Thinking of life in terms of “daily adventures” and “what will I discover and photograph today?” has increased my desire to explore and really pay attention to my surroundings. I love this week’s collection of images, and maybe more than the photos I love the great memories created in the process!
I went hiking in the rain: 3 miles of mist, drizzle and actual drops, and I was completely drenched by the end. It was a truly unique experience, and a new favorite memory of mine! I was pleasantly surprised by the number of adventurous souls that were on the trail. My younger self would never have considered this a good idea, let alone experienced the atmosphere and weather as such a magical adventure. Perspective, having an open heart, and appreciating what is instead of how it could (or should) be, are attitudes I purposely practiced until they became more second-nature. This was developed through daily gratitude, living for today (truly staying present and sinking-in), and my Happiness Project (a self-assignment to discover what I love, develop my strengths, organize my life, pursue passions, and live a more fulfilled life).
It’s always so heartwarming when my three kids play together! Olivia is 9 and 10 years older than her brothers, so often the little boys play together while she’s doing her own thing. But Miles and Pierce LOVE anything that Olivia does with them, especially reading, singing, and playing games. This is another favorite experience and memory from this week!
I love playing with light and shallow depth-of-field, and officially have a favorite image from my Project Life collection (so far)!
With my camera on the passenger seat, I was driving toward a favorite park of mine to create the final image of “week six”. Weekends are fun for Project Life because I’m not working and have more daylight hours for exploration. I saw this cool old truck parked in an alley and was instantly inspired! So I did a u-turn, parked in a nearby neighborhood, and without knowing an adventure was about to begin, I walked up to the truck with camera in hand. While taking pictures the owner came out and introduced himself to me… I thought I was alone, and wasn’t expecting to be “caught”. I learned the history of this fully operational antique, which is dearly loved, and had a really exciting conversation about life, work, and family with a perfect stranger. As I walked away I felt so much joy for the interaction, and thought to myself that no matter how great the picture is, this experience was so special, uplifting, and another favorite memory created this week!