I've been watching Ali document a "day in the life" at the end of every month this year. She's keeping it simple and her photos and layouts (which she works into her Project Life album) have been inspiring to me. The once a month plan didn't really work for me, but I decided to do it three times in 2013. Last Tuesday, April 30th, was the first. I'll do it again at the end of August and then towards the end of December. Obviously, my days will change a lot in the months in between and I love that I'll have a record of them in such a monumental year.
I took 21 photos this time around. All with my iPhone, all cropped into a square and posted to Instagram without a filter. For journaling, I just noted the time and a simple explanation of what I was doing. I used the TimerCam app to get the photos where you see me in the frame.
My takeaway from this project is always the same. I love everyday photos. So much more than any other type. I love playing with my camera and finding new angles and techniques to elevate these everyday photos. I also always remember how much I love routine. (And yep, I'm on board for the major routine shift that will happen with the addition of a little one.)
This time around though, while taking a bunch of random photos in my house, I was also reminded of the William Morris quote, "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." This quote has popped into my head many times since we moved into this new place. It's there as I contemplate what to get rid of. It's there as I rearrange furniture to make it work for us. It's there as I decide what baby equipment we actually need. It's there as Paul and I weigh pros and cons of huge furniture purchases. Photographing my space and the life I live within it always gets me thinking.
I assume that in ten years, I'll be interested in remembering the details of this time in my life. But what I am always pleasantly surprised by is how much this project means to me in the present.
*I will be working these photos and minor journaling into a one-page insert in my Project Life album. Look for that in Sunday's update post.