It’s already September. The holiday season will be here before you know it.
Last week I was walking in my subdivision and in the fields at the end of one of the streets I saw a flock of wild turkeys. I zoomed in the best I could with my cellphone. Those turkeys got me thinking about the upcoming holidays.
So I figured it was time to get started with the planning.
“A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.” ~ H. Stanley Judd
Is the stress of the holidays starting to get to you?
Do you feel like you won’t get it all done perfectly or on time?
If your expectations on what the holidays should look like have been influenced by other’s, especially the media, then it may be time to re-evaluate those expectations. …
Part of celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah is giving gifts to family and friends. Sometimes we feel obligated to give but hopefully most of the time we give a gift to show how much we care about that person.
Although we want to find the “prefect” gift for everyone on our list it’s not always easy. We don’t want to give them something that will end up in a closet or drawer taking up space. In other words, becoming clutter!
Below are some ideas of clutter free or almost clutter free gifts. …
If the craziness of the season is starting to get to you then it’s time to take a a few minutes to relax. Think about what you are grateful for in your life. It can make a world of difference in how you feel.
It’s that time of year where we are so busy running around we forget to stop and smell the roses. Okay, I know that’s a cliche. For most people, at least in the U.S., the rose bushes are dormant this time of year.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t stop to smell the roses figuratively. Look around for things to be grateful for. It just might be what you need to dress up your mood.
There are always things, people, and events in everyone’s life that are good. Sometimes we just have to stop rushing through life long enough to see them.
Some things to be grateful for:
- the smile on your child’s face when you kiss them goodnight
- a roof over your head
- food to eat
- clothes and shoes to wear
- that fact that you are reading this blog post on a computer – you can read!
- your dog or cat greeting you when you get home – pets love unconditionally
- freedom to celebrate your religious holiday
- your family’s and your own health
The list goes on and on. Take a few minutes each day to write down the things you are grateful for. Create a gratitude journal with a fancy journal, spiral notebook, or even on your smartphone or computer. It doesn’t matter how you do it.
The important thing is to write down what you are grateful for. Then read it anytime you feel overwhelmed, out of sorts, or depressed. Heck, you might want to read it first thing each morning to dress your day up right.
You’ll be amazed how something this simple can have such a profound positive effect on your attitude.
“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” ~Epictetus
“If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.” ~Robert Quillen
To a lighter load along the way.