It’s time for an update on 100 Days of Mornings! This will cover April 17th – April 30th, so days 14 – 27. Before we get into the pictures, I thought I’d start with five tips for a daily project. I’ve done daily projects before and have both successfully completed them/completely failed, so I have a few tips and words of advice if you’re interested in taking on a daily project… or if you’re in the midst of The 100 Day Project.
1 // Set a calendar reminder on your phone. I’ve found that my phone’s memory is better than mine and it has saved my butt a time or two … or most days. But make sure you schedule it within a reasonable amount of time before your deadline. Since I want to take all of my morning photos before noon, my calendar reminder is set for 11am. I’ll always be doing something at that time, so I can stop and take a photo of what that is. When I did Project 365, I had my calendar reminder set during the evening, so that I had a couple of hours to decide what to take a photo of.
2 // Take a picture when you first think of it. Even with a calendar reminder I can easily get swept up in the bustle of the day. The reminders can also get lost in a sea of text messages — or notifications from different apps, if you have those on. So if you think of it, find something to snap a picture of. Sometimes those quick ones turn out to the best, and even if it’s not, a mediocre one is better than none. And speaking of mediocre…
3 // Remember: each day doesn’t have to be spectacular. Sometimes you might have a crappy picture or two and that’s okay. Also, the simple, routine moments of your every day are just as beautiful as the special, unique moments. Capture those simple moments. They’re worth remembering.
4 // Switch up the subject matter. Posting my photos on Instagram has been so helpful this way, since I can take a look at my grid and see what subjects have been repeated throughout the week. A daily photo project is a great way to see what your world and life was like during that period of time, so take a look at the world around you. There’s more to each morning than your cup of coffee — as fun as those photos are and as many as I have taken.
5 // Don’t stress out about it. When I first heard of #The100DayProject last year I saw a quote image with the phrase: “But what if I fail? You will. And then what? You get to decide if you keep doing this.” Last year, I decided not to. This year, if I fail, I will keep going. Taking on a daily project is a challenge, but it should also be something you enjoy. Too much stress can take away some of your passion for your creative endeavors. Seriously, #beentheredonethat with Project 365. I don’t have the same passion for photography that I used to, because that project became so. stressful. for me. You might not enjoy it every day, but make sure you’re having fun. You don’t have to take on a daily project; it’s something you chose to do to stretch yourself creatively and grow. Let it be an enjoyable learning experience and see what comes of it, not something you dread each day.
Day 14: Monday, 4/17 @ 9:38 AM. I didn’t have to go into the office, so I worked from home with my pup.
Day 15: Tuesday, 4/18 @ 10:07 AM. I kept thinking, “Take a picture before you forget!” And I never did…but I had to step outside and an image better than anything else I had in mind presented itself.
Day 16: Wednesday, 4/19 @ 9:35 AM. Sometimes working at a school means helping with hair.
Day 17: Thursday, 4/20 @ 11:20 AM. The chocolate-filled eggs were a hit with staff this morning. These are a just a few of the eggs that had been emptied.
Day 18: Friday, 4/21 @ 10 AM. My comfort dog came to visit today! 💙 He always comes just to see me, but people have the crazy notion that he comes to visit everyone, so I let him wander around to greet people. 😉
Day 19: Saturday, 4/22 @ 11:14 AM. It was the day of our Community Health Fair at work! I let others decorate and held the balloons as they did.
Day 20: 4/23 @ 9:30 AM. Quiet mornings with Little One and a book are always the best.
Day 21: Monday, 4/24 @ 10:30 AM. I wasn’t really into the Monday thing that day, but it happened whether I wanted it to or not. Coffee helped.
Day 22: Tuesday, 4/25 @ 10:53 AM. It was a two computer kinda morning.
Day 23: Wednesday, 4/26 @ 7:33 AM. On my way to work I saw a guy trying to walk a big dog and the dog was just like, “Nope!” It reminded me of trying to take my sister’s mini dachshunds out on a rainy day.
Day 24: Thursday, 4/27 @ 7:13 AM. Spring in MN = the occasional light snowfall that melts in no time at all.
Day 25: Friday, 4/28 @ 7:07 AM. A few quick tummy rubs before running out the door–late–to work.
Day 26: Saturday, 4/29 @ 10:12 AM. I had a work event in the morning and we had a bigger turnout than expected!
Day 27: Sunday, 4/30 @ 11:54 AM. I love listening to my niece play the piano. This girl has talent and she loves it so much! Her passion is inspiring.
What do your mornings look like? And are you doing The 100 Day Project? What are you doing for it?
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