SAJ 2015 (rough draft) Calendar is Here!

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Greetings from my cozy living room! Guess what I’ve been up to? I’m sure you were thinking I would never get to it.

It has been a lackluster year for me with blogging and I did skip a few months when it comes to designing blog banners…but guess what?! I pulled it out of my…well, nevermind. I pulled it out of my brain and I have completed the official 2015 Secret Agent Josephine printable calendar!  Can you believe it?!!

I added all the holidays this year but then some of them were just weird. Should I add every single saint day and things like National Nut Day? So you’ll have to argue amongst yourselves and leave your vote in the comments about what holidays I should include which ones I shouldn’t and then I’ll take some kind of majority (of nice people) vote and fix it up for you.

So for now it’s FREE!  Download your free printable rough draft calendar HERE, check it for typos and the usual idiocy that I somehow always manage to include and let me know either by email or in the comments what I need to fix. I know you editors love this part. Get out your red pens and go crazy! You won’t hurt my feelings.

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I’m not so fond of January’s design. But that was in honor of going to Disneyland for Bug’s birthday. I think I was rushed on that one. I hope January goes by quick because I do not want to stare at this ugly illustration all month. But I’m kinda tapped out tonight so that’s what’s going to stay there for now. But guess what next year is going to be (or January’s banner coming in the next few days)?  Roller skating! Bug has decided she wants a roller skating party this year and I’m pulling out my disco knee socks for the occasion. I’m thinking a Rapunzel Skating Redux is in the works.  That was such a fun party.

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Here’s a preview of all the months. I’m a little worried about April because all those little flower illustrations take up MASSIVE vector memory. Let me know if your printers have trouble on that page and maybe I’ll rastorize it.

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Bug wanted to check in from her desk. Yes, you are seeing things correctly. I bought her a laptop for Christmas. Her very own. She is so spoiled.  It’s the cheapest model I could buy and it doesn’t have a DVD player but it does let her play Club Penguin and do her school work. I’m very glad to have my own laptop back, as she was hogging it regularly.

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All for now! Get back to me on the calendar so I can put it in my shop*!  See you on the flip side.  It’s in the SHOP!

 

*Don’t look now. It’s dusty in there.

Beautiful Friends…

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I have a beautiful friend named, Carrien. She’s beautiful inside and out.  She’s that friend who makes you a hot steaming cup of chai before you even ask for one. She knows how you like it and sets it down before you and then she waits for you to talk about whatever is on your mind.  You know that kind of friend? The kind that listens? I mean really, really listens and isn’t just waiting for their turn to talk? The kind who sends you emails when you are going through really hard things and offers you peace and solace. The kind who listens to you when you feel like you are making no sense at all and then sums up your last three scrambled paragraphs into one succinct sentence that is exactly what you were trying to say? She’s like that.  Sometimes I don’t think I even really deserve her. I know I’m definitely not that good at listening to her even though she makes me want to try and try and try.

She is in Thailand right now with her family. They are working on setting up orphanages for children.  It’s an amazing cause. Watch the video and see what I mean. That’s Carrien’s husband talking and her sister-in-law drew the pictures. Didn’t they do an amazing job?

I miss my friend. I’m seriously considering saving up the thousands of dollars it costs to fly over there so I can visit her. It might even be worth braving all the giant bugs that scare the crap out of me. Have you seen them? I love looking at her instagram photos of beetles so big they can’t fit through chicken wire and millipedes that are bigger than your head.  And then there are the little bugs that get in your guts and make you sick. I just don’t know….I really want to visit but those bugs man…   Good thing we live in the age of facetime and skype and email though.

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Carrien asked if I could share a little about these little ornaments they are giving away for every donation they receive. I’m super late to the game. I don’t think you could even get these ornaments in time for Christmas but if you watch the video and you know anything about Carrien it won’t matter to you.  This is real. They are real people making a difference. They are my friends!

That picture below is a real girl who The Charis Project has helped. I don’t know her story. Maybe I’ll get it and copy it here later.  But I know my friend and I know her kindness. I’ve experienced it. I can only imagine what her kindness is doing over there.  Did I tell you about that one time she took home a homeless woman? She’s a true Good Samaritan.

So maybe if you somehow find yourself with extra funds this year (and I know there are not many of you, this year has been so hard for so many) and you are looking for some small little way that you can pass on your blessings to someone else who really needs it, I want to send you to The Charis Project.  I’m sure any little tiny bit would help.  And if you have nothing to give, just send your prayers because they make just as much of a difference.

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From my heart and my friend’s heart: thank you!

I love you Carrien!