Hi there! It’s hard to believe it’s been over a year since I last posted on my blog. I didn’t mean to leave it dormant for so long. I even planned and executed a summer photo session with the family to get new portraits for my way out of date about page, thinking I’d certainly have my act together to relaunch this past September. Obviously that didn’t happen. I think part of the problem is I want to tie my return to blogging up in a pretty bow with updates and overhauls to the site. And honestly, that’s just not going to happen right now. All I really need to do to “relaunch” my blog is simply start posting on it again. And that’s exactly what I plan on doing starting now.
I really wanted to do vlogmas this year on my YouTube channel. Unfortunately, I cannot handle that kind of content right now. But I still want to share. Something is urging me to share this holiday season. When I sat down the other day to try to figure out exactly how I can share in a way that feels manageable for me this season, I realized what I truly want to share is the little bits of magic that seem amplified for me this time of year.
I’ve spoken at length in the past about how special and impactful Ali Edward’s December Daily project is for me. Historically, I’ve always looked forward to the holidays and then found myself feeling overwhelmed halfway through the month and unable to truly enjoy the magic of the season. I know I am not alone in this feeling as so many others have shared the same sentiments with me over the years. December Daily is a daily memory keeping project during the month of December that encourages me to pay attention to moments of magic, both big and small, every day. This has dramatically shifted my experience of the month so much so that now, four years in, I cannot imagine my holiday season without it.
Here’s the thing, though, I am not at all prepared this year. My December Daily box of goodies that arrived over a month ago sits unopened on my desk.
My project desk, which I usually have cleaned off and set up with all of my pertinent tools and supplies, is instead filled with things I need to fix that the kids have broken. There are piles of gifts to wrap and send on the stools and the floor. Absolutely nothing about this scene says “I am ready to document the magic!” Notice the card in the basket? Welcome to the shit show, indeed.
I snapped these photos you see here literally moments before I sat down to write this. I’m keeping it super real. I’m off to a wobbly start this season. Yet despite my total lack of preparedness and general disorder of my life right now, I cannot ignore this desire to share. So, here is what I am proposing: I am going to try to commit to my own version of blogmas where I will share snippets of the stories I’m documenting in my December Daily project. Not only is this a way for me to follow my heart and share some of my own holiday magic with you, but it is also a way to keep myself accountable to keeping up with this project which is so very important to me. Honestly, I’m afraid I’ll let it go this year otherwise and I really do not want that to happen.
I cannot guarantee I will blog every single day for the next 25 days but I will try my very hardest. I might need to skip a day here and there and play catchup and that is just fine. I’m not going to hold myself to perfectionist standards and I know you will not either (despite my ego telling me otherwise 😬). My goal for tomorrow is to clear off that desk, open the box, set everything up and just start. And then tomorrow evening I will share what that looks like with you right here on my resurrected blog.
If you decide to follow along with me on this holiday journey, first of all thank you, I am so happy to share with you, but more importantly, I hope you’ll share little bits of your daily magic this season with me as well in the comments. Let’s connect! I’m going to make a real effort to be as present as possible with you.
I’m feeling pumped and just a little bit nervous that I am biting off more than I can chew. I think it’s good to have a little fear when embarking on something new. I want to blog again so I’m going to blog and not worry too much about the site aesthetics or the “perfect” content. I take crappy photos that for the life of me I cannot figure out how to size properly for blogging (any pointers on that would be greatly appreciated). I write conversationally with (far) less than perfect grammar. And yes, my about page will be horrifically outdated probably for awhile longer, but I’ll get to it eventually. What matters to me most right now is connecting with you in a way that feels authentic but also realistic. And I think this might just be the path for that.
Here we go! Check back tomorrow (I hope!) for Blogmas Day 1.
Sending so much holiday cheer and magic your way ❤️
* This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are genuinely my own. *