December is my crazy month. I mean, I know it’s everyone’s crazy month. But with both my girls’ birthdays just one week before Christmas, well, things get crazier than crazy. Each year I try desperately to plan ahead, so I can actually enjoy the season. I usually mostly succeed. Like this year, I sent Thanksgiving cards instead of Christmas cards. And I did all our Christmas shopping online early. But, of course, the rush of the season still catches up.
When I found out that my friend Tracey Clark from Shutter Sisters was doing this cool Picture the Holidays thing with Paper Coterie, I decided I needed to get on board. Each day Tracey and Paper Coterie email the participants a photography prompt, encouraging us to focus on what matters and taking a few moments each day to get “creatively centered.” Sure, it’s kinda sorta adding another to-do to my list, but it’s the kind of to-do that should be on the list, you know?
I’m planning on sharing some of my images with you. I hope you don’t mind. And, if you would like to share your own images, please share links in the comments!
Prompt: Express yourself. This prompt was about checking in with ourselves, taking a second to breathe, check in, be still. And then communicating those feelings through a self-portrait. For my moment of breathing, I laid on the couch and stared at the Christmas tree. And, for me today, this is my most representative self-portrait. Not because it’s what I am (relaxed and enjoying the tree), but because it is what I am aspiring to be (relaxed and enjoying the tree). If I can get to that moment of relaxed peace just a few moments each day, that will be a good thing.
Prompt: Every little thing. Quite simply we were to find one small delight. And did I ever find it. This morning, after changing Owen’s diaper, I couldn’t help but think how much I love the look of giant diapers on tiny babies. Nothing beats it.