Instagram -- and I included a hashtag: #hummusbird365.
And that's when another idea sparked. Wouldn't it be fun some of you guys took part in the project with me? I'm not talking about you taking a photo every day (unless you want to, of course!), just one measly little photo one day! Or one photo every few weeks! I would absolutely love if any of you wanted to join in with me. It'll feel like more of a group project as opposed to this solo ish -- and I'm sure I'll be inspired to get more creative with my shots! If you ever get the urge, just upload a picture of your feet to Instagram and tag it #hummusbird365. I'll be doing so for the next 299 days, and I'd love to see some extra photos in there that aren't of my own feet!
Don't feel obligated to join in, but seriously.. you should do it.
It's been a month and a half since I started my 365 Days of Feet project and, I must say, I am quite pleased with myself! That is, aside from all the drawbacks I'm about to mention. It's definitely a challenge to be creative with this every day, and a lot of times I feel like I'm taking a photo just to "get it over with" for the day. And of course my photos are all saved on three different memory cards, three different computers, two external hard drives, and some on all of these places at once... so in that sense, this project is definitely showing me my need for organization. Well, I mean, I've known of this need for about 12 years, but it's helping to prompt me to DO SOMETHING about it. Some days I don't even get a chance to take a photo until its 8pm and dark out, but when I look back at all the photos I've taken so far -- especially when I see them all together in one place -- I get really psyched on this project.
More often than not, our feet are what connect us to this earth. They take us where we want to go, or keep us right where we want to be. I think it's so cool that, come September, I'll be able to look back at all of the different places my feet had been in one year -- even though these photos only show one tiny moment of each day!
I also recently started another personal project. I'm editing a year-in-the-life video that's comprised of random video footage that I've collected over the past year -- footage from my camera, my computer, and even my iPhone. (I'm starting to realize that I love looking back at life, a year at a time. Ha!) Since I'll be including September and October in this video, I thought it would be cool to sample a little piece of the 365 Days of Feet project in the video. It looks awesome so far. I'm nowhere near done with this video, but I'm really excited about how it's turning out. I'm using a pretty emotional, fall-sounding song that I've been loving for the past year, and it seems to be working really well. I'm hoping to have this video done by New Year's... also known as my QUARTER CENTURY birthday. Big thangs, y'all. You KNOW I will be posting the video to this here blog as soon as it's done, so please look forward to it!
One last thing: To all of you who update your blog more than once a week: HOW DO YOU DO IT? I can't find the time. I can't. Maybe I can. But I give you mad props. Any advice is welcome.
Until next time, my dears!
Dylana's 25th birthday! And that's what the donut represents. She's a real cool gal. So happy to have the honor of calling her mah fren. Happy birthday, Dyl!
Today is a special day for me. It's been exactly one year since I started Hummusbird (here's my very first post). I had no clear vision for what I wanted this blog to be, and to be honest, that vision is constantly changing. But since that very first day, I have learned so much. I've learned so much about blogging, about taking photos, about health, beauty, relationships, life, and myself. Since that very fist day, I have met SO many new people -- both online and in person. And I'm so grateful for every single bit of that.
One year ago today, if you told me I'd be getting paid to blog for Free People on a daily basis, I'd've peed my pants right then and there. I never would have expected that I would be living in Philadelphia all on my own like a real quasi-adult. I never would have expected that I would meet Bombay Bicycle Club or get my first parking ticket. Tweet as a job. Go surfing in Costa Rica. Cut my own BANGS. Learn "Happy Birthday" on the ukulele. Become part of an entirely new group of friends. Grow wheat grass. Ride a bike on my lunch break. Adopt a kitten. Make a YouTube video. Date one of my best friends. Whitewash my own furniture. Brush my teeth with charcoal. Be asked to be a bridesmaid. Go under anesthesia. Dress up as a reindeer... just to name a few.
Usually New Year's is a time to reflect on what we've experienced in the past year, but I like the idea of using a different, seemingly random date to do that. For me, that date is September 23rd. And to keep this going, today I'm starting a new project: 365 days of feet.
It's a concept that's intrigued me for years, and I finally decided to make it happen. This past week I've been experimenting with different ideas, and today I've finalized the idea. I mean, I'm sure it will change by the time we reach September 23, 2013, but here's the plan:
Every day for the next year, I'm going to take a photo (or 2 or 3). My feet will always be in the center of the photo, but the rest of the photo will say something. It will give a little picture of something I did that day -- like a photo diary. When 365 days are complete, I'll edit the photos together in a stop-motion video (I have ALWAYS loved stop-motion). It'll be so cool to look back on an entire year in a few short minutes, to have memories of particular days come flashing back to me in an instant. I love that my feet will be in every photo because it'll make the entire video be seen through my perspective. I know this is going to be a challenging project. Some days it'll be difficult to find an interesting shot, and some days I might even forget. And I'm totally cool with that. I'm just excited to be taking on a creative project that's totally my own. And I can't freaking wait to see the finished product.
Today, even if September 23rd doesn't hold a special meaning for you, I want to ask you just reflect for a minute or two. Think about this time last year. What did you look like? Who did you speak to on a daily basis? What were your priorities? Has any of this changed? One year goes by so quickly -- too quickly, even -- but when you look back, it's amazing to see how different your ever-changing world has become.