On Jan. 1, 2011, I came home from a raucous New Year’s Eve party (raucous being defined as a party involving copious amounts of leftover Christmas cookies and a dozen rounds of Just Dance 2), I got onto Facebook.

After scrolling through several “Happy New Year’s!” status updates, I came across a video posted by an author I’ve “liked.” The video was called “2010: Go Do Fireworks, Just the Way You Are” and was a composition of 365 photos, one for every day of 2010, set to music.

The pictures were of friends and family, cities, homes, everyday things that define daily life, set into motion in such a way that made them elegant and warm. It was just happy – a year of life and love laid out to be remembered.

I decided immediately that I wanted to do it too.

Like a lot of people, I don’t do well with New Year’s resolutions. Or rather, I do really well for about a week, and then slowly trickle into laziness until I just give it up entirely.

But this was different: 2011 is promised to be a big year; I’m graduating high school and starting college, my brother and his wife are having their first child, everything is changing and growing and rearranging. I want to remember 2011.

So, in the spirit of getting off on the right foot, I grabbed my camera (an orange Canon PowerShot SD 1200, if you’re curious) and took a picture of what I was doing right then: relaxing in bed, watching YouTube videos on my laptop. The picture caught my clock in the background, showing the time to be 1:03 a.m., New Year’s Day.

Now it’s April, almost four solid months later, and I’ve succeeded in carrying my camera around wherever I go and taking pictures every day. I’ve taken just over 800 pictures so far; whittling them down to one for each day will be quite the task.

Granted, some days the pictures are more interesting than others. Sometimes, a Wednesday is just a Wednesday, defined by nothing more exciting than wake up, school, home, sleep. Some days it’s a challenge to find something new and interesting to photograph, but I think it makes me better; it forces me to look beyond what I normally see and find something different.

More than anything, this project is a record. Of births and birthdays, adventures, everyday kind of days, friends, family, change, life. The year is a third of the way over, with the most exciting months just on the horizon. Having this living diary of my year has been more fun and creative than I would have imagined, and every day I get excited about what I might find to capture.

This is a great project for anyone to take up. Everything has a built in camera these days, and all it takes is some dedication to start your own “Year in Pictures.” There’s even a great website for it, www.365project.org, where you can post pictures and connect with others doing the project.

Life is found in the everyday moments, and it’s been an eye-opening experience to routinely record those moments in pictures. Pick up your camera and try it for yourself.