Welcome to this month’s Pen & Paper: Living Between the Lines written by the amazing Hope Wallace Karney. To learn more about Hope and the column, please check out this introduction post!
December is such an exciting month—a time for tradition, a time for celebrating with family and friends, and a time for wrapping up the year, and thinking of the one ahead.
For me, this will be the third year that I will create a December-Daily-#reverb-Hybrid journal. A bit wordy of a name, but a perfect union of two great ideas. Amongst the stacks of journals I’ve created over the years, these two are by far my favourites.
I loved the concept of Ali Edwards December Daily and making one brings me much joy. However, I do not have a huge family, or children, and find that the majority of my days in December may not reflect the holiday spirit (or much spirt at all beyond working in my home office in my pajamas past noon). Besides, I already keep a daily journal, and my journaling in general leans more towards contemplative and analytical rather than documenting everyday life.
When I caught wind of #reverb10, that is when I had the idea to merge them (December Daily and #reverb10). I could make an art journal and record answers to reflective questions inside. Perfect.
To create a December Daily journal, you make a “day-page” for each day (some people only do it up to Christmas day, but I do the entire month), before the month starts. Once you’ve created all the pages and assembled your journal, you are all ready to go! In December, all you need to do is the journaling for that particular day and add it in—making it easy to keep up with all month long.
December Daily Origins
Back in 2007, Ali Edwards posted about how she wanted to create a journal all set to go for the month of December so she could easily add words and photos to the album during the busy festive month. She shared her pages daily, and it grew into December Daily.
Now it has a huge following, and you can find lots of inspiration across the internet (and places like pinterest) to help get you started. The main idea is to make the journal before December starts, then record each day as it unfolds.
Back in 2010, three woman, Gwen Bell, Kaileen Elise, and Cali Harris started what they named #reverb10. It was a prompt a day throughout December, delivered via email to help you reflect on the year and manifest what was to come in the upcoming year. The questions came from 31 different people across the web.
It was amazing. I used my first December Daily journal to respond to each of these prompts.
Closing in on December 2011, the #reverb10 team sent out an email saying that for 2011, they were not hosting it again, and gave steps on how anyone, and everyone, could host their own #reverb11. So many people took up the torch—and I am hoping the same will happen again for #reverb12.
Both Carolyn and myself will be hosting #reverb12 prompts, and I urge you to google for other people to support them as well.
December Daily Alternatives
Merging a December Daily and #reverb into one journal project perfectly suits my needs; however, this may not work for you, so I do have some other ideas that may help.
- Every day, recall a memory from December past. You could do it from when your kids were small, or when you yourself were small. By the end of the month you will have 31 fond holiday moments to reread year after year.
- Instead of writing something daily, add a photo from the past… try doing it as a childhood album. Focus half the month on your childhood holidays and then the other half on your kids. This can be split up several ways—you could do some for you and your spouse, or if you have several kids, divide the days up between them.
- Focus on the year—for every month, pick out two fun things you did and document them. This exercise will get you through 24 days (and remember you can tell it from your viewpoint or a family members, or both). For the remaining 7 days—think of things, one for each day, you would like to do in 2013.
- Make it a wishlist of things you want for 2013. Each day think think of something you want to obtain, accomplish or experience in 2013—and journal, add photos, etc .for each day. Refer to it often to help manifest these things for yourself over the coming year.
… Follow along with me for 2012 HERE
… To see more of my December-Daily-#reverb-Journals you can explore them on my blog (2010, 2011) or on flickr (2010, 2011).
… Join Carolyn’s facebook group for Reverb HERE (blog post with prompts for 2012 coming soon!).
… To see Carolyn’s 2011 prompts visit HERE.
… See all of Hope’s Pen and Paper Posts here