I’ve never been one of those people who REALLY got into the holidays. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas always seem to catch me off guard. I’m never prepared and scramble to gather everything together at the last moment. Although, I do enjoy the festivities, laughter and food (a little too much), there is just always something inside of me that doesn’t feel like I’m fully invested in the traditions.
New Years on the other hand is my favorite days of the year! I LOVE IT! Its universal, non-religious, with no gifts involved… how perfect is that? The oldest of all holidays, first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago! Personally I love celebrating, recognizing all that has changed, and dreaming of what the next year will hold!
I’m working on my yearly list of things to complete or accomplish in 2010. I usually keep a list in my head but this year for a change I’m writing them down. Hoping to hold myself more accountable and then be able to actually see my progress! My goals are many, but this year I’m taking on something a little different then usual… I’m going to run a half marathon and by run I mean not stopping for a break, or speed walking. I mean non-stop running!! This scares the crap out of me and although I ran Track in high school… I WAS A SPRINTER! Long distance running makes me want to burst into tears like a 4-year-old whose candy was just stolen from them. But hey, I figure life is about challenges and I want to push myself in an area I really struggle at. So now that I’ve posted that goal on the Internet, I guess there’s no more excuses, right? I’ll keep you posted on my progress! ;)
Along with the New Year comes the need for a new calender and I have such a fun and easy project for just that! The Shutter Sisters have the cutest template available for free download on their website, here! These mini calendar pages are designed for you to insert your own photos, and are just so darn cute! Sized at 5” by 4.6” I added my photos in Photoshop and simply extended the canvas size to 7” wide, this way I could easy send them to my local print lab as 5×7 prints. Just trim the excess white off the side and clip to your wall or place in a cute little stand by your desk and your done! I was soo thrilled with how mine came out, I had to share a photograph of each month laid out. I picked photographs from my trip to Indonesia this summer (you can read about it on my old blog here), because Bali holds a very special place in my heart. This calender is a great reminder of my memories, and is a great gift idea as well! Enjoy and let me know how yours turns out, pictures strongly encouraged!
Happy New Years Eve Eve!