Capturing My 365/366

As I begin living my life On Purpose and With Purpose in 2016 I have started a 365/366 utilizing the CaptureYour365 Challenge ideas for shots. I’m posting the shots here as a way to not only share them but also as a means to ensure that I am regularly posting to this site.

I look forward to your feedback.

CY365 Selfie
Day 3 – The prompt for this photo was “This is So Me”, well in some ways it is. I had hoped to have my eyes open but that was not a good shot. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Day four was deserving of two shots. As we finally begin to experience winter in northeast Ohio the desire to take in God’s beauty was strong and led me to Wildwood State Park. Not a good decision – the winds were brutal, but I think the shots were pretty sweet!

Winter Beach Scene
Day 4 – The Challenge prompt was “Need This” (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)
Winter Sky
Day 4 – “Need This,” I definitely needed to pause and take in God’s beauty. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)


One Word. Purpose.


Webster’s dictionary defines purpose as:

noun pur·pose \ˈpər-pəs\

  • : the reason why something is done or used: the aim or intention of something

  • : the feeling of being determined to do or achieve something

  • : the aim or goal of a person: what a person is trying to do, become, etc.

This year I plan to live with purpose and on purpose. This is my word for 2016 and I am prayerful that it will help guide my life in positive ways.


Living on Purpose, with Purpose


We are a little over twelve hours into a new year as I write this and I pray that the beginning of your life’s next chapter has begun well. I had a fabulous time ringing in the new year with friends last evening – the fun was so good I didn’t make it to bed until 5 a.m.! Needless to say, today has been pretty relaxed!

The beginning of a new year is a time of reflection, anticipation and resolving to do things differently. You know the usual – lose weight, join the local gym, eliminate the bad things in your life. The unfortunate part of this story is that statistically we as a people are not good at keeping our resolve after February.

I have never been one to make resolutions; however over the last several years I have challenged myself to do new things and set personal growth goals.

This year I will once again attempt to do a 365 Photo Challenge. Utilizing the Capture Your 365 site for ideas I will begin my journey here today.

Today’s fitting theme is Fresh Start and the photo below is of my husband as we start a fresh chapter in our lives. There were many other photos, but barring any conversations about my plans for their pictures I chose not to use.

What is he thinking? I can never really tell when I shoot his picture, that is unless I catch him off guard.

I hope you will join me for the next 366 days as I document this 365/366 project – it’s a leap year!