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I knew I wouldn’t have very much time for scrapbooking and creativity in December, so working on #30Lists helped to hold me over until January. I love that this project can be simple, so I could easily just jot down a list in a notebook everyday if that’s the route I wanted to go, but this time I wanted to set a goal for myself to use more of my acrylic stamps. It worked better for me to batch several lists a few times a week in December instead of filling them out daily, and I finished up the last week of lists in January (because nothing extra is happening during Christmas / kid birthday time).

Here’s the first half of my December 2016 30 Days of Lists album:

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1. My favorite things about December:

  • Seeing all our big extended family branches
  • The feeling of magic
  • Lights everywhere
  • All of the cookies + treats
  • Traditions like our Xmas scavenger hunt + making ornaments + calendars

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2. Activities I want to try this season:

  • Learning new games (Munchkin)
  • Make my own board game
  • New ornament techniques
  • More artwork

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3. People always ask me about:

  • How in the world I read so much
  • Tips for starting w/ pocket scrapbooking
  • How much longer before adoption is final?

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4. I find magic in:

  • Re-reading Harry Potter & reading it out loud to my kids
  • Watching snow fall
  • All the beautiful twinkle lights
  • The kids’ faces Christmas morning!

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5. Things I learned about myself this year:

  • I can be a morning person
  • I am really good at focusing groups of kids
  • I am stronger than I think

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6. On my desk this week:

  • Nov. Freckled Fawn Kit
  • My #30Lists album
  • Spring Classes Outline
  • Memorabilia I need to put in my PS album

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7. How I can be helpful:

  • Donating blood whenever I can
  • Watching friends’ / family’s kids
  • Volunteering at my kids’ schools
  • Being super nice to our case workers (tough job)

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8. Wardrobe essentials this season:

  • Fuzzy pj bottoms
  • High school swim team hoodies
  • Thick, tall socks
  • Thick scarves
  • Gloves / mittens
  • Knit hats

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9. When I am driving:

  • I listen to music (Hamilton!), NPR, or audiobooks
  • I talk to the kis
  • I’m anxious
  • I love Google Maps

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10. A night out usually involves:

  • Casual clothes
  • Dinner in our district
  • Book / game shopping

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11. Favorite book series:

  • Harry Potter
  • A Song of Ice and Fire
  • Maya Angelou’s autobiographies
  • Hunger Games
  • His Dark Materials
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Drizzt
  • The Giver+
  • A Wrinkle in Time+
  • Cormoran Strike

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12. What I didn’t finish over the weekend:

  • Intended crafts (calendars, stockings)
  • Much of anything (everyone but A got the flu)
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    13. Favorite (new) meals of 2016:

    • Eggs Benedict w/ fried green tomatoes
    • Biscuits & Groovy, Austin, TX
    • Shrimp tacos @ the Drunken Worm, KCMO
    • Bibimbap, Boulder, CO
    • St. Louis style pizza, St. Louis, MO
    • Truffle fries, Ann Arbor, MI

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    14. I am glad I ____ this year:

    • Got a zoo membership
    • Improved my punctuality
    • Drew boundaries
    • Read SO MUCH
    • Traveled more
    • Stepped back when needed

    *I shared my 15th list in the December 2016 30 Days of Lists workshop.

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    16. I can’t recommend ____ enough:

    • Hamilton
    • Memory Keeping
    • Pandemic (board game)
    • Game nights
    • Setting goals
    • Reading memoirs

    Are you a lister? I’d love to see your list! And if you aren’t quite done, here’s your push to finish them up now! It doesn’t matter when you finish.

    I loved having a do-able project to work on this December and I’m happy to have this little look into myself right now.

    Watch out for the second half of my album next Monday and make sure you sign up for the 30 Days of Lists newsletter so you can join in the next round!

    Curious about how my tag album came together? Check out this post.

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