So here we are with the holidays officially upon us.
Part of why I haven’t written in two weeks is because of all that I have had going on. Last year at this time I was moving into my new home, so I took a pass on a lot of family traditions. This year I am right in the thick of it along with everyone else.
As I travelled back from a wonderful Thanksgiving at my parents house, I was feeling the weight of all that will get done before the end of the year.
Then I heard the same sentiments echoed Monday morning from my clients. I heard about the pressure, the overwhelm and the resignation that comes with knowing that most of what makes the holidays merry and bright is created by us–the women.
And while that can take some (all?) of the joy away from the season, it doesn’t have to.
I’d like to share with you some of the same tricks and tools that work for my clients to make sure that your emotions don’t get the best of you this month.
Last December I wrote about making sure that your holiday traditions are what you truly want them to be and not what you feel you “have to do”.
Everything in life is a choice and this time of year there are many choices that we make because we feel we are “supposed to.” If you are ready to let go of the disease to please, click HERE
It’s worth a re-read.
All of what I wrote last year applies now too. But on top of that, I would love for you to think about what attitude and mood you will bring to the things that you choose to do this month.
However long your list is, make a decision about how you are going to approach it.
Will you feel constant stress and overwhelm as you prepare?
Will you feel angry and put out?
Will you feel numb?
Will you feel peace, lightness and joy?
It is completely up to you. Your list is going to get checked off. Or it isn’t. But how you FEEL while doing or not doing the tasks is up to you.
So if you want your ’tis the Season to be a happy time—choose joy. Bring ease and flow to whatever you choose to do this month. Not only will this help you, it will also lighten the mood of everyone around you.
Believe me, your family may not know specifically what is different, but they will feel the lightness too.
As you bake, shop, decorate, wrap and mail –choose how you want to feel. Bring that feeling with you wherever you go and don’t let anyone or anything take it away from you.
Remember that you have done this holiday thing many times before. Trust that you can handle it again and that it can actually be fun—if you let it be.
This is about choice and intention. As long as you keep your intended mood in mind as you go about your days, your month can feel just as joyful as the holidays look in the movies.
Yeah, I know you didn’t click that link. HERE it is again.
In order to change your life, you must first change your mind.