I captured 2019 in one second snippets thanks to a handy app called 1 Second Everyday. The app is pretty straightforward. Every day you capture a little bit of video and trim it inside the app. At the end you mash your video together to get something like this:
I was inspired to try it out by Elise Cripe who started doing hers in 2016. She wrote that she wished she had done this pre-children, so I figured I should take her advice. I’m guessing the content will change pretty significantly once we add a baby to the mix!
I actually didn’t take a video everyday. In fact, there were quite a few months where I missed 5-10 days. November was particularly bad. I didn’t let this stop me and just forgave myself and moved on. Don’t quit! (Note to self: This philosophy applies to way more than just one second videos.)
Some highlights from 2019:
👟I did a lot of running for the first 6 months of the year. I joined an Orange Theory Fitness across from our apartment and went January-June. I capped off my OTF attendance by signing up for the Capitol Hill Classic 10K. I’m would never call myself a runner, so this was a fun challenge.
🍶I threw a lot of pottery. I started pottery in 2018 but stuck with it in 2019. I don’t have much to show for it besides a couple of tiny bowls and a few mugs. It was super fun, but fairly expensive and in a location that was difficult to get to. I haven’t picked it back up and I’m not sure if I will.
✈️We traveled to London, Paris, and Hong Kong. We squished London and Paris into a 36 hour trip over President’s Day weekend. It was a crazy short time period–but you can’t live your life waiting for the perfect opportunity and I’m happy we went. We were in Hong Kong for a week and it was incredible. I never wrote a blog about it, but I took some notes here.
🤪My coworkers got iced a lot. I don’t know why there are so many snippets of people drinking Smirnoff.
🎉We celebrated others. My baby sister graduated high school, a couple weddings, and a friend bought her first home!
🏠We moved…twice. We moved around April out of our beautiful but expensive apartment on 14th St. to a larger but more affordable apartment in Adams Morgan. This was completely upended when we moved only 4 months later to San Francisco.
👩🏽💻I got a new job! After 4 years at Industry Dive and 7 years in DC Jordan & I packed up and moved to California for my new role at Lambda School.
2019 was interesting because it didn’t end anywhere close to how it started. I didn’t begin 2019 with the desire to look for a new job or move out of DC. I’m excited to see what 2020 holds for us in this new city.
At first I wished I had ~*curated the video to make it shorter and snappier, but I’m happy with the length and even the seconds that don’t look “perfect” (whatever that means). They all are memories and have meaning to me.
I have a 64G iPhone and never had a storage issue. I back up my photos/videos occasionally to Dropbox but as soon as I finished compiling my video I deleted all the individual clips off my phone. I did not store the final 4 minute video on my phone, only on YouTube + Dropbox.
The app is free but you can pay a fee for backup, music, and logo removal. I did not pay for the app until the end–I wanted to be able to add some music to my final video. Luckily, you get a 14 day free-trial so I’ll cancel my subscription before then.