A Day in the Life | Heads Up for Winter 2016

It's that time again, and actually I'm a little late with this heads up. Instead of recording the beginning of January we will just to the mid-end of January this quarter, okay?

(Fall 2015 round up collage, so many faces and stories clustered together!)
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The details:

Any time from today until January 26th you should record your day in detail. That gives you two weeks to decide on a day.

It can be as specific or as general as you want. I personally tend to record these days as a note in my phone, including specific times of day as I'm psychotic with details. Totally not necessary for you to do the same, as simple is probably better and means it's less overwhelming! I try to jot down quotes from the kids, to mention my thoughts as things are happening, and to keep track of the nitty gritty details in a day. I would probably remember enough if I just sat down and tried to type it all a day or two later but I don't trust my mommy brain *that* much. So a note on my phone is a must for me.

Snap pictures as you go along, the easiest method being with your phone but if you are feeling extra energetic, a 'fancy' camera also works for a post like this. Sometimes just taking a screen shot of your phone to remember the time of day, or an email you read, the weather forecast, et cetera is helpful as you write up the posts. I also like the seemingly random pictures of messy houses, meals, receipts, pets, the scenery from your parking lot spot, your house, and so on. Making collages for your pictures is helpful when it's difficult to choose which images to post (always a serious issue for me). Again, get as detailed or as general as you want with the pictures, but I think the mundane details are what makes these posts interesting. Don't forget to get pictures of YOU in this post, either. Get your friends and family involved. Maybe purchase a selfie stick (I just got one and you can bet your butt I'll use it this time!) but step in front of the camera for this post.

My method is that I just email myself the iPhone 'note' from the day, and then I paste it into my blog post as a foundation. I'll go back and clean it up, elaborate on thoughts/events, and make sure it's written in English instead of just abbreviations from my note. Then I will add the pictures after that. Whatever method works for you though, as there are many ways to write about a single day in your life!

It's a lot of fun to read back on my own posts, and it's also quite entertaining to read everyone else's day. If you want to play along this quarter, here is what to do:

1. Record any day from now until January 26th. Type it up and turn it into a blog post. You can do it!

2. Email me the following to mylifeintransitionblog at gmail dot com by January 27th:

*your blog title,
*your location (state or country is fine),
*the link to your post,
*and please attach the file of the photo you want to be featured in the round up post.
*optional: give me your Instagram name, perhaps I will attempt to tag everyone over there if extra energetic.

3. I will post everyone's link and picture by January 30th here on my blog. Get the popcorn and clear your schedule for this one!

I love reading these posts from women all around the world, and encourage you to try it even if you aren't a blogger. And it's definitely not just for mommy bloggers, either! You could turn these posts into a photo book, you could let them live online if you have a blog, or you could just look back on them and reminisce about the glory days once life settles down a bit more (ha!). Laura, the original founder of this Day in the Life link up, also records an entire week during one of these quarterly sessions. That is something I've never tackled before, but maybe someday if I'm feeling particularly adventurous. I know she makes those posts into a photo album book and her family is going to greatly appreciate the time it took to record every day events.

I will do these quarterly: January, April, July, and October. USUALLY, you can expect to record your day and post about it in the first fourteen days, send it to me, and I will continue to post the round up by the twentieth of those months. This is an off quarter for me, but we'll still get it done a little later in the month, no biggie!

So pick your day (or week) and get to it!


  1. Ack! I know I should do this but I haven't blogged in ages and don't know if I can muster the energy...

    1. Totally get it, such an undertaking. But always worth it once it's over;)

  2. I was going to suggest you push it back every year so that we aren't always recording the same 4 2-week increments but then thought that was too OCD. Glad it worked out that way naturally, ha!

  3. I love this! Hoping to participate this year!

  4. Grr. I always do a weekday but I think this time I'll do a weekend.

  5. I was thinking it was about that time for another ditl! I always look forward to participating and reading everyone's posts.

  6. Hi there! I've dipped in and out of your blog here and there over the last five years. You've actually been a bit of a source of support, as each of your kids is six or so months older than mine, so I enjoyed reading your pregnancy posts while I went through my own pregnancies. When I was unexpectedly pregnant with baby #3 (now four months old), I really enjoyed reading your early posts with Porter, as I tried to get my head around my own family of 5!

    I'm working part time as a doctor here in Australia and I really have no idea how I fill in my stay-at-home-mum days so I will try to give your DITL a try.

    It is 35 degrees celcius here today (95F) so I imagine my photos of the day will look a little different than yours. (And we certainly wont be needing those amazing boots!)

    1. Sounds awesome! Can't wait to read, and cannot imagine temps ever being 95 degrees. Like a dream!

  7. Will try to include a visit to our local beach then, just to rub it in.



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