It’s the end of the year.
Did it just fly by for you? Me too.
I have two words for you, my friend.
Instead of a resolution for 2014, I chose a word to help me grow. Strong was my word of the year. I didn’t realize how powerful one word can make in my life.
Strong is more than just physical strength.
Strong is beauty.
Strong is grace.
Strong is true.
This year strong was taking action to create this blog and share with the world.
Sometimes being strong was simply listening. Even though I was frustrated inside just wanted to walk away from tough conversations.
Strong this year was developing serious self-control to not spend money. Even though I would see something that would be “Perrrrrfect for so & so…” or would look “Absolutely gorgeous right next to the…”
Strong helped us create and carry out our Plan to Beat Debt.
Strong is that inner determination and total commitment to stick with it.
This Christmas season, finish the year strong. Have you made the calendar of the family activities you will and will not attend? It’s so important. Don’t let yourself get frazzled with too many good things. Make your choices early and stick with the plan.
I blew it last year. I knew my little girl would only be little and the time would pass so quickly…I was completely focused on making the Christmas just about perfect. I packed our days with activities, baking, extra crafts and activities to make it….perfect. (You know where this is headed, don’tcha?)
They played along for a while, but one particularly full day, after work, holiday activities my husband just stopped, looked at me and said,”Why do we have to make Christmas trees out of egg cartons?” Translation: he was fried. My little girl was done. We were exhausted and ready to go to bed.
My answer, “Because I found it on Pinterest and this is CHRISTMAS!!”
And, between us, I will never forget how foolish it sounded coming from my mouth…and the look of complete disbelief from him when I said that.
What did that ridiculous Christmas craft have to do with making the holiday season merry?
What kind of Christmas spirit was that bringing in?
Know what my family needed?
Not Crazy Mommy.
They needed Happy Mom. “Laugh at the silliness Mom.”
“Let’s enjoy this moment Mom.”
I tried that for this Thanksgiving. Things didn’t go exactly as planned. The appetizers were cold. We had to re-heat the artichoke dip. I didn’t have time to finish the pumpking pie mousse that mounds the regular pumpkin pie. There were no mashed potatoes with our meal.
Guess what? I didn’t even worry about it. And we made memories to last a lifetime. I’ve never had Karaoke at Thanksgiving. Who does that? Apparently, our friends.
And it was great! It just might become a tradition.
So this holiday season, put your Christmas plans in order, and don’t over commit to too many things.
Because, just like I realized on Thanksgiving night as I was falling to sleep for the day, “Mashed potatoes come and go. Memories last a lifetime.”
Or better said, don’t let the little things, the details, the minutia that we put too much emphasis on during the holidays, ruin what it’s really all about.
Tell me in the comments below, how do you plan to avoid the holiday stress this Christmas?