Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Every Day In December

Hi guys, how is your December so far? I'm trying a scrapbooking project called Every Day in December. The idea is that you take a photo every day of the month and make a scrapbook with them. My plan is to pretty much make a photo album, but with a tiny bit of journaling to remember what was going on that day - nothing too time-consuming. 

Today we made ornaments with friends and I forgot to take any pictures! Luckily my friend sent me one. I have to get the photo habit back. When each of my kids was born, I took their photo every day for a year and made albums with them. It wasn't easy, but it was such a fun idea that I was able to remember to do it (with help from my husband). So, come back to me, daily photo habit! I set a reminder on my phone to help me. 

How to develop a new habit:
- Make it mean something to you. Have a reason for why you want to spend mental energy on this habit. I think it will be so fun to look back at this fun, cheerful month and remember the fun things we are doing.
- Set up a reminder on whatever calendar you use. 
- Set yourself up for success. I can leave the camera on my kitchen counter so I see it a lot throughout the day. I also usually have my phone with me, and I can definitely use photos taken from its camera, too. So I have easy access to a camera most of the time, and I am comfortable with using snapshots from my phone, so the pressure to fetch my "good camera" is off. Just capture a moment and enjoy the day.

Also, to be perfectly honest, if I miss a day, I'm fine with fudging it. Maybe the next day I can get a cute photo while playing in the snow and then later another one of the kids in their pajamas. For me, this project is more about capturing the fun of the season (and of this phase in our lives) than about literally documenting each day. My baby photo albums were about literally documenting each day, because new babies change every day. You can see - well, the parents can see - a big difference over the course of two weeks! But now my kids are almost 5 years old and 2.75 years old. They don't change physically quite as quickly as newborns. If I miss a day, it won't ruin my album.

December is such a fun month to document! We have Violet's birthday party coming up, and then her actual birthday. There's her preschool holiday presentation, and I'm going to a wine exchange party (no kids invited!) and of course Christmas and New Year's Eve are this month. Lots of fun stuff and maybe we'll all look a little fancier than usual. It's a great time to take a lot of photographs and jot down some memories of the fun we're having.  

And now that I've told you about it, I have to follow through! Thanks for the (self-imposed) pressure. Oh, that's another tip for establishing a new habit: tell people that you're going to do it. Then it's embarrassing if you give up. And there might be people to celebrate with you when you succeed. 

Here are my first two winter outfits:

Green sweater, skinny jeans and fringe boots. If I would be outside in the cold for long, I'd definitely wear smooth, flat socks with this. Probably Smartwools in a cute pattern, or maybe plain black or grey, depending on my mood or where I was going. Any time a pants outfit looks good with bare ankles, I think thin, non-bunching socks look just as good (but warmer). 

Aztec sweater, black t-shirt, black jeans and maroon clogs. Why am I looking down in both of these pictures? I don't know; just mixing it up. I haven't tried these clogs with socks, but I definitely will! They will have to be thin to fit the shoes without stretching out the leather. It might look weird. I'll let you know what I come up with.

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