December Project Challenge

At the beginning of every month in 2012, we posted a challenge for ourselves and you! At the end of the month we posted our completed project(s) and will have a link-up for you to share yours! The projects can be interpreted in any way you want. Interpret our challenge to do a project in crafts, photography, creative writing, home decor, technical gadgetry, cooking, or whatever you can come up with. This was our last monthly challenge, but we thought we’d let you know how we did in December.

The December Project Challenge was to do something daily. I was aiming to post twice daily to my Daily Doc workshop. I wanted to participate in Elise Blaha Cripe’s #mileaday project. I wanted to do Eliza’s ornament a day project again. And I wanted to do a December Daily album. All of this on top of the busiest season of the year for our shop, Jake taking on a big coding side project, and getting ready for Christmas, which is especially crazy for us. We went to EIGHT different Christmas parties, I think. Whew.

In retrospect, trying to do all of these things was a super bad idea.

Here’s the truth: we didn’t do ANYTHING daily in December. This challenge was overreaching to the max. All of us, except for Jake, who has a freakishly strong immune system, got very sick for a long time. (And by sick I mean ill if you’re British.) And the orders piled up while we were sick.

Christmas in Holly House

We almost blogged daily. And at least one of us made orders daily. We read books with the kids daily. I read daily. I documented with photos and words daily. Lots of great stuff happened daily. Just not the stuff we were intending. Here’s where were at on our not-so-daily stuff:


#mileaday and it's so warm I'm wearing shorts and a tank top. (Winter is coming?)

I so did not run a mile a day in December. I did so good from the day after Thanksgiving to the day I got sick in early December. I ran or swam a mile every day for those two weeks, and if I missed a day I doubled up. And then after I got sick, I was so exhausted, stressed, and horrible feeling that running in the cold was not in the cards. I sprinkled a few more runs in through December (mostly after Christmas), but didn’t come anywhere near reaching the goal. I don’t feel bad about that at all. I ran / swam about 15-17 miles from Thanksgiving to New Years. That’s not the 40 or so it would have been if I had actually done it everyday, but that’s 15-17 miles of exercise when I would have been NOT EXERCISING AT ALL. And that’s awesome. I’m mostly happy that I learned a few things that can help me develop more ways to move my body that work for me. But more on that in a few weeks.

December Daily

December Daily 2012 Cover

I’ve only completed 6/25 of the pages, but it doesn’t matter because I have photos and words for everyday. I’m going to wrap up this project towards the end of the month as my FINISH action for January (FINISH up). This is my forth December Daily album, and I haven’t finished a single one of them in December. But all of the old ones are finished. That’s why I’m such a big advocate of putting documenting first.

Eliza’s Ornament a Day

Toilet paper roll snowman. #ornamentaday

Eliza’s ornament a day didn’t happen either. In fact, though all of the other Christmas stuff is put away, her two little artificial this-year’s-handmade-ornaments-only trees are still up. And they’ll stay up until we have 25 handmade-by-Eliza ornaments. Which, judging by her time consuming obsession of building Legos with Jake, will be sometime in February. It doesn’t bother me at all either. We’ll share them all when she’s done, even though you’ll be SO OVER Christmas by then. (What am I talking about? You’re over it now.)

So there you have it. Goals not met, but good was had anyway… even though we maybe did 5% of the things we wanted to do in the timeframe we wanted to do them in.

Did you do something Daily in December?