I changed my ways several years ago and decided to take December slow and enjoy the season. It meant that I had to dramatically shorten my to-do list and eliminate the pressure of perfectionism and people-pleasing, and that made all the difference. I would send out dozens of holiday cards, decorate the halls from floor to ceiling, and throw a huge house party. Now I just decorate the tree and hang garland, greenery, and a few twinkling lights, then I sit on my couch with my cozy blanket and sip something hot. The switch helped me be more present, and it gave me extra moments of quiet and solitude that allowed me to rest and recharge.
In that time I have recovered, I am grateful for everything in my life, my health, my family, my friends, and the warm home I live in. I also find myself thinking about the new year and the changes that are coming. Our youngest is graduating and going to college so we will be official empty nesters. We are planning to fix up our existing house in Florida and buy another fixer in the same neighborhood to renovate and rent. I want to take swing dance lessons and travel more, I have already booked a flight to Switzerland in April. I feel that change is coming soon and it feels really exciting. 🙂
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If you’re still looking for gift ideas, I’ve put together a few on the Holiday 2023 page.