I don’t know about you, but I tend to mull over decisions. I don’t arrive at them quickly or easily. I weigh all my options, chew on ideas, make pro and con lists, try to think about the situation from different angles, sometimes wait for the decision to be made for me 😉 and then inevitably I decide. As you can imagine, it’s not one of my favorite things to do. I think I’m afraid that I’m going to overlook some nuance of the situation or activity, hurt someone’s feelings, mess up someone’s plans, regret my decision (so I don’t make one) or any number of other excuses.
My decision to NOT do my 31 Days of Cards blog post series in December was one of those decisions. I plan to do it in January and am really looking forward to it, but more about that in a minute.
It started last Wednesday (the day before Thanksgiving) when the flicker of doubt started to creep into my mind about whether doing a series in December was a good idea. I was already prepared with daily post ideas, supplies were well stocked, I was motivated because I’ve been in a crafting blitz lately, but still, I was starting to feel the pressure of too many activities threatening to overwhelm and rob my holiday of joy.
Initially I ignored the feelings of overwhelm and told myself that once the 30 Days of Christmas Ornaments was finished, I could breathe a little easier. THEN I sat down and wrote out all the projects I have committed to between now and December 21st. Yikes!!! But still, I told myself, if I just kept focused and worked diligently I could still do it. Keep in mind I don’t usually factor in mishaps (it’s a major flaw) and I’m a fairly poor judge of how long things will take and my punishing schedule wasn’t allowing any wiggle room. What could possibly go wrong????
This past month (November) has been an awesome time both in my life and on my blog. In some ways I don’t want the momentum to stop on my blog, but in reality it will ALL stop if I don’t take the month of December to decompress, enjoy the season and give myself the space to finish the commitments I’ve already made.
So with that decision made, here’s my plan for the 31 Days of Cards blog series that will start January 1st. I’ve chosen 31 types of cards: birthday, anniversary, celebration, baby, wedding, thank you, sympathy, new home, etc. and 31 different paper crafting techniques to highlight. Each day I will post a card and the steps I used to make it along with the supplies I used. Additionally, each day I will have a giveaway for each card and a Card Grand Giveaway on February 1,2015 for all 31 cards. If you’re looking to stockpile your greeting card stash for this next year, enter to win.
I’m starting off December by watching White Christmas, beginning my December Daily album, working on my Christmas projects (I’ll be blogging about them ;-)) and my Quest46 activities. And looking forward to a productive new year mostly because I didn’t destroy myself this month.
How do you plan to spend December?
Mom, we’re relieved you’ve made this decision. Now you’ll have all the time in the world to making our stockings and decorate our tree. And we were wondering about a dog biscuit advent calendar?? But only if you have time.
Good call Grace! The card thing will be so awesome after the holidays.
And I agree with Mindy about the dog biscuit advent calendar – what a great idea. Do you have a pattern already?
Thanks Pam. I don’t have a pattern. I was thinking of using my magnetic chalkboard with tiny galvanized buckets numbered 1-25. The good part about this would be that it’s up high enough so the dogs can’t reach the buckets. All I have to do is get the buckets and attach numbers. Should be pretty straightforward.
Now that you have all this “spare time”, I have several embroidery projects to do before Christmas.
Are they ones you want me to do or is this a job for your handy-dandy embroidery machine?? Lol.