Well, would you look at that. I came back! Two days in a row! That feels like a major accomplishment 😂 In all seriousness, though, I am so happy to be back in my little corner of the internet and so grateful for all of you who have chosen to follow along. Thank you so much for all of your kind words, support, and encouragement on my last post. And thank you to all who chose to share a little of their own stories. I appreciate you!
I was actually pretty productive today. I cleared my space enough to prep it for all of my supplies and finally opened my long neglected box of December Daily goodies. There’s nothing quite as motivating in memory keeping as thumbing through new beautiful products still in their pristine packaging. I had completely forgotten that I ordered the advent calendar, which is now hanging and ready to go on my backsplash. My plan with those is to save them for days when I am looking for a little push in the inspiration department throughout the month.
I also got my project desk set up the way I like it. Sure, it’s cluttered looking. I pack a lot on there! But it’s a huge tabletop so even with all of those trays and bins along the back edge I still have more than enough room to spread out supplies and play. I’ve organized like this for several years now and it works well for this project where I have a lot of product to choose from. Admittedly, much more than I need, but what can I say, I just love Ali Edwards products!
I also managed to film a video about my Blogmas plans for my YouTube channel, which hopefully I’ll have edited by tomorrow morning. Eek! I better get cracking on that. Before I go, I want to share a peek at my album progress, beacuse I actually made some. I was hoping to get my cover page, “reason why,” and Day 1 in the book tonight, but I dedicated extra time to formatting the big pictures since they’re the first part (i.e. “eye candy”) of the album.
I tend to follow a formula with my December Daily cover pages, which includes a transparency layered with some embellishments, and our most recent professional family portrait. Our photoshoot this fall was a very last minute add and was supposed to just be the kids, but Jessie Hearn, our amazing photographer, had me jump in last minute for a few snaps and what resulted is possibly my most favorite picture to date of the kids and I together. That one made the ‘gram! 😉
This is my “reason why” for embarking on December Daily once again this year:
My “Reason Why” this year is not something I can easily find the words to describe. Perhaps because I do not have the words just yet. It’s more of a feeling. And that feeling is that more than ever, I need this project to make sure that I focus on what’s really important, truly all year long, but especially so during this time of year.
What I know going into my 4th year embarking on this project is that no matter what is happening in my life what matters most to me is looking for, finding, and celebrating magic in the everyday moments. The holidays are ripe with them, if I only take a moment and be present.
Change is inevitable. There is so much out of our control at any given moment. But what I can control is how I choose to live my life in the time that I am given. And I choose to love. Love is magic. Embracing that fully this holiday season.
I already have a plan for Day 1 and Day 2 stories so I am feeling good about that. I hope to play a bit of catchup tomorrow. How’s your project going if you’re taking part this year? I know that finding a groove can feel challenging, but once I see my photos and stories come to life in the album, I get really pumped to keep going.
See you back here tomorrow, I hope! Until then, take good care ❤️
* This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are genuinely my own. *