29 May 2013

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you know how i have been doing photo a day challenges for over a year now? well, i have and i love it. i love it so much that i began to make my own challenges last december. and that whole process has been amazing in itself. it is really humbling to have people from all over the world join in the photo journeys that i have created. some months i have created the list on my own, and other months i have asked other to get involved by suggesting word prompts of their own. these monthly photo journeys have blossomed into a collaborative, global, theme-centered experience. and i am overwhelmed and excited by all of it!

may has been a stellar month for the bllphotaday (belovelive photo a day) challenge. somewhere in the past week we passed 1,100 bllphotoaday tags on instagram! what that means is that there are now more than 1.100 photos that have been tagged and a part of this photo journey. (take a peek here!) that’s amazing!!! we now have followers and participants from all areas of the world, making it a fun opportunity to see little snippets of each others’ lives, countries, and cultures. 

in addition, by turning the challenges into journeys, i hope that to inspire us all to not just think about taking and sharing cool photos, but also reflecting on who we are, our lives, what’s important, and life in general. and the awesome part is, we get to share these journeys with each other. 

so, today i want to say a great big THANK YOU to those of you who are  joining in and creating such an amazing IG community. i have been so blessed and inspired by all of your talent, beauty, & peeks into your daily lives. you have enriched my journey and my life.

for me, it has meant so much to “get to know” people from different places; so much so, that given the chance, we would love to meet up for a cup of coffee or a pint of beer one day. i suppose this is one way to actually form friendships in the globally connected, social media driven, 21st century world we live in today. not something i would have ever imagined in the past, but now something i could not imagine living without.

i encourage you, if you have instagram, to join in bll’s photo journey for june. and if you haven’t yet, search for the hashtag #bllphotoaday and check out all the inspiring people and beautiful photos you find there! soon, you’ll be clicking and liking others’ photos, and they will in turn be clicking & liking your stuff. and you will being building an amazing, wonderful, supporting community through images and words.

 with all that said, let me now say this:


in june it’s all about enjoying the simple things in life… a time to remember that, even in the middle of our messy, busy, complicated lives, we can choose to live simply and to simply live. there’s also alot of craziness going on in my life personally in june, and i was afraid that i might get out of control & all wrapped up in the stress and craziness of moving out of our apartment. so, that is another reason i decided to focus on simplicity. to help keep me grounded, focused, and calm. this month i invite you to join me in finding one simple, beautiful moment every day & sharing it on instagram (or other places) by tagging it #bllphotoaday. can’t wait to see all of your amazing photos!! an amazing, supportive community is waiting for you!

here’s june’s list! 

june photo a daysave it to your desktop or on your smartphone, so you know what the word is for each and every day. as i was thinking about simplicity, i realized that there are so many ways we can make our lives more simple, so i organized the month into six different themes that are centered on simplicity. each of the five words under each mini-theme give you something to focus on for those five days. remember that it’s all about how you interpret the word. be creative and express yourself however you want! 

here’s a link to instagram so you can sign up & get started! click here to join in.


and if you want to become part of the bllphotoaday community, just follow me at @lizslens on instagram.

if you don’t have or don’t want instagram (which is totally fine!), then simply post your pics on facebook or on your blog. but, let me know, so i can follow along. i’ll do my best to spread the word that you are participating. however, the best way to create a photo journey community is actually on instagram. buuuuut, there is one more option… you can post your photos every day to belovelive’s facebook page! perhaps we can get that community growing as well! invite your FB friends to “like” belovelive’s page and then our community will spread even further & wider! think of all the inspiration! click here to go to belovelive’s page.

so, there ya go! we’re all ready for june. 

i just wanna give one more shout out to all of you #bllphotoaday photographers & friends. it has been an amazing ride, and i can’t wait to see what’s in store next!


keepin’ it simple. peace & love.

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  • Reply Louise Gallagher 29 May 2013 at 14:57

    Ok. So I didn’t do very well on staying in the flow of May’s photos. I’ll go for June!

    LOVE your photo! 🙂

    • Reply liz 30 May 2013 at 09:14

      thanks!! great that you’re gonna join in. it actually takes a while to get in the flow of doing a photo challenge… at least it did for me. i was totally unreliable and all over the place when i first started. just do whatever you want and can!

  • Reply Lexie 29 May 2013 at 23:42

    Congratulations on so much success and doing/creating photo challenges for more than a year- awesome!

    So I’m all about new projects and simplicity beckons for the summer! 🙂
    I can’t do instagram because I don’t have an iphone so I will try this on tumblr!

    Very exciting!

    • Reply liz 30 May 2013 at 09:15

      great! i’m excited that you feel that the simplicity theme is something that speaks to you. i will most definitely be following your posts on tumblr! thanks for the link. 🙂

      wishing you a simple & beautiful journey this month, in all of your life. xo

  • Reply southernhon 30 May 2013 at 14:46

    I’m going to try to do this in June. I’m peacesong464 on Instagram.

    • Reply liz 31 May 2013 at 13:41

      Great!! I’m following you on IG and looking forward to seeing your photos! 🙂

  • Reply Theresa Largusa (@TheresaLargusa) 30 May 2013 at 16:50

    Hi Liz, I’m on board for June’s bllphotoaday challenge. Love the theme. Great way to get into the summer spirit.

    • Reply liz 31 May 2013 at 13:41

      Hi Theresa! So glad you are beginning your summer by joining in!

  • Reply ash 31 May 2013 at 01:13

    I think I’m going to try June’s challenge! I’m thinking of maybe using some of the words as blog post prompts as well, if that’s alright with you. :]

    • Reply liz 31 May 2013 at 13:44

      Woo hoo! Ash, that makes me so excited!! Of course you can use the words on your blog as well. Looking froward to seeing what you come up with. 🙂

  • Reply Laura4NYC 31 May 2013 at 04:55

    Yaaay, my birthday month! I am in!

    • Reply liz 31 May 2013 at 13:45

      Happy Birthday month!! So happy to have you in!

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  • Reply poetlandia 31 May 2013 at 06:20

    This is going to inspire me to get my iTouch functioning so I can sign up! Especially as simplicity is the first thing I’m doing on my own wee journey.

    Very cool thing to be doing. i love it.

    • Reply liz 31 May 2013 at 13:47

      I am so excited that you will be joining in, and moreover that it seems to be perfect timing on your journey. 🙂 Can’t wait to follow along a little. xo

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  • Reply grumpygranny 9 Jun 2013 at 05:09

    I’d love to join you on Instagram, but I have only a semi-smart phone that allows me to check my blog and take photos, but not to download many apps. So…I’ll be doing photos as I can on my own blog… I’m already late for June, but better late than never, right? And congratulations on your move back to the US!!

    • Reply liz 9 Jun 2013 at 12:17

      Yay! Join right in! I just decided to start posting my daily photos on my blog, and here it is the middle of the month. 🙂 I’m looking forward to seeing what you share!

      And thanks… obviously we are over the top excited!

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