(Incidentally, that previous post on slow blogging got some pretty great, meaty responses, so be sure to check out the comments section there for the continued conversation.)
This week and a half was a special time for the project, since, as I talked about here, I had decided to rip off the band-aid and start taking pictures of... THE MESSES. There are folks all over the world playing along with 365 Days at Home on IG, and it's fascinating to click on the hashtag (#365daysathome) and see how differently we are all approaching this project. For some it is a home tour, others are taking photos of cozy moments with family members, and some are highlighting their favorite parts of their homes. For me, it is a chance to be vulnerable and brave, opening our home to eyes before we are done with all the renovations and improvements we've been doing for literally years now. So showing the messes seemed like the natural next step for me. (Not the dirt or grime because, you know, ew. But also because it's the clutter, and the things left out after they're not being used any more, that I really struggle with around here.) Since these weeks, I've somewhat gone back to just taking pictures of whatever captures my eye, but I know the #weekofmesses tool is in my toolbox now, to be used again if I find myself getting too tight-assed about this 365-day endeavor.
It was interesting to concentrate on the mess/clutter. There was still a strong desire to make things in the photo look nice, which I tried to work against, to differing degrees of success. The close-up of the green and red steamers in the dish drying rack, for instance--what was that about? Does that really count as a mess? Or the pink tulips: yes, there is some leftover crepe paper from Maeve's Valentine's Day party (more on that this week) bunched up on the counter underneath, but you can barely tell. On the other hand, the pic of the girls' coats piled up on top of their dollhouse garnered my favorite IG comment so far, from another woman playing along with this project: "I love it! Real life." Exactly. It's liberating.
Besides, do I really need to judge myself for whether I'm doing a good enough job showing a mess? I mean, is that hilariously human or what?!
What do you think - is there an area of your life where you've been just showing the pretty version and could start showing the truth instead? What might open up for you (creatively or otherwise) if you took that plunge? Leave a comment, I'd LOVE to hear what you're thinking.
And if you want to follow or play along with this photo project on Instagram, I am: @alisontruenorth, and all the project pics have the hashtag: #365daysathome
Wishing you all a wonderful week. xo, Alison