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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While I don’t have a favorite Mr. Darcy as no matter who plays the role, in the end, Jane Austen’s story will bring me around to the same conclusion as Elizabeth Bennet. I too love Mr. Darcy. I’ve watched every version or homage made, from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to the classic BBC version with Colin Firth. The latter I watch at least a few times every year, but I’ve learned never to start watching it after 9 pm.

The mini-series is 327 minutes, or just over five and a half hours. And even though it may be my twentieth viewing, once I start watching I don’t stop until it’s done. While I’m sure the allure of Mr. Darcy has a great deal to do with it, in reality the reason I’ll stay up way too late is that I’m a night owl and when fully engaged, whether with a classic like Pride and Prejudice or more typically on a craft project, I just don’t want to stop. All of my senses come awake.

For my One Little Word® project, each month we’re given a prompt and activities around our word. They are usually a combination of writing prompts along with artistic, or creative components.

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Have you ever started a project or activity only to glance up at the time and realize five hours had passed?  Getting so engaged in the task at hand that time faded away? Pure bliss.

Bliss is a powerful word. It goes beyond mere happiness and joy. It can also feel fleeting or momentary.  This year my goal is to focus on rediscovering those things in my life that bring me true bliss.

I’ve embarked on another One Little Word® journey. I blogged about this project and my previous words, in my post One Little Word® Memory Keeping Project.  Essentially, you pick a word to guide you for the year. Each month you participate in a variety of tasks and creative projects to reinforce your intentions around the word.

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One Little Word® Memory Keeping Project

I started scrapbooking a short time after my girls were born, but in reality, I’ve always been a memory keeper. My college picture albums included captions, detailed notes on who was in each picture, and other memorabilia. I’ve always loved pulling the story together. It’s one of the reasons that I’m interested in blogging. It’s another way of tracking memories and telling stories.

As life has gotten busier, it has been harder to find time to do paper scrapbooking. In an effort to incorporate more creativity into my life, I started participating in the One Little Word® project by Ali Edwards one of my absolute favorite Memory Keepers. I have been following Ali since I started with scrapbooking, and her book was one of the first ones I bought on the topic, A Designer’s Eye for Scrapbooking. Her style is visually beautiful and has just the right balance of clean lines and artistic touches.

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