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My Life in Pictures: 2016


If you follow me on Facebook, you’ve probably seen the calendar of photos I post at the end of each month. I’ve been using the Project 365 Pro iPhone app for over two years now. At the end of last year, I collected all twelve months into one blog post that summed up my whole year — my daily visual diary. I enjoyed seeing them together that way so much that I decided to do it again.













What I especially like about this gathering of the parts into a whole is being able to scroll through the year, observing how the subjects, weather, activities, and colors change as the seasons roll by.

2016 was a difficult year in many respects, and I realize these photos don’t really reflect that. Instead they are my attempt to find moments of beauty, curiosity, and joy in my own small world despite often feeling overwhelmed and in despair about the happenings in the larger world around us all.

And last, when I revisited last year’s calendar post, I noticed that I’d ended with a selfie to start the new year. Hm, I’d forgotten about that. But a tradition is a tradition, so here you go, the current me, or at least me as of 20 minutes ago:


I had a birthday in December, one of those big round numbers that make you stop and say, “NO, that can’t be right.” But it is right, and there’s no time to waste. I’d better go get out of my pajamas!

My Word for 2017 is Hope. I need it. The world needs it. I’m so grateful to have all of you in my life – whether we know each other in person or through this amazing online community that reaches around the world. Your kindness, love and friendship bring me joy – and hope – every single day.

Happy New Year, my friends. May it be a good one!

17 thoughts on “My Life in Pictures: 2016

  1. Thank you for sharing, I love the way the colours in each month change with the seasons.

  2. Your gentle, creative spirit come through loud and clear in your year or images. Thank you for sharing yourself and your days. Yes, let 2017 be a year of hope for you and us all!

  3. I love this! You’ve captured so many beautiful moments. “Hope” is a good word for 2017 – I wish you much joy for 2017!

  4. What a beautiful post, Lee, and I have so enjoyed seeing your year in review here.
    Thank you for sharing, sweet friend.

  5. I know we have talked about the eyes we see with over the years in our lives. I so envy the fact that you still see the world looking for beauty, color, pattern, and thoughtful serenity. That takes intent. Thank you for sharing those visions with me when you find them ~ they are, after all, right in front of me!

  6. I love the way you can stroll back through 2016 with this app. Your are so special at finding joy in each day! That takes dedication and a creative mind! I finished my 2016 photo-a-day project and only missed one day. That’s a first for me. I’ve tried before, but never kept up with it. As you start your new year I wish you peace and joy!

  7. Beautiful photos. Great calendar. Love the word for 2017, hope. We all need that.

  8. What a clever idea for remembering the year prior. Happy New Year to you too!

  9. Happy birthday from a fellow December birthday girl! I’ve never seen a ‘wrap’ post like this before, with the calendar of photos. I LOVE it! It’s like little mini quilts for each month, and if you stitch them altogether you’d have the big tapestry of the whole year. xx

  10. Glad you are going with your word. These photos are the perfect reflection of you! And is fun to look back and see where we have been for the year.

  11. Goodness, I smiled through this whole post! It’s lovely to see beautiful you! I love your calendar idea … so inspiring and what a treasured keepsake. I used to scrapbook and this reminded me of those days, and how much I miss them. I truly HOPE 2017 is a good year for all of us!

  12. What a treasure these photos will become as you look back over them in future years. They are so full of beauty each and every one. I hope 2017 is a year full of blessings for you.

  13. Happy New Year to you Leon. The first thing I noticed about your 365 feed is how bright and colourful it is and how lovely to include at least one selfie, something I find very challenging. Here’s to a good 2017 filled with more colour and selfies !

  14. I love your idea and your photos. Great great post!!Thank you for the inspiration.

  15. Beautiful photos all throughout the year – what a great calendar!

  16. What a cool way to use last years photos. And such great photos all together!

  17. Beautiful overview over a year in a life:)

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