A few weeks ago I thought it was a good idea to sign up for Nourished Home's 28-Day From Hectic to Harmonious Challenge. I confess...there is a part of me that dreads - truly dreads - the Christmas holiday season. I dread the loss of our rhythm or routine and how ungrounded that leaves us feeling. I dread the day-after-day time away from our home, and little space for a breather in-between. I dread the late nights preparing for the next day, sometimes admittedly due to my own procrastination, poor planning, or overly ambitious plans.
When I start feeling this way, I do try to put a positive spin on things. I'm delighted that there are so many people who invite us to be in their company. I smile when I see my little ones playing games with their cousins and reminisce of my own childhood Christmases. I enjoy taking my time to make gifts for my loved ones so that they can linger lovingly in my thoughts a wee bit longer.
Still, I'm looking forward to a few "aha" moments where perhaps I remove my utopian ideals or come to the realization that really difficult decisions need to be made. For now, I consider day one of the challenge - how do I want to feel this holiday season.
I want to find a balance between the excitement and anticipation of the holiday season and the opportunity for meaningful and thoughtful introspection. I want meaningful connection with friends and family. I want our days to be peaceful and relaxed - I want to be aglow with a serene energy rather than radiating a jittery, anxious energy. I want to live in and experience the moment, rather than having my thoughts drift towards the to-do list. I want to spend more time with my family than running errands. I want our family to consider and live the spirit of the season.
What do you want your holiday season to look like?