Wow – in ways I can hardly believe the end of my 365 Project for 2011 is completed. When my precious husband of 43 years bought me a Nikon D90 for my birthday (December 2010) some of the first words out of my mouth were, “Now I can do the 365 Project!”
January 1, 2011 rolled around and I got a call from my daughter-in-law (@luckygirl) saying, “I posted my first picture on 365, are you going to post yours?” With a mix of excitement and a bit of trepidation, I opened an account and posted my first photo. There was some fear involved here but then I remembered that fear only exists in the mind – so I jumped in with both feet and “guilted” (as she would say) my other daughter-in-law (@rachdbo) into doing the Project too. Later, my two sons (@benbo, @trbo
) would join in and for a while even my husband got in the mix.
What I didn’t expect, was the wonderful 365 community that came with the Project! I have appreciated beyond measure, each and every one of you - your encouragement, your ideas and how you have helped me grow – especially those of you who “get” my humor.
Because I love words and I have them in various places around our home, I thought that surrounding myself with those words and doing a selfie might be the best way to end this year’s Project.
I love the Lord, love life, my husband, my family and those I hold close – additionally, we need to love what we do and do what we love.
I love to laugh – it’s medicine powerful enough to kill cancer! Plus, I think it’s important to laugh at yourself before anyone else has a chance to.
It is important to enjoy what you do and not worry so much if it’s good enough – especially the photos we take. Yes, we want to grow and we want to get better, but we either do this because we love it or we find something else to do.
Trust yourself when your imagination runs wild with an idea. Like Disney said, “If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.” When I wake up from my dreams, I want to be holding tightly to the word, “BELIEVE” – my favorite word!
Lastly, at the age of 41, I was diagnosed with early stage three breast cancer. I lost my chest, but God used the medicine of men to accomplish His healing and teach me that what I do with every day must be important, because I’m exchanging a day of my life for it.
I will carry on with a new 365 Project 2012 and face the New Year by embracing the journey ahead. My new project will include my “real” name (Becky Bourland), rather than my nickname (MamaBec) – I guess it’s time to “own-up”.
What lies behind us, and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. Ralph Waldo Emerson