| Written by Ronnie |
What an amazing year it's been, you guys.
As always, Trish and I are so thankful for all the support and love you have shown us this year. Without you guys, none of this would be possible. Thank you especially to everyone who's done a workshop or an online class with us and to those of you who are constantly reading along in this space of ours. I read every single comment that you guys leave, and I'm always so touched by those of you who take the time to respond and contribute to the conversation.
It's been such a huge year that it's almost hard to believe we got through it all! Some highlights for me have been our signature workshop back in May, the launch of our #unravelyourphotos campaign, the arrival of Trish's beautiful Mimi, introducing something physical and tangible to our offering, and seeing how our amazing ambassadors have worked hard to grow our online community.
On a personal note, I have definitely endeavoured to try and get into the 'spirit' of Christmas a bit more this year. In the past, buying Christmas gifts have almost always been an afterthought but this year, I got organised about two weeks ago and I find myself actually feeling excited (rather than stressed) when I think about the boys opening up their Christmas sacks and their Christmas presents on the 25th. I'm particularly pleased to be building on our Christmas traditions from last year by adding things from my own childhood to the Christmas sacks: Malted Vitasoy poppers and Chinese fortune cookies - a personal favourite of mine. Oh, and I even bought extra Christmas decorations - we're talking coloured ornaments for the tree and a wooden reindeer, my friends!
Speaking of Christmas traditions, I really enjoyed sharing mine last year and I loved reading about yours. And as a testament to the power and importance of documenting and writing things down, I'd actually forgotten about doing roast chicken for our family on Boxing Day until I re-read what I wrote last year!
This will actually be our last blog post for 2015. We are taking a break from blogging here for the next month so that we can both focus on spending time with our families over the summer. We will continue to share updates and posts on our Instagram account, and I may even do the occasional Periscope (here's hoping). January journaling prompts for the #lifecapturedproject will be posted on New Year's Day, but apart from that, blogging will recommence on the 18th of January. If you feel bored and crave something to read, feel free to browse our archive, which has been neatly organised for your reading pleasure.
Along with taking time out with family, I'm also looking forward to focusing on my personal blog, The Shoemaker's Daughter. This is something that I've been wanting to do all year long. I've spent the last two weeks or so trawling through my personal photo library, choosing my favourite ones, and curating them into mini visual stories to share in that space. My aim is to publish a mini story every day for a month (starting 1 January), whether it be in words or in images. I know that the process of doing so will be incredibly refreshing for my creativity, and how wonderful would it be to kick off the new year on a creative high? If you have any personal creative projects planned for the holiday season, I would love to hear about it!
Lastly, I just want to say thank you again.
We love what we do, we believe in what we do, and it is our real hope that we can continue to make a difference by helping all of you to preserve your story.
Merry Christmas, my friends, and I hope you are all able to spend it with the ones you love.
p.s. And just so you don't miss out - last orders for workshop boxes will ship on 23 December, and registration for Session 1 of our online classes for 2015 will close on 4 January.