Today we closed a chapter in our lives. It was Liam’s last day of preschool. Next year he’ll be riding the bus on his way to kindergarten. We really couldn’t have asked for a better class this year. We made some good friends that I hope will stick with us for a long time. I’m going to miss taking this kiddo to school every day and I’m sure he’s going to miss it too.
Although summer doesn’t start for another month, we are finally starting to feel some warmth after being drenched with historic amounts of rainfall. Liam loved playing in the pool most of the afternoon yesterday and I thoroughly enjoyed relaxing in the shade. I wish summer was like this every day. I dread the day the humidity comes. But for now, we’ll enjoy the sunshine.
Yesterday, the wind was blowing, the sun was out and the temperature was cool, so we decided to finally break in Liam’s Millennium Falcon kite that he got for his birthday! It had been awhile since I had flown a kite myself, but we managed to get it up in the air several times.
I have to say that photographing in bright sunlight is not my favorite thing to do and I don’t think that I’m very good at it, but I think that most of these photos turned out. I would have preferred a cloudy day, but you have to deal with what you’re given and make the most of it.
This is it. I’ve made it. I’ve arrived. I have successfully shot a photo every day for the last 366 days.
I started this project because I saw a trend in my photography. I wasn’t taking as many photos at home as I would have liked. Moments were being missed and I wanted a change. I didn’t want to miss these every day moments. I wanted to see if I could challenge myself to take a photo every day for a whole year. Today, I have accomplished that. I have not missed a single day. I took every photo with my Canon 6D. Some days we were on vacation, and then others we never left the house. There were times when we were healthy and then others when we were sicker than dogs. I still took a photo each and every day.
I learned a lot about myself this last year. I learned that if I set my mind to something, I can accomplish it. I’m really proud of myself for sticking with this for a full year. At the beginning it felt like a burden, but now, it’s just part of my day. It will be strange not posting a photo every day. That’s not to say that I won’t continue taking photos more often, but I doubt I’ll keep it up each day. Some have joked that I can’t stop. But I can and I will. It’s time to focus my energy on another project. That’s how we grow. I don’t know what that is yet, but I’m sure I’ll think of something soon. I’d like to spend some more time blogging and I’d love to focus on my physical health too.
If I had any advice to anyone looking to start Project 365, it would be to just go for it. You don’t have to start on January 1st to be successful. The calendar doesn’t dictate success, you do. I started on a random Friday in April. And because I wanted to make a change, I did. You are not going to create a fantastic life changing image every day, but you will have a glimpse of what every day was like for 1 year. And, sure, you’ll have a couple of fantastic images along the way.
It wasn’t pretty at times, but marathons rarely are. It’s about perseverance and determination. At the end of the day it’s about crossing the finish line. And it feels really damn good.
Liam had just finished eating something and Izzy was very hopeful that a crumb may have dropped (it didn’t). It’s so weird that today is almost my last day of this project. It’s going to be strange on Sunday morning not getting that reminder at 9AM to take a photo for the day. I can’t wait to show you all what I have in store for tomorrow.
I spent a gorgeous morning at Lewis Ginter today. I love how the clouds make all the colors so much more vibrant. I’m so glad I took advantage of the overcast skies.
Liam wanted to have a water gun fight with Stephen tonight. However, he was always too afraid to get close to Stephen because he didn’t want to get wet.
Liam loves playing when his dad comes home.
Another gorgeous spring day! I love this weather. We need to soak up as much time outside as we can!!