Make the holidays easier

holidays easierSo we just finished Thanksgiving and it seems like the second the dishes were put away, Christmas started. I am one of the few people in my neighborhood who did not put up decorations this past weekend. I do love decorating for the season but I like to savor it along the way instead of rushing to get it done…like it’s a chore.

Too many people feel overwhelmed every other day of the year and the holidays can exacerbate that feeling of gotta get it done, made, bought, wrapped, sent, etc. Even the best intended can get too wrapped up in trying to do everything and thereby enjoy nothing of the season.

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Being thoughtful, thankful, & clutter free

Happy November, Everyone! I laughed out loud when I heard on the Food Network that Halloween marks the beginning of the Eating Season. That sounds pretty accurate for my house.

 

November means that Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s are just around the corner. While this time of year is typically a joyful one, I find a lot of people get more stressed this time of year trying to keep up with their neighbors and friends.  Stop comparing yourself to other people and stop looking at all of the “holiday  themed” commercials thinking you need to get THAT product in order to be happy.

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Mindfulness: Let your home be your refuge

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One of my favorite quotes: “Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” –William Morris

My super awesome yoga teacher, Lisa challenged me recently by talking about the “mindfulness” class she’s teaching at a local high school. This class helps students learn to better manage their stress so they are able to perform better in school. Mindfulness is about slowing down and really paying attention to your surroundings and how you feel in the present moment without judgment. This is my definition, not a dictionary one, and, from my perspective, applies to any situation, including your home.Continue reading