Friday, November 01, 2013

30 Days of Thankfulness: The 2013 HaveNotWant Challenge

When times are tough, it can be hard to see the good in your life. To help me cope with cubes being in the hospital last month, I needed to remind myself daily to think about someone or something I was thankful for.

Gates with Niki at Nick's


My daily "Grateful for" practice, got me thinking about my forgotten 365 Days of Thanksgiving project (at the moment there are only fifteen photos in my 2013 365 Days of Thanksgiving Flickr gallery) and the November 2013 HaveNotWant Challenge.

How do you focus on what's important?

Last December, I had this grand idea that for 365 days I'd document who or what I'm grateful for and why and then create a Blurb book. I struggled with the project until last month when life started not going according to plan. Until then a photo a day, every day for 365 days in a row, seemed a tall order.

So, for this year's HaveNotWant Challenge, I decided to combine my passion projects. For this year's HaveNotWant Challenge, I want to focus on the little things, those moments or rituals that are part of our routine and that together make a good life.

Taking the HaveNotWant Challenge

For the month of November, I've put together daily prompts to help us appreciate our everyday lives and the people in those lives a little more. You can participate all month long or just when the prompts resonate, simply tag your photos #HaveNotWant and follow #HaveNotWant to see what others are thankful for.

2013 Have Not Want Instagram Challenge


Will you join me on the HaveNotWant Challenge?

Winning Your Very Own Blurb Book

Because our family has so much to be thankful for this year, I think it's so very important that we take the time to reflect on what we have. To encourage others to participate and to capture these moments -- or others -- in a simple keepsake, I'll be giving away two Instagram photobooks from Blurb (two $25 gift cards).

Curious how you can win a Blurb book? Each photo tagged #havenotwant and shared on Instagram throughout the month of November (photos shared after 11:59PM on November 30th 2013 won't be eligible) will be entered into a random drawing. Winners will be chosen using If two photos from the same person are chosen, I'll draw another random number to find a second winner.

I hope you'll join me this November. Feel free to share this challenge with your family and friends if the theme resonates with you.

genuinely eden

Credits: All layouts designed by and images taken by Eden Hensley Silverstein for The Road to the Good Life.