me, circa 1987
Today I am 27! I was almost expecting to be horrified by the age, but last week I was ID’d for a Rated R movie! My sister can attest to this because she was there to witness. We laughed so hard and I thanked the clerk. I know it is silly, but that incident made me feel there was no need to stress about getting older. I mean, it doesn’t seem like the kids are going to start calling me ma’am anytime soon!

I am embracing the new year & the new age with open arms. My goal is to be happy, healthy, productive, & creative in this new year. Today I am starting a 365 day photo project, so one original photo a day for a year. I will post them on Flickr & One Girl Show and try to use all of my cameras and lenses to their utmost potential. It is a big task, but I’m up for the challenge. In addition to this creative project here are 27 things I want to do/try/experience/attain/etc before I turn 28 in no particular order:

  1. successfully complete my 365 photo project
  2. (FAILED!)

  3. travel abroad {anywhere really, but the islands, mexico, or south america are on top of my list}
  4. visit a classic photobooth with my boyfriend just for fun 🙂
  5. run a road race, maybe even two
  6. make carrot cake from scratch
  7. take my dog to the beach
  8. ride a vintage bicycle with a basket
  9. shoot with a AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 G lens
  10. connect with friends and family members–new, old, long lost, or otherwise.
  11. take an art class
  12. read a classic novel
  13. build a sand castle
  14. overcome my fear of photographing strangers
  15. visit an old lighthouse
  16. print, organize, & display my photos
  17. *ongoing struggle*

  18. go skiing
  19. have a romantic picnic
  20. make my own garland
  21. buy a Print Gocco machine
  22. live a greener life
  23. *working on it*

  24. get organized
  25. *another ongoing struggle*

  26. draw & paint more often
  27. *trying!*

  28. go ice skating
  29. take a boat out on the water
  30. visit thrift/vintage shops religiously
  31. buy a twin lens camera
  32. try an exotic dish never before tasted

I’ll be crossing these off as the year progresses and will report back next year 🙂 xo, Melanie

me, circa 1987

3 Comments on Happy Birthday To Me!

  1. Momma, The Casual Perfectionist
    January 10, 2009 at 5:42 am (9 years ago)

    Happy Birthday!! And, I’m sorry…I think you’ve done the math incorrectly. There is NO WAY you are 27. Not that there’s anything wrong with 27. 27 is awesome. It’s just that if YOU are 27, I’m an old, old lady.


  2. Hoop
    January 10, 2009 at 11:50 am (9 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Melanie!

    That Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 lens would be great for photographing strangers wherever you might come across them.

  3. montmarte
    January 12, 2009 at 4:16 pm (9 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Melanie!