Every so often a family member of mine asks me to design something, and I love doing it because I love them. This time my younger brother wanted a summer calendar for a youth group he leads.
I gladly said, “Sure.”
However, when I sat down to actually make the thing, that “Sure” became a, “gosh, this probably won’t be any fun”. Calendars feel stiff and boring and when they are “cool” they feel like they’re trying too hard, in my pretentious opinion.
But then I remembered how excited I would get whenever my youth group handed me the summer calendar, because that flimsy piece of paper told me how much fun I was going to have. It was a harbinger of fun to my bored little soul, and it’ll probably be that for some of the students who receive this calendar. So I aggressively told myself, “Get over yourself”.
This is the calendar I made and I think it looks nice.
My brother was really grateful. He felt like it gave value to his youth group and that he was going to be really proud handing it out to students and parents.
There are even some new students coming to his youth group after being given this calendar as an invitation. I don’t know if these new students will make deep connections and have life changing experiences this summer, but this little calendar must have sparked an interest. And just thinking of that brings me so much joy.