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Let’s look at some Ray Standards for the Instant Pot. I rarely cook the same thing twice.  But these have been made at least twice and have been well received by adults and two kids.

Weeknight Spaghetti ::  As the title suggests, a nice weeknight meal.  Plus a good use for a pesky half pound of ground beef.  I didn’t think it’d be enough meat, but it was exactly the right amount.  I really enjoy pasta in the Instant Pot.  Not only does it become a No-Watch meal, but if cooked correctly it turns the pasta into plumpier (is that a word? screw it…) bits of goodness.  It also uses some of the fish sauce you bought for one recipe a month ago…  If you don’t have any, you could leave it out with decent results.

Mall Food at Home (aka Bourbon Chicken) Mark stops EVERY. SINGLE. time someone is waving a tiny piece of Bourbon Chicken on a toothpick.  Plus always goes back for seconds and doesn’t care if the employee recognizes him.  So I was really hopeful for this recipe.  Fine there’s no actual bourbon in it (name comes from the flavors…), I got over this fact long enough to try it.  I love chicken thighs.  I believe they kick Chicken Breasts’ ass..  Why?  They’re much cheaper, they have more flavor and do so much better in the Instant Pot than chicken breast.  But I thought the cooking time was a little long on this recipe.  So I adjusted the cooking time to 5 minutes, Natural Release for 5 minutes, and then Quick Release.  Check for doneness.  If not fully cooked, put it back on for another minute.  Serve with white rice.

Healthy Good Mornings  Before the Instant Pot, I had never tried Steel Cuts oats because of the cooking time.  Who’s got time for that shit in the morning?!  So I really wanted to try the sped up Instant Pot version.  But I struggled finding a good steel cut oats recipes.  Every one I tried didn’t taste good. Maybe this was how steel cut oats actually tasted…  I wasn’t ready to give up.  I stumbled on this one and the cup in pot method made a huge difference.  Another plus?  This recipe is a really good use of the timer function.  Set it up the night before and wake up to a warm healthy breakfast!

Pulled Pork with a Twist  I buy our pork butt from Costco.  Which means I buy about 12-16 pounds at a time.  I wrap them in smaller portions, shove them in the freezer and wait for a large hungry crowd.  This recipe was a hit.  I think in large part due to its non-traditional pulled pork flavors.  If mid summer has got you sick of normal BBQ-y pulled pork, try this one!  Don’t forget the slaw.  If you need to speed up the cooking time, cut the butt into smaller pieces.  4 big pieces will probably only take 50 minutes.  Always test if you can shred the pork easily with a fork.  If you can, try shredding it in your mixer!  Faster and way more fun.  Edit:  I’ve seen a few forum comments mention that the fat in pork butt makes it mushy when you use a mixer to shred it.  I thought mine was mushy ONLY because I added too much of the reserved liquid.  Maybe it was my mixer as the first time it was perfect, but I used forks that time.  I will say that the mixer works perfectly for shredded chicken.

Best yogurt tutorial  I go through phases with yogurt.  I really wish I loved it.  Mark also went through a longer phase with yogurt, so his phase indulged my Instant Pot curiosity phase.  This recipe was also approved by his co-workers.  It makes enough to share if you live in a house with people who go through yogurt phases…  One note: yogurt takes a long time to make.  I’m still trying to find the best time to start it…  I always use a half gallon of milk and a heaping tablespoon of Greek yogurt.

How about I share my favorite Mac n’ Cheese recipe?  Who doesn’t love a good Mac n’ Cheese?  It’s a handy back pocket recipe!  Little ones coming over?  Mac n’ Cheese!  A dish for a new neighbor?  Mac n’ Cheese!  Need something to make you feel cozy?  Mac n’ Cheese!  (Fine… Unless you can’t eat dairy, then it’s your enemy and I feel sorry for you)

Healthy-ish Mac n’ Cheese

adapted from “The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook”

serves 6

  • 1 lb. uncooked whole-wheat macaroni (or regular. whatever is leftover in your pantry.  but whole wheat pasta cooks beautifully in the IP.  I never could get the right balance on my stove.)
  • 3 T. butter
  • 1 t. yellow mustard
  • 1 T. kosher salt
  • 1/4 t ground black pepper
  • 4 C. water
  • 1 (12 oz.) can of evaporated milk
  • 10 oz. of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz. of shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 oz. of Parmesan cheese

Note on cheese…  I’ve made this using the exact cheeses and the exact amounts.  I’ve made this with a little less and I’ve made this with Colby, mozzarella, and just a handful of Parm.  Get crazy, Folks.  The world is yours!

  1. Fill the instant pot to the 4 cup line and set to Saute.  Add butter, pasta, mustard, salt and pepper.  Give it a quick stir.  Secure the lid.
  2. Select Manual and cook at high pressure for half the time as the lowest cooking time minus one minute (A good point for ALL pasta dishes).  I do 4 minutes for regular macaroni.
  3. When finished cooking, release pressure by turning the valve.  A towel over the valve is helpful because sometimes pasta water spurts out…
  4. Check pasta.  If not tender, cook for another 2-3 minutes on Saute.
  5. If done, select Saute (I always forget that I have to hit Cancel before I hit Saute).  Add evaporated milk.  Stir well and then add cheeses by the handful.  Stir until melted.  Add another handful.  Continue until you’ve got a creamy ooey-gooey masterpiece…

And now the world is yours again!  Pour it in a 9×13 pan.  Add butter and breadcrumbs.  Broil until golden.

OR let it cool in the pan.  Put in fridge until later.  Pull it out and bring to room temp.  Bake in a 400 degree oven until warmed about 30 minutes.

I promise to share hits with you.  I’m testing a new baked beans recipe this weekend.  Bourbon and orange flavors…  If it works out and y’all will be the first to hear about it.  I like standards and what’s more standard than a solid baked bean recipe for the Summer?

I did not include my family’s all-time favorite recipe.  Not because I’m selfish, but because I tweak it a bit and I really want to include pictures.  I want to nail this one for y’all.

IP low-country seafood boil

I’m aware that this picture has nothing to do with these recipes, but what’s a blog post without a picture?  

It’s shit that’s what!  

But it’s a good reference for what can fit in one pot.  See that big bowl on the left?  All inside one pot.  The 6 quart makes a good amount of food, Folks.  I used two Instant Pots to make two servings of a Low-Country Seafood Boil (his rib recipes are really tasty).  If you look really close, you’ll see a Mac n’ Cheese in the background.

Repost from June 1 2011

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_DSC5167I have a hard time looking at these photos.

As a photographer, I’ll hate how I processed them.  But I processed them as quickly as I could so I wouldn’t have to look at them.  I’m a cry baby, so I’m sure I was editing through tears.

As a mother, I hate how the pain is visible on his face.  He never looked at me in any of the photos.  And his normal easy smile was nowhere to be found.  I hate that I can remember him clutching my leg while we walked to his class.  I hate how it reminds me that for about two weeks I had to watch him almost get sick before leaving the house.  Experienced and seasoned Moms told me to be patient.  I knew they were right, but patience and pain are an evil concoction to swallow daily.

And then one a random day, he stopped half-way to the main door and said “I can do it from here”.  I was stunned.  Just the day before, I had to walk him all the way to his classroom.  I practically had to push him into the room.  But on that day, two weeks into Kindergarten, he ran from me.

And he never stopped running.  But he’d always look back and wave at least three times.  If we drove with Becks, he’d ask for me to roll the back window down so he could say good-bye.  He’d blow kisses to both of us and run for the door.  Even on the playground he never stood by the fence which butts up against our yard.  I thought maybe once he was looking for the dog, but he was looking for a basketball that got lost.  He was always running on the playground, never looking for us.

This is the start of him running from us.  In Kindergarten, he was cute doing it.  As he gets older, I realize it won’t be so precious.  Sometimes he’ll be running because he’s angry, testing, or sick of our lectures.  But I’ll always remember they way he ran as a 5 year-old.  His book bag was a little too big and the straps were usually twisted.  He’d run for a couple feet, stop, look back, and wave.  Repeat three times.  Struggle with the heavy door and disappear into a life without me.  A couple hours later he emerged stronger, smarter and more confident.

Keep running, kid.  I’ll be here if you get tired.

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Last day of Kindergarten photo

Photography gave me something which was a Gateway to a bigger key.

Photography was an adult first: an instant satisfaction. A reminder that I was good at Something.

Growing up, drawing did that. I was good at something simply to be good at it.  It gave me joy for the sake of being joyful.  Nothing else.  But as a semi-adult, I understood that drawing well doesn’t pay the bills. So I let it go and considered it foolish. Especially when you think about the future of paying half the bills and/or have children to raise.  I thought I’d be financially “smart” about my Future (nutty and misguided).   Any “talent” felt silly unless it helped monetarily. I think a lot of people do that as adults.  Moments to get lost in joy are replaced with laundry, spreadsheets, taxes, cleaning sauce off faces.  All are necessary, but so is finding time for Something more.

Photography reminded me: I’m better than most at something. Something! That Something made me work hard to get better at it. To explore. To push all other needs out of the way. To grow with photography. To pursue something that was considered “fun” and not something that would greatly impact the family. It felt selfish. And nonimportant. But I ignored those feelings. I got selfish for my Something.  And that selfishness made me better not just with Photography, but with all aspects of life.

Finding one Something is life changing if you get outta your way. You only need one Something, but other Somethings will follow.

It’s a shame more people can’t realize that Something can literally be anything if we let it. Maybe it’s an interest in: cooking, preserving, sewing, small talk, kindness, party planning, handwriting, dressing, volunteering, yoga, computer fixing, movie watching, walking, or cussing. Everyone has a Something.  I encourage you to find yours and own it. Why?

Photography re-gave me the adolescent confidence people quickly forget or deem foolishly unnecessary. And with that confidence came a reminder…

You do something because you need to do it. Not because you want to do it. But you NEED to do it. So you squeeze it in at all costs. You don’t lists reasons to not do it. You don’t apologize for doing it. It becomes part of the deal. It’s not about financially supporting you. It’s about being you. Not the Sister, Mother, Brother, Father, Friend you. It’s simply about being the true You. When all else is stripped away, your Something is you. No one can take it once you’ve found and accepted it. No one.

Ignore accepting it and you’ll become sick. Lost. Confused. Stale. Everything suffers. People become distant and you will wither from the weight of ignorance. You’ll shuffle through life. You might idolize and hate those that have their Somethings, but you’ll still fight yours. Because that seems easier. But it’s futile.

So listen now… It really isn’t negotiable.

You can’t fuck with your soul.
So don’t. Quit trying.
Give in and don’t apologize.
Quit fighting your Something.
Embrace your Something.
And let the rest of life fall in line.

Once you accept it, your life isn’t unicorns shitting rainbows. What it means is that you’ve accepted your Something as a true North. When all else fails (and it will), you’ve got a confident You to correct the course.

So quit fucking around. It’s the weekend. Do it now. Embrace your Something. Be You.

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Easy, Folks…  I’ve already said it, but I’ll say it again.
Just because you find your Something doesn’t mean life is easier.  Shit happens.  But if you find your Something, your You, it’s always there.  You might not see it clearly, but your Unicorn is hanging out ready to help guide you through the muck of Life…

Plus all the other photos Coop took weren’t flattering of my ass.  

Another Something of mine?  Believing my own crap.

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Every single time I do a birth, I ask myself: How did I get here?!  And not in a “OMG I’m so Blessed” sort of way.

More like a WTF sort of way.  Think about it…

  • I’m smooshed in between a stranger’s bed and their night stand.  Read it again.  A stranger’s BED and NIGHT STAND.  Your Momma warns you about that situation growing up.
  • I’m stuck wandering a stranger’s kitchens looking for their cups and getting a glimpse of their lives.  I’m not creepy, but it feels like it sometimes…
  • I’m seeing a stranger’s bits and pieces and she DOES NOT care at all.  Part of the job, Folks.  Doesn’t bother me, I just wonder how I got there.
  • I walk over blood drips and blobs and help hold the trash bag for the midwives.  Trying really hard to not get bodily waste on me.
  • Occasionally I lean on their bed because I feel faint.  Occasionally, Folks. Please don’t faint in front of strangers…
  • I get really close while their placenta is being checked.  Like really close.  Ever smell placenta?  I have.
  • And then I drive home usually around 4:30 a.m.

How did I get here?!

 But then…

Then I edit the photos and it all becomes clear why I’m there.

  • I’m surrounded by family and/or friends of the new baby.  All are a degree of Happy that you rarely see in life.
  • I listen as a partner whispers the sweetest encouragement into her ear.  And she trust those words as her lifeline.
  • I hover over them as he strokes and caresses her hands desperately trying to take away the pain. But she leans into the pain.
  • I get to breathe in her power and I’m reminded what it means to be a Woman.
  • I watch an only child become aware that they just became a big brother.  Confusion and then glee fills their face.
  • I see a Grandma fall in love all over again with her baby and now her baby’s baby.
  • I witness a partner humbled and amazed by the power of birth.
  • I’m in the company of women encouraging another woman towards greatest.
  • I’m welcomed into one of their most precious moments.  For a few hours, I’m apart of a family.

So I ask myself again: How did I get here?  

I don’t care.

For a few hours, I was trapped with life’s purest form of Love.
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Welcome to the World, Little One!

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  • Sarah - Why must you live so far away!? These are beautiful, and your posts are alway a reminder of how amazing women are, and how important documenting them bringing a life into the world is. I teared up. <3March 2, 2016 – 5:50 pmReplyCancel

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When I fall in love, I don’t fall in love.  I jump head first without checking if I’m in the deep or shallow end.  I fucking jump and hope for the best.  And for a while, I’m swimming in bliss with my latest obsession.  A couple things have clung to my heart…  Photography.  The One Second app.  Costco.  Abercrombie sweatpants.  And some slip away very quietly (maybe it’s shame or regret for spewing love) like sneaking veggies into food, repurposing zip loc bags, Serial, etc.

The above is truly a Disclaimer for my friends and family.  Because if they were awful, they’d say: Remember that time I needed an ice cream maker?!  Remember when you swore on the virtues of only eating homemade bread?  My head hangs low for only a split second, because…

Guess what?  I’m in love again!  I see this thing and I literally get weak in the knees.  I blush and giggle when I see it.  I get flummoxed and stammer.  I’m like a schoolgirl in its presence.

I adore the shit out of my Instant Pot.

What’s not to love?!  It’s a multi powered demon in the kitchen!  Pressure Cooker/Slow Cooker/ Yogurt (if that’s your thing)/Kitchen god.  Yes, I’ve written about my love of a pressure cooker.  I believe in it’s power.  Don’t worry about old tales from your Grandma.  Those have been fixed with lots of safety measures.

But the Instant Pot takes it a step further…

Sure, it’s electric so it takes a little longer to come to pressure.  Sure because it’s electric it does take a little longer to cook (not much longer…, but a smidge).  Sure it’s another appliance for your kitchen.

But…

But it’s amazing!  I use it almost every single day.  It’s really quiet compared to my stove top PC, so my family loves this fact.  But ignore them…  It’s all about my feelings!  There’s a speed (please factor in the time to come to pressure, but you’ll still come out ahead on 95% of recipes) that you can’t ignore.  The fact that I don’t have to stare at the pot waiting for the button to pop, HELLO?!  I’m lazy.  Plug it in, set it and it listen for the beep.  It’s literally plug and play.  I can saute, cook, and eat.  I don’t even need my stove.  No shit?  No shit.  And oh yeah… It’s also a slow cooker when you want a longer cook time.  And has a delayed timer?!  You should love it.  You will love it.

Let’s talk about how I use it for the basics…

I use it for rice probably twice to three times a week (less when I remember to make a huge batch and freeze it).  White rice is my favorite (scroll to the bottom), but brown rice is equally as good.  I said it.  Here’s the formula for moist and almost sticky brown rice.

  • 1 C. long-grain brown rice
  • 1 3/4 C. + 1 T. water
  • 1 T. oil/butter
  • Some salt

Bring to pressure for 31 minutes.  When completed, unplug and let it return to normal pressure (usually 12-15 minutes) . Open and fluff.  Enjoy.

We eat a lot of burritos (fine…  I eat a lot of burritos).  I prefer homemade beans.  They’re cheaper and with an Instant Pot, they’re almost always ready.  I’ve soaked and not soaked.  If you soak for 12 hours, beans (depending on bean) can be ready in 30-40 minutes.  I freeze mine in 1.5 Cups portions.

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Hard boiled eggs are (were…  Coop has decided that he doesn’t like them for lunch any longer) a favorite in the house.  They take about the same time conventionally, but…  Here’s the key!  They peel in two pieces when done after a quick cool (don’t want to burn your fingers) and maybe 2.5 pieces if left in the fridge!  Two pieces!!!  I follow the recipe below and I use my finger to run a crack up the center.  And I basically peel the two sides apart.  I’m not kidding, Folks.

  • 1 cup of water in the bottom of my pot
  • 1-12 cold eggs in a steamer basket
  • Cook for 3 minutes.  Reduce pressure for 8 minutes and then quick release the rest of pressure.
  • Run under water and peel or store in the fridge.

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Mashed potatoes?!  HELL YES!!  You basically steam the potato chunks and drain.  Use the saute feature and make them like you’d do on the stove.  Best thing?  Done in about 15 minutes.  Sure, not much longer than stove top.  But…  You aren’t watching the boil. You chop.  Insert a steamer basket.  Add potatos.  Set and go. You’re using minimal water, so it’s steaming lots of nutrients.  It’s dump and go, People.  That’s perfect for busy people.  Dump and go!

We also do a lot of bone-in chicken thighs for salads.  Salt and pepper.  Cook for 10 minutes.  Natural release for 4 minutes and release the rest of pressure.  Shred and go.

Recipes are really important with a pressure cooker.  There’s no tossing “Cause I feel like it”.  You need liquid levels and fats with certain ingredients.  Some spices won’t work.  Particular veggies need to go in the right spot.  So buy a book or Google some recipes and get cooking!

You can even stack different foods in the Instant Pot.  Meatloaf AND mashed potatoes?  Hell yes you can!!  And if you pick up “Miss Vickie’s Real Food Fast” you’ll find one with meatloaf, potatoes, and brownies!  I always recommend Lorna Sass’ book, but this one is my new favorite (The Great Big Pressure Cooker Book)!  It’s written for stove top and electric pressure cookers.  Nice solid foods.  No cream based soups.  Tons of veggie recipes and great knowledge.

Those are my basics.  As for standard recipes, I’m just making my way through cookbooks.  I’ll share soon.

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tonight’s dinner: Coffee-Braised Chuck Roast with Balsamic Vinegar

*if I had two, I’m make the polenta in the other one.  Instead…  I’ll use my stupid stove.

And this cheesecake.  Yeah, I did that.

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  • Angela Thomas - Ice cream maker, juicer, blender … Cotton candy machine. These are the ghosts of my past.
    I’ve been eyeing a rice maker for a couple years now but am haunted by the afore mentioned ghosts. Now you’ve woken the beast again.January 26, 2016 – 9:41 amReplyCancel

    • erika - Minus the cotton candy machine, been there. I’ve even owned two different sizes of a rice maker. WHY?!

      If it helps, you totally don’t need the rice maker if you go with the Instant Pot. :)January 27, 2016 – 7:54 amReplyCancel

Are you comfy in your craft?  Feels good, right?

You see the moment that needs to be saved and you snap the photo.

You aren’t afraid of whipping out your huge camera in the middle of a swanky restaurant.

You’re confident with your edits.

You are a photographer!

I think when you feel really comfortable, you should step back and ask yourself a question:

What’s important to me about my photography?

  • Is it a tack sharp image?
  • Is it a clean scene?
  • Is it a subject free of any distractions?
  • Is it emotion driven?
  • Is it exactly how you saw it in your mind?
  • Is it an image that you’ll be proud of in 10 years?
  • Is it a well constructed scenario?
  • Is it that your images resemble the compositions/edits of your favorite photogs?

Maybe one or more of those answers is important to your photography.

What’s important to me about my photography?

Answer the question and then follow it to your vision.

Not the latest trailblazer’s.  Not the latest class. Not a big group of photographers’ vision.  Not how the current Preset Designer wants you to edit.  Not how the FB crowd does photography.

Follow your answer and create those images without an apology.

Don’t be afraid because guess what?!  In a couple months, you can ask yourself the same question and give a totally different answer.  There’s no shame in switching it up.

Art always allows you to change course.  As long as you keep asking the question.

So ask…

What’s important to me?

After reading “Women of Vision” from National Geographic, I’m asking my question again.  And that’s exciting.

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So let’s answer some questions from my Facebook page

  • If you take several pictures you love in one day – how do you handle those? 

It varies.  Some days when I’m really feeling it, I take lots of photos.  My first 365 I overshot.  Wanted a great moment everyday.  I also had tons of passion.  An obsession with photography, but my love has leveled out.  Photography isn’t all-consuming any longer much to my family’s happiness…  But other days I take one just to get it done and then later in the day, the boys are extra cute.  So my 365 pic turned out better than hoped.  Sometimes it’s one shitty photo.

  • Do you still edit and blog them or print them in a book along with the 365? Or do you keep them separate?

All my photos are imported into LR and organized daily and kept in monthly folders.  Not all are for the 365.  My 365s are flagged and in a LR collection.  I’m pretty diligent about keeping the 365s together. Because I upload them to Tumblr (Flickr in the past), I need to have them in order.   Forget to put one of the 365s in the mix and your count is off!  Day 246 could be Day 251.  There is nothing more annoying to be off in your count.  Stay on top of that…

I’ve done both: book and print.  I really enjoy the actual print in my hand.  Books are easy, but I haven’t found one that gives me the same thrill as an actual photo.

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  • How do you stay on top of editing?? I can shoot daily ….well, daily is debatable let’s just say I’m working on that but I fall behind (really far behind ) when it comes to editing.

This is my biggest tip for any new 365-er.  Edit on a regular basis.  Please.  When you’ve got 2 weeks of images to cull and edit, it becomes overwhelming.  And if you’re already feeling uninspired by the project, it’s easy to quit.  Edit.  You don’t have to edit every single day, but you have to do it regularly.  Right now I can get away with editing once a week.  I also don’t take as many photos as I did my first couple of rounds.  I have less to cull and I’m pretty comfortable with my editing.  A few clicks, I’m done.  But please please, trust me: Stay on top of your edits!  It will get easier, I promise.

  • Do you try to plan shots or be intentional or do you just go through your days keeping your eyes open for the right moment?

A little mix of both.  I keep my eyes open.  “Planning” isn’t quite the right word.  I’ll admit it.  Here goes…  Sometimes I ask the boys to recreate a scene I just witnessed.   So how about recreating? But most of my photos are me just being present and aware in my life.  That’s my reason for a 365: My Life.  But every photographer has “pushed” a scene.

  • How do I stop?! I finished my first 365 on 12/31 and honestly the thought of stopping scares me. What I’m scared of exactly, I’m not sure I can articulate. The 365 takes up so much “space” that I’m not sure what would/should fill it. I’ve quietly kept shooting daily since…

You’ll know when you need to stop.  I think about quitting every single 365 project.  I think about quitting multiple times each round.  I quit once and it felt completely right after I got over my hang up about Quitting.  I kept on shooting afterwards, but I needed a break.  I still remember the first day I didn’t shoot.  I had to force myself to not use my camera.  I just had to stop.  I don’t regret it for one second.  I know a few people who have been going strong from 5 years.  That’s amazing to me!  I need a break in between and that break has always varied.

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During those tough periods, remind yourself why you’re doing a 365 project.  If it feels forced or uninspired, stay put for a little longer.  I can look through each of my 365’s and feel the excitement or love I felt during that year.  I can also feel the pain and frustration.  I can see my growth and my inspired periods.

I can see my life.  And for me, that’s the point.

Find your point and follow it.  Chase it.

Let it be your guide.

You got this.

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…all photos from last 365 round…
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