Door Number Two, A New Approach To The Holidays

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! There’s no denying it now … the holidays are upon us. If you’re a bit of a Type A, like me, you’re likely feeling the pressure. Out of nowhere my breezy fall has turned into a full-on marathon. I’ve found myself up at night stressing about planning holiday get togethers. My “spare time” is now 100% consumed with checking off wish lists. Not to mention the pressure of managing a retail store at this time of year {#icantevengothere}.

I know, I know. Tis the season of magic, thanks, and giving. But in order to get there it seems like there’s this hurdle of stress to jump over. Every. Single. Year. Anyone willing to validate me here?

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As I stare the holidays straight in the face, I feel like I have two options. Behind door number one I could let my overachieving nature get the best of me. I could stay up at night fixating on every single detail. I could make this holiday 100% magical for everyone I love, but sacrifice my own livelihood along the way. I could slap on that smiling face, but feel oh-so-exhausted inside.

I think we can all agree that door number one feels a bit less than ideal. Right?!

So, this year I’m choosing door number two. I’m not going to give up on spreading the cheer, but with every act I’m going to ensure that I’m also being kind to myself. I’m going to do my best to embrace those holiday imperfections, laughing at them instead of worrying about how I could have made it “better”. I’m going to smile, genuinely, because this year I’m going to set better boundaries {including my getting my nightly Zzzzs}.

It all starts today, on Thanksgiving. And, I’m happy to report that so far my new holiday strategy is going well.

This morning I woke up and chose NOT to rush into the kitchen. I enjoyed time with my boys at a slower pace and accepted the fact that dinner will be served eventually. From there decided to leave that pile of laundry by the stairwell and be present instead {it’s amazing how much you miss when you’re neurotically cleaning all of the time}. Now, as I prepare to turn in for the night I’m leaving those thoughts of Black Friday in the future. Instead, I’m appreciating the opportunity to reflect on a great day, my new perspective, and all of the things that I am grateful for.

Because it’s so much.

Xo

Tina

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