Hello and welcome to December 7 in my 2016 December Daily! For this day I decided to write a letter to myself, have a look at my process:
This is how the layout looked as a foundation page:
I took a quick photo of myself just while I was making the bed yesterday and included that, along with my letter.
The photo was taken at the foot of my bed with my iPhone, which I propped up inside the TV cabinet. There was a lot of light flooding in from the sun, so the photo is washed out and has lots of technical issues. But I really like it and I also completely believe in using photos that help us tell our story, perfect or not.
One of the 3x4 pockets was already completed during the foundation pages, with the wood number 7 from Dear Lizzy and a stamp from Paislee Press. For the see-through pocket I punched a few vellum circles and sealed them in place with washi tape.
My journaling is an open, validating letter to myself about the trip and how I came to some really awesome realizations along the way. As hard as it was, the trip gave me a really wonderful gift, right at a very crucial time when I needed it.
This year has been all about learning some really hard things about myself that have made me feel un-lovable, to be quite honest. I didn't realize how hard I was taking things until I sat in my therapist office and talked to her about Alan making the trek down to Heidelberg just for me. My words were, I can't believe he loved me enough to do that, and her words were, You are lovable enough for him to do that. And things really clicked for me.
I am so thankful for this time to reflect, and so thankful for this project to give me a space to write those reflections. For me, this December, I will be celebrating this wonderful gift: I have this wonderful husband who loves me that much, and I am that lovable. These are the best reasons of all to celebrate, my friends.
I do hope you have these kind of wonderful reasons too. You are that lovable, too, and I hope your holiday is surrounded by those who love you that much. Merry December to you. See you on Saturday.
**December Daily is an album concept designed and marketed by Ali Edwards. To learn more about this project and connect with others who are passionate about this project, visit her blog here: Ali Edwards.