Your Final Challenge . . .

The final challenge is finally here.  Thanks so much for being patient!  I wanted our last challenge to be something that you could think about and carry with you.

About a year and a half ago my sister and I started our 300 Miles project.  If you are not already familiar with it, the premise is that we each take a photo everyday of things that happen in our very different lives and post them together.  My sister lives about 300 miles away from me in Chicago.  This project has inspired me to take photos of some “everyday” moments like shopping at Target with Elle, bath time, breakfast routines and even just my kids sleeping.  I started out thinking that these photos were pretty boring, after all doesn’t everyone do these same things?  However, after our first year of the project was complete my sister compiled a book of all our photos from the year.  As look back at them I realized that these seemingly insignificant moments are more precious than I ever realized.  They are tiny little memories of how my kids have grown, how they interact and love one another.  They are moments that I have frozen in time and I feel so lucky to have them.

My challenge to you is to pick up your camera and photograph those little moments that blend into the daily routine. Your daily routine will change gradually over time and those moments won’t seem so ordinary down the road.  You will be glad you have them.

Thanks so much to all of you who have followed the “12 Weeks of Summer” challenges with me!  I hope you learned a little something and that you captured some memories that you wouldn’t have otherwise.

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September 25, 2011 - 8:56 pm

Jani - I think this is my favorite challenge. Many times the one thing that keeps me moving forward is a small, beautiful moment I have allowed to enter my crazy, hectic life. I have found my daughter is taking my lead on it, sometimes she is the one to point out something I may have missed. So, I think I’m going to ask her to do this challenge with me and see what we come up with together. Should be fun if not interesting to see our daily life from two perspectives???? Thanks Mel for all the inspiration — you know I love 300miles and Frecklephoto. I completed my collage poster of the other weeks and I love it.

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