Finding Beauty in the Everyday

If you’re a regular visitor, you may have noticed I recently changed a few things around here. Specifically – my header. I simplified it. I also added a tagline – finding beauty in the everyday. (I’ll explain more about that in a minute.)

For a while now, I’ve struggled with finding a “purpose” for this blog. When I started blogging 8ish years ago (not on this site), blogging was a lot different than it is today. Back then, it was more of an online public diary. People shared photos of their days, their thoughts, their goals for the week, what they were currently up to. Over the years, blogging has changed and turned something completely different. Gone are the days when people write personal blogs and tell their stories on their own site – social media has assumed that role. People post photo albums and statuses on Facebook, or mini-blogs with their photos on Instagram. Blogs have become a place to share information and knowledge. DIY’s, tutorials, recipes. If it’s not teaching them something, chances are – people aren’t going to read your blog post.

My blog, however, is still a place where I share my life and my photos. At this point in my life, I don’t yet feel like I have anything to teach or information to share (and I really don’t enjoy using Facebook) so I keep sharing my life, my thoughts, my photos here… on this blog. It’s not a “popular” way of doing things, but it works for me so I’m going to keep it up.

Somewhere in the past couple of years, I stumbled across a quote on Pinterest that has completely changed my mindset. It is up to you to see the beauty of everyday things. So simple, yet it has changed the way I look at life. Today, social media has taken over our culture. People are sharing the most beautiful, exciting, enviable parts of their life – their personal highlight reel – online. It’s become easy to compare your everyday life with someone else’s highlights and become unhappy with what your life – your everyday – looks like. I’ve definitely been guilty of it.

Finding that quote (and other similar ones) awakened a passion in me. A passion for finding happiness where I am right now in life. A passion for positivity and looking at the glass as half full (or at least refillable). A passion for looking for the good in every situation. For finding beauty – finding happiness – in the everyday. My mindset has completely changed. It’s the easy thing to do to wish that life looked a little more glamorous… that it looked more “picturesque”.  But I’ve learned now to look for the good, for the beauty in my everyday – my now – and I’m happy. 

One way I’ve learned to look for beauty is by taking out my camera. Picking up my camera with the intent to compose a decent photo makes me seek out beauty. Even on a rough day, even when I’m just photographing my shoes on the kitchen floor – my everyday – I want to create a beautiful photograph. Or at least not a terrible one. ;)

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Alllll of that to say… I’m starting a new thing on the blog. Or maybe bringing back an old thing. I’m going to start sharing more everyday life photos…. for a few reasons.

1.) I’ve gotten in the (bad) habit of only taking out my camera when we’re on a hike or some adventure or trip. I want to document my now so I can look back one day and remember what life was like… not just the adventures and the perfect moments… but the everyday as well.
2.) I love photography. I love the process of composing, capturing, and editing. I love creating beautiful things… in this case, photos. It makes me happy.
3.) It makes you guys happy. Or at least it seems like it does. When I attempted my photo-a-day project last year, I got so much positive feedback and so many encouraging comments about the “everyday life” photos I was sharing. I almost kept up with it just because of the nice things you guys had to say.
4.) It makes my mom happy. She always wants to see more photos. ;)
5.) It might help me keep my house cleaner… you know, so you guys don’t see a mess in the photos. ha.

This won’t be a regular series or be scheduled on certain days. I just want to start taking – and posting – more photos of my life… to be intentional about finding beauty in the everyday. (Also, I didn’t plan on writing a novel about this… just a few words of explanation. I started writing and it just kind of happened.) But without further ado, a few everyday photos.

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I’d love to know your thoughts about everything I said… and what you think about the new focus in my photography. Leave a comment and let me know! Until next time, friends.

  • Kristi Jasik - LOVE IT!!! Yes is DOES make me happy so thank you for listing that as a reason. Love the fact I was just able to read this on my phone….easily!!! The new format is great but I will look at it on a computer so I can see bigger pictures lol. Love you and thank you for the post. There is beauty in EVERYTHING even if sometimes you have to look a little harder to find it! Your “now” is beautiful just like you are. Love you.ReplyCancel

  • Mandie - I love that kind of blogging! Old fashioned or not? Looking forward to your updates :)ReplyCancel

  • Janelle - I’ve always loved seeing what you’re up to. And really, if you changed your blog into a diy teachable opinion piece, I’d probably not read it anymore! Hahahaha. I’ve quit social media for the most part because it gets a little ridiculous, being inundated daily with peoples “highlight reels”. I love everyday life and I find if I’m not focused on everyone else’s life, mine becomes a lot more meaningful and I’m more able to live in the moment. I love peeking into other people lives – struggles and highlights – but I don’t want it in my face everyday. That’s why I like blogs, but not necessarily Facebook photo feeds (although I have always loved photo a day projects – probably because they go beyond the “perfect photographic perfection”). Confused yet? Haha. Anyways, I’ve always tried to take pictures as often as possible of both the “awesome” and the “ugly” and I’ve never regretted it. I love your new format too. It’s easier to read on my phone.ReplyCancel

    • Karen - hahaha I think I’m following you ;) love your perspective on living in the moment… that’s something I’m trying to be more intentional about. social media makes it not so easy! thanks for your comment… it made me smile! p.s. I’ve always loved all your photos of everyday life!ReplyCancel

  • Zebrina - I have been following for ages since Positively Ducky and I for one love your pictures. Totally honest. I have used some of your nature shots as background for my laptop during uni exams and I needed something in my life other than concrete metal, plastic and piles of paper.

    So more pictures is wonderful and not enough people take pictures of the everyday and appreciate the everyday. So you are teaching something.ReplyCancel

    • Karen - thanks so much, Zebrina!! that makes me so happy to hear.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - I love seeing your pictures and hearing about your latest projects or adventures. You are a very talented young lady.❤ You’re right, there is beauty to be found in everything. Often times the best things are staring you right in the face, in the simplest of things. Keep up the good work! BTW, those cookies look really yummy. All they need is a nice hot cup of coffee to go with them! ☕??ReplyCancel

    • Karen - thank you so much!! and yes, you’re so right… about the simplest things… AND the coffee to go with the cookies! ;)ReplyCancel

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