365 Days of Juniper...Give or Take.

I've come full circle with my 365 day project. I ended as I began, with the Big Guy on New Year's Eve.

I didn't capture one picture a day for the whole year, but I tried. I began to peter out once the kids were home for the summer. I ended up with 191 photos and each month was represented. Overall, I'm happy with the outcome. I think it really captures who I was this year. It captures the good, the bad, and the ugly. It captures my friendships, my family, myself. It sparked my creativity, emotion, and memories.

I showed the world who I was in the year 2009, and I leave this project satisfied, with a little time capsule for myself - of myself - for the future. I'm grateful for that.

This was a year in my life:

My 365, originally uploaded by hopestudios1.

My year page 2, originally uploaded by hopestudios1.

My year page 3, originally uploaded by hopestudios1.

My year page 5, originally uploaded by hopestudios1.

My year page 6, originally uploaded by hopestudios1.

My year page 7, originally uploaded by hopestudios1.

Here are my thoughts as I began this project in January last year:

Who am I? This is a journey lasting 365 days to answer that question.

It's so easy to lose yourself in your labels, responsibilities, relationships...who am I underneath all of that? Who is the woman who is also the mother, wife, sister, daughter, and friend?

This project forces me to slow down and spend time with me each day. I hope to learn to appreciate my face and body for what they are, not what they were or what they could be.

I want to reveal myself to myself as the days go on and see growth and progression by the end of the project, uncovering layers thought lost or never discovered.

I hope that if this project is discovered by my children later in life, they can look at it and understand who mom was as a woman, a person.


  1. What a year and awesome photos to remember it by!

  2. Wow Jennifer....how awesome was that!! I found a few favorites in that bunch...loved the glamorous ones and the goofy shots were a very nice balance ;-)
    your friend,

  3. Congrats on Two Years! Love your tutorials. Please sign me up for your giveaway, I agree that a good knife is the best thing for a great kitchen!!

  4. Such a great idea and I love your thoughts behind it. It is so easy to take on our labels fully and begin to lose ourselves in the process. And that frame you're painting in the 1st set ~ if thats the one I'm thinking it is, I was super excited to see that on your site when you first posted it, because I knew my little Smiley's frame was closer to being here :) Great pictures!

  5. I'd say you captured your year perfectly!

  6. Fantastic project and fantastic job!

  7. You are good! This is one reason why I am finally going to keep up with a blog this year. I don't think many (will) read it, but when the year is through I can print it all out and have a "scrapbook of sorts", instead of scrapbooking everything which I don't have time for. Love all of your pictures!

  8. Wow, such artistic pictures! I wish I could take pictures like you, so cool!

  9. I love that I've seen the finished product! I've seen several 365project pictures since New Years but not seen any from 2009!! Good for you for sticking with it even if you missed a few!! You're real and that's what I LOVE about your blog!

  10. what an accomplishment. very cool of you to have done this and kept up with it so well. :)

  11. Loooove it Miss!!! I've toyed with the idea...but I think it would stress me too much.....my favorite is you in the ornament :)

  12. What a great project! I love the meaning behind it as well. It looks fabulous.

  13. I'm in the middle of a 365 project. I'm on day 153. It is soooo hard to make myself take pictures some days! So far I've missed one photo because I was really sick! I, like you, hope that my kids and grandkids will enjoy looking back at all these photos I've taken.

  14. I love scrolling through your photos. I know it's tough most days to take a photo that you like. Reality is sometimes harsh, and then becomes a comforting friend, right? Loved your year...The BIG question: is there a 365/year 2??


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