the photo-a-day challenge

by Holly on January 11, 2012

in inspiration,life,photography,rambling

The world can be a mean and scary and crazy place.

That is why little things in life are absolutely essential. I’m going to go out on a limb and say they may even be more essential than breathing. What can I say, I’m one for bold statements.

Little things like Reese’s peanut butter Easter eggs where the peanut butter to chocolate ratio is a solid 4:1…or the view from the top on a sunny, bright-as-can-be-blue sky…or chortling. Have you ever watched as one of of your best friend’s laughed so hard they actually chortled? I have. And there isn’t anything nearly as beautiful…or funny.

Life brings uncertainty.

You can go from having minor surgery on Monday (it was a small benign cyst…no biggie) to getting your hair done on Tuesday (copper + blond highlights, if you must know) to pounding out a 3 mile run AND 60 minute hot yoga class before coming home to eat a dinner of crackers, cream cheese + roasted brussel sprouts (ahem, me right now).


I’m talking real uncertainty: job losses…health problems…financial hardship…break-ups…the unexpected…and making those gigantic leaps of faith when you can’t quite see the ground where you’ll land. If things aren’t uncertain now, chances are at some point they will be.

And when that happens, the only things you can depend on are cookies and photographs.

Photographs remind us of a time when things felt certain while cookies…cookies comfort.

Have I ever told you I have a Tumblr blog? It’s my little personal space of the web where I like to post quotes and pictures and videos and links and random things I find that inspire me to be better, look better, write better, think better or laugh better. And right now, I am doing a 30-day photo challenge and taking one picture a day of the assigned topic.

It’s kind of awesome.

Over the past 11 days thus far, capturing snapshots of my life – either with my Canon Rebel EOS or Instagram – has been one of those little things that has gently reminded me to take a step back from my exceedingly busy schedule, enjoy the semi-uncertainty that is my life and just laugh.

Or chortle.

I’m totally game for both.

P.S. Your comments and emails from my last post made my day. I thought you should know.


Katrina January 12, 2012 at 5:42 am

this post? pure awesome-ness.

Erica January 12, 2012 at 6:34 am

So glad you’re ok! Your instagram picture totally freaked me out. For real. Any who. I love this challenge so much! I’m actually doing a picture a day of Kay. I feel like shes growing like a weed and I want to cherish every day with her!

dana @ my little celebration January 12, 2012 at 8:08 am

OK I LOVE this. I’m totally on board. Thanks for the inspiration!

emily (a nutritionist eats) January 12, 2012 at 9:22 am

Is that first pic Devils Lake?

elise January 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm

fun challenge! i look forward to where you sleep and someone you love :)

julie January 12, 2012 at 3:36 pm

OH!! i kind of am in the mood for this game too. hmm i might just haev to start!

Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes January 12, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I just found your blog, and am so sorry I didn’t know about it sooner! It’s adorable.
And love this post! :)

Mackenzie January 12, 2012 at 10:15 pm

YESSSSSSS! so glad seeing someone else doing this challenge. also, vintage holly still makes my day when i see it pop up in my instagram feed. totes brilliant.

TeriLyn [a foodie stays fit] January 13, 2012 at 6:06 am

FYI, I used the word chortle last night. And then I read this post this AM. Who uses the word chortle?! Um, we do. because we’re awesome.

Sarah@The Flying ONION January 13, 2012 at 7:51 am

I love challenges like these! I’m a little far behind, but I think I’ll join in on it too. :D

LOVE your pictures thus far. Stunning as always. :D

Katie January 13, 2012 at 8:18 am

Now look who is doing the catch-up commenting? (It’s me, it’s me!)

I love your acorn squash pancakes and I need them. Preferably this morning. Also, I have all the ingredients for that roasted squashy thing and I kind of need that too. And I love the photos on your tumbler blog…hip, hip, hooray for photography!

Charlotte January 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Why are we so n’sync?! My new year’s resolution is to do a picture a day for a year. I like this post cause now the challenge can give me some ideas…

P.S. Love that picture of you. Adorable.

CarolinaRobin January 13, 2012 at 9:45 pm

“That is why little things in life are absolutely essential.” <– I agree!

Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles January 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm

This picture a day concept is really cool – can’t wait to see a few!

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