I finished my Project 365 yesterday! It’s hard for me to believe I made it, but I’ve taken a picture every day for the last year. It’s been a great experience that I highly recommend. I thought I’d post a few observations and then pose a question about what comes next. I'll also add a few random photos from the year, but realize that trying to narrow the year down to six or eight pictures and calling them my favourites or the best is impossible. The benefits are many. I took roughly five times as many photos over the last year as I did the previous year. From that came a comfort with my cameras, software and processing that I didn’t have before. My composition skills improved, significantly I think. More importantly, I learned to take notice of the world around me. I explored new places in pursuit of photo opportunities. It took me from thinking about photography when I went on a trip to thinking about it every day. My GM1 was invaluable as it went everywhere with me. I documented my life much better than in the past--family, travel, friends, events, etc. It was also a daily challenge that gave me something to work toward rather than just existing in the day-to-day cycle of work, eat, sleep, repeat. The downside of doing a Project 365? It does require a single-minded focus (sorry) and discipline. I tend to be goal-oriented and do well with structure, so it worked well for me. Most of the time it was something I looked forward to rather than something I dreaded. For a little while every day, whether it was moments or hours, the stress of life faded and I could just pursue and create a photograph. I'll also add that posting on the Equinox and Daily Challenge threads on this forum the last couple months made it more enjoyable. There are many talented, interesting and helpful people here. My favourite photos from the year are turning out to be the ones of family, friends, travel and adventures. Yes, I have some landscapes, flowers, etc. that I think turned out very well. But the ones that make me smile are the photos of my kids, pets, travel, mountain biking and hiking—the photos with great memories rather than just great composition. I’m ready for a break, but I’m wondering where I go from here to maintain the momentum. I don’t want to start another 365, but I would like to give myself a goal or some structure. Here are some ideas I’ve had: · Photograph every location/hike in a local/regional guidebook over the course of a year. · Set up a series of monthly challenges for myself for things I enjoy or want to improve. Alternatively, I believe there are some websites that have organized challenges. · Set an objective of taking more and better “memory” photos to document my life, a photo journal of sorts. · Somehow challenge myself to work on my biggest weaknesses—photographing people. What ideas do you have? Have you seen any challenges or projects that seem relevant that you could suggest?