Week in the Life: November 27 to October 2!

1-26Week in the Life is less than a week away!  I’m really hoping I can make this project happen. . . it’s not going to be easy with our crazy schedule.  My plan is to document as much as I possibly can with whatever camera is close by.  I may end up shooting the whole week on my phone.  I’m going to try VERY hard not to be a perfectionist about my shots (which will also be difficult).  Currently, my house looks like a bomb went off.  My life is chaotic, disorganized and messy.  I’m going to try to just go with it :).

Ali Edwards has some great tips and tools on her blog to help get organized for the week.  I printed out THIS template to help collect information and tidbits each day.  I want to try and focus on little routines that we don’t think twice about today, but will love to look back on in 10-15 years.

I still haven’t exactly decided what my final project is going to “look” like.  Will it be a photo book, video, canvas collage . . . I’m not sure.  I may end up purchasing some of Ali’s digital Week in the Life templates and create a photo book documenting the week.  That is exactly what Kathy from Brisbane did, you may have seen her comment on one of my blog posts where she linked her WITL project.  If not, check it out HERE.  This is what Kathy had to say . . .

I posted my Week in the Life process last year which I thought might help you but as you know everyone is different and Ali has lots of tips. My biggest advice is to have the camera with you, take heaps of photos even if they don’t end up getting used. Take photos of the cereal your kids eat, the school backpacks at the door, dropping them off to school, you eating lunch, the washing etc. I used a template for mine which is listed in the post here. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

Kathy’s “Week in the Life” books are AWESOME!!  Thanks so much for chiming in Kathy!  We appreciate your advice!

I’m feeling a little overwhelmed by this project, but right now my game plan is to collect and capture as much as I can throughout the week and figure out my next steps later . . . in other words I’m planning on flying by the seat of my pants:).

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October 22, 2014 - 7:11 pm

Jani - I love this…I say just go with it because your title to this post made me smile, my week already feels that hectic and it hasn’t started. I think I want to see the BEAUTY of the “imperfection” in my life?

October 22, 2014 - 9:38 pm

Melissa - “I think I want to see the BEAUTY of the “imperfection” in my life” . . . love that Jani! Let’s go with it!

Ocean

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Productive avoidance . . . I have mastered the art of being completely off-task yet still feeling productive. I have not looked at any of my GoPro footage from our Florida trip. I opened the file folder on my computer and this image jumped right out at me. I sure do miss the ocean:).

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October 2, 2014 - 4:04 am

Kathy - Love the underwater pic…I can see why it popped out at you on the screen.

Hi Melissa, thanks for stopping by (my other blog) to see my Birthday Traditions (www.oursimpleandmeaningfullife.blogspot.com)

I posted my Week in the Life process last year which I thought might help you but as you know everyone is different and Ali has lots of tips. My biggest advice is to have the camera with you, take heaps of photos even if they don’t end up getting used. Take photos of the cereal your kids eat, the school backpacks at the door, dropping them off to school, you eating lunch, the washing etc. I used a template for mine which is listed in the post here. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

http://oureverydaylifeinpictures.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/week-in-life-2012-witl.html

Homecoming

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Saturday night was Homecoming at Walnut Hills.  Unfortunately, they passed a new rule that Freshmen are not allowed to attend- even with an upper class man.  Isaac is a sophomore, but his girlfriend is a 9th grader.  Elise already had her dress so they decided to have a night out anyway :).

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September 22, 2014 - 10:52 pm

Kathy - http://www.oursimpleandmeaningfullife.blogspot.com.au/2014/09/priceless-memories-traditions.html

Hi Melissa, beautiful photos…just looking at your B&W pics from your overnight stay. I love looking how the kids change so I’ve included my link above for my “birthday tradition” which I have 9 years running now. Thanks for the reply about the fonts for the “I love you book” and of course I will be doing WITL as this will be my 6th year now.

Beautiful photos of your son and his girlfriend…a very age appropriate dress and she looks beautiful. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

September 23, 2014 - 9:13 pm

Melissa - LOVE your birthday tradition collage!! So awesome that you have been doing “Week in the Life” for SIX years!! You will be our expert. I’m planning on doing a few posts to prepare. PLEASE jump in with any advice you have. This will be first try :). Thanks Kathy!!

October 15, 2014 - 7:55 pm

Ross - Wow! It’s been a while since checking out your photos but they are great as always. Hope you are doing well!

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