Free Floating Holiday Stress

I realized this morning that I was not being a very nice person. After thinking about it a couple of things have become clear. I have not been sleeping very well the last couple of days and I have had some free-floating anxiety going on. I spent sometime time today trying to pinpoint why I was feeling anxious but I could not come up with anything. My best guess is that the upcoming holiday (Thanksgiving) is making me tense.

My cure for this is to take the rest of the night off and try not to think about it. Tomorrow when I wake up I am going to start checking things off my prep list, this will help me feel more in control. I have turned over some of the cleaning chores so at least that is off my plate. This is crunch time and this is when self-care becomes so important.

Are you experiencing holiday stress?

D

xoxo

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Gratitude Jar

This time of year I am often reminded of how lucky I am. A fun project to do with your family is to create a gratitude jar. Kids can have fun decorating the jar and deciding what they want to put in first. Whenever something good happens you can remind your family to drop a note in the gratitude jar. It is fun to bust that jar open the next year and take turns reaching in and reading what everyone has written. I find there are always surprises in the jar. Give your gratitude jar in a prominent place in the home so that you can keep the essence of Thanksgiving all year-long.

D

xoxo

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I Am Blessed

I am feeling really blessed today. I am lucky to have the perfect partner to go through life with. There are many things about my life that are far from perfect. It is a blessing to have a soft place to land at the end of the day. Last night we ended our evening cuddling and watching television together. We had a bedroom picnic complete with beef jerky, gluten-free granola, and toffee peanuts.  It might seem odd to some, but to me it is the best way to unwind. I know no matter what hits me during the day my day will end with my hand in his. Whether it is watching Jon Stewart on the loveseat or walking the dog in the park, our little rituals are the sweetest part of my day.

True Love

True Love

D

xoxo

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Season Of Self Worth – Are You Busy?

One self-worth issue I really struggle with is how we tie our worthiness with what we do. If I am tired and I don’t get enough tasking done I can start to feel unworthy. So many people I know seem to almost be in competition with each other over who is more busy. I think we toss the word “lazy” around way too much. Taking a break is not lazy, and needing to rest is not lazy either. Being overcommited does not make you more virtuous. Being busy doesn’t make you a better person. This is really important to keep in mind over the holiday season. I know I often feel obligated to attend lots of events over the holidays, it can actually start to feel like more of a chore than a celebration. This year I intend to only go to events that I really want to attend. I do not want to spend my holidays running from place to another. I do not want to be exhausted and unable to enjoy what I am participating in.

For me the holiday season is a time to celebrate with my family and friends. It is a time to draw close and remember what matters most, sharing my time and love with those that I love. No matter how busy or not busy you are, you are still worthy.

D

xoxo

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Self Worth – Thanksgiving

When I was a little girl my parents always argued around the holidays. My mother would often become anxious before going to visit with her family. Thanksgiving meant seeing her siblings and dealing with all the comparing my grandmother would do. My mother and grandmother had a rough relationship and my mother never felt good enough for her. Holidays would leave my mother in tears because of something her mother or sister said. Her sister was better educated and had more money than my mother did. Her brother had beautiful children, children who did not have a Mexican father like I did. The only bright spot for my mother was my grandfather who loved her no matter what.

As an adult I can look back on my mother and I know exactly what kind of holiday I do not want. Remember as you travel to see family or have family in your home not to fall into the comparison trap. Your self-worth doesn’t have to be wrapped up in what job you have, or how much money you make. If you have kids great and if not great, you are still worthy. You can be good whether you are single or married. Don’t be afraid to set boundaries about what you will and will not talk about. If your dating life is a hot topic than you can say, “I would rather not talk about that.” It is good to have boundaries and it is ok to say no.

“We can’t be so desperate for love that we forget where we can always find it; within.”
― Alexandra Elle

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xoxo

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Season of Self Worth

Do you remember when I was writing about “The Season of Self Love?” If you don’t you can go visit my page titled “Self Love” and read the archives. I have been missing writing those posts and thought I would revisit the concept. I want to spend a season concentrating on self-worth. I won’t write about it every day but I will write about it at least once per week.

I feel like this is the perfect time of year to be thinking about self-worth. As happy as the holidays can be, they can also be terrible for your self-worth. Dealing with issues like family, money, stress, and limited time can all take a toll on your sense of worthiness. I am looking forward to starting this process and bringing self-worth into focus here.

D

xoxo

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Lovely Weekend

As I am writing this it is Sunday. So far it has been a lovely weekend. Friday night we had a delicious dinner at home. Yesterday Shawn and I went on a date and saw a movie together. My son spent the night last night and we all had donuts this morning. I have about 1 billion things I should be doing today but I have decided to take it easy. I took a hot bath and watched a sappy romantic movie. Sometime today I want to walk the dog and spend some time out in the snow. It is so pretty and sparkly out there! Hopefully after today I will be ready to hit the ground running on Monday.:) What did you do with your weekend?

D

xoxo

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