Bed a Day is a project I worked on every single day of 2014. It was the first big project of this type that I tackled – I set myself the goal of taking a photo of the bed I woke up in every day.
You can see the Bed a Day video at: Bed a Day video
I was not sure I could do it really. Would I forget? Would I be upset with myself if I failed?? Was it a ridiculous task?
Here are the statistics of “Bed a Day” 2014:
- Total number of beds I slept in - 22
- Pets that got on a bed I slept in – 1
- How many stranger’s beds I slept in - 4
- How many hotel beds I slept in - 11
- Total number of nights I slept in hotel beds - 23
- Number of states I slept in - 12
- How many times I woke up and took my photo before David was out of bed – around 164 (some of the photos it is hard to see if he is under the big, fluffy covers or not)
- Nights I spent in my “main bed” - 246
- Nights I spent in my “secondary bed” - 55
- Number of days I forgot to take a photo – 0 (though one time on vacation I forgot in the morning and had to frantically take it in the evening when I remembered)
- How many beds of family members I slept in – 3
- How many beds of friends I slept in - 3
- Number of people that slept in any of the beds with me – 1
- Estimated total number of photos taken for this project - 1335
And here are the things I learned –
- As OCD as the project sounds, it was relaxing and rewarding. I loved having that one moment every day to focus solely on the photo project. It felt like a “check in” time and also like “checking something off the mental to do list” before I had even walked down the hall to the bathroom to start my day.
- It reminded me of my hesitancy to COMPLETE things. I have put off compiling, editing, selecting music, and making my video for over ONE YEAR. It is now January 23, 2016 and I am just now completing the project that I could have finished January 1, 2015. I do not like “goodbyes”, even to projects. And this was my first big “do one thing every single day” project, so it was important to me. I didn’t want to see it end.
- It reinforced a new concept of myself – that of artist. That was a name bestowed by a person I met this year, and as hesitant as I was to accept it when she gave me the title, I realized throughout the year that it was indeed fitting and how proud I was to have been given it.
- It made me consider WHO I was doing the project for. To try and make it “go viral”? For the people whose beds appear in it? In the end I settled on the concept that I was making it for MYSELF and am happy/proud of that. I usually do things for OTHERS (a concept that was ingrained in me as a child) and I am learning to do more for me.
- It made me appreciate my travels more. I have always liked travelling, but seeing my morning journey laid out before me like this makes me smile and reminds me how much fun it is to explore the world. I did not travel as much in 2015. I hope I get back on the road more again this year.
- It made me feel grounded.
- It gave me a sense of purpose.
- It reinforced my belief that wherever I am (especially if David is there with me) – that is home.
Watch the Bed a Day video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjNsxAaA__o