Heartfelt Five. A response to everyday wonder.

Last week, I took a photo each day from Monday to Friday. I shared them on Instagram, named the day and described something I experienced.

I didn’t set out to do a series. My intent on Monday was to document a heartfelt moment. And then I kept sharing one photo each day. I guess you could call it a gratitude project; capturing my response to everyday wonder.

I know, that sounds a bit mushy and sappy. But I feel like there’s a certain cynicism towards sharing good things. “Oh no not another photo of food/baby/puppy/beach on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram don’t people have something better to do and I’m so sick of looking at my friend’s newborn I’m going to barf.”

Of course, it’s important to share both the good and the bad with people you trust. And naturally my everyday life is not all rainbows, cakes and flowers. Being a wife, mother, daughter, sister, puppy owner, freelancer and blogger means that I have plenty of hats to wear and appropriate doses of chaos, noise, happiness, heartache, belly laughs, worry and (don’t forget the) laundry.

Maybe I’m naive, but I don’t think most people deliberately share how uh-may-zing their lives are in an attempt to impress (and yes, there are some who do just that.) I think we all have ups and downs. And the images we share are the moments we want to remember the most, rather than how we want to be remembered.

So, be happy for the person who just shared a photo of that incredible (or boring) meal. They probably had an absolutely crappy day and this meal is chicken soup for their soul.

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There’s a whole 24 hours of up-and-downs behind each photo below.  But these are some of the wonder-FULL moments of last week; my Heartfelt Five.
Chased a rainbow
Monday. Chased a rainbow.

 

Tuesday. Baked a date and apricot loaf with rice malt and pomegranate syrup.
Tuesday. Baked a cake and ate it.

 

Wednesday. Found sunshine, lollipops and rainbows on my path
Wednesday. Found sunshine, lollipops and rainbows on my path.

 

Thursday. Walked in the rain
Thursday. Walked in the rain. (So. Good.)

 

Friday. Adored garden pickings and vintage vases in many shapes and sizes.
Friday. Adored garden pickings and vintage vases in many shapes and sizes.
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Who knows, I might do another #heartfeltfive series again this week. It was a good reminder to think creatively each day. Feel free to join in.

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  • http://picklebums.com katepickle

    I love this… it’s not about only sharing the good stuff to make our lives seem perfect online… it is about taking time, making time, to notice to the good stuff that so often gets lost among all the ‘have tos’ and rush… :)
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    • wonderwebby

      Thanks Kate, that’s exactly what I meant to say! It’s not that we are inferring our lives are perfect with our photos, but we just want to notice and remember the good things :)

  • Chris

    “…chicken soup for the soul…”

    I love that! What an awesome title for an album…

  • http://www.newlifeontheroad.com/ Lisa Wood

    such a great way to enjoy the little bits of everyday life and make them special :)
    I have only joined Instagram in the last few weeks, and have to say I love it compared to Pinterest and Facebook – its a great way to share photos and connect with others :)
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