Remember Me?

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 I even planned and executed a summer photo session with the family to get new portraits for my way out of date about page, thinking I’d certainly have my act together to relaunch this past September.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. *


110 thoughts on “Remember Me?”

  1. I am starting December Daily for the first time this year. I bought the notebook style as it felt more manageable to begin with in comparison to an entire album.😬 I am so excited to see you will be posting more in December specifically about December daily. I can’t wait to move along with you on your project while learning to embrace my own. 🎄 ❤️

    1. Yay for December Daily! I hope you enjoy the project. There is truly no wrong way to do it – follow what feels right to you <3

  2. Jenn, do what works for you. Listen to your heart. The whispers that float around you waiting for you to notice them. Be guided by what makes you feel good and not what you think the world expects of you. Bring on the “real”!! Looking forward to blogmas BIG TIME!!

  3. Yay!! So glad you are back to blogging! I think that this is a nice compromise for us subbies who were hoping for vlogmas, and truly hope that you enjoy it! Xo.

  4. Yay so happy to follow along. Question for you Jen- do you still have the same PO Box where I can send you a Christmas card?

  5. Hi Jen! I’m excited to follow along with you in December! I am doing a December Daily album for the first time this year. I did my first page today- giving my son his advent calendar.

  6. It’s nice to see that you are back to blog. Give yourself a break. You are a mom with 2 small children. That takes priority for you. God bless you and your family.

  7. Thank you for keeping it real. Love it. I feel so far behind and a lot defeated. I will do better tomorrow. Happy December!

  8. I love this style of writing from you. It feels so *real* and a true stream of consciousness type. Thank you for pointing out your “shit show”. It’s nice to know not everyone has the perfectly curated life so many bloggers pretend to have.

  9. Happy Blogmas day 1, Jen!! Love that your sharing and in a way that you enjoy and feel comfortable in. Honestly, it’s like connecting with a friend a year later but nothing feels like it’s changed, you just reconnect… and I’m feeling that vibe reading your blog 🙂 as a mom of two, I can relate to everything you say, and I know your going to do the December daily and rock it!! You got this!!

  10. Looking forward to following along!

    Your photos look fine to me on my phone! If you want to double-check, go to the media section of your settings (if you use WordPress) and make sure you have a large max size set to something like 1200px x 1200px (or whatever is the widest place it will appear) and when you insert the photo into the post, choose the large version versus the original. Is that what you meant about the photos?

    1. I think they come out looking grainy. My max photo allowance is 700 px I think. I really should go to blogging school lol

  11. Oh girl…it has been so long since I’ve blogged myself. I almost don’t even want to look. So many reasons, and probably most of them amount to me needing to get over myself. Welcome back. I know you’ll do your best. If you’ve bitten off more than you can chew, you’ll know and that will be okay too. Now to take my own advice!

  12. Your advent of blogmas is our own grown up advent calendar. Thanks for sharing your real season- at its heart, the magic, wonder and spirit of the season are so cherished this time of year. May your December daily be filled with all of these 🎄❤️

  13. I feel like we always have these high hopes of making this season so magical and perfect. I had those hopes today. I wanted my girls to love their Advent candy and for us to sit at the table tonight and talk about Advent and say a prayer around the wreath and it simply didn’t happen that way. Baby was crying, I wasn’t getting along with my husband and my two other girls were not interested at all today. Needless to say we said a small prayer quickly with baby crying and blew out the candle. Don’t push too much pressure on yourself Jenn! Will love to hear from you in this venue but lord knows some days it might not work out and that is okay. We can only do what we can do and being our authentic selves and being vulnerable is the key to connecting and sharing!

    1. Yes to being vulnerable, yes to life not always looking picture perfect – but at the end of the day there is so much to be grateful for.

  14. I like your writing style. I’ve always thought that if you wrote a Christmas children’s book it would be lovely. So I am looking forward to blogmas.

  15. I am so there with you in relation to DD. Somehow it’s just snuck up on me this year and I haven’t done my foundation pages or even bought printer ink!! I’m very much looking forward to your sharing and am sure it will serve as a reminder and inspiration to many of us. Love your content however and however often you choose to share <3

    1. Order the ink and do what you can until it arrives. You got this! It will be easy to get into the groove if you just begin. At least that’s what I keep telling myself 😉

  16. I love this!! I am happy you have joy and want to share. Helps bring joy to others and I’m sure, we all hope we can bring joy to you through our comments. My DD is sitting in its storage box with a day or two done. I need to pull it out.

  17. Oh Jen! I am so excited that you’ll be sharing here and that it feels good to you! You previous years of both memory keeping/ DD/ and how you r selected planners has inspired me to do a digital memory keeping project! You inspire me to find what works for me and just do it 🙂

  18. I’ve done December Daily completely one time and failed several times. My kids are older so finding family things to document was becoming more difficult. This year I decided to treat it as my journal for December as opposed to a family scrapbook. I’m excited about it again and looking forward to following along with you!

    1. Yes! Memory keeping does not have to be about others. One of the things I love about Ali Edwards is how she shows that memory keeping can be about sharing your own story in any stage of life. It is a powerful reminder that each of our stories matters.

  19. I’m doing the #decemberclipboardchallenge on IG. I want to document as well since exactly 1 year ago I landed in hospital and life just never was the same after that so documenting & just being happy & thankful are my life goals now ☺️ Thank you Jennifer for sharing too!

    1. Documenting our stories is not a one size fits all method. Love that you’re approaching this holiday season with an IG challenge! Wishing you well on your journey ❤️

  20. Thanks for keeping it so real, as that’s what I love about you. I bought everything for DD, but then gave it all to my future daughter in law (thought this would be a great tradition for them to start). As for me, I’m going to do a monthly and commit to a try to document most days in December.
    Looking forward to your blogmas!
    Merry Christmas!!!

  21. I’m super excited about your blog relaunch! Excited to see what you do this month. We started our family Advent Calendar last night which was to make a gingerbread house together. My daughter is 5 so these moments are truly magical. I’m trying to document daily too this year. I’d love for you to check it out on my blog. You have been my inspiration to share what I love most and that’s our life with Celia.

  22. What a nice treat to wake up to on a snowy day! I have been following you on YouTube since day one, Jen, and feel like I know you, my friend. Your blog will be a part of my December…a very fun part!

  23. Even though I was looking so forward to vlogs, I’m so glad you are not afraid to change it up to fit your lifestyle. You are very good at looking at the big picture and cutting out what doesn’t work! (Have you read Emily Ley’s “when less becomes more”??) Excited to follow along! Thank you for continuing to share! ❤️

    1. I haven’t read that book but I totally agree with the title! It’s something I’ve been learning since turning 30, hence all of the home purging 😉 I love being able to share in whatever way makes sense at the moment

  24. I have been a follower of yours for years on Youtube and look forward to reading your blog! Christmas is my favorite time of year. Connecting to family, friends, and Youtubers makes me feel grounded. Thank you for giving your valuable time to your online friends by working on this blog. It is a gift to us!

  25. I’m so exited for Blogmas! I re-watch your MHWL videos all the time and especially Vlogidays/Vlogmas during the holiday season. Ok, let’s get real, Vlogust and Vlogtober too and everything in between. I just love the content you share and enjoy it all. You have a calming presence and I thank you for sharing your life with us.

  26. Hi Jen! Even though we may be two totally different women in two totally different stages of life, I so relate to your content. I too have started off this season a little rocky. I’ve never gotten so stressed or frustrated with decorating my home for Christmas…something I have really enjoyed in the past. That’s what I dealt with the majority of yesterday, but when I sat down last night and saw the glow of my Christmas tree, it was all worth it. Thought I would share a little bit of my magic with you.

    I can’t wait to see what all you have to share on your blog and youtube channel this season. Happy Holidays!

    1. I get this completely – and totally agree that nothing beats that Christmas glow. It’s definitely worth it. Thank you for sharing your story with me!

  27. Aww, so clad to see a new post from you! And I share the same love for Christmas season as you do, so I am super excited to read your blog!
    I also started blogging again about a month ago 🙂 I just love writing and sharing my thoughts!

  28. Love your Vlogs and look forward to reading your blogs 🙂 Your photos look fine, now if only I could learn how to do Instagram stories… I always get inspired to do so when watching yours but man I’m not finding it intuitive LOL

    Thanks for everything you share – merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Anja Carolina

    1. I’m guessing there are probably tutorials if you do a google search. Once you get the knack for it, it’s pretty easy to follow. Good luck!

  29. Although I’ve been following you on YouTube for several years, I’ve never taken a peek at your blog. I’m excited to watch as you put together your December Daily this month! I’ve considered trying it out but have been hesitant knowing how busy this season already is. Thanks for sharing!

  30. Hello and Happy Holidays Jen. I love that your returning to blogging ❤ you have always been very inspiring, especially at Christmas time and I look forward to your blogmas 😊 I have been looking at other avenues of sharing with YouTube’s new laws and changes happening. Blogging again is a wonderful option.

  31. Hi Jen! I’m thrilled about this actually! I kind of find vlogmas overwhelming because so many of my favourites do it that I can’t keep up with watching all of that content, so I tend to tune out. This is perfect as I’m doing December Daily for the first time this year and could use the inspiration! Very excited for blogmas!!! 🙂

    1. I know the feeling – I end up watching we’ll into the new year 😉 I’m so excited you’re giving DD a go! 🎄

  32. I’m doing December Daily for the first time this year as well. My box is still sitting unopened and since we moved to this new home (back in June) I still haven’t gotten an area situated that’s for crafting! So I’m feeling in the exact boat as you and maybe we can work through it together! I will follow along with you :). I’m trying the little 3×8 album just because I felt maybe smaller would be better for my first time! We shall see 🙂

    1. Love the little album! btw – I opened my box today and it was so much fun. I understand the frustration of not having a space but peeking at the goodies is inspiration in itself!

  33. Glad to see you back on the blog! I was so excited when I got the email that you had a new blog post up! Good luck with Blogmas and Happy December!

  34. I am so excited about your relaunch. You’ve inspired me so many times over the last 7 or 8 years (you were the first Youtuber I watched) and I can’t wait to read your new blogs.
    Just don’t let yourself get stressed over a schedule.
    ENJOY THE JOURNEY. You’ll be amazing.

    1. Thanks for your longtime support, friend! I’m taking a very very relaxed approach to this so that I don’t stress myself out over it. I hope the recovering perfectionist in me can manage it! 😜

  35. Great idea and great plan. I have always wanted to do things that are complete, when in reality it’s better to have some of a fun activity than none at all. Embrace the possible!- That’s my new motto. Really glad the blog is back- thank you for sharing this with us all.

  36. Welcome back, Jen! Glad to have you sharing your thoughts again here–regardless of how often you can spare the time to do so! I always enjoy hearing about you and your life. I’m sure I’m not alone in considering you a friend although we’ve never met! Love to you and yours this holiday season.

    1. I love that you think of me as a friend because whenever I blog or vlog I feel as if I am speaking to a friend 💕

  37. So happy to see a blog post from you! I totally relate to the feelings though – as excited as I am for the holidays, it almost feels like it snuck up on me a little and I’m just trying to keep up. I can’t wait to read more blog posts from you this month ☺️

  38. So nice to see you’ve been bitten by the Christmas spirit bug too my friend. It’s nice to see you back to blogging like old times and I look forward to reading them ❤️🎄

  39. What a nice surprise. I am excited to follow your blog again. I love all that you do for us. You are doing a wonderful job. Don’t ever forget that.😊

  40. I can’t even commit to the idea of December Daily, so I’m with you on everything. This year has been hard for me to get into the spirit. It’s been a rough year for our family. Thoughts are with you! Happy Holidays!

    1. Thinking of you and your loved ones and sending wishes for a happy & healthy holiday season and new year. Here’s to better time ahead! ❤️

  41. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us! I found your YouTube and IG content this year and your content really speaks to me and inspires me. I’m a plant-based-diet-eating mom of two (youngest = 9 weeks) who is totally overwhelmed, but I’m trying to focus on the magic thanks to you.

    1. That is a very tough time – managing a newborn with another little one at home. Be gentle with yourself – it does get easier, slowly but surely! 💕

  42. I’m super guilty for not completing my December Daily 4 years in a row. I get so overwhelmed. I promised myself that I would try and finish an album this year. 😊

    1. May be time to simplify. Whenever I don’t finish something it’s because I set my expectations of myself too high. Shen I simplify things become more manageable. And I’m always pleased with the results even if they weren’t what I originally envisioned.

  43. Oh how I have missed your blogs. The blogs work better for me instead of watching the videos. I love that you have stuck with your December Daily projects. This year will be my 9th year doing the project and it is so much fun! I too cannot imagine this season without it. This is the 4th year I’ve done the Ali kit and it makes it so much for doable in my opinion. I used to be so on top of my house, organized, cleaned, etc. but I have to admit that since having my daughter, who is now 9 months old…I cannot keep up with anything anymore. So much of my focus is on her and that’s where it should be. However, I am too hard on myself for my house being a disaster and not having any “me” time to work on projects. I have been trying to be easier on myself and just enjoy this time with my daughter, I can always catch up on those things later. I’m just glad I’m not the only one that struggles with this. #momlife

    1. I can totally relate to the feelings you shared – I, too, used to be so on top of everything, not only my house, but birthdays, family plans, etc. Now I mostly fly by the seat of my pants. My house does not look perfect and it takes me a long time to get through projects. And I am totally ok with that. I struggled with it the first year but I eventually let go and give myself grace. Having littles ones in the house makes for a very busy season of life. I know that in no time at all the kids will be grown and I’ll long for the good ol’ days when they needed my constant attention and care. You are doing an amazing job giving your little one the love and support she needs to grow. Know that you are not alone in these struggles. Life is never picture perfect! And I am grateful for that 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  44. Imagine my surprise when I was clicking old bookmarks out of boredom and found 12 days worth of Blogmas I need to catch up on! I’m glad you’re sharing here, because I have slow internet and often lack patience to wait for long videos to load. lol

    I’m trying to get going in blogging again too. I had one that was over 10 years old but foolishly deleted it a year ago as I struggled with some personal issues. Starting brand new this time is a lot harder than I remember it being the first time!

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