It amazes me how time flies. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was out on the Santa Monica Beach enjoying Memorial Day weekend with my friends, and here we are, halfway through the first month of 2016.
I love how the new year is a fresh start – a chance to “get it right” this time around. I love planning out goals for the new year and anticipating the months ahead. This year I decided to make one of my goals be to photograph the every day. The unmade bed, the bubbling over pot on the stove, the dog drooling on the floor.
Photography is a way for me to unwind. Putting that camera up to my eye allows me to see things differently. Instead of being frustrated that the bed didn’t get made, or that the couch cushions are all on the floor instead of in perfect order, or that the coffee table hasn’t been dusted, I can see what was happening instead. We were spending time together watching TV and eating a delicious meal we had prepared together. We were walking the dog out on the Palisades Park and enjoying the views of Santa Monica Pier. We were hiking at the Westridge Trail with our friends. These pictures of the everyday show me what we were doing, instead of what didn’t get done.
I encourage all of you to snap a few pictures here and there this year of your everyday. Is it a pile of dishes in the sink? Is it a chocolate milk smile on your precious child? Is it the flowers you bought at the grocery store to brighten up your kitchen? These things that seem so small, so unimportant, these things make you who you are.
“I think it’s important to find the little things in everyday life that make you happy.”
So here’s to a year of finding the amazing in the every day. To loving the “unimportant” and realizing just how important it is. Here’s to 2016!