A Day In The Life

I recently joined a local photography group where professional photographers, amateurs, and enthusiasts alike gather monthly to participate in interesting projects, share their experiences, critique, encourage, learn, and grow from one another.

This month’s project theme was Documentary Photography and was the first time I had the pleasure of participating. As a lifestyle blogger, this project really spoke to me as I do a great deal of documenting on a regular basis, whether it be reminiscing about weekend trips or sharing interesting experiences I’ve had living overseas.

For my project, I chose to document what a typical day in the life of yours truly entails. Since the birth of our second child, I have really struggled with successfully juggling different aspects of my daily life, from kids, chores, activities and doctors appointments, to work, hobbies, family and personal relationships. With so much to juggle, something inevitably falls to the ground.

When I wake up each morning, I ask myself, “which priorities do I need to focus on today, and which ones can wait until tomorrow?” It is impossible to manage everything perfectly and that is something I am slowly learning to accept.

I definitely have room for improvement, but I am happy with where I am today. My children are healthy, my home is clean {most days}, I am blessed with amazing friends and family, and I have been consistently meeting my career goals. As long as I am alive, I will continue to grow and improve, but today, life is pretty great.

a-day-in-the-life-17:00 am · Rise and shine

a-day-in-the-life-28:00 · Get the kids up and ready for the day.

a-day-in-the-life-410:00 am · Kids are off to school at their amazing Japanese daycare where they spend their day learning about music, language, culture, and respect.

a-day-in-the-life-511:00 am · Back home I work on creating a DIY Rose Petal Milk Bath to share on the Blog.

a-day-in-the-life-612:00 pm · Styling and photographing my project.

a-day-in-the-life-71:00 pm · While photos are uploading to the computer, I “break” for lunch.

a-day-in-the-life-82:00 pm · Editing photos

a-day-in-the-life-93:00 pm · Blogging

a-day-in-the-life-114:00 pm · After completing my project and sharing it on the blog, I spend the next couple of hours cleaning the house.

a-day-in-the-life-126:00 pm · Pick up my babies from school.

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7:00 pm · Dinner time {Summer is LOVING spaghetti night}.

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8:00 pm · Bedtime for the babies. We usually spend the evening reading, playing, and cuddling.

a-day-in-the-life-189:00 pm · Time for a relaxing bath using the Rose Petal Milk Bath I created earlier that day.

I would love to say that I spend the rest of the evening reading one of the dozens of books collecting dust on my nightstand, but once I crawl in to bed, I am usually so tired that I pass right out!

“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
E. B. White

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I challenge you to participate in “A Day in the Life” documentary project! You may end up learning something about yourself that you didn’t know before!

Begin by taking a picture of what you are doing every hour or two {it helps to set an alarm on your phone}. Print them {some documentary photos look really great in black & white} and arrange them in chronological order so that you see a passing of time {morning to night, for example}.

What does your day look like? What is your favorite time of day and where are some areas in which you could improve your day?
What did you learn? What story does your documentary tell?


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  1. My day consists of trying to manage the chaos of being a Mom and working full-time for the Navy. I love this project and wish I had the time to participate. Great job on the photos!

    1. Yes, you are definitely Super Mom, Charisse!! I would have loved to see a documentary of you planning Jensen’s Birthday party! Perhaps you could create a documentary while back in the States and post to your blog! Miss you guys and can’t wait to see you when you get back 🙂

  2. I enjoyed your post! Like I said before, you can definitely see two different stories here, a mother and a business owner. It’s fantastic. I hope to see more soon. 😉

    1. Thanks so much, Tasha! I learned a lot from you and the other ladies who participated. I will definitely keep working on my documentary skills 😉

  3. Loved reading your daily schedule Ashley! My two are home-schooled…so I have a Freshman (9th grader) and a 6th grader home with me all day! Some days we have classes out…PE, Dance,etc..

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