Do YOU 365?

Every day, no matter what my day is like, I take at least one picture. Every day, since September 1, 2008 I have taken a picture (or more) each day, and designated one as my “picture of the day”. I have posted those pictures in various places over the years – namely Flickr and Facebook – for over one thousand days so far.

And I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

I just began my fourth year of a 365 Project. It’s exactly what it sounds like – a picture a day, every day. Can it be a cell phone shot? Sure. Some of my favorite ones are! Whether it was taken with a cell phone, a point and shoot, or my DSLR – every day I’ve made it a point to somehow mark my day with an image.

Some days, it’s an image I feel especially proud of.
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Some days, it’s an image that tells me how I spent my day.
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When I’m sick, my pictures aren’t very exciting.
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And even the occasional, obligatory airplane wing-shot.
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And at the end of the year, when I look back at the 365 days that just passed by, I remember the days with a clarity I might not have had this project not been a part of my life. Books I’m reading, food I’ve prepared, cups of coffee consumed (OH SO MANY CUPS OF COFFEE CONSUMED), new shoes, smiling faces of people I love, travel. Big moments, small moments – all of them, they’re there. And nothing has escaped me, and those moments are mine to hang on to.

I know it seems a daunting challenge – I know it seems like, “How will I remember? What if I forget? What if my pictures aren’t good? What if?”

Well, sure. If you’re not used to doing something – there’s always the chance that it’s going to take you a bit to make it a habit. If you keep a daily to-do list, put it on your list for awhile. It does become habit. Just wait. And of course – always make sure you have a camera with you – the best camera is the one you have with you. Even if it’s your cell phone.

Every day. One picture. Possibly forever.

About sarah

Sarah is a book nerd, a music lover, an endorphin junkie, a coffee addict. Oh, and a goof ball. She writes, she tweets, and she sings off key.

Comments

  1. I am staying on track with taking a photo each day using the iPhone Preject 365 app. One week in and totally on track still! I even upgraded from the free for 99 cents so I could back up my photos online from my phone, and then share the photos of the day in a clickable calendar format. Way cool.

    I’m already finding myself enjoying the memories of the month just browsing through – it’s a reminder of how busy we are, how much we love eachother, and my many blessings.

    Thanks for getting me started!
    Angela <

    P.S. My project 365 calendar is: http://iphoneproject365.com/photos/AngEngland

  2. Well, I for one have started this project THREE times and have never finished (sigh) Which is why it is on my bucket list. Some day this lassie will get her act together… some day!

  3. I wish I had the dedication to stick with a project like this.

  4. I LOVE this idea! I have a military spouse site – while 365 days of deployment is no fun, it might be a great way to make the days go by faster.

  5. You’re the one who got me started on my 365 and I’m in my second year. I LOVE doing it and I really love looking at yours. And on those days when I feel like a really crappy photog, I go back and look at the beginning of my first 365 and see how far I’ve come. That feels good, doesn’t it?

  6. Meg @sleepynewmommy says:

    You basically said all the reasons why I started doing 365. I don’t want to be a professional photographer, I just want to grow in my skills and have something with which to remember my year. It’s a guaranteed few minutes of “me time” each day.

    The fact that you’re on year 4 blows my mind. You rock!

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