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Wow. Last week was a long one. Lots of emotion, togetherness, and love. Now, it’s a new week, and I’m once again reaching for my comforts. For me, winter has always been synonymous with warmth: finding it, creating it, keeping it close. This winter, I find myself thankful for those around me – both family and friends – who give me consistent warmth, sometimes without even trying. Plus, there’s food to help. Like

I don’t know if you’re like me, but I’m just a tad stressed about the upcoming Christmas season. It’s my own fault. I do this to myself every year. I make an unnecessarily long to-do list of crafting projects, decorations, Christmas cards. I should really start this process much earlier than I did, but the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is just too short. Now, I find myself spending my evenings tinkering on this or that in the dining room until I’m almost falling asleep on the table. The trouble is: I just can’t help myself. These are the gifts I love to give to those I love. When I have a goal in mind, I just have to finish it.

Sometimes I feel like other people think my level of energy is crazy. I don’t rest until the late hours of the night, and I usually have a plan in mind for what I’d like to do within a week. What people don’t understand is that sometimes I feel like I’m “resting” all day long. Yes, my job is mentally taxing. But there’s no real physical labor. I can be a little creative but not in an artful way (more through language). So I think that’s why I spend most of my evenings crafting until I’m so dead tired I can’t keep my eyes open. I haven’t really moved all day. So, in the evenings, I like working with my hands. I like motoring around my home, picking up this or that, trying to find a creative solution for a project. I especially enjoy being around people as much as I can, as I’m alone most of the workday. And I like to plan plans for the week or weekend because I like to have something to look forward to. I work to live – not the other way around.

I’m finding too that the more I workout, the more energy I seem to have. Thankfully, I know what to do with it. Between food and crafts, I can keep these little hands busy. And this big heart can be filled in a much bigger way. I’m thankful for my hobbies; they keep me sane, at peace and happy.

Tell me about your hobbies. Or your Christmas to-do list. Or just anything you’d like to share today.

Did you ever get a god-awful present for Christmas? It’s that present that your cousin or sister or aunt just thought you’d love. And you can see the intention there. You can see the thought behind their gift, and you hug them for that. But inside, you’re thinking: what will I ever do with this? or how can I regift this? or should I just get rid of it immediately? That’s how I felt about getting this gem last year.

I’ve seen these photo boards before, and I don’t understand their mechanics. The purpose is obvious but the execution just doesn’t make sense to me. You can’t see very much of the photo, and the Christmas colors? That sent me over the top.

However, for whatever reason, I kept this gem. I really love and respect the person who gave it to me. It just wasn’t my style. She meant well, I knew that and so I kept it. Finally, last night, I was inspired to do something with it.

I have a ridiculous amount of jewelry that I don’t wear mainly because it all sits in a box inside my dresser. Since my necklaces aren’t displayed, I forget about them. So I’m turning this ugly Christmas-colored bulletin board into an open jewelry box. As I watched TV, I took my time cutting and removing all of the green ribbon. Tonight, I plan on stopping by the craft store and buying newer, prettier ribbon along with some push pins or something heavy I can wrap my necklaces around.

To be continued. I hope. More pictures in the future.


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