Photo Challenge for March | Breathe

I am not someone who is easily bored and lately I’ve been in creative overdrive. It’s helping to balance out the monotony of life under COVID-19 restrictions. I have a few projects that are taking up most of my time this month. I’m preparing for the April A to Z blogging challenge and will have my theme reveal post for that project on March 8th. I am also currently spending weekends fixing up a family beach house as we get ready to transition it into a rental property. We’re still in the fixing the broken stuff phase but I did paint some sample colors on the walls this past weekend so the fun stuff is getting closer. 

And, as I do every month, I’m working on my One Little Word® prompts. My vision board came together quickly for February and this month we’re focusing on developing a monthly practice. Last year I actually did two monthly practices – meditation and working on my blog. They both went well and I enjoyed them but this year I want to do something a little different. I loved the approach of the guest instructor Victoria Calvin which was to focus on tackling something light, creative and easy. I really want this prompt to have more of a creative connection to my word Breathe and not add stress to my life. 

The One Little Word class has a Facebook group and a fellow classmate posted that they were thinking of doing a photo a day for the monthly prompt. I instantly connected to that idea. I post fairly regularly on Instagram already but like the idea of having more intentional photos this month that connect back to my word.

There are lots of photo challenges out there and I looked through a few to get some ideas but none were exactly what I wanted to focus on this month so I created my own challenge specific to my word breathe.

In January, I wrote  some intentions for my word:

  • Physical. Breathe means slowing down and being healthy.  
  • Emotional. Breathe means maintaining calm and peace.
  • Spiritual. Breathe means paying attention in the moment.
  • Relationships. Breathe means being present.
  • Creative. Breathe means diving in and focusing on the things I love.

I wanted to include these intentions in my photo challenge especially as it relates to staying in the moment and being present. I think photography can really help you with being more present. It allows you to stay in the moment and take things in more fully. It can help you see things you wouldn’t notice on first glance. 

March 2021
Photo Challenge – Breathe
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
 

1

Nature

2

Healthy 

3

Peaceful

4

Grateful

 

5

Beauty

6

Unplug

 

7

Local

 

8

Focus

9

Pets

10

Reflect

11

Joy

12

Memories

13

Grow

14

Light

15

Color

16

Kindness

17

Celebrate

18

Family

19

Comfort

20

Play

 

21

Calm

 

22

Sweet

23

Smile

24

Restful

25

Morning

26

Quiet

27

Walk

28

Moment

 

29

Love

30

Crafts

31

Breathe

     

I’ve picked words that will remind me to breathe every day this month. I don’t know if I’ll hit all of these challenge words and they may not end up in the order I’ve outlined. I also might swap out one or two prompts if I find others I like better.

Either way, I’ll go easy on myself. The mantra of our class is progress not perfection. I want this one to be fun.

Here’s my photo from day one: Nature

Have you ever done a photo challenge? Do you have any favorite word prompts?

 

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Coming Soon | April 2021 A to Z Blogging Challenge Posts

This post is a place holder link for where my April 2021 A to Z Blog Posts will be found. I’m just doing a preflight test run to be sure everything is setup and ready to go. I’ve been preparing my posts and getting organized for this annual challenge.

To learn more about the blogging challenge, check out the Blogging from A to Z Website. It’s always a lot of fun!

And, be sure to check back on Monday, March 8th for my Theme Reveal Post. Looking forwarding to rejoining the challenge again this year!

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Strange times call for rethinking the gratitude list.

Each year I participate in a memory keeping project called One Little Word® by Ali Edwards. This year I picked bliss as my word. The plan was to use bliss as my guide to making intentional choices throughout the year. I picked the word in January before 2020 went off the rails.

I started full of hope and excitement and although I drifted away from my word for many months I found my way back. The reality is that life will always be full of distractions. Happiness or a state of bliss doesn’t just happen. It is a result of the choices that we make.

I took The Science of Well-Being course offered by Yale through Coursera. It takes both a scientific and practical approach to happiness. One of the key ways to experience happiness is through expressing gratitude. Since I finished the course, I’ve been keeping a weekly journal logging everything I am grateful for this year.

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As the pandemic continues and our available activities remain more limited, there is one bright spot. Well, one mostly bright spot that occasionally causes unreasonable pain and suffering. Gish, the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt, is a week long team adventure full off possibility and occasional moments of despair.

I tackled this topic previously in my A to Z Challenge post: K is for Kindness and other Random Acts. That post focused on all the good that Gish does. This post is an attempt to explain Gish in a concise and clear way that will translate to the masses. It’s not as easy as it sounds even for those of us that self identify as geeks and tear up when we hear the Gish rallying cry of “Death to Normalcy”. It’s all still pretty darn confusing.

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#AtoZChallenge | Reflections on my fourth time. It’s all about the connections.

After taking a year off from blogging, I returned to the A to Z Blogging Challenge with my creative spark renewed. I spent March prepping all of my posts so that I could focus the majority of my time during April on visiting and engaging with other bloggers which is one of my favorite things about this blogging challenge.

It was both strange and exhilarating to be blogging again after a period of inactivity. It was also serendipitous. As news headlines grew more dire and states began to issue shelter in place orders, having blogs to read and comment on throughout the month was an enjoyable distraction.

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