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For the Love of Blogging/12+.

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After 12+ years of Blogging, I’m still totally crazy in Love!!! Yes, I’m no influencer by any stretch of the imagination nor do I take myself too seriously. But, I do have goals and I’m excited to share today what still keeps me going after all these years in a blog world that has/is completely changing. While Digging Deeply with some bonus fun included 😜 into the 5 Big Blog Love Lessons I’ve learned since first hitting that publish button back in 2007. Now Let’s get cracking…

1.Nobody puts Baby in the Corner.

First things first, Do ya’ll remember the beginning of final scene in Dirty Dancing when Jennifer Grey’s Character is sitting with her family and Patrick Swayze saunters over to grab her and says that cinematic Iconic statement, “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.” and then they do the final dance to Time of My Life? Pure magic right?

That’s kind of how I felt when I first pushed publish back in July of 2007. Yes, it wasn’t anything special by any stretch of the imagination, just some dear diary kind of words and not even a photo 😜. But like Baby, I was trying something different and exciting. Out of my norm, putting myself out there in ways creatively I never knew I could. I still feel that way now unfortunately without that epic Swayze air lift, which is probably not a bad thing 😂.

2.if the shoe Doesn’t Fit.

When I first began blogging, I was also trying so many different things. I still miss that initial discovery period, even down to the basics part. Like learning how to post a picture on my old blogging platform typepad 😂. The whole thing was so new to me and exciting to experiment with all the options. So full of awesome learning curves…

And Failures. Many pretty elementary ones I cringe at now like my overuse of Vignette filters on all my photos and obsessively rounding corners 😂.

But, those little laughable quirks pale in comparison to how I painfully tried to shove my blogging foot into other peoples size/style. Many times I wasn’t even aware of it. Just trying to find what worked for me, but nonetheless it’s been hard to look back on until I realized it was a big part of my learning process to discovering my own unique fit (voice).

Now looking back I see those so-called failures as blogging blessings 🙌. I seriously wouldn’t be the writer, photographer and content creator that I am today/and tomorrow without trying new things on for size.

3.Community over Competition.

#communityovercompetition Is one of my all-time fave hashtags on Instagram. The Community part is actually one of the main reasons I started blogging- to connect with others on-line to share my then passion of scrapbooking. Looking back it was such a awesome engagement time before Instagram and hashtags came on the scene.

But, with that community aspect. I also experienced my first taste of competition since Junior/High school. It was pretty eye opening to say the least. To see grown ass adults hustling to get followers and creating content to set them apart from the rest. Most of the time it was pretty harmless popularity contest, but their was the ugly side as well. Mean girls, scrapbook style 😂. Snarky comments, building others up to see them fall. Some Weird shit and I knew as I do now, I wanted no part of it.

Now I consciously embrace the Community over Competition hashtag way of online life. Yes, their are times on social media I still feel that competition/comparison game rear it’s ugly little head. But, I try to step back and remind myself that sharing/engaging is caring not defining. My main goal is to create, not to be the most popular blogger on the block ♥️.

4.Design-ly Inspired.

Going old School. This is actually one of my numero uno reasons for blogging and I didn’t even know it when I first started. Like I mentioned above Community and Scrapbooking is why I started. But, as I kept on creating, I reopened a long, but clearly not forgotten can of Childhood design loving whoop ass.

Growing up I was design odd, I suppose I still am 😀. When most of my peers were into 1980’s pop culture and style (yes, I did like that stuff too). But, My imagination lived somewhere else as well. A eclectic mix of anything mid-century with a heaping dash of Francophile. Old movies, books, magazines and even music.

My Dad and Mom knew and a few my friends were privy to my history loving quirks. But, overall it was my secret world of Nerd-dom.Spemding endless hours pouring over my Mom’s old design books, memorizing cover to cover vintage magazines and spinning my own little tales on paper. I’d even cut and pasted my own articles. Ha pre-blogging blogger was in the making 😂.

Then my teenage years happened and this creative craft of mine fell into oblivion until Scrapbooking and Blogging appeared in my life. Now I can’t stop nor won’t 👍.

Its crazy reflecting back at how Blogging reawakened and still continues to keep my imagination and creativity so alive and thriving.

5. “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you’er than You.” -Dr. Seuss

You gotta be you. This quote from Dr.Seuss really has come to define my blog story over the years. Cultivating and learning to find my unique voice in a huge blogging world. Embracing that one in million perspective that only I can bring to the table.

It’s definitely not been easy over the years. Their has been so times I’ve wanted to throw in the towel. When I felt irrelevant or stuck in a rut. But, I kept going…

For the love of blogging. To keep sharing, collecting and discovering that You that I am.

I so look forward to the next 12+ years of blogging and the goals I have going forward. Yes, I will make mistakes or not find the perfect words. But, that’s why I love this blogging ‘thing’ so much. The creative growth and documentation is priceless.

And thank you for being a part of it too.

Love, C.

Why December Daily Matters/2018.

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I know it’s only the first part of September. The leaves haven’t even changed yet and it’s technically summer still according to the calendar. But, as a storyteller and a memory keeper this season awakes my planning creative senses like a mofo;) and my comfort food cravings. I’ll leave that for another post. Wink. 

So, my head is currently swirling with memory keeping ideas. Photos to print. Stories wanting to be told. The yearnings to play with paper and design. And finding inspiration in the everyday again like my stash of old Schoolhouse Electric & Supply co. Catalogues.  

But, what do I do with it all? It’s no secret if you’ve been following my blog for awhile that the stories have remained, but the memory keeping has taken a big back seat. But, I’m pretty ready to get back in the drivers seat and December Daily is on my direct scenic route agenda:) Which has gotten me thinking of why December Daily matters so much? 

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Its more than Paper and Pretties.  

Don’t get me wrong it helps:) I love myself some good design and Ali Edwards recent December Daily product release is lovely. But, here’s my but... purchasing supplies aren’t my gig right now or in my budget. Hey maybe in November when things are all sold out, I’ll be kicking myself. But, that’s OK.

After lasts May’s Week in the Life my supply tune shifted a bit. I was impressed with my fruits of storytellling, I finished! Pretty big feat for me;) I grew so much in my storytelling and approach. It was pretty exciting and a big reminder for me to not get caught in having the right papers and pretties. 

Yes; I would love for my 2018 Week in the Life someday to live outside my blog and in a Album. But, getting the story told was far more impactful.  

Sometimes... a Magical Time of the Year.  

Who doesn’t love the Christmas season. Yes, they’re are the few Scrooge’s out there:) But, most of us are full of anticipation, planning and nostalgia on over drive. But, sometimes even if we are in love with the season it can be difficult and even vulnerable to tell some stories. I know it’s for me. I don’t fit in the perfect Christmas Box as I’m guessing many or most of us don’t. But, even those kind of stories are worth telling.  

Yesterday during the December Daily pre-product launch happy hoop-la on the Facebook group. I came across a wonderful December Daily Page Album walk-through video by Brandi Kincaid. I was so inspired  by her storytelling of the season. It was so authentic, creative and vulnerable. I loved how she shared her grief and how this last season is so different without her Mother. I myself know this too well. And by Brandi sharing so openly, it has given me permission to do the same this year. Pretty cool, Right? Thank you Brandi! 

What is it you Plan to do with your One Wild and Precious Life?  

Ali Edwards, the founder of the December Daily project often over the years have referenced this ending line in Mary Oliver’s poem, “The Summer Day”? and I’ve definitely have took it to heart with my own approach to memory keeping and life in general. 

My own current plan for December Daily this year is to keep it simple. I’ve already made 30 plus bucket list of People, Places and Things I want to document (I will share it in the first part of October, if your curious:) But, I also want to stay Open to Stories that find me beyond the list and begging to be told:) I’m excited to see what shows up:) 

For Design, I plan to be a little Wild and Unpredictable. Shop my current stash and add new items that excite me (hence the inspo from the old Schoolhouse Electric Catalogues:)  I really want to go grass roots and outside of the box.  

These plans really excite me! And when we are doing projects like this... we should be thrilled right?!?  

Ok, Now it’s your turn to share What December Daily means to you this year? What are your plans? And whats getting you excited about the stories you will be telling?  

Seasons Greetings:) J/K.  Now lets get back to September:) 

C.