365 Project

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Now that I’m finally all caught up with the holidays, the wedding, and photoshoots (almost), I can finally get into this new year and our new home in California. Like everyone, I had my list of resolutions I hastily put together on New Year’s Eve as we sat in our Super 8 motel in Arizona. Since the past few weeks have been rather hectic moving across the country and getting somewhat established and settled, I haven’t really had the time or resources to devote to actually sticking to my resolutions. I think I need to sit down and get back to you on those. I really am motivated to stick to very specific and doable resolutions this year…but this January was anything but convenient for that. I know, no excuses. So I’ll be back with a manageable list (SOON) that I will hold myself accountable to for this year. I’m ready for my happiness project, but I want to do it right!

One resolution I am happy to say I have stuck to so far this year is taking at least one photo a day. No set theme or specific stylized shoots…just a photo. And it has to come from my DSLR (not saying I can’t pick up my Instax or smart phone too…because I’ve done plenty of that). I know I’ve mentioned before my desire to document the little things that make up my life, and I’m hoping that with this 365 project it will help me accomplish that. Granted, I should start stretching my creativity muscles and get more than shots of food or Kipling, but hey, at least I’m doing it (this isn’t my first, or even second, attempt at this). It’s been great having my Kelly Moore bag, so I have no excuse for not lugging my DSLR with me. 21 days into the new year, and I’m glad I have a photo for each and every one of those.

I’ll play catch up, but for now I’ll start with our first day in California. We got in late afternoon and stopped at my grandparents’ house for the night and got to see one of my cousins and aunts as well. It is going to be so great and comforting to have family close by as we start our new life together in Los Angeles. They live about an hour and fifteen minutes from us, so we won’t get to see them daily, but at least we’ll know they are there.

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1/365. Kipling was so glad (as were we) to be done with the bulk of our driving (3 days!) and to be outside on a walk in the beautiful California weather. We are loving the sunshine and enjoying walks and everything outdoors here.

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Christmas trees thrown out on the curb for trash pick up after Christmas. It makes me so sad to see these go. 😦

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I also ordered this journal for the new year and began it on January 1st. Gretchen Rubin, who wrote The Happiness Project, also sells this one sentence a day journal. The book has 365 pages for each day of the year and 5 slots on each page for 5 different years (does that make sense?). Basically, at the end of the day all you do is write one sentence about it. The hope is you will keep this up every day for five years. I’m not going to lie to you and say I write in it every night, but I’ve been able to go back a couple days and fill in the missed ones (especially with help from my photo a day project). This is so much easier and way less pressure than attempting to do whole journal entries every night (though, I suppose my blog attempts to do that already). It will take dedication, but how wonderful it will be as the years go by to be able to read exactly what happened in my life on each day of the year.

I’ll be back with more photo a day entries and updates on our LA life (and that dang resolutions list).

-wonderland sam

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actress/texan kickin' it in los angeles. always searching for my next pizza. cia agent in another life.

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