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.)
Sundays are ringette days, and Dec 28th was no exception. We had two practices in Lumsden and a game in Emerald Park. This was the road to Lumsden at 9 am, with a pink sky on the north-west horizon. (I used a filter in Instagram to bring out the colours and vignette.)
I started gathering our decorations and new wrapping paper to put away. I wanted to include The House of Wooden Santas by Kevin Major in this picture because I enjoyed reading it to M and G this month. We finished it on Christmas day. (It has 24 chapters, meant to be read from Dec 1 to 24.)
Neil on his 45th birthday. I wish I had taken a picture of him during daylight hours instead of waiting for cake and candles (cropped out of this pic). From now on, I think I'll shoot for a nice portrait on birthdays instead of the celebration picture which rarely turns out well for me.
Neil received a free poinsettia for filling out a survey at Rona. Nice to have this extra splash of Christmas colour! (It's in a small 4" pot; I just set on top of a plant that's wintering over in our kitchen.)
I enjoyed watching S play ringette this evening. She and her team had a great game and beat the top team in their division. (S is #14. In this picture, her teammate shot and scored; the ring is in the middle of the picture.)
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