Saturday, December 31, 2016

365 Days Photo Challenge

January 1st marks the start of a new year, new resolutions, new "you." Many people view it as a fresh start. Unlike many, I actually don't view it as something other than a new year. However I do make goals for myself and our family each year. At the start of 2016, one big thing I wanted to do was focus on the little things in my life that I am grateful for. All of those little moments that can be easily forgotten but lead up to the big moments.

At the beginning of the year, I decided to challenge myself: take one photo every day that brings me happiness. 365 photos that show the little things  that brings a smile to my face. There were some days that I plainly forgot to post a picture. There were some days that brought me more joy than others. But I did it. As of today, I have 366 photos that made up little moments in life. These photos bring a smile to face, made lasting memories in my life, and even those moments that didn't seem so great at the time, made the year seem amazing.

Obviously I'm not going to post all 366 photos in one post, but you can check out my Instagram to go through all of my photos (if you're not following me on Instagram, you definitely should). Here's some examples of things that brought me happiness this year:

Hikes, art projects, daycare theme days that I came up with, dropping my kids off at school with a towel on my head, drinks, foods that included brunches and dinners with some of my favorites, our pets, wearing sandals in winter, road trips, sliding down a waterfall, random pen marks that created a happy face on my hand, buying frogs in a rainstorm, haircuts, books I've read, things I've Googled for the kids, visiting 31 parks in one weekend, celebrating daycare's and the blog's birthday, weekend excursions, sick minis, and (one of my favorites) breaking down over Halloween costumes.

It may seem simple to some, grand to others, but this is my/our life. It can be easy to overlook certain moments as you think back over an entire year in your life. However as I do so, I'm left with smiles and tears in my eyes as I look back at the amazing memories and moments this year has provided us.

I don't plan on doing my 365 Days challenge in 2017, but I do plan on posting just as many (if not more) pictures so I can look back on 2017 with the same feelings as I am 2016.