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Back on the Wagon: The Revival of Project 365

August 13, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

To say that it's been a while since my last Project 365 post is an understatement. Taking a look at the last Project 365 blog post, it appears that it is dated May 14th. I hang my head in shame. I actually took photos for another 3 weeks, though truth be told, I posted a photo or two on Facebook, and never got around to writing up a post. As much as I was enjoying taking the photos for 365 posts, they started to become more of a burden on me. As in, "I can't go to bed until I take/edit/post my 365 picture". The whole point of this was to capture fun moments of life in Toronto, and to expand my creativity. Instead, it ended becoming a task. A chore. Torture. That, coupled with school ending, vacations coming up, and client commitments, I obviously had to prioritize. Family and clients always come first, so Project 365 and I decided to take a wee bit of a break.

And you know what? It was the best decision that I could have made. When I was a software developer, I'd find myself stuck on a coding problem that would just drive me nuts. You know...the kind that consumes you. That you can't get out of your head. That you MUST solve, OR ELSE...(dun dun dun) Then I'd force myself to step away from it (either because I had to eat, it was time to go home, or my brain hurt), and guess what? Time and time again, this proved to be the best thing that I could have done. By the time I got back to my computer, the problem would often practically solve itself, because my sub-conscious mind was working on it. (As a total aside, you should check out this book on sleep, and the mysterious workings of the sub-conscious mind.)

When I decided to re-start Project 365, it was because I wanted to, and not because I had to. I missed capturing everyday moments, and I missed sharing the photos with my Ümla-fans. Before I started posting again, I was trying to decided if I should blog the other weeks that I photographed but hadn't posted, or if I should just go ahead and post the new photos. In the interest of not being paralyzed by the task of writing back-dated posts, coupled with my current client work, I opted to just start shooting and sharing, which worked out great, because I was back to doing what I loved.

For those who have been wondering if/when Project 365 would return, you don't have to wait any longer! Because I started taking Project 365 photos mid-week, I have fewer photos for my first week back. I also started at Week 22, even though the last post was for Week 17, because I still do plan on going back and posting those other "lost weeks" that I photographed, so keep an eye out. One final note. I have discontinued the weekly themes for the time being. That doesn't mean that I won't resume them; it just means that they're on hold for the moment. And without further ado, here are the photos for Week 22!

This first picture, taken on a Tuesday, best describes how I feel about resuming Project 365. Whoopee! :D This was taken in the morning, after breakfast. My daughter was throwing play money up in the air.

Wednesday's picture was supposed to be of an abandoned globe that I found near my house. I took a picture of it with my iPhone, but by the time I went to grab my fancycam, it was gone. FORTUNATELY, I caught site of this as I walked home. It was a pretty good substitution.

On Thursday, my daughter woke up feeling icky, so we kept her home from camp. You can see that she's still in her PJs at breakfast. I love this capture because of the unique angle, and because I get to shoot through glass.

Friday's photo is my personal favorite. I love silhouettes, and I LOVE the light that comes through our kitchen window in the morning. I saw this scene, and I just *had* to take a picture of it.

Saturday's photo captures one of our favorite summertime activities: drawing outside with sidwalk chalk. We don't really have a driveway that we can draw on (it's a common driveway), so we do most of our drawing on our walkway and front steps.

I'm actually doing a better job of keeping up with the FB posts of my 365 photos, so do be sure to check out the Project 365: 2013 album on Facebook. I also post photos on Google+, Twitter, and Instagram. Just follow check out the #project365 hashtag under my profile! I look forward to continuing to share more Project 365 photos in the coming weeks!


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