct. 16, 2016

I finished reading "How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci" today, and learned of The Alexander Technique in the process.

Day 25: Choices

Oct. 17, 2016

Yet another day's mind map that feels filler, rushed, and insubstantial. But it's another day's mind map!

Day 26: Ideals

Oct. 19, 2016

Day 27: Bullet Journal

Oct. 20, 2016

Day 28: An Ideal World

Oct. 21, 2016

Day 29: NKE

Oct. 22, 2016

NKE was my elementary school. Another sloppy/rushed-feeling mind map.

Day 31: Halloween Costumes

Oct. 24, 2016

Day 32: Grateful for...

Oct. 25, 2016

Day 33: Relaxing...

Oct. 26, 2016

Day 34: Halloween

Oct. 27, 2016

Day 35: Dark La Crosse Radio Show

Oct. 28, 2016

My younger brother performed (piano) in the Dark La Crosse Radio Show tonight, which I attended with my grandma. He composed lots of original music for the show, and adapted a few pieces written by others as well.

Day 36: Caring for the environment

Oct. 29, 2016

Day 37: One episode of Super Nanny (France)

Oct. 30, 2016

I love the show "Super Nanny," and the French version (with Sylvie) is excellent. Here's a mind map of the episode I watched tonight.

Day 38: Denmark

Oct. 31, 2016

After finishing the Denmark section of Michael Booth's book "The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia," I used a couple chapter names as sub-sections in the above mind map to summarize a bit.

Day 39: Iceland

Nov. 1, 2016

Day 40: Teaching ESL to Adult Beginners

Nov. 2, 2016

Day 41: Evicted

Nov. 3, 2016
I read Matthew Desmond's book "Evicted" a few weeks ago (highly recommended, by the way), and tonight I went to an event hosted at our local library. Desmond spoke in Madison on Tuesday, so the library played a recording of his talk, and afterwards Genna from WNC spoke about homelessness/evictions in Waunakee, and how to get involved in local issues.

Day 42: #NoDAPL #StandWithStandingRock

Nov. 4, 2016
For more information, here are the basics about what's going on at Standing Rock, and here's how you can help.

Day 43: Saturday, November 5

Nov. 5, 2016

Day 44: Multilevel Marketing (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver)

Nov. 8, 2016
Summary of John Oliver's important segment on Multilevel Marketing. (<<< Watch it there.)

Day 45: Reactions to Election Results

Nov. 10, 2016
And post-election thoughts made of complete sentences can be found here.

Day 46: How to Build Bridges Between People

Nov. 11, 2016

Day 47: Meanwhile in Myanmar...

Nov. 12, 2016
This is a summary from an article in Flow Magazine, an amazing magazine that takes its time.

Day 48: English with Rebe blog post ideas

Nov. 13, 2016
 [Brainstorming session]

Day 49: English with Rebe Pinterest categories

Nov. 14, 2016
[brainstorming]


Day 50: Frontline: Children of Syria

Nov. 15, 2016
Tonight I went to a "Soup for Syria" event put on by the Madison-based Open Doors for Refugees organization. We watched the PBS Frontline documentary "Children of Syria" (54 min.), which you can watch here. I highly recommend it.

Day 51: Reality

Nov. 18, 2016

Day 52: Should

Nov. 19, 2016
Made after reading the book "The Crossroads of Should and Must." <<< Highly recommended

Day 53: Must

Nov. 19, 2016

Day 54: My Piano Teachers

Nov. 20, 2016

Day 55: My Cello Teachers

Nov. 21, 2016

Day 56: Christmas Gift Exchanges

Nov. 22, 2016


Day 57: Values

Nov. 23, 2016

Day 58: Thanksgiving Meal

Nov. 24, 2016

Day 59: Games Played on Thanksgiving

Nov. 25, 2016

Day 60: Sending Christmas Letters (2nd Year)

Nov. 26, 2016

Day 61: 2 Years Without Facebook

Nov. 27, 2016

Day 62: [Brainstorming] Alternatives to "So What Do You Do?"

Nov. 28, 2016

Day 63: Parenthood (Season 1)

Nov. 29, 2016

Day 64: December Resolutions (To-dos)

Nov. 30, 2016

Day 65: Responses to "What Do You Do?"

Dec. 1, 2016


Day 66: [Brainstorming] How to Combat Hateful Emails/Comments Online

Dec. 2, 2016

Day 67: My Siblings

Dec. 3, 2016

Day 68: Creative Mornings - Matt Trinetti

Dec. 4, 2016
 This is of Matt Trinetti's Creative Mornings speech "On The Magic of Being Human."

Day 69: Les Cent-Jours

Dec. 5, 2016

Day 70: 21st Century Activists

Dec. 6, 2016

Day 71: Labels That Have/Do/Will Describe Me

Dec. 7, 2016
I've been thinking a lot lately about how much I dislike labels, and how they can distort our perceptions of people. The labels that describe me now do not even tell 5% of the story. Humans are complex beings.

Day 72: 30-Day Challenges

Dec. 8, 2016
After the "going without" and "daily doing..." categories, I had no idea how to fill the other half of the page. Felt a bit incomplete with just three, but I called it a day.

Day 73: Main French Political Parties

Dec. 9, 2016

Day 74: My H.S. Co-Curricular Activities

Dec. 10, 2016

Day 75: When Under the Weather...

Dec. 11, 2016

Day 76: Front Page of "The Guardian" International - @ 8:51 p.m.

Dec. 12, 2016

Day 77: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Dec. 13, 2016

Day 78: "Rebel" Story Ideas (Going Against the Grain)

Dec. 14, 2016

Day 79: Baking Christmas Cookies with Kayse

Dec. 15, 2016

Day 80: Fictional Story Ideas

Dec. 16, 2016

Day 81: The Big, Scary-to-write-down Life List Things

Dec. 17, 2016


Day 82: 2016

Dec. 18, 2016

Day 83: Books

December 19, 2016

Day 84: New Inspiration

December 20, 2016

Day 85: My Interest in Transformation

December 21, 2016

Day 86: To Write About

December 22, 2016

Day 87: Latest Inspiration from Books

December 23, 2016

Day 88: Apple Spice Cake

December 24, 2016
 The vegan cake I brought to a family Christmas celebration the next day.


Day 89: Wichelt Christmas

December 25, 2016

Day 90: Thering Christmas

December 26, 2016

Day 91: Permission to ... Cards

December 27, 2016

Day 92: 2017

December 28, 2016

Day 93: Stachovak Family

December 29, 2016

Day 94: Weddings

December 30, 2016
Did this one with my sister as she drove us up to Wausau to see family for the new year. Our cousin is getting married in March, and my sister often plays music for weddings, so we challenged ourselves to try and think of all the elements of a "traditional" full American wedding.

Day 95: NYE Drinks

December 31, 2016
Topic was graciously provided by my Great Aunt Lois.

Day 96: Thank You Notes to Write

January 1, 2017

Day 97: Things I Like

January 2, 2017

Day 98: Dinner Appetizers

January 3, 2017
In preparation for a dinner I was going to on the 6th... but ended up getting sick two days later and had to cancel.

Day 99: I Want to Live in a World Where...

January 4, 2017

Day 100: 100 Days of Mind Mapping

January 9, 2017
After 5 days sick in bed, I finally finished!
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