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I am learning how to love myself.

I wanted to write an elaborate blog post about this but I am very tired and I don’t have much energy today.

I mostly want to acknowledge this idea that has been floating around in my head. That I need to love myself. I am learning how to do this. It has been a long slow process, but I am learning.

This is not to say that I don’t have the best valentine in the world because I do. I am a very lucky girl.

I have spent my entire life giving a lot of love to  others but I haven’t done a very good job of loving myself. This is slowly, ever so slowly, changing.  This evolution is very subtly changing my life.

Maybe someday soon I will be able to love myself as much as I love others.

Let’s restart this thing, shall we?

Well hello there, Blatherskite. I seem to have neglecting you lately. I am very sorry about that. I have missed you.

There is so much that has been going on! I moved my photography blog over to Squarespace. It even has it’s own domain: monismithphoto.com. Go have a look and let me know what you think. I am open to any and all feedback. Eventually I will add a subscription service so you can subscribe via email. I am still working on that!

I am kind of being all ninja-photographer about this but I made a Facebook page for my photography stuff. You can like me on Facebook if you wish. Yep.  I thought it would be a good way to share all of the things I am doing on other blogs and whatnot in one place.

The postcard swap is coming along! And it’s really fun! If you are interested in joining us sign up on Elfster for the February swap! I will post more about that soon.

Here is a song I heard this morning that made me smile.

Good lord. This song brings back memories. It reminds me of the time I saw the Dead Milkmen at The Edge in Palo Alto, CA. Mojo Nixon opened for them. It was epic.

So there you go. A CraftyMoni update for you. I hope all is well for you in your corner of the world, whoever may be reading this.

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Sometimes my iPad will play music at weird and inopportune times. It is a bug that has to do with the bluetooth keyboard. When it is connected and when I pick up the keyboard I must accidentally push buttons that cause it to play music. It can be embarrassing when I am in public.

At one point I deleted all of the music from my iPad but somehow music appears on it again. I don’t know how this happens and I am too lazy to explore why.

Last night I was kind  of feeling down and depressed and started in on that road in my head where I start beating myself up.  I’d been doing some writing on my iPad and got up to go do something else and there went my iPad with it’s music playing. Except this time it played a song I have never heard before. I don’t recall ever downloading it. But I listened to the lyrics and they were exactly what I needed to hear at that moment.

Facing my fears seems to be a theme that keeps coming up for me in various ways. I guess 2014 is the year I face my fears.

One second every day in 2013

Here it is. One year in the making. My year in one second a day.

I really enjoyed doing this and will continue in 2014!

I had some questions about how I did this.

I was originally inspired by Cesar Kuriyama’s project. He created a Kickstarter for an app that he made for this which I bought but never really liked using. His app is called 1 second everyday and I might try it again for 2014. When I first downloaded it I felt like it was too buggy and I had a nice workflow going that worked for me.

I used my iPhone for this entire project. I simply videoed something for a few seconds everyday. It was kind of a gamble because sometimes more exciting things would happen later or I would forget to video the more exciting things earlier in the day so I would have to do something else. But really it was as simple as that. Of course there were days that I forgot to video something. On those days I substituted a photo that I took. I take at least one photo a day on my iPhone so that was an easy fix for missing my video of the day.

Until it got too unruly for my phone. Too many videos.

So I used iMovie on my phone to create monthly videos. Every few days I would edit down clips to 1 second in iMovie and import them. At the end of the month I saved the file to my photos and then save it on my computer which I would then import into iMovie on my iMac.  My iMac had a movie project for this and I would simply add my monthly movie to the project. It didn’t take that much time at all because all of the editing was done as I went along.

I hope this process makes sense. If  you have any questions about it let me know!