I woke up this morning and decided I needed to take my blog back for me. So, that’s what I’m doing. Right now. With this post.
Last September when I decided to start my own business, I tried to turn my blog and website into more of a business tool to showcase what I was working on. (If you want to see that – you still can, here or on Facebook.) Of course, my personal life still crept into the pages of my blog. But, I felt guilty sharing personal work instead of my business work. I have a dozen personal posts lurking in my Drafts folder that I started before the guilt crept in and I stopped working on them.
So, I’m liberating my blog and reclaiming this little corner of the internet for my soul. My blog used to be a space to explore and share what inspires me. And I need that space back.
This month, I’m trying a photo a day challenge on Instagram. Hopefully I make it more than 5 days (my previous record…) Here’s a photo from the challenge.
June 4, Ordinary :: An ordinary little rose in my ordinary little garden.
This is simply too sweet not to share.
19 :: Photography. I’ve always loved photos – looking at old family photos, taking endless pictures with my friends, and now composing and taking photographs. I love photographs because of the history they capture, the emotions they elicit, the art that they are. I love the challenge of creating and capturing a moment in time – and the satisfaction I have when I can actually turn a picture I have in my head into something I can hold in my hands.
07 :: Drinking wine. Outside. With my hubby. That’s really 3 things to be happy about – but, when combined, it’s pure bliss.
06 :: Carbs. Carbs make me really happy. Pasta. French bread. Chocolate cake. And these cookies.
05 :: My kitchen. It’s so pretty and light and functional. I absolutely love to cook and bake in this kitchen.
04 :: Sprouting seeds. In preparation for our spring and summer garden, we started some lettuce seeds last week. It’s so fun to watch the tiny plants appear from the soil and grow so much each day. I’m looking forward to another year of gardening!
02 :: Texas! Wide open spaces, the stars at night, BBQ, Shiner Bock, football – and everything else that makes up Texas. I’m so happy to be living in the Lone Star State again. Happy Texas Independence Day, y’all.
I’ve been reading The Happiness Project off and on for almost a year now. It’s one of those books that I read until something intrigues me, then I put it down and reflect on that something for a while, and then pick the book up again later.
Most recently, I’ve been intrigued by the concept of micro journaling and the author’s “One-Sentence Journal.” A manageable and structured way of chronicling life – the everydays, the big things, the things that don’t seem to matter but really they do.
I’ve decided to couple that concept with another project that I’ve been wanting to do – a photo a day project. Originally, I thought about doing that for my New Years resolution, but that was just too daunting to think about. A month though – I think I can handle that.
So, today I start my own mini happiness project, sharing a photo a day for a month of something that makes me happy. In no particular order. At the end of the month, I hope to have a collage of good feelings and happy photos – something to lift my spirits when I’m feeling down or to look back on when life has given me different things to be happy about.
So, to kick off the happiness project….
01 :: Blooming flowers. Today, as I walked inside after lunch, I noticed that some flowers in our front flower beds are blooming. So happy that Spring is around the corner.
For my photography class, our assignment this week is to photograph architecture and urban scenes – a fairly difficult task, considering our scenery includes fields, sprinklers, and the occasional barn. Not exactly the amazing architecture and urban influences I’m used to in DC!
So, Russell and I spent yesterday walking around the Texas Tech campus. Despite going to a few Tech games, I had never walked around the campus. It was actually quite lovely – made even prettier because it was such a beautiful, sunny day.