Jan. 1 A quarter after one a.m. - four excellent friends.
Jan. 2 My sole New Year's goal: Time Management. This amazing timer is my incentive to implement something akin to the Pomodoro technique.
Jan. 3 Daily.
Jan. 4 Meadowbrook Contra!
Jan. 5 Sunday fellowship.
(Photo credit for days 1&4 to my sisters)
I've thought it would be fun to start a photo-a-day challenge for years now, but my bestie's cue was apparently the incentive I needed to actually go for it.
I'm excited! What I'm not going to do is stress over this - the idea of absolutely positively without fail having to take a picture - and one I would want to share with the world, at that - every day for a year is not my cup of tea. However, taking lots of pictures and creating yet another journaling medium definitely is. (I already book journal, talk to myself at length on Photobooth in Top Secret soliloquies, keep a blog, and have used one of those At-a-Glance daily planners for two years running. I'm in love with journaling!)
My goal with this is chiefly to challenge myself to consistently photograph the stories around me - I've noticed that when I get busy, I take less pictures, and when I start taking pictures again, I'm so much happier.
Also, to remind myself not to be a photo snob. These photos aren't technically good in any way to my eye, with the minor exception of Day 2 - because twinkle light bokeh covereth a multitude of flaws forevern'ever amen. But I'm so glad they were taken. They're little glimpses into a memory and a soul - part of the journaling process. Both to preserve, and perhaps build on, thoughts and moments that form a life. I took Day 3 to show my mom the slogan on our snow shovel that made me giggle at the time...!
And lastly, to have some extra incentive to purposefully work on improving my photography.
How true the quote:
"The only photographer you should compare yourself to is the one you used to be."
Do you journal? What's your favorite medium?