For the longest time, I’ve been feeling a little like I’ve run out of stories to tell. It’s resulted in me not having much inspiration to pick up the camera (or in this case, my phone). I needed to get excited documenting our lives again, especially as at the time, we were also planning our trip to Bangkok.
I found this free class by Ali Edwards where she details some journaling techniques she employs for her storytelling, and her first video suggested doing a “day in the life” type of documenting. I had participated in her Week in the Life back in 2011 (and took photos in 2012, but did not do anything with them). I figured it was worth a shot. So I took some photos, screenshots, etc on April 22. It was a relatively light day for me, though I had been gearing up for a program and beating an article deadline.
THE DETAILS | Woke up to what’s been the general temperatures of Manila these days. It’s definitely summer. Managed to make a dent in my email. Gearing up for work involves playing my Morning Playlist and drooling over Pinterest. Simple breakfast of pan de sal and my sole cup of coffee for the day. Good an awesome surprise in finding out I had won Get It Scrapped’s massive giveaway of a subscription to Masterful Scrapbooking + $50 worth of digi products! I was extra thrilled to see that Debbie had recognized my name and username from Twitter and The Digishow While working, also consuming my first liter of water in the morning. It’s been a habit I’ve formed since January to drink at least 2 liters/day. The hubs leaves for work, around 11AM. Still full from breakfast, so I have a cobbled-together lunch of leftover pasta, steamed broccoli (with butter!) and some Gouda slices. Most of my afternoon is split with preparing for program on Thursday (coordinating with Jennie, fixing my final checklists) and transcribing an interview for an article I have due. The hubs sends me an email asking me to choose from which tours we want for our upcoming trip to Bangkok. Waffling between the Grand Palace or River Cruise. As a treat, the hubs and I did a quick milk tea run just outside our condo’s compound. To wind down the day, I watched (and giggled over) the latest episode of We Got Married: Global Edition.
ON THE PROCESS | I imported all my iPhone photos and screenshots into Adobe Lightroom. I love this program! From there I did some super quick edits and figured out how to make a collage, yay! I didn’t want to spend time wrangling my photos into square templates. Also, these photos are really meant to stand together as part of one day. I’m not really sure I’ll be scrapping them. We’ll see.
OVERALL THOUGHTS | It was nice to get back into a daily documenting format. I didn’t feel pressured, my process was easy and straightforward, and it’s kinda cool seeing my photos in a collage like that. I may end up doing the same for our Bangkok trip. And even better, it’s made me more mindful of the little details that make up my life. It’s pretty easy to fall into the belief that because I’m home most of the time, my life is snoresville. It’s not as bombastic as other people’s, for sure, but I think I’m more conscious of gratitude for my little things. Also, if I *do* want more excitement, I gotta generate it on my own.