Week 38-39 {365} Capturing Everyday Moments.


Life goes on with or without us. And I don't want to miss any of it. So, I'm trying to make a conscious effort to be present. For. every. moment.

And to document so tomorrow or 2 years from now we'll remember that little man watched a praying mantis eat a grasshopper this week. Or that we got permission from the school district for him to ride the bus. Or experiencing his first season of club soccer. Or fishing in waders with dad.

These are the things that are so readily forgotten and really the only things that matter.

It's hard to believe, but one day this house nightmare will be behind us and the stresses we now feel will dissipate, but we won't ever get this time back.

So, I choose to cherish even the smallest of moments. The compilation of life's moments are what shape us into the person we are.

I have already started recording my smiles for October. If you are new here, I recently started Project Smile. A reason to focus on the positives. We all have wonderful things in our lives every day. Things that typically are overlooked and often forgotten when negative thoughts creep in and set up shop.

So, to combat this I am going to be focusing on finding my smile.

It doesn’t even have to be an outward smile. Anything that gives you a warm fuzzy or makes you feel happy or content. Even for just a moment.

If you haven't had a chance to participate in Project Smile, I'll have the linky open until Wed, Oct 6th at midnight. And if not this month, I'll have another one Oct 31st (which will also run for 1 week).

I invite you to join me on my search for smiles. I admit, some days are easier than others. But let's look past the hiccups and the heartaches and instead focus on the beautiful smiley moments. I promise, they are there.

Just take notes. Mental or otherwise. I am challenging myself to be better about writing them down. Natalie at Mommy of a Monster and Melissa at Frugal Creativity did a wonderful job of documenting their smiles daily.

There are no rules. No format. Make it your own. I loved the way that each of you executed the challenge. Such beautiful, creative, inspiring ideas. Some shared photos. Others collages or stories. There was even a vlog.

I couldn't be more thrilled to see so many seeking and sharing their smiles from all over the world, including Indonesia, Germany, Australia, and Canada. Thanks so much for participating. I can't wait to see more of your smiles in the months to come.

What are you smiling about right now?


  1. Your so right!
    I love all your collages Alicia,
    Hope you have a great rest of the week-end!

  2. What great advice....Ill be looking forward to the 6th:)

  3. "The compilation of life's moments are what shape us into the person we are."
    I have nothing to add to that, but to say that that is mighty profound. Your desire to capture each moment, to hold onto it, to treasure it forever is inspiring and your children will be so grateful for that one day.
    Hope your weekend is going well, friend.

    Kristi, Live and Love...Out Loud

  4. I am smiling about the art exhibit I saw tonight at the Tacoma Museum of Glass. They have an exhibit right now called "Kids Design Glass". Kids are so pure in their creativity, and every idea on paper made me smile. Then to see their creations come to life in 3-D in such vibrant colors was amazing. Serious smiles on my face. :)

  5. Your words describe perfectly why I do Project 365. It serves as my little reminder to capture those everyday moments that make up the life of my family.

    I so enjoyed reading/seeing everyone's Project Smile. Inspiring. A good feeling.

  6. I love your attitude! You go, girl! Right now, I'm smiling about the 3-day weekend I'm in the middle of :)

  7. Love your photos and this post! Each time i see collages in posts, I tell myself I will learn how to do this, still haven't. I really need to step up, and stop posting my string of individual pictures, ugh!

    Do you have a favorite way/site/program to create your collages?

  8. Love the collage!

  9. I'm smiling about my kiddos being home and coming off of a relaxing weekend with hubs. I'm also watching Extreme Home Makeover right now... which actually makes me cry...but in a good~smiley sort of way ;)
    Great pics as usual.

  10. I so LOVE this...the collage, everything. Do you have other collages?? How do you make them...is the larger background pic one of your 'everyday' pics as well?