Please note: This blog project has concluded and I am no longer posting here. To view my current blog, please visit here.
"Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. We risk missing out when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary." ~Brene Brown
Last spring, I was struggling to find something positive to focus on. The constant stream of negative news in my social media feeds and on television was breaking my heart and soul. In the midst of it all, I was also grieving the recent loss of my mother after several difficult years of caregiving.
So I started carrying my camera everywhere, challenging myself to focus on "something beautiful" every day for one year.
I scouted for beauty in my neighbors' gardens, the local farmers' markets, my kitchen drawers, my bookshelves, my husband's art studio, and everywhere I traveled. I started pairing my photographs with favorite quotations, and then created "Something Beautiful Every Day" as a place to share the project with a few close friends and family members.
In retrospect, my growing passion for photography was actually a tribute to my mother, whose work as a photographic color artist had sparked my interest in the medium years ago. My mother was a visual arts person, always expressing her creativity by making her surroundings beautiful.
In the summer of 2016, I was encouraged by a magazine editor to add a free subscription option, making "Something Beautiful Every Day" available to everyone. Since then, the blog has been featured in The Detroit News, Michigan Prime, Your Home & Lifestyle Magazine, and HAP's Balanced Living magazine. It was also endorsed by Beaumont Hospital's Sharing & Caring breast cancer support group as a "positive and inspirational resource to lift your spirits and provide daily motivation."
The project concluded on March 23, 2017 -- exactly one year from the day it was started. To commemorate the project, Detroit journalist and videographer John S. Schultz produced a short music video featuring favorite photos from the blog. You can view the video on YouTube here.
All photos on "Something Beautiful Every Day" are original,
copyrighted, and can't be reproduced without permission.