Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ringing in the new year 2012

I usually try and think of something really profound to say, considering it's New Years. I usually try and think of resolutions to write down. I am usually a big list maker, however, tonight I am defying all odds and going against what is the normal thing for me to "usually" be doing at this time of year.

By me not doing the usual normal activities, doesn't mean I am not dreaming as big as I usually do, it just means I am really dreaming big... too big for my mind to think to write down a list. I would need one really HUGE sheet of paper. My mind would get ahead of my pen right now. That's just how big I am dreaming for the year 2012.

Let’s start 2012 as we mean to go on: happy, healthy, optimistic & 365 plus one goal oriented!

Friday, December 30, 2011

This is the story of a girl and her "Converse"

Today is day 364 of the year 2011. One year ago today, in the year 2010, I was just about to complete my first ever attempt at Project 365. Notice how I said, "Just about to complete." My husband and I had a very long day that day, one year ago today. I remember it like it was yesterday. So long of a day, I almost had a photo fail on the second to last day of my project! ( Did I say that right? Second to last... ) Also explains that I was really trying to go for another photo idea for day 364! Not just a pair of shoes. I believe the weather was what kept the day feeling like it was so long of a day too. You know how rain can make any day seem long and dreary.

Back on topic! We had made a trip to Walmart, to get groceries. One thing I don't like about walmart, is you always end up leaving with just more than groceries! Hence, the new shoes! I also enjoy walking around Walmart for daily photo inspiration... so (the new shoes... were pretty interesting before I even left the store.) Did I mention, I got the shoes on sale? They were $7.99. I was so excited about that too! Later on that night while my husband was having band practice, I got the bright idea, ( by the way I always think better at night... most of my photos were usually taken upon the eleventh hour of the day...) to decorate my shoes and take a photo of the new "converse..."

The song, "New Shoes" was always on the radio then, and it came on the radio while I was thinking of what I could do for my photo that day! I listen live to the Zew.Net. Or should I say stream live? Thank goodness for that particular song to come on! (IKR!) I went for my purple and black sharpies and went to town decorating my new shoes with not a care in the world what other people would think when they saw, "DAY 364..." on them. Which, I might add, when I wear the shoes, I either get strange looks (that doesn't bother me...) or they start up a conversation! Which I love randomly talking to people about my photography accomplishment. The look in their eyes is oh, it's simple you just take one photo a day right? Yeah, but not just any photo! LOL.

Look at how many conversations I've had about these shoes! They look pretty worn since that first day! The first day the purple was BRIGHT and purple, the black was sharp and smooth. Now, the purple looks like pink, and the black looks like it has sat under a running facet with water! I look back a year later after quitting 65 days into this year on the photo project, that I call these shoes my inspiration shoes! I can complete and accomplish anything I put my mind to. && I will always have these shoes to remind me that I can do just that!

Speaking of these shoes and conversations, another photographer "mentor" friend of mine, Paul Dovie Photography, called me just a second ago asking if I had found my shoes and giggled. Yes. I was rather upset earlier today when trying to find my shoes for my photo today, because we have moved, and everything is still in boxes! Still! I wanted to cry. I felt so lost without these shoes. Made me smile to tell my friend, yes I found them! Did you see the photos? Gotta love the random conversations! I wish those of you following my blogger, the same inspiration. You can find inspiration anywhere. I just happened to find mine in shoes and daily conversations answering questions about these shoes. Now you know a secret!! sssshhhh....

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Be randomly creative. Daily.

What you will need to complete the 365+1? Any camera, as long as you can take and upload a photo daily. Some creativity. Some randomness. && some getting out of your comfort zone daily! That's the best advice I can give any followers! Hope this helps! I hope we can help each other to day 366! I'm really looking forward to 2012!

End, New, Beginnings...

It is the end of the month of December. Three more days, well two not counting today. And all of us photographers are gearing up for yet another attempt at Project 365. Except, 2012 brings is an extra day. As if it isn't hard enough to take 365 photos, we have to add an extra day to the list!
One thing I learned, when the year 2010 gave me the strength to do one photo a day, for 365 days, was this... if I wanted to be successful and complete the year (which I have only completed one) I have got to give myself some slack. Not be so hard on myself, and remember what it felt like to accomplish something you really want, even if it was reading a book in one day. You have to stay in focus. Not every single image is going to be a "best seller." Sometimes, I may have to grasp and take a photo of the sky. Which always reminded me of our savior Jesus Christ. The year 2010, I really relied on this bible verse, "I can do all things through Him, who gives me strength!" Philippians 4:13. I owe a huge thank you to a friend of mine for pointing out that bible verse to me while I was doing my project 365. She had faith in me, I just needed to have faith in me c= I started up this week doing some random photos just to get back in the habit of taking a photo daily and posting...

Monday As the new year approaches, what are your new goals, plans, hopes, new years resolutions? ect. I know one of mine is to complete the project 365

This was my photo I did Tuesday just playing around. And it reminded me, When you think outside the box, It means leaving behind frustration, anger, stress, and fear. Sitting here praying I'll be able to think outside the box to do another year of daily photos!!

Wednesday “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away” this was almost a photo fail. I really wanted more of the tape measure...

I know with the help of you guys following my blogger, and with the strength from the Lord above, I will be able to at least attempt another year at 365! or well, 365 + 1!!!! LETS DO THIS!