The Family Historian

Happy New Year! Let’s start this thing.

Title 1 of The William Morris Project § The Hell Out of Myself clearly states that I should

  • Take more pictures of myself, regardless of how I do/don’t look
  • Organize/display family pictures
  • Keep the displays current, but hang onto favorites (No, they can’t all be favorites.)
  • Acknowledge accomplishments

Therefore, in accordance with the language of this project, I submit to you the following flipagram. It was worth every gray hair–not that I need any more, mind you.

Keep on Walking (Acoustic) | Passenger

Jules Kendall writes about books, family, and easygoing simplicity.


  1. Kara says

    I seriously cried! Crazy inspirational. For real Jules, you rocked that resolution. My 2014 will be different because I follow your blog. You and your blog really are the best medicine for a momma trying to find her way. Thank you!

    • says

      :) Thank you. I keep blogging because in a lot of ways I think it has made me a better person. It certainly has exposed me to new ideas, new people, and a new way at looking at life. Sure, there are some crazy crack-pot bloggers out there that make you want to pull your hair out, but I have found a lot of inspiration (like my 365 walking) from reading blogs. It’s nice to know I’m paying if forward in a way.

      You know, putting the flipagram together was so much work. Flipagram organizes your photos in reverse chronological order! Whaaat??? I had over 600 pictures to put into chronological order WITH MY FINGER because I had to use my ipad. It’s such a major design flaw in an otherwise perfect app! Then I cut it down to 490. By 3am, I was over it and started deleting even more pictures. I think the final count is 440, and some of the earliest pictures aren’t even in the right order. My neck is still sore.

      I finish it at 4am and I was feeling really stupid, until I hit play. Then I got the biggest smile on my face! I know I walked every day, but to see it all there was really neat. I like this much better than the book idea I originally had. I’ll be more organized about it this year, but I’ll do another one for 2014. It really is motivating now for me to work on my resolutions knowing I can make a flipagram at the end of the year.

  2. Jennifer says

    Jules, that was really wonderful! Loved it. What a wonderful record of your accomplishment! The music was a perfect choice. Happy 2014!

  3. Arli says

    Wow, wow, wow. That was almost as incredible as the fact that YOU DID IT! I don’t know you, but am so proud of you. What an inspiration you are, and the flipgram was stunning. Perhaps a new career???

    All the best to you and the family for 2014. Can’t wait to see what’s in store.

  4. Anna L says

    Jules, you’re wonderful! As someone who transformed from no exercise to running a few years ago, I fully appreciate just how amazing 365 days of walks is!!! Such a big congratulations. I’m cheering you on for the next project and year. You say it might be boring or not a change, but it is. I think we do the most through those little changes and small pieces than big ones. It gives me some motivation to do the same, so thanks for sharing your experiences.

    Happy New Year!

    • says

      Thank you. :)

      “Death by paper cuts” is one of my favorite sayings, and the reverse is true, too. It really is the little things in the end.

  5. says

    What a fabulous way to present your photos. The format of mostly-feet really worked well in this format! Congratulations on such a great achievement – doing anything every single day for a year is a great achievement.

  6. says

    You’ve inspired me. I’m making walking my goal for 2014. We’ll see if I’m as successful as you’ve been. I hope that I am. :)

    Happy New Year to you!

    • says

      I am! I’m still in shock. I know walking is no big deal to some people, especially people living in a big metropolitan city like NY, but it was a big deal to someone as sedentary as I once was.

  7. says

    I have seen a lot of flipagrams over the past few days. Many of them have moved me in different ways but none have inspired me the way yours did. I want you to know that you have inspired a random mama in Georgia to get off her tail and hit the trail. Thank You!!!

  8. Beverly says

    You are amazing and inspiring! I am much older than you, ahem, today is my birthday…and
    I LOVE reading your blog! Congratulations on your 365 days! I walked everyday for years and then somehow forgot where I was going….tomorrow I will pick up where I left off. My friends and I used to joke that we could solve all the worlds problems on our walks :)

  9. Samma says

    Jules, this is such a lovely composite with a great song accent. I love that you included pictures of your face throughout, and having read your blog for xy? years now I’m sure you agonized over both the choice and the images you selected. For what it’s worth, you’re just as lovely outside as you are inside, and I’m proud of the courage you had.

    Thanks for letting me walk with you. As a no-longer-living-in-CA girl, your daily images have made me nostalgic, happy and homesick, and your inspiration has me both walking and streamlining my own house. The binder full of those stupid instruction manuals you get with every random purchase, and don’t feel like you can throw away has a place of honor in our junk drawer, and even my husband knows that’s where that stuff lives now.

    Little things, but big impacts. So I’m glad you’re keeping your little spot of the internet warm. Happy New Year!

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