Okay, okay, enough with resolutions and words-of-the-year. If you really want to know, mine is “intention,” but I really like “go” and “focus” that my friends have chosen. If you’ve selected a word like I have or written a few resolutions, have you considered a project or tangible action to correspond to or capture your efforts to reach your goals?
Last year, I committed to doing Project 365. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s basically taking (at least) one photo per day for an entire year.
It sounds easy enough, but I didn’t want to be stuck snapping pictures of my boys just because they were conveniently always there. I wanted my final set of 365 photos to be filled with variety and unique views. Since I kind of get lost when I don’t have an idea to start with, I used the daily prompts from Fat Mum Slim. They’re free and ambiguous enough that you can make them fit your life situation no matter where in the world you happen to be.
I started out so well in January, but… by July, I wanted to throw in the towel. It ended up being just one more thing on my to do list. Many days, “taking photos” didn’t make the cut which turned into a source of frustration for my commit-and-follow-through personality.
Since I tried the same project 365 the year before and gave up after Big Foot was born, I wanted to press on and actually accomplish the goal in 2013. I did. But now, I am staring at 365 photos that I want to edit before I display, and in those famous words, ain’t nobody got time fo’ dat.So, I’m turning to my old faithful project, a Day in the Life. I wrote about it back in 2011, and I’m still doing a book every year. One photo a day? Completely overwhelming at times. One photo book per year? That, apparently, is more my speed.
In the spirit of celebrating everyday moments (with “intention” and “focus” and boy, are we always on the “go”), consider doing a Day in the Life project. It’s only one day, and then you’re done!
We recently found some old videos of T-Rex when he was one year-old. We had forgotten how much he chattered away, how chubby he was, and what life was like with only one child (oh my!). Even better, the boys loved watching these videos and seeing younger versions of themselves. My hope is that these annual day-in-the-life books (I’m renaming them A Day in our Life) will have the same effect.
Just to clarify, I’m not dissing Project 365 in any way. In fact, I’m toying with the idea of committing myself to editing one of those photos per day as a way to look back on what we were doing on the same day last year and have 365 photos ready to print and put in a physical album. But the enormity of the task is just not something my overflowing plate can handle at the moment. Better luck in 2015!