365grateful Photography Project
If you’ve been following me on Facebook and Twitter, you might be wondering what all of these 365grateful images are all about. As I’m almost half way through the project, I thought I would explain it for those of you that may be curious.
In April this year, my family of 3 moved to Turks & Caicos. Despite it being an extremely exciting and adventurous time in my life, as with any big move to a new country, there have been challenging moments that have attempted to knock me off my center. In order to keep my focus on the present moment, on trust and gratitude, one afternoon I decided to start a photography gratitude project. I was inspired to do one after watching a video by Hailey Bartholomew on her 365grateful website. You can read all about it there, but basically in a nut shell it’s teaching the importance of focusing on all of the beautiful moments that happen in a day and really savoring them to extract their goodness. It’s so easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the day and coming back to gratitude in the smallest things helps put everything back into perspective.
I’m 159 days into the project and I have already learnt so much from it. On the days that I have forgotten to take a photograph during the day and remembered as I’m making my way to bed, I’ve managed to find something to be grateful for to end the day on a positive note. It has made me stop and really appreciate the small things, the things that make my life easier, the things that bring me joy and the moments that have touched me. I’ve used my iPhone for most of the images with a CameraBag application set to Instant because I love the Polaroid effect. If I had the option, I would love to have a Polaroid camera to do the project, but the feasibility of carrying a big camera around safely while running after a little one isn’t that clever.
I highly recommend the project to any of you going through a stressful time or feeling as if life is good, but you know it could be better. Happiness really is in the present moment and it is a choice that we can make. If you have done a similar project I would love to hear about it.