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Whatever else is happening in the world, you can be sure that things seem to go a bit crazy around December. Well, lets be real here, retail gets it seasonal vibe on, right after Halloween, but whatever you call it, or don’t call it, follow it or don’t follow, you are sure to be bombarded by a snowstorm of ‘buy this’, ‘get that’. All the, ‘You should, you must’ and a sack load of expectations. Some may be your own and a lot can be dumped on us, from other people. Exhausting isn’t it. So lets step off that merry go round, step off the sleigh, grab a warm drink, some paper and lets write some words to help us navigate our way through all that and keep whats left of our sanity.

The Alternative Advent Project

I invite you to take a few moments every day, to pause with your beverage of choice, a pen/pencil and some paper and write a word, a phrase, a quote or a few lines, that will help you through your day.

Whenever things get hectic, take out that piece of paper and read it.

Keep them all safe and you can read them all again next year, or maybe write new ones, what ever works for you.

I already had this quilted calendar so I put the pages in there. This can also be a great idea if you want a food free calendar.

Alternative Advent Project, how I’m using kind words instead of food in my advent calendar

Why? Because we all need a little time out of a busy day

Because the world is a fast pased place and there are times when we all struggle and if we don’t take some moments to take a second or two to stop, then we can fall off, become overwhelmed and end up snapping at loved ones or letting the inner critic, give ourselves a really hard time.

At the end of all this, you will have made yourself the best hand holding, you got this, cheerleading, empowering, self loving, encouraging, advent list. Not just for this year but for future you, slip sliding their way through another end, of another year, wondering how the heck they are going to get it all done.

Paper or digital

Well its up to you. If you really have to go digital and thats what works for you, of course do that, but the whole point of this, is for taking some time for YOU, and a little time away from screens can be really soothing for the mind and body too.

If you do this on a screen, you might be tempted to check social media or answer that email and so on. The time out, to regroup, part of this, would be lost. That said, if you live your life on your phone, that is your choice, just as it is mine, to embrace the tree, with the pencil and paper in my hand. You do you.

Catching up

So as we are already at 3rd of December, there is some catching up to do, so here are a few of mine.

  • Alternative Advent Day 1: Decorate/ don’t decorate. Either way its OK
  • Alternative Advent Day 2: The expectations of others are NOT a to do list
  • Alternative Advent Day 3: I keep the traditions I love

Please share this idea and I’d love to see your comments, especially, if you are going to give this a try.

Make it your own

Many years ago my late hubby and I made a quilted advent calendar which has pockets, so I have put a piece of paper in each pocket with these words on. But you don’t have to go fancy, you can do this on lined paper, on postcards, on ATCs (2.5″ x 3.5″ sized card) and make art on the other side, if thats your thing.

Its your list, you do it your way. The important bit is, to be really kind to yourself, if you made it with words or maybe images that helped you in some way, whatever that looks like for you, in this moment.

What each of us need, moment to moment varies and thats ok.

In a world where you can be anything, be kind

Sometimes this Alternative Advent Project, can be about easing the pace a little. Sometimes it can be about finding new ways to navigate the season, perhaps without your closest person, people, or pet, in surroundings that look different to the picture you would like them to be, in your head.

The ruler of comparison is loud, the media bombard us with images that just don’t always match our realities and that can bring up a lot of feelings.

This project can be a way to check in with YOU and share some kindness, some words that make this moment, softer, safer, kinder and more possible.

Whatever it is, that is making this time of year a challenge. This project is a way to find kind caring ways to navigate that, in ways that are meaningful for you.

May the day be as kind to you as possible and I’ll see you back here tomorrow with a new post.

Stay safe

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie x

PS. The quilted calender in the photo was from a printed fabric by Makower, if you are tempted to make one yourself there are other picture to choose from, see your local fabric supplier. Here is the post about the making of it, from 2013. The advent calendar sew along post has links to the video how to and the brands site. My posts are NOT sponcered.

If sewing isn’t for you but u still want one, have a look on Etsy, there may be time to get a premade one from there.

Just know that isn’t the focus of the project, you can do this on A4 sheet of paper, on postcards whatever feels right for you.

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