January included waking up to a new year with a beautiful Tahoe view, Dad cooking pulled pork in the crock pot with Henry in town, rain on the way to work, leftover Christmas decorations, nest spotting on my walk, night time talks with Dad, Oprah crushing it, Haver Square quilt cutting, my favorite red rain boots, picking up pizza for lunch at work, my current breakfast of whole wheat Trader Joe's bagels, Haver Square blocking, Drake's Dealership, self-care tea, walks with Dad, mini golfing, bulb planting, bowling, reading It's "Okay to Laugh", a succulent gift, angel's trumpets on my walk, nightstand views, hyacinth in the light, nights at Drake's brewery, grapefruit loving, Tuesdays in Sacramento, and greenery on my walk. Plus, my current Gabby Bernstein card and HappyLight, freshly cut and colored hair with the windows down, my finished rainbow quilt, walking with my new buddy, my Dad recording his 1 second, and crazy garden progress.
1 Second Everyday is an app that stitches the moments of your life into a single continuous movie by capturing one second of footage daily. Watch the creator's TED Talk here.
I DID IT! I recorded a one second video every day for all of 2017. With the assistance of my favorite phone app, I now have a really cool montage of my entire year. I set my video to "Beam" by Petit Biscuit.
There are a lot of thoughts that come to mind when you watch a video that basically plays back a year's worth of moments for you, in a matter of minutes. But the bottom line is, I love it.
I love how watching these video snippets triggers memories.
I love how this project requires only a small amount of effort each day. You can't complete this one in a week, no matter how "hard" you work on it. This project is a waiting game, but it pays off big time.
I love how recording a video a day helps you become more mindful of the moments you want to remember. (It's a fun practice to begin if you are getting into mindfulness.) This activity helps me notice the sights and sounds around me, whether they are "video worthy" or not.
I love that it captures time passing. It shows how the seasons changed around me.
I love how it serves as a time capsule of my fashion choices, habits, family, and day-to-day life. It will be something I can look back on for years to come.
I love that with just a little effort each day, plus all the videos taken together, it adds up to something much greater. A video a day is neat, but 365 videos across an entire year, is awesome. (Here's a reminder- Like many things, focusing on the little things, eventually adds up to a bunch of amazing big things.)
In case the 7 minute video isn't your speed, I took some screenshots of reoccurring themes I noticed. Ready for the highlights?
It was the year I kept walking, figuratively and literally:
There was tons of self-care:
And a bunch of making:
There was gardening across the seasons:
And it was the year I stopped picking my nails and embraced colorful polish:
There was a lot of documented sister time:
And some sweet moments remembering my brother, too:
Lastly, some amazing nights at concerts and weddings: