One way or another, this is going to be an important year. Finishing grad school, most likely moving, starting fresh all over again. And today I turned 30. It took all of those things to finally convince me to do something I’ve been considering for many years: a 365 project.
One photo a day for a year.
No rules beyond that. Some I’ll post to Instagram. Some I’ll take with my actual camera, I hope. And I can only assume that, from time to time, I’ll post some here.
Some, like today’s, will be a little grainy, a little too dark. But that’s OK. I want to remember tonight. And I expect I’ll get better. It’s not about trying to do things perfectly, only showing perfectly lovely moments. And sometimes the boring stuff, too. It’s about what I saw that day. (and today I saw a birthday cocktail with an old friend…)
I am terrible at habits and doing the same thing consistently every day, so I think this is going to be a challenge. But there are changes afoot and I want to start noticing little beauties again while keeping track of the ways in which things change—and stay the same—this year. Wish me luck!
“If you’re growing bored or are discontent with your life, start a 365. It isn’t about talent. It’s about showing up every day. Be gentle with yourself, but use it to push you. Use the 365 as an excuse to do random beautiful things: we should camp more. Use it to be selfish: a glass of wine would make a nice photo. Use it to break you down: I guess a hamster might be fun to photograph. Use it to see what you’ve been ignoring. Use it because life isn’t overtly glorious and it’s really easy to wallow in shit. Use it to love what you’ve got. Or use it to give you the courage and power to change it.”