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March Photo Challenge

02/27/2012

Belle

The first few days following the freezing of our embryos were blissful. We celebrated our success, enjoyed out-of-town guests and had a fabulous “Things On Toast” dinner party. I really thought I could spend the weeks leading up to the frozen transfer free of worry. That lasted about four days. Then my old friend anxiety came back and settled in for the long-haul. Since then every day has been full of stress and worry about the upcoming transfer. It’s exhausting.

I think I need a distraction.

I have seen lots of bloggers do a monthly photo challenge and I have always wanted to participate. After looking at some challenges online I decided to put together my own. I tried to come up with simple daily “prompts” that are open to interpretation and creativity. I also tried to keep every day positive – you will not find death, loss or failure in this challenge. That said, if you are experiencing such things and feel moved to express it, by all means do!

If anyone would like to join, leave a comment with a link to your blog and I’ll start a list of participants.

Here are the rules I’m setting for myself. Feel free to alter them to best fit your schedule:

  1. Challenge begins Thursday, March 1, 2012 and ends on March 31. (But you can join in whenever you want!)
  2. Take a daily photo inspired by that days prompt. You don’t need a fancy camera for this. I’ll be using either my large Fuji, my tiny point-and-shoot or my iPhone depending on the day and what equipment I have with me when inspiration strikes.
  3. Post your photos, either daily or every couple of days, to your blog with a note as to what the prompt was.
  4. If you are feeling generous, link your posts back here so folks stumbling upon your blog will know what you are doing.

I have not picked up my camera for leisure in a long time. My Fuji is old, has a fixed lens that drives me mad and it is not working properly after bouncing across the floor several months ago. Despite equipment challenges, photography used to be a hobby I adored. I always had my camera with me and spent many nights editing images and uploading them to share. My house is littered with my photos and they bring me such joy. I hope that by dedicating the month of March to photography I will rekindle this love, distract myself from my fertility woes and connect with some other creative souls!

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  1. February 27, 2012

    This sounds so fun! I’m game :)

  2. February 27, 2012

    I’d like to participate! Sounds fun!

  3. February 27, 2012

    Yay I’m totally doing this, too!

    • February 27, 2012

      I can’t wait to see your photos! You are so creative, I’m sure they will be delightful!

  4. February 27, 2012

    Thank you! It is hard to come up with meaningful distractions during these months. I am not a photographer, but I’ll try to convince myself to participate anyway. I hope everything is going well chez scrambled eggs.

    Totally random…when I was in college studying in Paris, I used to eat at a cafe that served “des oeufs qui pleur.” It translates to something like eggs with tears. I hope you don’t take this in a sad way, but it just made me think of you.

    • February 27, 2012

      I’m not a “photographer” per say, either. I dabble and shoot for work and friends from time-to-time. You should so play along. You might surprise yourself!

      I love the sounds of this French dish! I’ll have to do some research and maybe make it for Mr. Husband and myself one day. (Also, not offended in the least. People have to work extra special hard to offend me :)

      • February 28, 2012

        I don’t think you’ll be making it soon, or at least I hope you’ll soon have a reason not to. It was basically a runny omelet. The first time I ordered it I wasn’t so sure, but you know if the French eat it and don’t get sick, it must be okay.

        I’m working myself up to participate. I’m leaning towards yes.

  5. February 27, 2012

    I’m in! I need a distraction while we wait again for insurance approval. I may do a creative self portrait though if that’s okay.

    • February 27, 2012

      Absolutely! I look forward to seeing your take on it!

  6. February 27, 2012

    I’m in, at least for the first half. We have a big day coming up on the 15th that is only making me more and more anxious as it closes in. Distraction=good!!

    • February 27, 2012

      Play along as much as you can. I promise there is no punishment if you miss some days :)

  7. February 28, 2012

    Great idea. For some reason photography as distraction/healing has been suggested and coming my way from more than one direction lately. I have another one I might participate in starting in March regarding loss.

    • February 28, 2012

      I think you absolutely should, Marwil. Anything creative is an excellent way to step away and observe reality from a fresh perspective. If you choose to share your images on your blog I look forward to seeing them. I hope you are doing well and have been keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

  8. Bon #
    February 28, 2012

    I’m in!! :) yay!!

    http://myunassuminglife.wordpress.com

  9. February 28, 2012

    What a great idea! Count me in, I’ll try to keep up with it.

  10. February 28, 2012

    I like it! Thank you for being so creative. Count me in.

  11. Jen #
    February 29, 2012

    I found out about this challenge via unaffected at For We Are Bound by Symmetry and I’d love to join in. Wonderful idea!

  12. Aub #
    February 29, 2012

    Here via unaffected’s blog (for we are bound by symmetry) and would love to participate!

  13. February 29, 2012

    Sixth week of bed rest and counting, so count me in. Photos slightly limited by my mobility, but I’m game if you are. Today (self portrait) may be the hardest one though!!!! Bed rest= bad hair days !!!!

  14. kasey #
    February 29, 2012

    Fun! I need to remember to keep the list with me now :)

  15. February 29, 2012

    This sounds very interesting! I could use some distraction too. I will try my best to keep up with the photos! When do we post them, everyday or every week?

  16. peg #
    February 29, 2012

    I’m in! This next month is going to be so heavy with tests, results, and more treatments… I fear that my mind will be focused so much on fertility and lack-there-of that this will be a good distraction for me.

    Great idea!!

  17. March 1, 2012

    I would love to participate as well! Great idea. : )

  18. Don't call me Brenda #
    March 1, 2012

    I would love to participate, too! I’m going to post at the end of every week. I hope that’s ok!?

  19. nothingifnotoptimistic #
    March 1, 2012

    Love this idea!!! :) I was just saying the other day that I don’t take enough pictures and now this gives me the perfect excuse to dust off my camera. Plus it’s the perfect distraction from fertility things!

  20. M3L #
    March 1, 2012

    been feeling very uninspired and demotivated lately – this is just what I needed! YAY :) thank you for posting the challenge

  21. March 1, 2012

    Found out about this great idea via Trisha at theelusivesecondline, and would love to participate! I’m no photographer, but could def use the distraction!

  22. 35life #
    March 1, 2012

    Ok I really want to do this challenge. I dragged my feet because of the self portrait. I may not have that one right away but I will come up with one later and double up on another day. This sounds fun!

  23. March 1, 2012

    I would love to participate. Great idea!

    • March 1, 2012

      I’ll add you to the list tomorrow morning! Glad to have you along.

  24. March 1, 2012

    I’m in too! I agree with the others…sounds like a perfect distraction. ;)

  25. veetamia #
    March 2, 2012

    I’d love to participate!!! :)

  26. March 2, 2012

    I’m a little late, but I’d like to participate!!! My blog is

    http://www.itsgonnahappen.wordpress.com

    I was referred to your blog today by MillionBabySteps. I will be following you through your continuing TTC journey. I just finished my first IVF cycle and got OHSS, so we are moving on to an FET now.

    Thanks for the distraction. This should be fun! I can dust off my Canon 5D Mark II for some of them at least…that baby never gets any good use anymore since we moved away from our friends and family.

    • March 2, 2012

      I’m glad to have you along! OHSS is a bear, is it not??? When is your FET scheduled? Perhaps we will cycle/obsess together :) I look forward to seeing your photos!

      • March 2, 2012

        I’m looking at around an April 4th transfer. I just started Lupron day before yesterday…my office let me skip the BCPs this time to get me going quicker so I was ecstatic about that!!!

    • March 2, 2012

      I’m drooling over your camera! I am currently looking to buy a used Cannon 5D. Probably a first gen as I’m sorta not flush with cash, but if a stellar deal on a Mark II pops up I might be swayed… Do let me know if you hear of anyone photographers looking to upgrade and wanting to sell!

      • March 2, 2012

        Thanks! I definitely will let you know. Th sonly reason I was able t odo it is my mom got it for me for graduating college …a year and a half ago ;) She got me some awesome lenses too. I’m so glad I did it because otherwise I never would have. I was shooting a Rebel XTi before this.

  27. March 2, 2012

    I’ll give it a go! Could be just what I need to pick up my camera again! x

    • March 2, 2012

      Yay! I look forward to seeing your pics!

  28. March 2, 2012

    I would like to join! I just saw this on a few of the blogs I follow! I’m a day late though just seeing it now!

    My blog is http://coreyandsamttc1.blogspot.com

    I saw this on Unaffected and A Long-Suffering Heart’s blogs :)

  29. March 2, 2012

    I put a link to this post in my post for week 1 of the challenge, but I’m not sure if it’s working or if I’m doing it right so that it shows up in these comments. (How do you do that exactly?) Anyway, here’s my post just in case my linking didn’t work:

    http://itsgonnahappen.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/photo-challenge-week-1/

  30. March 3, 2012

    I am a totally inexperienced photographer and will probably just use my iphone, but I think the challenge sounds fun! Don’t judge too harshly…or at least get a good laugh : )

    http://babymakingmerrygoround.blogspot.com/

  31. March 3, 2012

    Just read about this from Follow Every Rainbow…I’m totally in!

  32. March 5, 2012

    I am going to try and do this, I really need something :)

  33. March 5, 2012

    I’d like to join….am i too late? http://www.tumblr.com/blog/from-there-to-here

    • March 7, 2012

      Hey Michelle! I’m not able to access your tumblr blog without creating an account. Is there another link to it?

  34. March 8, 2012

    Is it too late to join in the challenge? I’d love to participate.

    • March 9, 2012

      Not too late at all! I have added you to the list :)

  35. March 11, 2012

    http://oneaboutfaith.blogspot.com/

    I joined in….I am really having fun reading the stories behind the photos :)

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