Ready, set, go!
This past weekend I took some time to think about what I wanted to capture in my 2013 Week In The Life album.
I jotted down a few questions that I hope to make come alive visually in my album and that I think are the important questions I want to be asking myself right now:
- How do I work?
- How do I play?
- How do I nourish myself?
- How do I give thanks?
- How do I show my kids love?
- What are my favorite things about my life right now?
- What is the truth of my day (awesome, hard, exhausting, wonderful)?
In addition to thinking about those themes I also took a little time to read back through my Monday posts from past years and decided to share what I wrote back in 2011 as I think it's pretty universal for beginning this project:
As you embark today here’s a couple things I encourage you to keep in mind:
Don’t make it more complicated than it needs to be. There’s no right or wrong way to approach this project. You might be doing in-depth documentation or you might be doing a single photo each day or something in between. When you feel yourself getting overwhelmed just take a deep breath and keep moving forward. My goal is less to get every little detail and more to simply create a picture of what seven days in a row of our lives look like right now. Some days I may have a ton of photos and other days just a few – and it all works out.
Your story is important. No matter who you are, what you do, your family structure, etc – the story you are living right now is important and worth documenting. I’m one of those people who totally wishes I had this sort of documentation before I had kids, when I was in college, etc. Life situations change so quickly and the things you think are part of your “normal” right now may not be all too soon.
Have fun with this project – it’s such a great opportunity to see the basic details of your life through the lens of your camera. Use your camera as your eyes this week – shoot those things you see regularly that you notice (or maybe don’t take the time to notice most of the time).
If at all possible just focus on the content gathering this week. I’ve had the most success with this project when I’ve separated the two steps – one week for content gathering and one week for bringing it all together in a completed album.
No stress. Take it one day at a time. I tend to start off really strong and taper as the week progresses. I am totally fine with that. I’d much rather have a couple solid days and a few lighter days than nothing at all.
Also, check out my post from last Friday with links and thoughts.
Thanks for participating this week! I'll be back tomorrow to share my photos and words from today and have a space for you to share a link to yours as well.
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