I have no freaking idea.
Okay, not totally true, but consider this: I love projects like Ali Edwards Day in the Life. In fact, I feel like at this stage of the game, it’s more do-able than say, her Week in the Life project. Because the question posed is accurate: I’m just about a year and a half from dipping my toe into the Empty Nest world and what will that look like considering I make my living in scrapbooking?
Good question, right?
So a few days ago, I thought, “Let’s just take pictures and see what we get on a typical day where I have nothing special planned.”
Here’s what I got:
8:40 a.m.—I put my iPhone low to the ground and take this photo featuring one of many rotting apples that are presently pummeling my deck each day. It’s not as good a shot as I think it is in the moment.
9:30 a.m.—I make my own protein smoothie and get busy laying out the Winter issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine. The filled in boxes mean that page has been designed. You go, Cathy!
12:15 p.m.—A lunch of cooked ground turkey and veggies (better than it sounds) while watching the latest episode of This Is Us. I put my phone on a tripod and used the self timer. This is a decidedly better angle of my face.
Now here’s the thing: am I glad I have all of these photos? Well, yes, more or less, but the reality is that I could live with fewer of them.
Right now is definitely a time of transition for me. The ages of my offspring. The changing of my husband’s career. The uncertainty of what the hell I will end up doing for the next 10 years in this industry, if I’m fortunate enough to be alive and kicking. Lots of question marks and uncharted avenues, really.
Regardless of whether I commit an image and words to paper in a formal way, stories and their tender trails will always be something I cherish. That is something I know for sure.
And I think that’s what makes up a life. Stories that connect from one instant to the next.
So to answer that question, of what to take photos of… I guess I would have to say, we’ll see what continues to shake out.
Speaking of stories that connect… November kicks off next Tuesday and I will be doing my annual 30 Days of Thankful album project. This year, I’m offering a mini course which is really just designed to inspire you to join in and create an album project of your own! The course is short and sweet and priced accordingly. Registration closed on November 15th! Sign up today and get ready to document what you’re grateful for all month long. As many times as I’ve done this project, it never fails to ground me and remind me that this life stuff is pretty alright.