In the past I have completed two 52 projects documenting the beginning stages of Octave and Bijou becoming sisters. It felt like the perfect commitment. I didn't have to think too much about it and having those photographs to look back on feels like medicine for my soul. I thought about doing that again, but I feel inspired to attempt a 365 project. I am also a little terrified. In December I tried taking a photo every day for a week and rather than sparking creativity and growth it just made me anxious. But I realized that I've put unhealthy pressure on myself now that I am starting to make photography a "job," although it still doesn't feel like one. Now it feels like every photo I share with the world needs to be amazing, like I can't have my name on anything mediocre. While that may sound petty, there is also some truth to it. I thought about not ever sharing the photos I take this year, or just some of them, the ones I am proud of, but then that didn't seem right either, besides I think I need the accountability and consistency. Thankfully I had a reality check and was reminded why I take photographs in the first place, and so I've decided to do it this year, a photo every day. There is no theme, except to truly capture an honest moment from my day. Maybe it's my daughters, maybe it's a friend, hubs, a self portrait or something on the street, but I must take one every day, and this excludes any professional work. I want it to be an honest reflection of my personal life. So, here it goes!
The sun came out on the first day of the year. My heart felt brand new. I tucked my phone away for the day and watched the sunshine pour into our home. I watched you play in the garden, chase the bunny, draw your dreams along side me who was writing and setting new intentions for the year. We went on a walk around our neighborhood, stopped at your school park to swing, and then headed home to play Jenga. I put you to bed at an almost embarrassingly early hour, because you needed it, and so did I. It was simple and sweet, a perfect day to bring in 2018.