Christmas cheer, plenty of beer, and a time for over-blown expectations of one another. Happy merry holiday time!
My babe and I had an epic day of random Christmas joy. We thrift shopped, scored hilarious Christmas albums, and ended the day by watching the CP Holiday Train – a first for me!
He even indulged me by taking many photos…and…I…cannot model, you guys. He takes great photos, but I don’t know what to do with my face, or hands, apparently? Help!
Photos by Andy Nichols, of course!
I spent weeks planning a fun holiday cheer party for my girls – I had loads of food, small gifts for everyone, decorated the house, wore a dress…the whole nine yards! In the end, only two people came and I was so disappointed initially.
But you know what? It turned into a lovely catch-up and easy afternoon with two of my faves, so it was perfect anyways. Sometimes, I guess, there’s no point in hanging onto a plan for dear life – it’ll be what it be (as my dad likes to say)! 🙂
I joined a marketing committee for the organization I worked with while in Nicaragua and in a different capacity over the last year! I’m stoked to be able to give back and contribute to their work in some small way.
Christmas parties abounded. Mostly they were a fun excuse to get a little dolled up and eat too much food. You know, Christmas stuff!
I was fortunate this year – I had food in my belly without once having to worry about it, I had plenty of wine and money for new clothes, I had the chance to travel abroad and explore my backyard, and much more. So much more.
So I was really feeling that now that I have everything I need, I can and should find new ways to give. I tried looping my colleagues and community into the plan, and with the help of this adorable Kindness Calendar, it worked!
Christmas Feels: When you have enough, give what you can.
Since I refuse to support the zoo and therefore the zoo lights, I did the next best thing and checked out Confederation Park – for free! As an added bonus, my guy tried to teach me a few things about night photography and fun photography and it was awesome.
Guys. The Fairmont in Calgary here did a LIFE-SIZED gingerbread house. Is that not insane!? The “drywall” was icing and the “bricks” were actual gingerbread men – not even slabs! Crazy talk. Adorable crazy talk.
It was my first Christmas apart from my Dad in a really long time and even though I was surrounded by loving family and friends, I did feel a bit lonely – or maybe adrift is a better word – at times. That’s just how life goes, though, isn’t? Nothing is forever, not even tradition 🙂
Life is so weird. I just could not stop pondering how I ended up here, what paths led to now, what decisions have informed my life and where I want my next choices to lead me. It was such an introspective month; that’s probably common this time of year, right? I think it stood out to me because I had a staycation for the first time maybe ever and spent time alone. It was really good though, in its’ way, and got me some clarity around what I need to be doing and focusing on for the coming year if I am to achieve my goals!
Likely owing to the fact that my friend sent me ONE article on the concept of Hygge some time ago, these little articles have been popping up everywhere. But damned if they aren’t exactly what I want to read as I’ve been nesting and getting used to the idea that winter is going nowhereB fast.
I. Suck. 🙁
With the changes in my time, and also a look at what I want from myself in terms of creativity and expression, I’m hoping to find more time for the blog, pursuing photography as a hobby, and dance.
In that vein, if there’s anything you’d like to see more of in the blog (or something new/different), or anything you think I should add to the Rundowns, please let me know. I really value those of you who keep up with me this way and read along!
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