Welcome to December, friends.
I hope your Thanksgiving was all you had hoped for and so much more. Here we are, entering into December and a whirlwind of holiday decorations, shopping, and celebrations.
I hope you’re heading into December with an attitude of gratitude and entering into this new month from a place of rest instead of stress.
Over the years, I’ve learned to take things a little easier. I shop more online or in local stores instead of in the mall. It saves my sanity and improves my mood. I’ve also learned not to overschedule or over-commit myself to people, parties, or events.
For me, like many, December brings with it a mixed bag of emotions. Making holiday memories with the children are some of the happiest times for me, but the happiest times also have a tinge of sadness since my parents are no longer with us. For most people, our parents and closest family members are intricately woven into our holiday memories. So, there’s something odd about them not being around to share in the new memories we’re making or being able to be a part of the traditions we’re passing down.
If you feel a little down, remember to give yourself a break. Give yourself a little grace. It’s undoubtedly the most wonderful time of year, but you don’t have to feel joyous 24/7. It’s ok. Just make sure you don’t stay in a place of sadness. Reach out to friends, relatives, your community, or your online friends. There will be someone like me who will understand where you’re coming from.
So, here’s wishing you a December filled with wonder, new memories in the making, and loads of laughter and love. Let’s end the final month of the year with a joyful heart and look forward to a 2018 that will be amazing!