I have so much to share about December Daily this year, but before I get ahead of myself with all of that planning and miss the joy in some of my favorite months of the year (hello September and October, you know I'm looking at you), I thought it best to begin where I always do, with a look back at some favorite from previous years and an unboxing of new supplies!
Yesterday, fueled by the excitement of receiving a big box of new goodies from the awesome Ali Edwards, I pulled out my albums from the past two years and spent some time with their stories. I cannot tell you what having those days documented means to me, especially as so much of last December was one long, last goodbye to my warrior mother, who left this world as the year ended. Though some of the pages tug deeper and tougher than others, there's so much goodness, so much life tucked into those pockets and fold outs of photos, and having those to turn and remind me of the "why"s behind all my "what"s is incredible.
I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorite pages with you, as well as a peek at how I used some of the product from previous years before diving into this year, so I've got a video walkthrough through both my 2015 and 2016 album favorites.
I'm in utter awe of those who rock videos like effortless goddesses, and I am lucky enough to know so many amazing women who do so, but friends, I am not one of them. I talk too much and get off topic too easily, as if we're old friends sitting down for coffee or tea, but less charming than you imagine, I get overly excited and hold something too close without realizing it, I likely say "umm" and "awesome" and "perfection" more than any human should. These are not the videos of a master, but they are the work of a maker, one who had to be stubborn enough to reshoot them three times after three different technical issues, who had to figure out how to edit out a random "oh poop" when the can of peas she was using to weight something down rolled into the shot, and one who got up cheerfully at 4 AM to write this post only to find the internet down, AGAIN. Here's the thing, they're honest, and they're done, and I could bust out an operatic aria with the joy and relief I have from being able to type that. I tell you all of this in case you, like me, watch what others create and share and are mesmerized by their magic and cheer them on so hard you lose your breath, but then wonder, why is that so hard for me to do, too? Sometimes it just is - we'll get better - you're not alone.
If you're anything like me, all of that past documentation has you itching to dive in again, so without further ado, here's a video unboxing all of those new Ali goodies I couldn't help but hint at in the first video:
You've still got time if you want to add to your box in her shop, but don't wait, these supplies are golden, and they go fast. It's the stories that count, but good supplies can help get you there, too, and Ali makes some of the very best around.