My post scheduled for this week is a Passion Project Challenge.
I had been toying with this idea for a passion project blog post ever since I wrote the first articles on portfolio careers a few months ago. A portfolio career is defined by dictionary.com as a tapestry of a variety of eclectic employment experiences; employment in a series of short-contract or part-time positions. I gave examples of surgeons who moon light as jazz musicians – when thinking back on it, that probably was a horrible idea – I don’t want any sleepy surgeons on my watch!
I may have given a silly example (although I’m sure there are some surgeons out there who would make great musicians). I believe that many of us want to test out the waters in another field, but it is intimidating to make the change without feeling that you are wasting time or money and resources investing in some random interest.
What if not letting that project see the light of day was damaging your life. What if that project has the power to turn your whole world upside down but you didn’t want to get it started because of start up costs – and to be really real – a fear of rejection?
This project is designed to give you the push to get your dreams out into the atmosphere – to release it into the world and give it life.
I had a hard time deciding what I wanted my project to be. I plan on revisiting this post often, so I had to pick something that would keep my interest. I ended up deciding that I was going to do photography and light photo editing using Adobe Lightroom as my project.
I have been following Phlearn on YouTube for a little over a year now and have purchased the LightRoom 101 course from Aaron and his peoples. I have loved all of the segments that I have worked through so far. I’m still working my way through the content. I started off strong in the first chapter but let life get in the way. Maybe life get’s in the way and we learn what we need to learn in that moment – we take what we need, and then come back if we truly love it.
I’ll come back to you Aaron and Phlearn!
This morning, I took my Nikon out of the house for the first time in a year. I shot a few scenic photos on the way home from dropping my son to daycare; but it wasn’t as exciting as I had hoped.
As I commented earlier on an IG photo, it’s hard to take a bad photo of a beach.
Upon returning home I was greeted by laundry needing to be folded. Not an overwhelming amount of laundry, now that we have given up most of our clothes it is always pretty easy folding clothes – the towels take up the bulk of the load.
I have the ultimate capsule wardrobe – I think 10 shirts, 6 shorts and a couple of dresses and rompers. Not many clothes and nothing overly fancy, but I can honestly say that I love each piece.
That’s when I got the idea to do a 30-day #outfitoftheday challenge showcasing the maximum style I get with minimal pieces, and better yet minimal effort.
I’ll try to follow through with this challenge for the full 30 days, but I know life will probably get in the way.
I’m excited that I am getting to dabble more with my Nikon as that was what my original mission was when challenging myself to take on a passion project. I’m glad to get to show off my styling capabilities and that should be fun given my background in fashion.
I’m also glad to remind people that less can be more. You don’t need to buy out the rack at T. J. Maxx, that won’t buy you happiness.
Without further ado, here is a peak of the first few days of looks.
Capsule wardrobe: Day 1 of 30
And it’s muh birthday!
“Dress” (swimsuit cover): Victoria’s Secret, Basquiat T-shirt – Uniqulo, Sandals – Teva, Backpack – Thrift Shop, Beaded Necklace – The Straw Market (Nassau, Bahamas), Seamless Metal Necklace: jewelry store (Jaisalmer, India)
Capsule wardrobe: Day 2 of 30
Bob Marley/Lion T-Shirt: rastaempire.com, Shorts: Not Your Daughters Jeans, Sandals: Vince Camuto, Beaded Choker: designed in-house by Bombshell Accessories, Bracelet: Unknown, 316L Steel Tunnels & Hinged Segment Ring: Metal Mafia Body Jewelry, Infinity Chevron Ring: bodyartforms.com
Capsule wardrobe: Day 3 of 30
Striped Tee: Abercrombie & Fitch, Denim Skirt: H&M, Sandals: Teva, Beaded Necklaces: Throwbacks from shopping the Straw Market in high school, Crystal Lariat Necklace: World Market, 316L Steel Tunnels & Hinged Segment Ring: Metal Mafia Body Jewelry
Capsule wardrobe: Day 4 of 30
Basquiat Tee: Uniqlo, Shorts: Kura, Kura (local shop), Barbell Choker: Beacon’s Closet or Buffalo Exchange, 316L Steel Tunnels & Hinged Segment Ring: Metal Mafia Body Jewelry
Capsule wardrobe: B-roll image shot by Judah.
Sleeveless Blouse: H&M, Jeans: Not Your Daughters Jeans, Embroidered Sandals: Street Vendor (Jaisalmer, India), Steel Tunnels & Hinged Segment Ring: Metal Mafia Body Jewelry, Infinity Chevron Ring: bodyartforms.com
I really urge you to start a passion project. I am having loads of fun shooting these looks, as I used to work in fashion and styling before switching to pursue graphic design and marketing. Taking on this project has been an interesting and unexpected way to get back into a more styled frame of mind. I have also found that because I put together the looks over the weekend, I actually have a pretty dope line up of clothes. During the last few days I have noticed that I have been more organized in the morning knowing what I am going to put on when I wake up. The busiest part of my day can be spent hustling, rather than looking for that spare earring.
The hours of work I put in on the weekend to organize the looks are paying off in ways I didn’t even expect. I am fueling a passion and starting my morning routine more intentionally.