stories of home
Hello, first day of August. So friends – how is your story-telling and life-documenting going lately?
I was recently scrolling through my pictures and reflecting on our Summer. Our family has really enjoyed the change of pace, the break from an early alarm clock, the chance to travel and enjoy extended family, and other opportunities that Summer affords. Naturally, my pictures have been really heavy on events and activities and places … and I love that.
Something I have found is missing in my camera roll recently is pictures of HOME. Stories of home.
When I asked you how your story-telling and life-documenting is going, this is really the follow-up question: Will you join me in telling the stories of your home?
Today (Thursday, August 1) I am going to flood my social media channels with lots of pictures from our home for the purpose of inspiring others to do the same.
I feel like our home gets left out of much of our life documenting and story telling. It’s important to record special memories and people we love and places we go. But HOME is often forgotten, for a number of reasons. Perhaps because it’s such a part of our everyday, it’s easy to look over it. Perhaps we don’t love the messes and unfinished projects. Perhaps we like the idea of photographing our living space but we’re putting it off until we finish decorating that room or we’re waiting until we can replace that old couch.
HOME holds an abundance of stories of you – and your family. Telling the stories of home is telling the stories of life. I’m not asking you to write an essay (certainly if you wanted to, go right ahead). I’m inviting you to snap pictures around your house, and capture details of this physical space where you live, work, eat, play, organize, make messes, and love.
In a few days we’re going to re-group and I will share a quick & easy project idea that helps pull together those photos with written notes and stories that accompany the photos so that what we all have as a result, is a keepsake that we will absolutely treasure.
All day long today – starting right now this morning and ending late this evening – I will be sharing details of our home with the hope that you will feel inspired to do the same around your home. I am sharing the pictures in 3 places – facebook, instagram, and twitter (exact same pictures across the board). You’re going to see favorite pieces of furniture, un-made beds, messy drawers, a few DIY projects – and you’ll get glimpses of the STORIES OF HOME that I’m trying to document for our family.
All of my photos are taken with my iPhone. No big, fancy camera.
Since instagram & twitter utilize hash tags, I’ll be tagging my pictures there with #storiesofhome. So for those of you who want to join me in sharing some of your own pictures, go ahead and use #storiesofhome too! I’d love to see how you’re documenting home.
The “end result” project that I’m pulling together will have roughly 80 photos, so if you want to participate in that with me, this gives you an idea of how many pictures to take. Don’t think you could take that many pictures of home? Oh, for sure you can. It’s about the details – and the stories. And really, when you think about it, there is a story in everything. If your walls could talk …
I hope you’ll join me.
PS – There is no “deadline” attached to this. I’m sharing my photos all day today, and I’m sure some of you will also participate today – but I also know that some of you are better able to do this over the weekend or even next week … or later. It’s all good.