The most wonderful time of the year can also be the most stressful. We put pressure on ourselves to give the perfect gift, bake the perfect cookie, serve the perfect meal, decorate the perfect tree, provide the perfect everything.
Do not allow the world to tell you how to celebrate. Whether simplified or with fanfare, a little bit or a lot, the best memories are created in the imperfect, unplanned moments. As long as they are done with love, you will never fail.
THIS HOLIDAY, GIVE THE GIFT OF BEING GOOD ENOUGH.
Struggling to keep up? Let it go. Wishing to do more? Let it BE.
Be unapologetic – Release the guilt and take care of your own needs.
Be kind – Depression and loneliness rise around the holidays.
Be considerate – Stop logging on and start powering off technological distractions.
Be real – Not so ideal photo? post it anyway. Cookies a bit burned? eat them anyway.
Be realistic – Celebrate within your means.
Be you – Stop comparing, quit competing. We are meant to be different.
Be grateful – Life may not be what you expected, but there is always something to appreciate.
Be positive – Focus on the good and more will come.
Be picky – Do not be afraid to say no to one thing so you can say yes to something better.
Be understanding – If gathering with others, remember this is their holiday, too. Embrace new experiences.
Be mindful – Linger over that cup of coffee with someone special.
Be present – Focus your whole heart on friends and family.
Be patient – Do not be in such a rush. The next thing can wait.
Be generous – If you can help another have a better day, do so.
Be thoughtful – Hold a door open, say thank you, lend a helping hand.
Be gracious – Maybe a gift is not the prettiest, but it if was given with love, it is the best.
Be honest – If you need help, ask for it. If you are overwhelmed, admit it.
Be still – Rest your mind, your body, your soul. Breathe.
Be blessed – You are here, living this one life.
Wishing you an Inspired Christmas and a Joyful New Year!
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