What's Your Return On Life?

Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends.
— Aberjhani

I read something the other day that struck me.  It was talking about our Return on Life (ROL). In business you calculate the Return on Investment (ROI) by analyzing the time, money and effort put into certain projects and whether or not they benefit or turn a profit for the company. 

So this Return on Life is similar because it requires that you look deep inside yourself and analyze whether or not the time, money and effort you are putting into projects in your life are giving you the best bang for your buck, i.e. making you happy.  And if not, how do you go about eliminating these things and replacing them with things that do benefit you?  I increase my Return on Life each time I do yoga or teach a class or connect with one of you via this blog, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.  

Which brings me to my better half... My husband has embarked on his own personal  journey of increasing his Return on Life by participating in Project 365.  I interviewed him for this blog to explain what exactly he is doing in hopes of inspiring you to start working on things that bring you joy every single day. 

I present to you Alexander, my aspiring photographer. P.S. Many of the photos I use on this blog and elsewhere are taken by him.  

1.       What is Project 365? Project 365 is a photography project.  The whole idea is to get you to shoot a picture everyday.

2.       What gave you the idea to do it? I came upon it by reading an article on the web. I thought it would be a great way to get me to shoot more and the article said you would become a better photographer for it. I thought why not?  But I didn't realize then just how challenging this project is. 

3.       What are some of the unexpected benefits that have come from the challenge? I've met different people that I probably would have never met before had I not been doing this. It also forces you to be creative. Thinking of an idea for a photo everyday is not easy. It catapults you out of your comfort zone. 

4.       What have you learned? I've learned that every shot is not going to be great or even good, but what matters is the process, the journey. You have to take bad shots to learn from them, then you'll start getting better ones. 

5.       What are some of the challenges?  Coming up with ideas of what to shoot and working with a small window of time. Since I work during the week, I shoot after work and there isn't much daylight left to work with.  But this is why I like Project 365. It forces you to work in all types of situations and environments. Because of the shorter days we're having and my 9-5, I'm doing a lot of night photography. 

6.       What advice would you give to someone who wanted to do a similar challenge?  To have fun with it.  You can make it as simple or as difficult as you want, but you should be having fun with the process.  If it's stressing you out too much, just take a moment to remember why you're doing this.There will be days that it's tough but I think you'll come out better at the end.  I'm only on day 49 and sometimes I think that this is going to be impossible to finish, but I'm determined to get it done because I do want to learn and improve. 

To follow Alexander's progress, visit his account on Flickr @cantimpalo.  OM the moment for your soul today by taking stock of your day to day activities and see if they are bringing joy and happiness into your life.  Share your comments, stories, suggestions, etc. below.  

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