After taking a break in November, I came back strong in December. With lists to organize and presents to get, I felt I could start my journal again without making over elaborate layouts. My simple monthly layout, which only takes 5 minutes to create, is a great way to organize tasks for the month. Keeping it to one page is helpful and removing the middle schedule pages, helps keep things simple. I decided a few simple shapes to help organize various lists would be helpful and bring some holiday cheer to my layout, without adding copious amounts of time with intricate designs
The trick to starting back with my weekly layout was to keep them simple as well. I am happy to say that I was able to do that this month. Keeping daily lists, instead of making lists for the week saved time. I was able to start on the day and continue. I used the same POPPIN pen for everything, I didn't switch between my Straedtler Pens of various thickness. I used 1 washi tape and the same Stabilo Boss Pastel Highlighter for the whole month. I didn't have to carry around stencils or look into new typeface. Just my notes in my handwriting.
The best part of December was ending it with some time off. We were able to fly to my parents house in Iowa. Truth be told, I haven't been home in 3-4 years, and it was a much needed trip. We ate our way through all of my childhood favorites and I was able to share these memories with my husband and son. I was also able to create a new Tracking List. One thing my whole family enjoys during the holidays is watching Christmas Movies. We sit together, eat popcorn, laugh, and cuddle. This year I started a Christmas Movie List. We got through most of them, and look forward to next year. This Christmas Movie List was really simple. Each day is a new day and doesn't need to be bogged down with design. When I have time I may create more elaborate layouts, but at the end of the busy year... simple was better.