So technically I have only opened 6 gifts at the time I am writing this post, but the first week of the Christmas in July project has been pretty fantastic!
Each day I open a sparkly butterfly card that has a quote and a little message inside. They are usually somewhat related to the meaning behind the gift. I have found that I am really enjoying the quotes because they give my a lot to think about or reflect on during the day. Some of the more thought-provoking quotes have been:
“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”
“Sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people.”
So far, my gifts have included:
Day 1: An “In My Humble Opinion” journal. It is full of hilarious and cynical quotes about how stupid and annoying humanity can be. K and I share a someone cynical personality trait…
Day 2: Smarties
Day 3: Mini tiki-lamps (as a mini housewarming gift)
Day 4: Starbucks instant caramel iced coffee (with a thought that drinking coffee together would be the best, but we can still “pretend”)
Day 5: Lip Balm… I love lip balm, and evidently so does K.
Day 6: A package of neon nail-polishes… so I can give myself awesome neon pedicures.
While opening all the gifts and reading the cards is very exciting and helps to distract me a little from all the many changes and crazy things going on in my life right now (I promise I will write a post about my new life as a resident very soon), the sometimes do make me feel a little sad about the fact that I’m not where I want to be. Opening a card from K every day just reminds me that she’s THAT far away. I am lonely here, and things are just strange. I know it’s going to take a while for things to change and to look up. I’m just hoping that the 31 days of July are enough to see that change through.