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Not long ago the world was plunged into a state of emergency and as we try taking baby steps to a life after lockdown there’s a nervousness in the air and a sense of fatigue too. 

The new normal is going to be a challenge for us all. Yet, there’s never been a better, or more necessary time to take stock and realise how many things we should be grateful for. In my recent blog post I shared how I’ve tried so many times to keep a journal and practice daily gratitude rituals but it’s just not me.

Instead, I realised that I don’t need to put pen to paper. I can capture what I’m grateful for via photographs, documenting what life is like in these strange times and having it to look back on as a little piece in history. I’d therefore like to launch my special ‘Gratitude Photo Journal’ challenge, giving everyone the opportunity to get creative and look at the positives around us. It’s something we could all do, no matter what our photographic skills or equipment. All you need is a phone or camera of any kind.

How to join in: 

The challenge will see me post two images each week with a prompt, encouraging you all to take your own version and share to your social media platforms using the hashtag #GratitudePhotoJournal. For now, these prompts will centre around the confines of your homes and safe open spaces.

For example, ‘My corner’ finding a corner of your home you love and why. Taking a pic to capture the comfort of that spot, whether it’s your chair, your garden or coffee station.

The benefits:

It goes without saying that this challenge will help ground us when life continues to throw curve balls and stressful moments we aren’t necessarily prepared for. 

In addition, those that enter my challenge and tag me in their post will be DM’d a voucher code to use against any of my live courses via the academy. There’s a host of exciting courses for people to up-skill or learn something completely new via digital mentoring. It’s a way of me really utilising my 20-year professional experience in a way that can help others.

I am hoping to collate the gratitude photo journal images captured and include them in a special commemorative Ebook, the proceeds of which will go to a mental health awareness charity.

I’m really looking forward to seeing your images and helping you identify and celebrate the little things we can be grateful for. 


Prompts list: 

(Keep checking back here as these will be updated throughout, meaning you can start the challenge at any point).

#1 The door to your home 

#2 Portraiture in lockdown

#3 Light and shade

#4 Freedom
#5 Your corner 




Carla x

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