After a lot of thought and consideration, I have decided that this will be my last blog post – at least for now. Way back on April 1, 2013, I published my very first blog post to launch the project. At that time in my life, I was halfway through my freshman year of college, living in a dorm room with an icy roommate I never talked to, 70 miles away from my boyfriend (now husband), and basically living off of dining hall salads and mini-fridge bagels. On paper, I was super busy with 20 credit terms as a music major, but I still found time to be bored. Even though I met so many new people, I was really lonely. It all started as a bit of a joke when Eric and I decided that we needed to find hobbies to sustain us. He pledged to launch an ASL vlog and I got organized to start a 365-day holiday celebration project. When our proposed start date came around, he flaked, but I still went ahead and clicked publish on the blog that started it all. At the time, I hoped that I would have the willpower and interest to keep it going for the whole year and not give up early. Now here I am with almost four whole years of celebration under my belt and I was diligent in posting every single day. I only took time off for our wedding and honeymoon along the way! 1415 holiday posts published. This blog has been more than just a hobby – it helped us pay for college and has become a memorable piece of my personality. I can’t tell you how many times I started talking to someone and they said, ‘Oh – you do the national holidays every day, right? I read your blog!’ For someone who hasn’t mastered the art of conversation, it’s an awesome, easy topic that I really appreciate.
At this point in my life, I think that I’m ready for a little bit of a change. I don’t know what my next project is going to be, but I’m sure I’ll find a new outlet for all of my creative, celebratory energy. Please feel free to peruse the archives or search for specific holidays by keyword. You can also keep up your own celebration by following the two resources that I used to learn about and plan the holidays. National Day Calendar and Brownielocks were the trusted resources that kept me informed.
Thanks to my dedicated readers for taking the time to pop over and share a message every once in a while. I will always be grateful Eric and my mom, my fantastic photography assistants, who were always down to go on a national holiday food run with me and take embarrassing photos. You’re the very best! Please remember to find a reason to smile every day. There’s always something to celebrate if you look hard enough and there’s no reason to settle into a stagnant waiting period for the next big holiday after New Year’s. Celebrate the little things and always enjoy happy holidays.