The end of the year is often a time of introspection and reflection. For me, these days are the calm before the busyness begins again. I'm currently in New York City (home!) after much relaxation with my family in Ohio, where I binge slept like crazy. Then, it's back to D.C. on the first of the year, when the fun starts. Starting on the 2nd, I'll begin another new teaching job that I'm very excited about, but I'll be working full time and going to grad school simultaneously. I'll be busy, yes, but being busy is a choice, and I'm excited to see what this next phase brings. But what does that mean for Thanks, I Made It? I think it means that I will be more thoughtful about what I do. Perhaps my posting won't be as frequent, maybe it will stay the same, I'm not sure.
What I do know is that I'm going to create and post things that truly reflect me and my style. I sometimes feel like I have dirty little DIY secrets, like the fact that I'm tired of chevron, bored with chalkboard paint, hate keeping calm and carrying on, and am not particularly glittery, glam or girly. If you are those things, that's great! They are just not me. I may make things like those from time-to-time (my glitter barrettes or an upcoming project come to mind), but I create those with someone else in mind and give those projects to loved ones. Instead of jumping at every available DIY opportunity, I will try to commit to making only things I love, not those that I make just because I can.
In short, in the coming year, I'm going to ensure that my time creating, making, and blogging is authentically me. In that vein, I want to highlight a few pieces of from different blogs that have resonated with me lately, and some of my favorite posts from the past year. I can't wait to see what the coming year brings for Thanks, I Made It. Thank you all so much for following along, supporting me, and taking pride in your ability to create. Cheers to the new year, and wishing you all the best!
Food for thought:
Some Thoughts on Blogging from Bleubird Vintage
When Did We Stop Trying? from Wonder Forest
Rebirth of Slow Blogging from Design for Mankind
My five favorites from Thanks, I Made It's 2012 DIYs (while it's hard to pick, these are some of the pieces I reach for again and again), you can click on each photo for the tutorial:
And five-- okay, six-- of the most popular posts of 2012 (you guys really love bracelets!):