Hello, Mamma. Happy Friday! How are you? Two weeks to go. Seriously, Mamma, how are you today?
I’m feeling very intense this morning. I can see the end of the year (for work) looming and I need to finish my projects and tie up my loose ends before I can leave for vacation. I can also see Santa packing up his sleigh, and I know the things I’ve yet to get done to help him along.
And I’m trying to remember to be joyful and peaceful and relaxed. Relaxed. How’s that working for you, Mamma? Yeah, me neither, but I’m working on it. I’ll get there.
So. Deep breath. It will all get done. The reports and the orders and the gifts and the cards. Or it won’t. And, for the most part, that will be okay too.
With two weeks to go, I’m looking at my list and deciding what will fit and what won’t. What’s a must, what’s a maybe, what’s not going to happen. Protecting my joy, letting go of the things that are just stressful (Must confirm orders for Monday, must finish reworking that one project, yes, I want to bake more cookies with the kids, no, there won’t be a caroling party and there doesn’t need to be).
Be gentle with yourself. Allow yourself a little stress, because I don’t know a woman on earth who can sail through this time of year with Mary Poppins aplomb, and make sure you insist on a fair measure of joy. Go get it. Make time for it. Allow yourself to feel it even though there is no way you will be as perfect as you’d like to be.
You’ll be just fine. You’ll be wonderful.