I started to run out of steam for keeping up with Week In The Life here on the blog
But I did stay with the project and completed taking pictures and journaling last night.
This was a large undertaking and the burning question for me today is
Was it worth the effort and would I do it again?
Wrapping up today, I am swimming in a pool of deep gratitude
for Ali Edwards sharing this project on her blog in such a way that
made it feel do able for me.
When I looked back at all the pictures I feel like I got the essence
of what my days are filled with right now; a mixture of every day
habits, reasons to celebrate, along with family and good friends
to share it all with.
Since we did have some of those special days (my birthday
and my neighbor's 21st wedding anniversary celebration) mixed in
with our regular days, it was interesting to just observe the different
feel between what was routine and what was 'special'.
I noticed the difference in the energy around how I felt about the day as
compared to the regular days. I found it very comforting to know where
those anchors during my week were Monday homemaking, Tuesday and
Wednesday karate, Thursday knit night, etc.
As I continued to record my days, my perception really did shift.
What was routine became special because I was looking
at it all with new eyes.
Taking more pictures than I thought I would need, I ended up with a total of 375 photos
and 4 videos (1-2 minutes each) of moments through out my week.
The pictures I've shared publicly have become mosaics (thanks Liz Lamoreux
for the great idea!) and the others I plan to put together
on DVD I'll keep in my kids' family boxes along with my journaling sheets.
I'll probably share the DVD with relatives so they can feel a part of our lives as well.
And now back to Project Past Life...
Wednesday I decided to capture more pictures than words.
I gave myself a photo challenge with a list of 100 different
things to capture through out my regular day.
Here are a few of the pictures from today:
I ended up with just over 50 pictures. I really liked doing WITL this way
as it gave me an opportunity to see things a little differently.
I'll be printing them out on an 8x10 photo paper, number them
and include the list of what each photo represents in a sleeve.
Tuesday I didn't take as many pictures but I still did a lot of journaling.
I found I wanted to really capture what was happening in the hours
in more words than pictures.
Tuesday is also the day I spend a lot of time driving
like 4-5 hours during the course of the day so it's
difficult catching much day. Here's some of my pictures:
My plan for Wednesday and into the rest of this week
is a photo challenge. I have a list of 100 things to capture
from my daily life.
And for my Thursday, I've decided to take one picture
(maybe a self portrait of some sort) an hour from the time I wake
up until bedtime to capture the essence of my birthday.
As I looked through the creative resources for Project Life,
I stumbled across Ali Edwards and her project called A Week in the Life.
I thought it would be fun to look back and see what a week of my life looked
like on the days leading up to and just after my birthday which falls on
Thursday this week.
Since this is my first time, I decided to focus more on the journal with
the sheets I downloaded from Ali's website than pictures for today.
Though I have taken nearly 70 pictures today alone,
I expect I may end up with loads more as I go along.
I'm using my phone and my Canon Power Shot A590IS.
I've also got my daughter in on it so she can help me get
some pictures of 'me' when my focus is else where.
This morning I pulled up the blinds because I was trying to find out which window had slid down during the night. We're experiencing some icy weather today...such a disappointment after such a mild almost nonexistent winter.
Below is a shot of my desktop with today's date, the forecast and my calendar...did you notice I love Maleficent?
I went to make up my bed and found my poochie baby still under the covers. Warming the bed is pretty much her job so I don't mind. She is quite a spoiled rotten old thing though! I had to snap the picture pretty quickly because she hates getting pictures taken.
Here are some of my favorite bits of what I captured today.
I'm sure everyone thinks of their ordinary days as nothing special
and truth be told it's easy to document the special days because
they are special. But the special days are few and far between.
What really makes up our lives are those ordinary mundane days.
My intention for doing this project is to shift my perception about
my days as a reminder that hey, these ordinary life days?
They are just as special and sacred as any of those special days.
The mundane days are truly sacred and worthy of honor.
Last week in my neck of the woods we experienced some delicious April showers but this weekend has been filled with clear skies though it's been kind of cold. It amazes me how quickly the weather can change...I went from getting out and playing in the rain with my little one to snuggling under a warm blanket while listening to the wind move through the exquisite trees. As I celebrate Earth Day, I got to thinking about ways I connect with Mama Gaia in all her splendor through the trees. Remembering how a tree's roots support it as it's doing it's work, I made this video to remind you how they can support you!
Happy Earth Day dear ones! Get out in nature and celebrate this beautiful space we call home!
I'm Dionne, a Natural Rhythms Creation Coach and Elemental Forces of Creation Oracle Reader. I teach people how to tune into to the power of the elements and rhythms of nature to design a life they love