| Written by Trish |
One of the things I have begun to look forward to most as the new year rolls around is the January Project, and the precious memories I know I will be creating simply because I am participating. I caught onto this project through a dear friend Kristen Cook who is now in her seventh year of the project and the little January photo-a-day community which has evolved is simply delightful to be part of. Catching glimpses of just that simple second of daily life with a little sentence (or sometimes essay) of reflection just makes you realise how fast time flies, and how much there is to be grateful for.
For me, daily discipline in any form is not my forte so it’s a time of year where I make a big effort to ensure my good camera stays atop of the kitchen bench and I reach for it each day, or multiple times a day, if there was a moment that made me smile. In the back of my mind, I’m thinking about what I want to cherish during this stage of life for my family and make a point to capture it somehow, or simply be quick on my feet should a moment unfold at whim as they often do between my little guys. It’s definitely not always easy to do (and some days are seriously average, especially if the kids are in one of their moods), but it’s always well worth it. Even if it’s not always a joyful moment, a real moment is all that matters.
Fast forward to the end of the month and suddenly 31 days of family life has been captured, reflection penned, and somehow I find myself ever more present in the day to day as I immerse myself in what I wanted to remember. I always feel as if my heart and work become inspired by these simple days of memory keeping, and the moments are enjoyed all over again once the images are transformed into an album. I can’t wait till my boys are old enough to read and enjoy this all over again for themselves!
I hope you enjoy this little peek into my 2013 and 2014 January project collection!
Have you ever taken part in the January photo-a-day project?