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Okay, so this isn’t actually a guide.

It’s a true story! Ariana and I chronically over plan because there are so many things we feel like we need to get done in a week. I officially finished the fall semester this week, so I took it upon myself to “revamp” the way we organize our schedules. Of course, me being me, I way over-scheduled our content and completely stressed myself out.

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This is usually when Ariana steps in to tell me to take a chill pill.

She’s really good at keeping me from going off the deep end, and she’s had to intervene a lot lately. So here we are, both of us trying our best to slow down and take time to enjoy the holiday season. We’re trying to keep going with the flow and creating at a pace that still leaves room for us to live our lives.

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The reason I’m going on about this is because our way of going with the flow is what created these pictures. Last night when I got home from work, we set out to take pictures of Christmas lights around our neighborhood. After half an hour of trying different shots and locations, we had had it. After deciding to give up  running around freezing from the frigid California evening, we returned to our toasty apartment.

Once we were home, Ariana had the idea to take pictures inside instead. Several minutes of playing around with angles, props, and settings led to what we both agree is a very festive final product.

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These photos give us a nostalgic vibe.

Ariana has a bit of a problem. She’s obsessed with Disneyland. Seriously, she talks about how we need to go at least once a week. Although these photos weren’t planned, we feel like we stepped right out of a Disneyland ad. We aren’t able to make it to the most magical place on earth this year. However, we were able to create a magical moment together in the comfort of our home.

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This just goes to show how important flexibility can be! The holidays are a beautiful and joyful time of year, but documenting the beauty and joy can sometimes mean missing out on the moment. Taking the time to pause and decide to do something enjoyable instead of something just for content can actually make for a better result.

This is our first holiday season as creators, so we’re still getting used to balancing it all. But we love what we do! Practicing little ways to keep having fun with creating lets us stay in the moment and truly enjoy this holiday season.

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For more Christmas stuff, check out our Ultimate Christmas Bucket List here!

Until next time,

Ariana & Hannah

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  1. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love these photos! Beyond being incredibly gorgeous subjects for the camera, the talent in these is undeniable. I’m so glad I got to see these. It is really adding to my high vibe holidays! This is exactly the feeling that I love, and how you captured it is magic.

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