Every year, the first of the December brings a whirlwind of new to-dos: there are presents to be purchased and wrapped beneath the tree, cards and invitations to be postmarked, out-of-town friends and family to be hosted, and an overflowing email inbox telling me to “buy this new gadget” or “save more with this store”.
It can feel a bit cluttered!
I barely remember what is going on in my calendar as the year comes to a close. So much so, that I tend to overbook and make promises I can’t keep—mindlessly adding more to my already-full plate. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s hard to take a step back, to say “no” every once and awhile. (But oh, so very necessary!) I knew the minute this December rolled around that I would make a promise to myself: no new projects, client work, or unnecessary trips out of the house. Our December would be warm. It would be cozy. It would be mindful and simple. We would appreciate what we have, and relish in the last moments together in 2013. We would make things by hand. We would stay in bed a little longer. Mornings would be slow, and rushing would be kept to a minimum.
As my plate begins to get full again, like it undoubtedly will, I will remind myself to take it easy. That it’s okay to ditch that holiday party this year and catch up on a book instead. Who knows, maybe I’ll just do nothing at all. The greatest gift we can give ourselves this season is a gentle start into the new year, so let’s let go of the deadlines and pressures and needless work we often create for ourselves.
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