Samara O'Shea

New Year’s Anxiety

I experience a strange anxiety around this time. As soon as the calendars for the forthcoming year appear in drug stores and on newsstands I panic a bit. (This is inward panic—nothing outwardly extreme). The arrival of calendars makes me feel as though the end of the year is rushed, and that I have to be completely on top of everything for the new year.

My way of dealing with this is to purchase one of the calendars. Marketing Campaign: 10 Samara: 0. I don’t purchase just any old calendar—it has to be the right one. And by purchasing the right one, I accept that the New Year is coming and I am ready for it. Somehow it stops me from feeling October – December is in such a hurry. Knowing I have a calendar, makes me feel as though I can savor what’s left of the year but I’m fully prepared for 2011 when she arrives. Calendar = Suit of Armor

I saw a Norman Rockwell calendar in Barnes and Noble a few weeks ago, and figured that would be my calendar. Who warms the heart like good old NR? Then I was in New York City in mid-September and saw this beautiful Kate Spade creation:

Every month has a fun theme and illustration. (I know, it doesn’t take much to get me excited).

And the months are laid out as months (in many daytimers they are laid out by the week, but I like to see the whole month at once):

After purchasing my calendar I saw this, and it cracked me up. To each his own!

And to me, my own!
Strangely, I’m having a great 2011 so far. I’ve recived two article assignments. One for the January issue of Marie Claire and the other for Main Line Today (a local Philly magazine). Details to come . . .