Holiday dislikes / Reverb 16

Just Not That Into It: Everyone has their own tipping point. What do you hate dislike about the holidays?

The one thing I really dislike about the holidays is the focus on commercialism. I like to give a couple little gifts to people, but I always feel a huge pressure to buy more and more each year. To top it off, I have a fear of not being good enough, so every holiday I feel like my gifts aren’t as good as other people’s gifts. It’s hard to deal with sometimes, but I know I bring the pressure on myself.

I want to be better at giving gifts. Shopping’s at the bottom of my list of favorite things to do, so I struggle with finding things that people would like. One thing I’d like to do next year is make more things for people or at least buy handmade more often, at least for the people I know would appreciate it! I think I’d feel better not giving a huge quantity of gifts if I focused more on the quality.

I don’t know what else I want to write in regards to this topic. Focusing on my dislikes isn’t really my thing and I’d rather focus on the things I do like.

 

Cozy / Reverb 16

Cozy: Some of us live on the Tundra, while others live where the tumbleweeds roll.  Either way, we still have to nest when December rolls around.  What keeps you cozy through the wintertime?

Cozy winter candles and knitting

I’m sitting at my kitchen table this morning, wearing a red checked flannel shirt, hand knit socks, and warm slippers. I’m sipping a cup of warm tea as I write this blog post. My Christmas tree glows in the background and the scent of my Balsam Fir candle fills the room. How I feel this morning, enveloped in comfort, all my senses stimulated by my favorite things, keeps me cozy.

It’s December 2nd and it looks like winter outside. Cloudy, iron grey skies, trees devoid of leaves, and a stillness that only comes with winter. This will be my first full winter in New England since 2013/2014 and while driving in snow isn’t my favorite, I’m still looking forward to bundling up in my apartment as the snow falls, drinking tea and watching the flakes fall from the sky.

Hope keeps me cozy through the wintertime. The knowledge that the cold and snow go away eventually keeps me hopeful for spring and new beginnings. Even the shortest day of the year gives me hope as the days get longer and things get better after that point.

I’ve missed living in a place that gets an actual winter. I love the coziness of the holiday season and the hope that comes with it. I look forward to many evenings drinking a warm beverage, knitting in hand, enjoying the season that defines coziness.

Intentions / Reverb 16

Happy December, everyone! Just like last year, I’ll be participating in a monthly blog prompt series. This year’s is Reverb 2016 and I’m excited to get started! Just like last year, I’m starting a day late, but I’m hoping to catch up.

Intentions.  Let’s set our intention for the month of December on writing, creativity, and expression.  What do you hope to get out of a month of writing each day?  What is your favorite part about writing – the idea, the first words, the final sentiments?

I seriously thought I’d be writing in this blog a couple times a week, every week, in 2016. As you can see from my archives page, that hasn’t been the case. My blog mojo’s floundered the past few years as social media’s taken over the space formerly occupied by bloggers. I can feel how tentative and awkward I sound in my writing these days because I’m so out of practice.

This December, I want to write in this blog every day. Writing every day last December made me feel inspired and creative and hopeful, and I hope to do the same thing this year. I’m not looking for a sense of accomplishment because I wrote something every day — instead, I look toward the feeling I get when I write.

I’m an idea person. When I write, I try to convey my feelings and ideas. I stumble over words and phrases but I hope that my intent shines through. I don’t anticipate these first few entries to be coherent or cohesive, but I’m writing something down and that’s what’s important to me right now. I’m getting ideas and feelings out, even if they might not make sense.

I write for connections. I’ve met some of my closest friends through online journals and blogs. I always want to make more friends. I write so people can read my posts and nod along and understand, and I read other people’s posts for the same feeling. Writing’s allowed me to meet so many friends.

Creativity’s in my blood. I spent most of my days making something, whether it be knitting accessories and garments, coding websites, or writing blog posts and journal entries. I don’t sit still very well and need to be up and making things. This is what I’ve missed about blogging and writing and I hope to keep up with it for real this time.

Let’s get started, December 2016.