Merry Christmas

This year’s tree situation

Merry Christmas Eve!

It’s been a minute since I’ve dropped by; my December seemed extra speedy this year without a second to spare. Did that happen to any of you?  As the holiday season approaches each year, I have such mixed feelings. Mostly, I adore it, but there’s always a small part of me that feels overwhelmingly anxious knowing how much there is to do to prepare. And I hate that I feel that way.

I try to DIY a bunch of gifts every year; I’ve always loved giving and receiving handmade gifts. This year, I had lofty plans to do the same and, in turn, produce some Christmas ideas for all of you. But, I didn’t get around to making a single gift this year. And I’m sorry about that for many reasons.

It’s time to re-prioritize, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do over the next week.

I was lucky enough to be able to take time off work, so I’m planning to step away from the screen. I need to spend time with my loved ones. I need to reflect and recharge before the coming year. I feel like I’m at a crossroads; I’m figuring out who I want to be, and what I want tracing paper to be. I know that won’t happen in a week, but I’m at a point in which it’s necessary to shut the computer down and get out there.

So now that the gifts are wrapped and the cookies are made, I’m finally taking a breath. I’m about to enjoy some hot chocolate, sit by the Christmas tree with my man, and listen to my Christmas playlist.

But before I go, I want to tell you how grateful I am to all of you for reading my blog this year. Thank you for helping to make this five-year dream a reality; it’s the best gift I could receive. This has truly been one of the most fulfilling years of my recent life. I’ve met the most kind, compassionate, and talented people through this blog of mine. tracing paper makes me feel whole; it completes me. You all complete me. (Sappy, but true, Jerry Maguire moment anyone?)

I wish you and yours the Merriest of Christmases! I hope your holidays are filled with all the things you love, and that you too get to step away from the chaos of everyday life. Give your family lots of hugs, rock those Christmas tunes like no one’s watching, and just enjoy this life.

Merry Christmas, friends!