I am big fan of instagram. Not only is it a quick and easy way to share your life, but the filters make even the most mundane minutia beautiful. In the midst of life’s messiness, a beautiful 5x5 snapshot of your life can emerge out of nowhere. I don’t recall ever seeing an ugly photo on IG.
That is exactly why I wanted to include it in 30 days of gratitude. Not because everyone else has an IG challenge. No, an IG challenge is unoriginal. The real challenge is how I want you to look at your life.
Our brains are constant chatter. Much of that chatter is dwelling over past events (even from five minutes ago) or the future (what’s for dinner, to do lists, will I get that job?). Unless you are highly disciplined or enlightened, it is difficult to keep our attention focused on the present. What I have discovered by participating in other IG challenges is that I will spend the entire day looking for that perfect shot. I stay very much in the present because I don’t want to miss something beautiful to capture.
Unlike other IG challenges, you will not find a list of prompts for your photos. I want this challenge to be about what YOU are grateful for, not for what I think you should be grateful. The challenge lies in the practice of staying present, and I say practice because honestly I don’t know if we’ll ever master it. Take one photo each day of something you are grateful/thankful for starting November 1st. Get creative and try not to repeat your subject.
Take one photo each day of something you are grateful/thankful for starting November 1st
Get as detailed as possible. For example, I am thankful for my son, but honestly I’m thankful for him everyday. But some days I’m thankful for his smile because no mater what is going on in my world that smile stops me dead in my tracks. Oh the cuteness! Instead of taking a photo of him everyday, on that particular day I would take a photo just of his smile.
Be sure to use the hashtag #30daysofgratitude2015 and tag me @abbyb26 so I can check out your photos and pass along words of encouragement.
Just a note about the voices in our heads. It’s so easy to say “I’m not that creative,” or “how can I come up with 30 different and beautiful things to photograph,” and “I am not disciplined enough to remember to do it every day.” My words to you are start with where you are and give yourself permission to be enough. This is about you and your beautiful life. It’s not about comparison and it certainly isn’t a creativity contest. If all you manage is one photo a week then start there! The only judgement will be from yourself. To me, the fact that you are even reading this is good enough!