12.12.12 - THE MORNING ROUTINE - xanthe berkeley
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Embarking on this 12.12.12 project has been wonderful to say the least…

I took part in 10.10.10 and then upped the game for 11.11.11… I loved this idea of capturing one day in our life on this special date…

As I knew I would be taking part 12.12.12 I thought I’d gather participants from my Creating Time Capsules courses to see if we could all do it together… hold each others hands through the process, share ideas and then get to watch everyone’s day in the weeks that followed. Anyone was welcome to join our group and even though not everyone took part took part on the day, it was great to have this community supporting each other.

Hopeful world jumped on board with me and together we’ve created a little mini film festival for people to enter their films… closing date is 14th Jan… there’s still time to enter…

There were great plans of doing something different for capturing my day, so I shot plenty… I wanted to present it differently as last year but kept finding myself editing in the same style. So instead of fighting it, I embraced it. This is my voice. This is my style. And I should own that.

I loved the fact that last year was broken down into sections of the day – morning, day and evening… especially loving the morning routine. SO why try and make it be different, why not create a similar piece that within it will share the similarities and differences of our life one year later.

This was a big step for me.

My films aren’t prefect by any means, I really struggled with lighting in our new dark flat in December and there were some tech issues, but the essence and the storytelling is us, and you know what, that’s what matters to me.

This is part one… with the next part coming on Monday…

Making these films is such a gift to my family, but you know what was the biggest and bestest part of this project, was watching everyone else’s stories of their day… how some had taken tips and tricks I’d shown them in Creating Time Capsules… but most importantly, they made the commitment to shoot on 12.12.12 and finish the project.

This has now sparked my new course A JOURNEY, where we’re going to do the same… making a commitment to shoot and edit our stories, give the gift to ourselves of personal projects and go on a journey together as a community… I’m so excited… there’s still time to jump on board, why don’t you join us?



  • Mary Liebeskind
    Posted at 16:54h, 14 January Reply

    Cute family!!!! Your boys are sweet

  • Rosie
    Posted at 14:48h, 13 January Reply

    So wonderful, Xanthe! Can’t wait to see the rest of the day!

  • Irene
    Posted at 17:21h, 12 January Reply

    this is so so so wonderful Xanthe.

    and you probably my absolute favorite family in the whole world.

  • anneberit
    Posted at 13:48h, 12 January Reply

    Wow. Loved a peak into your morning of 12.12.12.

  • Naomi
    Posted at 06:46h, 12 January Reply

    Was either a lens cap in that pocket or a skinny can of Skoal. Loved that and the cat on the counter!

  • samm blake
    Posted at 05:04h, 12 January Reply

    beautiful xx

  • elke
    Posted at 20:07h, 11 January Reply

    big smiles here. Wonderful capture of your morning. Love that you are staying true to your unique style

  • francesca / mrs eliot books
    Posted at 16:51h, 11 January Reply

    love it xanna. especially the lens cap in the back pocket. priceless 🙂 x

  • kim
    Posted at 15:59h, 11 January Reply

    oh Xanthe….. this was perfect…. truly… perfect.
    i am in awe…

    love to you and your boys! xo

  • Pen
    Posted at 15:53h, 11 January Reply

    Precious and inspirational. I love your time capsules xx

  • gitanjali
    Posted at 15:06h, 11 January Reply

    Hi Xanthe,
    I love your films a lot. They were my inspiration to start filming in the first place. Your time capsule is just wonderful. I love your colorful home, your beautiful sons and your cats always make me go awwwww! You are a fabulous story teller. I can’t wait for the next segment and I cannot wait for A Journey to begin.

  • Pam
    Posted at 14:55h, 11 January Reply

    To me, viewing your work is like taking in all this goodness. It’s visual sustenance. It’s inspring, exhilarating, calming, all those things together. I love what you do and it’s profoundly changed my work, taking your earlier course and now crossing days off the calendar until the 22nd. Thank you, Xanathe. Again and again. Was that a lens cap in your back pocket in the kitchen? (grin). Peace and blessings to your loving lovely family.

  • Lou @ Littlegreenshed
    Posted at 14:55h, 11 January Reply

    Love it! I love the cat staring out the window, I love that you have your lense cap in your back pocket. I love that Cosmo is such a natural. I love that your family just get you! Perfect x

  • Kathy
    Posted at 14:22h, 11 January Reply

    LOVE so much. I can’t wait to see part II on Monday. You are such an inspiration. I’m starting to get mine together and hope to post soon. I loved seeing the camera lens cap in your pocket while you were in the kitchen and the conversations with the boys. Priceless. They have grown so much since 11.11.11.

  • susan
    Posted at 14:20h, 11 January Reply

    always inspired to create after watching a ‘xanthe’ time capsule! thanks for sharing this ~ susan

  • Charlene
    Posted at 14:06h, 11 January Reply

    Loved your movie Xanthe…love the lens cap in your back pocket…love your choice in music…love the inclusiveness of the entire family…even the cats. <3

  • Francesca
    Posted at 13:43h, 11 January Reply

    Gorgeous as always, Xanthe! Love the foggy morning you were able to capture.

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