A project worth tackling

By Megan Greiner

I want to challenge you in 2012 to take on a project worth tackling: Project 365.

This challenge is to take a photo every single day of the year. Stay with me! It may sound daunting, but I promise, once you get used to it (and see the benefits) it will seem just like brushing your teeth.

If only it took two minutes.

But it does take a little longer than that. My point is that taking pictures will become a natural part of your day, just like brushing your teeth, after you start to enjoy the benefits and see the impact it will have on you and your family.

I keep track of each photo on my blog, write a little caption about the picture, and then at the end of the year, I have the photos printed into a book. (I use Blurb.com, I’m sure there are other options.) This is my fifth year tackling this project, and one of my favorite parts of it is seeing my kids looking back through the books from each year. I used to be a full-fledged, die hard scrapbooker, but three kids and a homeschool later, I just don’t have the time.

Megan Greiner's 365 project

My Project 365 books, a photo every day from 2008-2010.

 

In this season of my life, with three young children, busy schedules, homeschooling, getting to activities, and having a baby (okay, she’s almost 11 months so I guess she won’t qualify as a baby too much longer), some days are a blur. If I didn’t have this record of how we spent our days, I would not be able to recall what life was like. One of my favorite quotes says:

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

And it’s true. The small, seemingly insignificant rituals and routines in our lives are exactly the things worth remembering. That cute face that your baby girl makes now? You won’t remember that in three years. The pride in your son’s face after creating a Lego masterpiece? It will be but a distant memory two years from now. Each new year brings such subtle changes in our homes that unless we are diligent to document and keep track of, will slowly slip away with each passing year.  My first Project 365 was in 2008, and I wouldn’t have the slightest clue what our life was like then, with a one and four year old, unless I had this book. For that matter, when I look at those sweet little one and four year old faces (who are now five and eight), I can hardly believe that time has passed so quickly.

 

Megan Greiner's 365 project toys

Their favorite toy? Worth remembering! Get a photo of it to remember what they loved to play with. Their interests will change, and you’ll want to have it documented!

 

I have also found that it’s impossible to record the day-to-day routines, activities, favorite meals, silly things, or school activities without feeling immensely blessed. Every time I look back at these books, I’m reminded of what a rich and full life I have been blessed with. When I see the things that our family enjoys together, the friends we are blessed to spend time with, and the little moments that make up each day, I am in awe of the life that I have been given. But it’s funny, because IN the moment, in sorting the laundry or making lunches or cleaning the kitchen for the umpteenth time, it doesn’t feel that way. If I just take each day in and of itself, it doesn’t feel exceptional. But when I take the span of a whole year (upon year upon year) and look at the sum of that year, it has this blessing power upon me. It’s easy to get lost and overwhelmed in the day to day, but I can totally see the fullness of this life when I see it in a years’ span.

 

Megan's favorite food

Your family’s favorite meal? Document it! In my home, this changes from day to day, so certainly from year to year. Take a picture to remember it!

 

“The days are long, but the years are short.”

 It’s never to late to start documenting. Because soon, all too soon, these years will be gone. It’s up to us to preserve them and create a rich picture of our children’s childhood.

I love to imagine years from now when my kids will be laughing (and perhaps crying) over going through these albums, arguing over who is going to get to keep which one. I know if I had a documented account of my childhood like that, it would be something I would treasure forever.

So, who’s responding to my challenge? Feel free to let me know if you are going to do it so I can encourage you! And don’t worry if you don’t have any pictures in 2012 yet – it’s never too late to start!

So, c’mon! Who’s with me?

For inspiration, you can see all my Project 365’s here: www.megangreiner.typepad.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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One Comment to “A project worth tackling”

  1. Bonnie M. says:

    This will be a great way for me to learn how to use all my camera features!