Good morning! Happy Thursday! Connect With Your Kids day. We are heading into a time of year when there is so much to do that you can potentially lose the heart connections in the busy-busy of all the Holiday Must Dos. Have a care, Mamma.
I vividly remember one Christmas Eve when I was out in a panic at Target or TJ Max getting One Last Thing. While waiting in line, stressed to the max, I was overwhelmed with revulsion for how I had decided to spend my Christmas Eve morning. That day I vowed never again to let Stuff take precedence over Time With People I Love.
When faced with something this big, we need a plan.
This weekend maybe, sit down with a legal pad or your computer or your journal, and write yourself out a plan. Talk to yourself about what is most important to you this season — sledding with the kids, getting the tree, talking about God … whatever your priorities are, know them, own them, write them down. Then write down all the events and activities that you anticipate you will need to do that will get you there.
For Thanksgiving, you may want to start thinking about who is driving where, who is cooking, and how to get thoughts on gratitude into all the discussion of food and Black Friday Shopping!
If you’re Christian, Christmas is coming hard on the heels of Thanksgiving. There will be all sorts of to-dos and budget-busters waiting to sabotage your holiday if you let them… don’t let them! Plan what you want to happen; let go of what drains you: Christmas cards? Driving out to a cut-your-own-tree-farm? Making cookies with Grandma and the kids? See it now the way you want it to be, and then stick to your plan when four thousand opportunities to do more start knocking on your door.
We are heading into a beautiful time of year, Mamma, if we play it right.
Again, know what matters to you: own it and protect it. Know what drains you: let it go with no apologies.
Over the hills and through the woods, building your life as you go.
With love,who is driving where, who is cooking,