It’s with a bit of relief that I step into January. December was an incredible month, but it was also a little bit of insanity.

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We’ve had quite a bit of snow this year.

It’s nice to breathe again.

My wedding was incredible. Despite some mishaps with the catering, everything went smoothly.

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Yup it was cold, but worth it. (Photo by Brian Van Wyk)

The hall that we used as our venue is by no means fully renovated, but we managed to get the last few essentials done the night before the wedding (phew!). It looked incredible and everyone finally understood why we were working so hard to make this venue work.

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Most importantly, everyone enjoyed it, and it was the perfect celebration with the very closest of family and friends.

Then once that was over, it was time for Christmas. More roaring fires, family, friends, and delicious food.

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Cat-proof ornaments

December rather felt like one long celebration.

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This year’s tree topper: Santa Squid

Of course I think I have some residual stress that I haven’t quite gotten rid of. I’m still having a bit of a hard time fully relaxing. So much of my time and energy went into planning the wedding and making sure it went smoothly (I can see why some people opt to just hire wedding planners) that it’s kind of hard to believe it’s actually over. It’s done. I’m married, and life can finally move forward again.

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And now it’s 2017. January. And I come freshly armed with a new camera and a fresh excitement for the new year.

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The ornament I bought in Germany. Just like the ones my Grandmother used to send.

January will be a recovery month, but also a month to start getting back into the groove of real life and my goals.

I hope you Christmas and New Years were wonderful, whether eventful or relaxing.

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Some Happiness

So it’s a bit early for anything Christmas-related, but I’ve already started making my Christmas cards. I always try and make them by hand, since I really enjoy the process, and I feel that a nice card becomes a present in itself.

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Most of my cards will probably be Jerry -inspired. I swear I’m not a crazy cat lady.

Last year I wasn’t in the best of places due to stress and work, so I barely made any. I regretted it as I gave my Christmas gifts. I felt that something was missing.

This year I’m in a much better place. And it shows through the fact that I’m already working on cards and that I’m so excited (rather than daunted) to make them all!

I definitely have been busy, especially with the wedding coming up in just a couple months, but I’m still finding time to work on my projects. It’s a great feeling. And starting early will give me enough time to make them all (hopefully).

I wish for positivity and happiness for all of you. And if you don’t have it right now, I hope it comes to you soon.