So, on Saturday, April 5th, I decided to document a day in my life.
It was a fairly quiet day, as no one was home except me. It was an ordinary day because I didn't do anything exciting. In fact, it was a day of housecleaning and routine. But it was the perfect day for documenting through the Day in the Life project.
As I was working on these photos for my PL album, I began to reflect on why I chose to do this project on such an ordinary day. I had some good reasons, so I decided I would share them with you today...
MY REASONS FOR DOCUMENTING TODAY
1. I wanted to remember today as things change all too quickly. Whether it is my hair style, or the bed linens, or the colour of tile on my floor, things will change. When I look back at these photos, I want them to mark a place in time for me. I want to remember what I was enjoying as a hobby, what colour my bedroom walls were, how I organized the chaos in my back entry. I know that in the future, I will be transported back in time when I see these photos. I will remember as though it were yesterday.
2. I wanted to represent myself by telling a story about me. As a mom, I feel like I need to document the family. What we do as a group. Where we go. I often tell stories about the individuals in my family, like my youngest daughter flying off to Italy or my eldest studying for university finals. But I don't always take the time to tell my story, other than the odd selfie. I know that if everyone was home on this Saturday, I would have been trying to capture the story of them. This story is about my day. And I feel good about that.
3. I wanted to show a balance of work and play. Even though this day was completely 'free' for me, I still had chores to do. I know that if I don't do them on the weekend, they won't get done for another week! So, I did them like I always do but I also was able to mix in some play time. It felt great to document my new calligraphy skills, the mini notebook that I took the time to make by hand that day, and some coveted scrapbooking time. These are the moments for me that balance out the 'must do' list. These are the moments that I look forward to and they feel like a reward amidst the chores.
4. I wanted to take shots around my house in daylight. Where I live, we are in winter-mode for 8 months of the year it seems (we had more snow just last week!) and the cloudy darkness affects my opportunity to take photos. Typically, when I return home from working all day, it is already getting too gloomy to take shots in my house. But on the weekends, I enjoy the light that shines throughout my house. So, by documenting my Saturday routines, I realized that I was getting several shots around my house and the lighting was good! I don't know why, but this makes me happy.
5. I had the time to do it. I guess because everyone else in my family was out and about on this day, it meant my day was not tied up with 'have to' items (other than the housecleaning). I was not obligated to do things for the other members of my household. I didn't have to go anywhere or do anything in particular. I could take the time I needed to stop in the middle of putting clean sheets on the bed to take 14 shots of it! And then I could take another 10 minutes to pick through the photos and decide which ones to keep and edit further. And then I could resume making the bed.
When I printed out my photos for this spread in my Project Life album, my only goal was to document the event and the approximate time (within the hour). I needed to keep it simple, so I let the photos tell the story of my day. No other journaling needed. This kept it do-able for me. And when I started putting them in the pockets, I decided that I didn't need to place them chronological (a big step for me), but rather, I placed them in a way that I felt balanced out the dark / light, monochromatic / bright colours, busy-ness and white space.
Everything about documenting this day left me content.