40 | a playlist + a photo challenge for december

ok. ok. better late than never, right? i know it’s december 2/3 and if you are not following me on instagram [you can do that { here }], then you have not yet seen my playlist + photo challenge for december. but, have no fear… i’ve got it right here for you!

the only other photo challenge i have created in a few months was the one i made for my birthday month of september – you can find that playlist {here}. it’s been so great to have a break, after about 3 years of photo challenges every single month. and after taking five months off this year, belovelive photo journeys are back starting this month! my goal from now until my 41st birthday next september, is to not only be creating a monthly playlist, but i will also be creating a photo journey to go along with it. and i am so excited!

i think that combining music + photos is a perfect thing for this very special season… it gives us a chance to slow down and listen. and to create + stretch + take risks. we will be challenged to follow through, but i guarantee that we will be inspired and that it will make the holiday season even richer than we imagined.

here’s how it works:

1. listen to the song for the day (i have listed the artists + the song titles, in that order). if you have spotify then you can simply subscribe to the playlist there. otherwise, you can search from the image above. or sign up for a free spotify account.

click on the title or the photo above to go to spotify and follow the playlist { or here –> 40 | dec | music + photos } so you can easily access the music.

2. as you listen to the song, pay attention to what you feel or think. and let the music + lyrics guide you to what you might focus on for your image throughout the day. or just let the feeling sit with you, and as you go through the day, notice whenever you remember the song or when you see something that is representative of the song. be creative. let it simply come.

3. get your camera out, take it with you, and snap away!

4. share your inspiration for the day on social media: instagram, Facebook, or your blog. wherever you wish to share. but, please let me know. i’d love to see your images

here is a list of the artists + songs again… one artist/song for every day from december 1 – 31. i just want to make sure that it’s easy to access the music. if you have any questions or comments, please let me know! i will be more than happy to help you out. now, get out there and capture some beautiful moments!

Norah Jones – December
Future Of Forestry – The Earth Stood Still
Johnnyswim – Christmas Time Is Here (Intro)
Christina Perri – something about december
Punch Brothers – O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Jewel – I Wonder As I Wander
Blitzen Trapper – Christmas Is Coming Soon!
Low – Just Like Christmas
Beta Radio – The Song the Season Brings
Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas? – 1984 Version
the bird and the bee – Carol Of The Bells
Glasvegas – A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like a Kiss)
Sufjan Stevens – Coventry Carol
Ron Sexsmith – Maybe This Christmas
She & Him – Blue Christmas
Joni Mitchell – River
Brandi Carlile – The Heartache Can Wait
John Denver – When The River Meets The Sea
The Hot Hearts – In The Bleak Midwinter
Sara Bareilles – Winter Song
Beta Radio – Winter Eclipse
Johnnyswim – O Come All Ye Faithful
Emmylou Harris – The First Noel
Priscilla Ahn – Silent Night
Johnnyswim – Christmas Day
The Wilderness of Manitoba – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
The Civil Wars – I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
She & Him – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
The Avett Brothers – I Thank God
Johnnyswim – What Are You Doing New Years Eve
Andrew Bird – Auld Lang Syne

have fun, friends! light + love. xx

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