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Goodbye 2015

This has been a good year for me. It was very introspective. It was kind of spiritual. It was very peaceful. I did a lot of meditating and reading. I did a lot of questioning and sitting back and observing and being in the moment.  I did a lot of learning about myself.

Here are some highlights:

  • WEZC. OK, I am not supposed to brag about these things but something happened this past year in which I played a very minor part but I am so proud of it. It is this: I helped found a zen center. This past year the little sitting group that I belong to became an actual, government approved, zen center. I am on the board of directors and played a very, very minor roll in this but, still. I have been with this group from the very beginning and I have seen it grow.  I can’t wait to see where the next 6 years take us. It’s been really amazing to watch this whole thing blossom. And the people in this group are some of my dearest friends. I just couldn’t be more proud of us.
  • Reading, reading, reading. First of all, I read like a motherfucker this year!! 61 books!!  granted, most were kids books or graphic novels, but still. some of them were very adult. It’s really hard to pick a favorite because I read some really good books. I am going to have to go with a three way tie between Enduring Love, Dune, and Kafka On The Shore.
  • I became a vegetarian. Again. Aside from a couple of blips I’ve been sticking with it pretty well. I actually don’t miss meat at all. Well maybe I miss bacon a little.
  • Next Best Thing Pinhole Project. I continued contributing to the Next Best Thing Pinhole Project this past year! It was such an honor to participate and be among such talent.
  • Drawing. I was really into sketching this year and I enjoyed it immensely. I developed a practice of drawing something everyday and the practice has helped me become more mindful. And then *poof* my desire to draw left me. I am very sad about this. I would like to try to rekindle this desire in the coming year.
  • Poetry! I signed up for a poetry writing course via WordPress and manged to write a poem every single day for two weeks. And I published them all on this blog. I really enjoyed these two weeks. I enjoyed the creative challenge and it is fantastic to have a little something to show for it.
  • 100 Days Project. I posted something here on my blog everyday for 100 days. I really enjoyed doing that and I will plan on doing it again next year, but I think I will pick a different time of year. I am probably going to have the time-frame coincide with my trip to Barcelona next year. I have truly enjoyed all of the great conversation these past 100 days! I have done a lot of brain grappling on this blog over the years and, especially over the past few months, and I appreciate that it generated thoughtful conversation from you. You have all made me think and grow. Thank you for that!

I have been scrolling through the posts on my blog over the past year and I realize that I went through some rough patches of depression, so there were some not so great moments. But this is life. I have made it through these rough patches and today I am feeling good. I am happy and I am looking forward to a great year in 2016!

Since today marks the last post of my 100 Days project, I’m thinking that I might take January off from blogging, to give myself a break. We’ll see. I might miss it too much to take the whole month off. I’d like to take some time for myself, maybe develop my drawing practice again.

In the mean time, I wish you all a fantastic, and safe, New Years Eve. And may you have a peaceful and joyful 2016!

P.S. the video is my 1 Second Every Day project. I have been doing this now for 3 years. It is a compilation of 1 second from each day of 2015. 

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One Second A Day – 2014

Here is my One Second A Day video for 2014! What a wonderful year.

I meant to post this last night but doing the final edits took forever and eventually I fell asleep on the couch as I waited for it to upload to Youtube. Raf woke me up at midnight so we could ring in the new year. Typical New Years Eve for us. 🙂

Here’s to a great 2015. Happy new year, everyone!

Here is my 2013 video and  some info on how I put it together. 

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!

A little something I’ve been doing

Inpired by Cesar Kuriyama’s project sometime at the end of last year, I thought I would try this myself in 2013. I started the last week of 2012 and have been doing this on my iPhone everyday since. There have been a few days when I’ve forgotten to record a video so instead I substitute a photo from the day.

The project has become too unruly for my iPhone so today I uploaded what I have to Youtube and will start saving the videos on my computer.

So, for your enjoyment, I present One Second Everyday in 2013 (so far).