A year ago, Brisbane photographer and mother-of-two Hailey Bartholomew began a project which would change her life.
On each of the past 365 days, she has taken a Polaroid picture of something she was grateful for. From the simple to the sublime, she has snapped colourful umbrellas in the rain, a friend's wedding, a surprise gift, a beautiful leaf or flower, the list goes on and on.
Hailey's gallery of photographs now forms an inspiring collection which she has catalogued into a leather-bound album for her daughters.
Hailey was recently featured in an article in Notebook magazine here in Australia (http://www.notebookmagazine.com/) where she describes how her project began after she was counselled by a nun to reflect on the good in each day.
As the year progressed, she became more and more aware of the beautiful moments and situations in each day – ones that she would normally miss. Pausing to look for the positive has now become a habit which she plans to continue.
To see Hailey’s photographs, go to her website http://www.youcantbeserious.com.au/ and click on Flickr Galleries. You can also read more about the 365 Days of Grateful project on her blog http://www.youcantbeserious.com.au/blog/.
Inspired by Hailey, my daughter and I have decided to have a go at our own Grateful Project. It was Emily’s birthday earlier this week and, because one of her gifts was a camera, we’ve decided now is the perfect time to begin.
I’ll let you know how we go!