I like challenges but I’ve been suffering from a health condition that makes my output levels variable for almost a year now. In the past I’ve done them and had to pick and choose which projects I could realistically complete.
More often than not, that meant that I didn’t really experience the satisfaction that comes from knowing that I’ve ticked every box, put a line through every point on the list, torn the instructions up into neat little pieces, put them in an attractive box, wrapped it in paper and tied a bow round the entire caboodle.
I over-reached. That’s okay – it gave me something to aim for but I kept missing the target and missing the point. The point is to do something, not everything. I know that really – but I’m a perfectionist and an intrinsic trait doesn’t disappear when you get ill. It just starts to nag.
I’m all about self improvement so I had a think and came up dry. Like you do, until I had a happy accident. I read some rubbish and decided to check out the provenance. The same writer who had come up with something that I detest had also come up with a brilliant, realistic project.
Here are my choices for the Fat Mum Slim – yep, really – photo challenge. I used Instagram and neglected to use all my own images as they’re appalling. I’ve included the original text that I chose as well.
Day 1 – ‘Black & White’
Day 2 – ‘What I Did Today’
Today I searched for a skirt with pockets and now I’m into a navy wraparound dress in cotton twill.
Day 3 of my Instagram Challenge – ‘Water’
The Fallingwater house was built over a waterfall in Pennsylvania.
Frank Lloyd Wright designed the house for the Kaufmann family and it was built between 1936 and 1939.
It is now a National Historic Landmark.
Thanks to Eric Lanum and Robert Voels.
Day 4 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘Circles’
Hermes arm candy.
Day 5 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘Leaves’
Paper garland made from the leaves of a discarded book.
Day 6 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘Something blue’
Appliqué detail from the Chanel S/S 15 line.
Day 7 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘Reading’
Pretty much my ideal reading position.
I need those socks from @hm for my feet and lower legs but my thighs get hot.
No idea why.
Day 8 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘Landscape’
Aerial view of Olney, North Bucks.
Day 9 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘Shoes’
After a lot of debate, my daughters and I have each chosen a pair.
In order – clockwise from left – embellished ballet shoe, chosen by the 4 year old; royal blue suede peep toe cage shoe, chosen by the 2 year old and tomato coloured suede tasselled sandal, chosen by me.
Make of that what you will…
Day 10 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘Lucky’
Waving Chinese cat.
Day 11 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘Outdoors’
Buckinghamshire formal garden on a misty sprung morning.
Day 12 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘Something I Wore’
Asos sweater with Je t’aime design.
Day 13 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘Three of a Kind’
Three sets of matrioshki that represent my two daughters and I. The dolls each have the colouring of the owner.
All three sets were gifts from my best friend – who is also the godmother of my youngest daughter.
Day 14 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘Close up’
An image of brain cells by Stephen Gaschmeissner.
Day 15 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘Mail’
Royal Mail Post Box, Lancashire lanes.
Day 16 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘Chair’
Antique Welsh Chair.
Day 17 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘Faceless’
Day 18 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘White’
Neon light system by Rojo Futuro.
Day 19 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘In the Hand’
Day 20 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘Patterns’
Hadeda Talavera tiles.
Day 21 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘Morning’
Sun rises over the Vieux Port, Marseille on an April day in 1996.
A past life for me.
Day 22 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘Night’
Sweet Dreams – nursery wall art by Kelsey Davis Design, Bristol.
Day 23 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘Play’
No caption required…
Day 24 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘Window’
Casa Sperimentale, Italy’s lost Brutalist architectural relic – Architizer.
Day 25 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘Numbers’
Door, Memmo Alfama Hotel.
Photo: Design Hotels.
Day 26 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘Simplicity’
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need”, Cicero.
Day 27 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘Telephone’
Red bakelite telephone by James Paterson Art.
Day 28 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘Smile’
Self portrait, 18th of December, 2015.
After the Alt Fashion Festival event.
Day 29 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘Home’
How I’m planning to spend my sick day…
Day 30 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘Flat Lay’
Going through OOTD choices for an intimate dinner.
ASOS sweater, silk tulip skirt and H&M platform heels.
Day 31 of the Instagram Challenge – ‘Me’
Sketch – charcoal on paper.
Here’s the official list –
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