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a resolution seven years in the making

My family left last Tuesday and finally came home yesterday afternoon. They went to visit Noah’s grandma in Manitoba and left me alone for six days and five nights. I spent the whole time terrified that there were people in my house, I locked my bedroom door at night, I locked the bathroom door and pulled a drawer open blocking it when I took a shower, and I checked the locks on the outside doors three times each before going to bed. It was all totally worth it, though. I heard stories every night of fun had that day, and many more stories when they got home.

If I was single, I would live with a roommate. Or six. There is no way I could live completely on my own. I’ve always had at least Kaylie with me since I moved out of my parents’ house, so I’ve never lived by myself. Nor do I ever want to. It’s awful.

While they were gone, I started a resolution; no, a challenge, one I’ve been attempting every year for the last seven years. The challenge of taking a photo every day for a year. As with reading 52 books in a year, I’m just going to try to make it further than I did the year before, rather than having a pass or fail. Or maybe I’ll aim for every day and not really care whether or not I miss a day. I think I’ve made it into March once taking a photo daily. So, I make it past March, and I win. Or something. Also, I’m doing it with my real camera, not my iPhone camera. Just to make it harder on myself. Basically, I just want to take more photos with my real camera and if I make it to one every day, cool. If not, it reall doesn’t matter.

There’s an instagrammer called fatmumslim who posts monthly photo-a-day challenges. I’m attempting it. I know the first few photos are kind of lame, but I’m easing into it, ok‽

Day 1: black & white
Day 1 - 01/01

Day 2: what I did today
Day 2 - 02/01
Day 2: what I did today

Day 3: water
Day 3: water

Day 4: circle
Day 4: circle

Like I said, I don’t like pass/fail resolutions. I do, however, like challenges, so this one should be fun.

AND! In exciting news, I’ll be posting about The Bachelor again this season, starting in 3 … 2 … 1 …

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  • bethanyactually Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 7:46 pm

    I hope you do make the photo a day goal! I love the ones you’ve done so far–especially the ones with a tiny connection to meeeeee. :) The Drastic Plastic and LeakyCon stickers made me smile!

    Also, I’m laughing at how different we are–I would LOVE to live alone. I mean, I’m perfectly happy living with Troy and the girls, it’s not like I’m about to kick them out or anything. But the times before we had kids that Troy went on long deployments and I was living by myself? I didn’t like that Troy was gone but I recall the living-by-myself part quite fondly. ;-P

    • Jen Wilson Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 10:44 pm

      I liked that part of the first few photos as well. :)

      And I might not hate it as much if I lived in an apartment building. I just get scared so much!!

  • jane Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 8:23 pm

    I used to do similar things at night, even when my children were home but my husband away, and especially if I stayed up too late. I had to yell “no” at myself when those thoughts started and instead remember the truth that we are never alone and that God, (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) loves us beyond imagining and He who did mighty deeds to care for the Israelites is able to care for us. Sing hymns in your heart as you lie in bed, hymns which tell the truth of who God is.

    • Jen Wilson Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 10:44 pm

      I should have thought of that! :)

  • Jennifer Glen Friday, January 8, 2016, 6:50 pm

    Oh six days and five nights alone….that sounds a bit heavenly to me….actually just the days, not the nights so much. I too hate sleeping in an empty house and may be known to sleep with a light on somewhere just for extra comfort! But six days of not having to cook for any one…yup, my idea of a vacation!! And I LOVE the picture of the pencil crayons…beautiful!

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