I was really on the fence about writing this post. I have never ever wanted to write just for the sake of creating content and I believe the readers can tell. I am also kind of against sharing my opinion like it’s some sort of ‘guide’ to be followed. So this is not one of those posts. This is a post specifically designed to relieve guilt. Some of yours I hope, but mostly mine. Let me start off by saying that I did not do December Daily this year – the pictures you are looking at are last year’s pages. I bowed out this year for several reasons. For starters, I wasn’t really in the Christmas spirit while we were waiting for Pa’s heart surgery. Also, with the falling Australian Dollar, the Ali Edwards kit would have set me back $140. Lastly, I didn’t manage to finish last year’s and I didn’t like the thought of going into next year with another unfinished project hanging over my head. In short, the thought of doing December Daily brought me more stress, when what I really needed was more joy. There, I said it.
Don’t get me wrong, I did really enjoy doing it last year. I love the pages I did manage to create (1-17) and it did bring in a WHOLE LOT of followers to my blog and Instagram. I would be a hypocrite to say otherwise. I guess the point I am trying to make is: if you happen to be a week or two behind, don’t let it interfere with your joy. If you want to stop right now, go right ahead. If you choose to forge on and finish it in the first week of January, I really admire you for sticking with it. It’s not a competition. Ali is not at the top of her game because she does the most amazing spreads, she’s there because she is the best at capturing a memory – and believe me, there are many other ways besides December Daily to do that.
Easy to say, hard to do, right? Well let me just share one option with you. In late November, I had a conversation with my Mum while I was still deciding if I would give it another go or not. I mentioned how the unfinished album got under my skin so much that I had put it out in the shed. After a small chuckle at my expense, she suggested something that had never even crossed my mind – a perpetual December album. Each December you add what you like, there is no pressure and there is no such thing as done. Fill one album? Start another! I have thought about doing this with my own unfinished pages. I’ve also thought about being more prepared next year so I can do December Daily with less stress and pressure. I can’t see the future, but I know whichever route I take will be because it brings me joy, not because I desire to be part of the pack, and it is my hope that you will too.