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When we first moved here, to the country, I was mesmerised with the sunsets. Back in Bondi, we lived in an apartment and we were lucky to capture any glimpse of the sun going down, due to living in a concrete jungle, surrounded by high rises. We had beach views though. By which I mean if you stuck your head out of the dining room window and looked right you could see a corner of Bronte Beach, and if you went out on the balcony and stood on the furthest corner you could see the waters of Bondi.

The sunsets here are magical. We bought our house when the property market was at an all time low, and where we live is a real gem. We are perched on top of a hill, with views of greenery as far as the eye can see. After a while all the trees start to look like broccoli. At the end of the day the sky changes from beautiful pinks, to vibrant oranges, and then to an inky dark as the day is finally over. When we first moved here I looked forward to the sunsets. Even through winter I’d find a spot out the front just to watch nature do it’s thing.

If we invited people over to dinner, we always made sure they were arriving before five-thirty, just in time to see the sun setting. “You told them to make sure they’re on time, right,” I’d stress to Hubby, “We don’t want them to miss out.”

Time passed though, and if you’ve seen one sunset, you’ve seen them all I guess, and I stopped getting so excited about them. Sometimes I didn’t even notice the vast array of broccoli before me. I just noticed everything I had to do in front of it, like the dirty windows, and floors, and all the laundry I had to fold.

After having Luella, there was a spot in the lounge room I liked to sit and feed her in the afternoons {or in those early days pretty much all day}. As the sun came down and snuck into our house, it became so bright it was impossible to sit there, so I’d retreat to the comfort of my bedroom and finish feeding her there. It started to annoy me, “Those sunsets are so frustrating, we need to buy a blind or something,” I huffed and puffed.

So we got a big outdoor blind to stop the sun coming in, and I was happy again.

It was only the other day that I realised, as I put the big blind down to stop my view of the sun, that something I loved so dearly was now something that I hadn’t enjoyed in so long. I hadn’t stopped to revel in nature’s beauty, or to watch the pinks and oranges appear before me. When visitors came to visit I stopped caring what time they were due to arrive {more concerned with how visitor-ready the house was} and we no longer showed off the magic.

This happens a lot in life, the everyday, the busy-ness, it stops us from seeing the small things.

This blog post won’t change your life. But this next bit might…

You know when you’ve been looking at something for so long, or doing something so regularly, that you forget what it felt like to see or do that thing for the first time? Kinda like falling in love, only on a smaller scale. The excitement you get, the inspiration you find, the beauty you discover? Deep, I know.

This is what taking a photo every day does. It allows you to find that magic in life, particularly when you’ve lost it. You see the world differently. And while I forgot about my sunsets for a while there, I found other things a bit magical. Sometimes it’s as silly as the way the local car park has perfect red and white stripes painted on the poles, or the sweetness of chubby little baby toes. It makes you see the small things, because they really are the big things.

I have people email me all the time to tell me how doing my photo a day challenges has changed their lives. I read their words and I almost can’t believe that I played any part in it, because the part I’ve played is so minuscule. I wrote a list, they were the ones who took their camera out each day and took photos, changing their life one photo at a time. I wanted them to share with you how it’s made a difference, because it’s hard to believe a daily habit can make such changes… but it does.

“I’m a college student who’s been struggling with depression for the past couple of years, and ever since I started FMS’s photo-a-day challenge, I’ve been feeling less down, and more excited to get up and look for photo opportunities throughout the day. It’s made me… happy.” Hannah

“I see the world through different eyes and the beauty in everyday moments and items. And it lets me take time in my day for a little creative outlet just for me.” Kristin

It’s changed my life COMPLETELY. After having a daughter in early Jan 2013, I really needed something to do for myself that was creative, got my mind working and to get me out of the baby funk. My photography has improved out of sight from what it was when I started. I have even started my own photography business as a result and am overwhelmed already with the response to my business. It has given me back my ‘happy’. Janet

“I never go anywhere without my camera now. I now have goals for the future, which I did not dream about 6 months ago. Photo a day has me looking at the world around me and seeing beauty everywhere. Never would I have thought a lizard or a door could be so beautiful.” Mary

“Photo-A-Day has given me a little bit of me time every day when im just used to making time for my kids and partner and the rest of the world. Its the one thing I do just for me each day and I love that I get that now!” Tessa

“My husband passed away 5 months ago, and he loved taking great photos. He was very good at capturing the moment. A good friend was doing Photo a Day, and [I started] early November. It has given me something little in my day to focus on, instead of the constant sadness that’s always in my heart. Quite often I look at the prompts, and think ‘how am I ever going to capture that’, specially the ones that brings up my grief and loneliness. But then I think of my Paul, and I do it for us. He would be proud of me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Jo

“Taking a photo a day, and being part of this world wide group of people has added a dimension to my life, that I didn’t realise was missing. I’ve travelled overseas, and met many people, but with PAD, I’m meeting people in their homes. It’s just wonderful!” Terry

There are so many beautiful stories of how photo-a-day has changed lives. You can read more here in the Facebook group {I suggest joining too!}.

I know you’ve probably got a gazillion things on your to-do list for 2014, but put this at the top; Take a photo a day. You don’t have to do it for a whole year, or even a whole month. Start with a week. Take a photo, and see how it changes the way you see the world. You can find the list and details for how to play here.

I hope it changes your life, for the better.