While most everyone I know is approaching the Gratitude Project with a daily post, I decided my brain would explode if I tried to keep up that kind of pace and am going to post weekly progress updates instead. As I mentioned before, I’m using this project as a way of pushing to shoot more for myself; a means of getting back into the daily groove as well as refine my appreciation for daily life.
Chocolate — I know this isn’t the most serious way to kick off a project about gratitude, but don’t laugh! I’m a serious chocoholic and though I sometimes have trouble keeping treats as treats, I’m grateful that I get to enjoy a nibble or a chomp whenever I feel like it. Y’know, until I’m diagnosed with diabetes in 10 years. Gotta live it up!
Fresh Produce — Sometimes I go to the grocery store and I come home feeling defeated. It’s no secret that I spend a lot of money at a certain upscale grocery store. Once, I paid $8 for 3 apples at this store that shall remain nameless. I walked home staring at my receipt in disbelief, futilely pledging to never shop there again.
But more often I come home feeling extremely lucky that I even have access to such a store in the first place. One that not only provides me with the ability to fill almost any hankering that may come my way, but also strives to be a responsible business I can feel okay with throwing my whole paycheck at.
Oh, and those apples I spent $8 on? I remember the day vividly, because not only was I pissed, but those apples were freaking DUHLICIOUS.
Old Friends — Over the weekend I shot a wedding with Allyson, who was with me at my first ever wedding back in Humboldt. I snapped this shot on the drive home, unknowing at the time just how awesome it would turn out.
Chris was supposed to be my second, but Harlowe booked a last minute show in Tacoma, WA. I couldn’t be happier with the way things turned out, though – everything about Saturday felt like old times and I can’t wait to rekindle more of those warm photo fuzzies with my Riggsby.
Rain Boots! — Given that this will be my third winter in Portland, it’s remarkable that I’ve made it this long without a pair of good, sturdy rain boots. I held out last year due to my lust for these Loeffler Randall lace-up booties, and by the time I had the gall to buy them winter was over so I forgot all about it. That’s my specialty, btw: procrastinating on something long enough til it’s a nonissue.
But pictures don’t lie – this winter I’ll finally be prepared! The world shall be my oyster as I fearlessly stomp through any puddle that comes my way!
It’s been an incredibly long time since I purchased a brand spankin’ pair of new shoes, though, and these babies need some serious breaking in. My first outing with them left little red rings around my ankles where they’d been rubbed raw. Ouch!
French 75 — I’ve never really been the best at “cutting loose.” I do it all wrong and end up on one extreme end of the spectrum or the other. One of my favorite college tales is having a Harry Potter marathon and drinking gin and ginger ale, but everyone in the house got so tossed that none of us could properly say the phrase anymore. Thus, the “gin-gin-jaroo” was born. As for the marathon? Let’s just say I only made it to the Prisoner of Azkaban where I was forced to retire to the upstairs bathroom floor.
Then, there was the New Year’s Eve I celebrated by drinking 7-Up and eating Cheez-Its. YEEHAW!
Once I figured out when to stop (which happens to be immediately after the first drink) I realized that social drinking can be fun. Since I don’t work a crazy job that requires me to be up at 4am anymore I’ve been doing just that, and the French 75/76 has been my go-to cocktail (with a pretty neat history to boot!).
New Friends — Portland is an amazing place for creative types to live. Thanks to the internet I’ve made some pretty awesome connections that I hope will continue to grow over the coming years.
I snapped this photo of Vanessa this afternoon when we got together for lunch on Alberta. She was on break from work so we didn’t get to do any serious shooting, but our friendship has been blossoming since our first meeting back in May. She is wildly sweet and super fun, and I’m so thankful that even as I transition into the “serious adult” portion of my life that I’m still able to meet people and make new friends.
That goes for all the new friends I made this year, by the way.
Clean Water — On that very lunch date I mentioned above, Vanessa and I passed on our waitress’s offer for coffee or juice, noting that we could both use more water in our life. I don’t want to get all preachy here, but sometimes the disproportion between my endless supply of clean water and how much of it I actually drink is disappointing. Back in April I briefly met up with Pei Ketron, who recently visited India. This photo of hers really drives it home for me.
So drink up, guys! It’s good for you, and is totally an overlooked privilege of ours.
Oops, I got preachy, didn’t I? Sorry. :]