The true tale of one woman who kept her New Year's resolution
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TESS' VIDEO BLOGTo check out Tess Yarbrough's video blog, go to www.youtube.com/user/safetytess.
Well, a new year is almost upon us and with a new year comes the requisite New Year's resolution. Almost everyone makes them, but - let's be honest - hardly anyone keeps them.
Tess Yarbrough, however, is hardly anyone. Not only did the spunky 20-year-old from Victoria keep her resolution, but because she did, she has a better insight into 2010 than most people do.
For the past 365 days, Yarbrough has been documenting a year of her life through her video blog, or vlog, called "SafetyTess Vlogs" and posting one video clip every day for the past year on her YouTube channel. The videos range from 15 minutes to 25 seconds and include everything from Yarbrough just walking down the street and talking directly to the camera to documenting the road trip she took to meet her favorite band, Tegan and Sarah. An avid music lover and guitar player (she auditioned for "American Idol" this year and plans to again in 2011), many of the videos are also music-themed, such as Yarbrough playing open mic night at Hastings.
"It all started when my dad got sick in 2009 with severe diabetic myopathy, and I didn't know what to do with myself. To take my mind off it, I started watching YouTube videos and people's vlogs. I started thinking how cool would it be to document a year of your life?" she said. "I've always loved video, and so I invested in a better camera and decided to get really into it. I actually made it my New Year's resolution."
Video is nothing new to Yarbrough, who works the morning news shift at the Victoria TV station. However, keeping up with the project was no easy task. Yarbrough admits it was a lot of work to edit and post a video every single day. But even if she was sick, she still managed to put something up, even if she just strung together some random video clips, she said.
"I have 92 subscribers, which isn't a lot, but some of them would get mad if I was late posting a video," she said.
There were also the strange looks she got from people as she filmed herself doing everyday activities.
But in the end, the payoff was worth it, she said.
"Seeing yourself every day, you don't realize how much you change, from your haircut to your attitude," she added. "I love documenting my life, from videos to scrap booking. And I love how I can capture life through the camera. In fact, after a year of doing this, the camera has become like a person to me."
Although the project ends on Jan. 1, Yarbrough already has her new resolution in mind for 2011.
"I want to learn to juggle and beat box," she laughed.
But that doesn't mean she's giving up on video entirely.
"Once this year is up, I'm thinking maybe I'll start posting videos weekly or maybe have a Web show with music," she said. "I'd love to have a YouTube-sponsored vlog or maybe someday work at Maker Studio in Los Angeles, which makes scripted YouTube clips."
TESS' VIDEO BLOG
To check out Tess Yarbrough's video blog, go to: www.youtube.com/user/safetytess