The holiday season is approaching quickly – only 4 days left! I sometimes panic. Did I buy enough for each person? What if they don’t like their presents? Did I forget anyone?
I have to remind myself to remember what is important about celebrating the holidays. For me, it is the people in my life and spending time with them. All the other stuff is just fluff.
This season, spend a quiet moment appreciating all you have in your life. Try to connect and share some time with the people that are important to you. In my home, I like to create space for us to relax and do things together.
Here are some suggestions:
- Have a puzzle set up (with the frame done and the pieces sorted).
- Spread games out on the table.
- Bake some goodies or better yet, have a cookie decorating area
- Set up a drink station with punch, cider, or cocktails.
- Provide an easy craft like glitter glue and clear ornaments.
Having these different areas in your home where people can gather provides an opportunity for talking, sharing, and laughter. I have noticed that a puzzle is especially ideal for conversation because everyone is focused on the activity so it takes the pressure of the relationship. Give these ideas a try! If you have other suggestions, I would love to hear all about them!
I hope you have the most wonderful holiday celebration!
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Whenever I have had a big decision to make, I would reach out to my friends and family to confirm that I was doing the “right” thing. Most of the time I think this is a good practice. I mean, isn’t it a good idea to get a second opinion?
Easy decisions we make all day long and usually with confidence. What should I have for dinner? Easy. What should I wear? Easy. Should I go to the movies? Easy.
But when it comes to harder decisions like, should I move to another town? Or should I change jobs? Those decisions require more thought and consideration. Possibly even a second opinion.
The purpose for getting a second opinion is to make sure we have considered all the options and possibilities. Yet sometimes these second opinions make us question ourselves and confuse us even more. We might even cave in and follow what someone else thinks is best for us, but this may only lead to regret.
It is important to take these second opinions, consider all the options, and then, trust yourself to make the decision that is best for YOU! We know what we need. Trust that you know yourself.
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Doing you best is a value. For me, it sort of goes along with having integrity. If I am applying myself to a task and giving my time and attention to it, then I feel it is worth my best effort. And knowing I gave my best, gives me an inner satisfaction with or without any external reward.
It might be easier to understand the concept by thinking about what is not “doing our best.” We immediately know what this means . . . a half-hearted attempt, a non-thorough job, or not using our full potential. There are some tasks that don’t require our sweat and tears, but they still deserve to be done well.
Make a commitment to yourself to live life, giving your best whenever possible. It will cause you to dig deep and put forth more effort. You will have the satisfaction of knowing, “you did your best.” The result of your effort will be what it will be. You have no control over that. But the result in you will be a stronger character of you becoming your best self.
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