Hi. How are you?
I was scrolling through the blog the other day and felt a bit like… I am lacking on it. It’s so easy to lose the Joanna-ness of the blog when there are daily gift guides and sponsored posts and so much holiday inspiration. I kind of just felt like dropping in to say hello and see how you guys are doing.
As for me… I know I can’t possibly be the only person who feels totally overwhelmed by the pressure of this time of year. Ever so slowly, I have found myself totally caught up in everything. There is simply WAY too much happening right now and I feel like I have to do it all. A few months ago, I made the choice to stay in Seattle for the holidays and I’m sort of second guessing that. Some of it is guilt, some of it is pure habit. I made the call because I wanted to spend my first Christmas here in #mytinybungalow, but it’s also so hard to think about not having seen my family in 2 years. And it gets me thinking of my grandpa and how the last time I was home was the last time I saw him alive. This time of year always comes wrapped up in a bundle of emotions for me, but I’m trying so hard to remain grounded and enjoy the small stuff: my first Christmas tree in the house, having a new roof that’s keeping the house way warmer, spending time with Sean even as he helps me with work in the studio… that kind of stuff. It’s just so hard when tiny things creep in that cause me lots of stress.
But yeah, I just wanted to see how you guys are doing, say hi, and get a little personal. I’m on a flight to SF right now to host a really fun event with Brit & Co and Fancy Feast. Can’t wait to share more of that trip with you guys.