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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.

xo, Joanna

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Joanna Hawley-McBride is a Pacific Northwest digital influencer and former textile designer with an eye for beautiful things. Jojotastic is a lifestyle blog focused on Joanna’s work-in-progress home, interior styling, finding the best pair of underwear through #UnderwearThesis, and empowering women to explore nature — all in her signature unfiltered style.

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  1. 12.12.16

    I hear you about the mix of fun and stress of this time of year…wishing you well in your Christmas in your tiny bungalow!

    • 12.13.16
      joanna said:

      Thank you so much! I’m really excited to celebrate the holidays and start my own traditions here :) I hope you have a lovely holiday, too!

  2. 12.12.16
    Cynthia said:

    It’s nice to have your own life! I love my family, but I live close to them and they can be so demanding of my time during the holidays.

    I just wish I could do it all! I started this month with such an inspired content calendar and am ending up doing like 50% of them because there are only so many hours in a day and my blog is a side gig. ?
    Likely By Sea

    • 12.13.16
      joanna said:

      Bravo on making your content calendar! For me, even making one is a huge challenge. You should be so proud of yourself. It’s a rough time of year for sure, especially when balancing a blog with other work!

      I hope you have a lovely holiday and get some personal time and space, too!

  3. 12.8.16

    Excited to see a personal post here :) I totally feel what you mean that it’s really easy to loose yourself among the posts. Hope you enjoy your holidays!

    • 12.8.16
      joanna said:

      Thank you!! Sometimes it can be so scary to get personal, but I want to push myself to do it more and more so that you guys really get to know me and know that there’s a real person behind all of this :)

      I hope you’re enjoying the holidays as well!