New Year

My Top-Secret Secret to Surviving the Holidays

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Here we go: Brace yourself for my top-secret secret method to ensure a Happy Holiday season.

Are you ready?

I can’t believe I’m going to share this secret.

I use the holidays as an excuse to do less.

I know. You think I’m nuts, right? How is this possible when the Holidays are all manic with shopping and parties and gifts and decorations and fudge-making and cookie-eating and Tacky-Christmas-Sweater-Wearing?

Here’s the trick: Since the Holidays are so “busy,” it’s really easy to say “Well, I just can’t do that right now. It’s the Holidays and you know how crazy things are this time of year.”

The end of the year is a great stretch of time to do some thinking. And writing. And musing. And secret quiet creating. So, I give you permission (nay, I encourage you!) to pull back as well. Create some space. Let yourself take a deep breath for a minute.

Because the Holidays don't have to be manic. They can be reflective and restful and relational.

So, y’all try to stay on the “Nice” list in the next month or so. Thanks for reading. And thanks for understanding when I say “It’s the Holidays.” ;)

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Sitting by my man on a chocolate colored couch by a simple fire with simple music streaming. I'm feeling quiet and reflective. It's time to thank 2012 for what it has given me. And think towards 2013. I've got my planner prepped. My word written. My goals for 2013 set.

We need this, don't we? We need the potential and possibility of a new year. We need the turning of the page. The start of a new calendar. We need the end-of-the-year reviews and the new-year resolutions.

We need to hit the reset button on ourselves sometimes.

This fire and this night and this giddy anticipation of 2013 has me enchanted. Why don't I do this more often? Why don't I have end-of-the-season reviews? New-season resolutions? Why don't I pick a word for each season?

Why don't I hit my personal reset button more often?

Why don't we all?

When I finish typing this sentence I will mark the change of seasons on my calendar and I will set aside time for End-of-the-Season Reviews and New-Season Resolutions, because once a year is not enough.