Document Your Life: November 2015

Over the last few months I’ve dabbled around with making YouTube videos. I took part in the ‘Would you rather?’ tag, shared my Top 5 Beauty Products and reviewed a toy for Fisher Price. Whilst I’m still trying to find the direction I want to take my channel in, I’m pretty sure I’m not a ‘sit down and talk to the camera’ type of vlogger. Even though I’ve had some lovely comments, when I watch the videos back I can see how uncomfortable and nervous I am. I think for now, I’ll leave those type of videos to the beautiful people!

Recently I stumbled across a YouTube project called ‘Document Your Life’. People all over the world make and upload monthly videos – compilations of short video clips from their daily lives set to music. I was instantly hooked on watching these videos and watched one after another after another.

I decided that I’d love to take part too and, rather uncharacteristically, also decided I would start the very next month. Normally in situations like this I’d wait until January or until I could afford a super-fancy computer to edit on. But no, I decided to start in November and use my irritatingly slow laptop (which makes me want to punch it in the QWERTY every time I use it).

Things were going well and I was really enjoying filming little snippets of our day and putting them together (however slowly). And then, well, November turned out to be a pretty awful month. I had a second miscarriage and suddenly everything was all doom and gloom. The last thing I wanted to do was pick up a camera and film, I didn’t have any motivation to do anything.

I thought about scrapping the video completely – it felt too short and disjointed. Not only that, I couldn’t use the song I had lovingly chosen as it was 3 times as long as my footage. After watching the film back a few times, I realised that despite its faults, it still made me smile.

And that’s why I’m sharing it anyway…

The dog walk on a windy, grey day.

The moment of peace and tranquility I enjoyed by the fish pond.

The way Jasmine’s face lit up when I kissed her on the cheek.

How could I leave those moments to just sit and fester in a folder on my computer?

Video, for me, has always been about preserving memories – first and foremost.

There we have it, my less than perfect video of moments from a less than perfect month. Memories preserved.

I can’t wait to get stuck into December…

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  1. Avatar December 2, 2015 / 8:42 pm

    I’m so sorry to read about your miscarriage and hope December is a better month for you. I loved your video, so cute and thanks for linking up to the #bestandworst

    • Jenna December 3, 2015 / 10:21 am

      Thank you, Helen – I hope so too. Glad you liked the video. Thanks for hosting #bestandworst xx

  2. Avatar December 4, 2015 / 12:14 pm

    Sorry to hear about ur miscarriage. The video is cute its definitely worth preserving memories

    • Jenna December 5, 2015 / 1:40 pm

      Thanks, Joanna. I think they will wonderful to look back on in years to come. :) x

  3. Avatar December 4, 2015 / 12:35 pm

    This is such a lovely idea, what a perfect way to record all these little moments. I have watched it several times with Arthur and his favourite bit is Jasmine eating on the bed at the end :) I might give this a go one month, do you use your joby tripod to film when you’re out and about? I have one, I just need to get organsied with it! Lovely xx

    • Jenna December 5, 2015 / 1:47 pm

      Aww, I’m glad Arthur enjoyed watching it. Jasmine eating toast on my bed is my favourite part too. She had been so poorly that day so I put on a Disney film to cheer her up. I haven’t used my tripod but I really should – I have the world’s shakiest hands! Would love to see yours, you definitely should give it a go. xx

  4. Avatar December 4, 2015 / 1:19 pm

    I really liked this little video. I think it’s a lovely idea! Just a way of making a short montage into something special you should definitely do them more often :) I love the end shot of her eating toast on your bed :)

    • Jenna December 5, 2015 / 1:53 pm

      Thanks, Alice. I am definitely going to try and do one each month – it’ll be a bit time consuming but it will be nice to build up a collection of videos over the years. That’s my favourite part of the film too – she looks so happy and content. xx

  5. Avatar December 4, 2015 / 4:22 pm

    Jenna I’m so sorry to read about your second miscarraige, sending all my love and keep strong. I hope you three ( and doggy) have a lovely December and Christmas xx

    • Jenna December 5, 2015 / 1:54 pm

      Thanks, Polly. I’m hoping Christmas will be a lovely focus for us over the next few weeks. xx

  6. Avatar December 4, 2015 / 7:43 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your miscarriage, that must have been devastating. I hope December is brighter for you. I love a dog walk on a cold crisp day and kissing little rosy cheeks.

    • Jenna December 5, 2015 / 2:05 pm

      It was/is devastating. :( Thanks so much, Kate – I hope so too. Kissing little rosy cheeks is the best. xx

  7. Avatar December 4, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    What a lovely video. I’m so sorry to hear about your miscarriage, sending love and hugs to you xx

    • Jenna December 5, 2015 / 2:15 pm

      Thanks so much, Emma – very kind of you. xx

  8. Avatar December 4, 2015 / 9:56 pm

    I’m not a chatty talk to the camera kind of vlogger either, I’ve never heard of document you life type vloggers, but I guess my monthly round ups are basically that! I enjoy making them and for me they create beautiful memories. So sorry to hear about your miscarriage, lots of hugs being sent your way xx

    • Jenna December 5, 2015 / 2:21 pm

      Thank you, lovely. It definitely sounds like you were making ‘document your life’ type videos anyway. I bet they will be so nice to look back on. I wish I’d started sooner. xx

  9. Avatar December 5, 2015 / 8:06 am

    I am so sorry to hear your sad news, but you sound like you’ve found a way to deal with it which is really positive. Fingers crossed December is a happy one for you xxx

    • Jenna December 5, 2015 / 2:23 pm

      Thanks, Ally – yep I think just keeping busy and having something like the videos to focus on will help me to move on. xx

  10. Avatar December 6, 2015 / 3:06 pm

    I’m so so sorry to hear about your miscarriage. So sad, but I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a brilliant 2016. x

    • Jenna December 6, 2015 / 10:12 pm

      Thank you for your kinds words – after having a miserable couple of weeks, I’m feeling positive again and looking forward to the future. xx

  11. Avatar December 6, 2015 / 6:06 pm

    Your video is beautiful, Jenna, beautiful smiles and memories. I am very sorry for your loss.xx

    • Jenna December 6, 2015 / 10:15 pm

      Thanks so much – that’s very kind of you to say. xx

  12. Avatar December 6, 2015 / 8:30 pm

    This is a beautiful video Jenna I love the beginning. And I am off to subscribe to you on You Tube! x

    • Jenna December 6, 2015 / 10:20 pm

      Thanks so much, Katie. :) xx

  13. Avatar December 6, 2015 / 11:16 pm

    Lovely video and what a great idea. Really sums up your November. December is going to be busy now.

    • Jenna December 6, 2015 / 11:31 pm

      Thanks so much, Janine. Yes, December has been really busy already – loving it though. :) xx

  14. Avatar December 7, 2015 / 10:39 pm

    So sorry to hear about your miscarraige. Goodluck in December xxx

    • Jenna December 8, 2015 / 8:59 am

      Thanks Kellie – hoping it will be a much happier month for us all. xx

  15. Avatar December 7, 2015 / 11:21 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. So sad, lots of love and hugs x

    The video is really beautiful. I am not usually a vlog type of a person, but that was so sweet. Just everyday little things, shared, it didn’t disjointed at all. It was like a little peek into your day to day life, so sweet :) I think I might be inspired to make my own video as well!

    Thanks for linking to #mymonthlyroundup

    • Jenna December 8, 2015 / 9:05 am

      Thanks Sanna – that means a lot. x

      I’m glad you like the video. I’ve never been that into vlogs either but I am addicted to watch the Document You Life videos. You should definitely make your own videos – they’d go great in your monthly round up posts. xx

  16. Avatar December 8, 2015 / 11:54 am

    I love this video and the idea behind this project. And it shows that even in a horrible month there can be moments to make you smile. Moments that are full of love and quiet beauty. This video reflects that perfectly. Big hugs to you beautiful lady. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    • Jenna December 8, 2015 / 1:23 pm

      Thank you so much, Lucy. You have described exactly what I was hoping to achieve so I’m really pleased you think that. xx

  17. Avatar December 8, 2015 / 11:22 pm

    Aw I love your video, it’s beautiful, I’m so glad you still finished it, though I can completely understand why you didn’t feel like it. I hope you get more of these lovely moments in December. Becky x #mymonthlyroundup

    • Jenna December 9, 2015 / 2:33 pm

      Aw -thank you for such a lovely comment, Becky. :) I’m really glad I finished it too, I think I would have regretted it if I hadn’t. December is shaping up to be a lovely month so far. :) xx

  18. Avatar December 10, 2015 / 10:36 pm

    This is such a lovely video Jenna! It’s poignant and bittersweet but also full of those little happy moments we sometimes forget about. I hope you’re making one for December too. Vx

    • Jenna December 11, 2015 / 3:10 pm

      Ahh thank you so much, Vickie. That’s definitely what I was aiming for and I’m so pleased that watching it back makes me smile despite what a horrible month it was for us. Oh yes – I am working on December’s video. :) xx

  19. Avatar December 13, 2015 / 6:35 pm

    Aaah Jen — I blooming LOVE this idea!!! I may join you in January — I have made a new years resolution to vlog more and chatting to the camera — randomly — about our life is not really for me. I need to have a purpose and a prompt. LOVE your little film — the music suits it so well xxxxx

    • Jenna December 13, 2015 / 10:29 pm

      Ohh I would love to see your little January montage, Caro! I hope you join in. :) Yes, I totally struggle with the whole ‘sit down and talk to the camera’ thing. I’m much more comfortable being behind the camera and filming little bits of our every day. xx

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