Holiday Mode: Unlocked
🎶 It’s the most wonderful time of the year! 🎶
— Andy Williams

Christmas is here, and it's the holiday I celebrate during the winter months. For me, Christmas has always been a time of unplugged connection and community with family, friends, and neighbors. 

Unfortunately, not as many people see the holidays as such a good time - and many people, even, loathe the Holidays. Pain associated with family, friends, and past hurt comes up quickly during the winter season and can make many of us turn bitter towards the season itself. 

It's the product of a world that, in many ways, still needs repair from the over-connection, over-consumption, over-stimulation that daily life offers. The world around us and the way and rate at which it's growing has enabled us to do so much more than we were capable of 10, 20, 50 years ago. I wouldn't be typing this sentence if it wasn't for that progression. 

However,

there is a balance. One of the things that pisses me off most is when people are glued to their phone when they're at a holiday gathering or any other event. For many, I realize it's a defense mechanism to shield anxiety brought upon by social gatherings. I get that. But I still have an issue with it, because there's an entire world of beauty we don't see when we're glued to the screen. 

This weekend, I'm unlocking Holiday Mode and limiting my internet access to enjoy the time spent with my wife, family, and friends. 

If you're freaked out as hell over going to a holiday gathering this weekend, if you're afraid to connect with family, or if the holidays, for you, are normally a time filled with pain, I hear you, and I want you to know that it's okay to let go of that hurt and open your eyes to the beauty of the community around you. Even if every fiber in your being tells you to shut off, shut out, and leave, fight it with everything you've got.


You don't know how much beauty you miss when you turn on your screen, but close your eyes.


Next week, I'm going to give an update on the "shoot every day, blog every day" project, what "Talley Media" is, what my vision is for the blog and business going in to the new year! I'm really excited for the future of this space, and it wouldn't be worth it if it weren't for all of you incredible people reading this sentence right now. 

Thank you for being a part of this journey, day, after day, after day. 

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and talk to you in a few days!

- David


I'm on a mission to show that the light will always pierce through the darkness.