photos: Hope gave me an arrow necklace so that "we'll always match" (she has an arrow tattoo) | It's dangerous for me to have a can of almonds at my desk...they don't last long | errands on my lunch break | looking out onto the factory floor | chores | simple dinner (Austin was at the soccer game) | bedtime.
Monday started out with my gas tank on empty, which is symbolic of so much for me right now. I've been thinking a lot about how to make my mornings more intentional in order to create the type of day that I want to have. Yesterday didn't feel highly successful on that front. A few notes -
*I recently moved offices, and my new space has a ledge that is just wide enough for my plant, products, and my Curly Girl block art. That makes me happy.
*I often take photos of meals/food from the top, focusing on the textures and colors. This time, I set my camera on the table and clicked. I loved how the edges of the bowl and cup are both uneven.
*It was a chilly morning, so I dug out a sweater and boots.
*I am making my way back to the gym. Next goal? Pack the bag the night before.
*The look on Austin's face in that pic? That reflects a foodie fail. I had planned on making roasted radish ricotta pizza. Then I discovered that I only had about 4 radishes. I had already spread the ricotta on the pizza crust. I threw on the radishes, and unearthed a bit of veggie pepperoni & a bit of mozzarella from the fridge. The result? Not. Good. Actually....really bad.
*Given all the Monday-ness, and the bad pizza, I had two cookies. It happens.
Process thoughts - I brought my DSLR to work, and then left it in the car. I took approx 30 photos throughout the day, and nearly 1/2 were with my iphone. I froze a bit on how/what to capture during the day. I need to get a bit more creative about work photos....and I also want to capture more interactions. I also didn't take notes throughout the day, and found myself trying to remember details. Will put pen to paper (or fingers to keys) more.
So, I'm going to play along with Ali's Week in the Life project. I'm feeling kinda, I don't know...silly?...saying that, given that I'm months behind on Project Life and might not need to add another thing to my list right now. But. Here's the thing - I function better with goals and plans. I'm going to approach this a bit differently than I have in the past (I fizzled in 2011, but here's my 2010 WITL album). My inspiration so far...
*Life on Lee Avenue - I love, love, love the approach that Jess took to her WITL album last year. She drew inspiration from Real Simple magazine, and that got me thinking....
*I love Kinfolk magazine. The hip(ster) vibe, the minimalist design... even the feel of the magazine in my hands. Which led me to...
*Artifact Uprising. I've heard several scrapbookers mention their photo books, and their design aesthetic is similar to Kinfolk. I'm planning on doing a 6x8 or 8.5x8.5 softcover book for this project. (I soooo wish that they were offering a discount code for this project!)
*I'm 100% OKAY with "staging" my life for this week. I don't need to document my muffin top, piles of laundry, and filthy car to be authentic. While I'm not always a fan of "fake it till you make it"...I do think that you move toward what you think about. So, for this week, I'm thinking about ways to make my life beautiful.And reminding myself that even the not-so-beautiful stuff will look better with a filter. Speaking of filters...
*I'm digging this matte vintage color action, and at least for now, am planning on using it on my photos this week (I reserve the right to change my mind).
*I'm going to focus on a few categories to provide a little bit of structure - eat, wear, do, read. I'll add more/less throughout the week.
*I'm going to carry my DSLR more, but will rely on my iphone for many photos.