Just finished and started again (third time in 2016)
Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
Write. Publish. Repeat. by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant
Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Success by Angela Duckworth
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
Tidy our house using the Konmari method over the next 7 weekends.
I've been waiting for this all year! We've just concluded the events & painting phase of our off season. We dealt with clothes (except shoes and accessories) 2 weekends ago. We cleaned the kitchen and fridge the weekend before that. Ready, set, go...
The yard. Oh, how it pains me to let the yard go while working on the house, but I can't do both or each one will be half done.
Spark Joy by Marie Kondo. I will get my house in order! [finished May 17 and July 11]
Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton [finished May 21]
My Life as an Experiment by A. J. Jacobs [finished July 1]
Write. Publish. Repeat. by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes [finished June 21]
Paint the girls' bedrooms by the end of June - filling cracks and other prep starting tomorrow [finished June 24]
Tidy our house using the Konmari method - starting with weekday evenings in May and June (along with dishes and yard work!), and every weekend in July and August, except one (I'm quite certain this isn't enough time) [didn't do much on weekday evenings]
I haven't posted in 1 year. Can't really say I've been blogging for 12 years, now can I? I've thought about this place several times. I've wondered what I would post here that I'm not posting in other places which seem more suited to my life at the moment. I'm still thinking about it. I haven't completely abandoned this place in my mind. I'm in London, Ontario today. It's after 10 pm and I have to get up at 5 am. I won't be figuring it out here and now...
First: I did it! Yeah! I took a picture every day for a year. (Again.)
Second: A few observations.
Taking a picture every day isn't too hard for me (in fact, I've continued taking pictures daily in January with little effort). But taking pictures is one thing; taking *good* pictures is another. I've taken enough classes and viewed enough photographs to be a tad picky when evaluating my own pictures. Sharing a picture every day is a lot harder than just taking one. I also wanted pictures that captured something meaningful, and that didn't always happen - adding yet another layer of mental challenge to my project.
The really tough part through 2014 was getting my pictures posted. Uploading, choosing, editing, posting (here and in the Capture Your 365 gallery)... it all takes time. Time I didn't have; time I had to steal from other things (mainly the house). And, to make things worse, my computer wasn't cooperating at least half of the time! Posting was extremely tedious some days. But I wasn't willing to eliminate this part of the project because sharing my photos is what keeps me motivated and accountable (at least to myself). I'm glad I kept doing it, but wish it would have been quicker and less frustrating.
While I recorded hundreds of moments and things during 2014, I'm very aware that this collection of photos is only a sliver of life. There are so many things I didn't capture or share (some things I photographed but did not choose as the daily pic). While I'm pleased with all that I captured, I also recognize the hugeness of life - I could never capture it all, nor would I want to.
The verdict on daily pics in 2014:
Sentimentally-speaking? Glad I did it; absolutely.
Practically-speaking? I needed that time; OH, how I needed that time! It will take a long time to "catch up" on other things (as if I really could. ha).
Will I do this again? Well, I like photography and I like projects... so, yes, I'm hoping to do it again in 2021. (I also like patterns - 2007, 2014, 2021... :))
For the first time in our lives, our girls are babysitting on New Years' Eve (all together watching cousins). Neil had a gift certificate for this restaurant, Orange Izakaya, so the two of us came here for dinner. We enjoyed it! (and I learned about sweet potato starch noodles - good!)
With that, my 365 project is completed! (I considered trying to do a more creative photo to signify the changing of the year and/or the end of this project, but I just couldn't do it today. Good enough.)
The last 2 weeks included Christmas, of course. And it was good; better than expected... I really wasn't sure we could pull it off, but we did. Seriously, how do you squeeze in all that goes with Christmas when you don't have spare time? Well, it helped tremendously that I was off work for 10 days during this time. Blink. Now I need 10 days off without a significant holiday in the middle of it!
Okay, one left! This project has been so hard for me the past few weeks. I'm quite relieved to see the end of the year.
Daily ritual: making a pot of tea. We're having Mint Julep spearmint herbal tea this evening. My favourites are Earl Grey de la Creme for weekdays and Vanilla Maple Cinnamon for weekends (both black teas). Neil's favourites are English Breakfast and Irish Breakfast.
Chilling our turkey bone broth on the back step before putting it into the freezer. 24 cups of liquid gold! We made soup with another 9 cups. (I have to get rid of those darn styrofoam box inserts that are sitting there, too.)
Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart - Unknown
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. - Anton Chekhov
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. - Wayne Gretzky
You are getting your wants confused with your needs. - Stacy Julian's dad
We are weaving character every day, and the way to weave the best character is to be kind and to be useful. Think right, act right; it is what we think and do that makes us who we are. - Elbert Hubbard
I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter. - Blaise Pascal
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
- Cyril Connolly
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
to leave the world a little better;
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is the meaning of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson