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The holidays are here, and I'm freaking out a little bit

The holiday season is here!

I have always LOVED the holidays, but what I didn't realize as a child is that being an adult during the holiday season is no picnic. There's so much to do and so many places to be, and in the past I have been unprepared and overwhelmed. Not this year!

This year I am planning ahead for the holidays, and attacking the next month and a half with intentionality, gratitude, and an air of calm that can only be explained by lots of yoga, meditation, and wine. If this time of year makes you feel a little frazzled too, I've found some resources that might help. They certainly are helping me!

  1. Kendra, the Lazy Genius, has been planning ahead for the holidays since mid October. She briefly talks about how to plan your holiday calendar in this blog post, but the real magic of her holiday plan is celebrating holiday opening and closing ceremonies. Yes, opening and closing ceremonies just like the olympics. She talks about the concept of holiday opening and closing ceremonies in this podcast. It's something I certainly want to implement so I can fully appreciate the joy this season brings!
  2. Without a doubt my most listened to podcast episode of all time is the holiday round up episode of Happier with Gretchen Rubin. Along with giving lots of practical advice and fun things to try for the holidays, this episode reminds me not to take myself to seriously this time of year.

    Traditions are really important to me, and I can get crabby if things aren't going the exact same way they've gone every single year since I can remember. But I'm married now and have a whole other family to celebrate with. My siblings are grown ups now, too, and they're busy. Not everything can stay the same, and that's actually a good thing. It means we're growing up and living life. The holidays will be more fun for me and for everyone else if I go with the flow and practice gratitude in whatever it is that we're doing. 
  3. Tomorrow my husband and I are cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the first time ever. I have confidence in my Thanksgiving side dish skills, but I've never made a turkey or dressing before. This could be an amazing success or an incredible failure. 

    To combat my nerves about this culinary expedition, I've been doing what any Questioner would do - researching. A blog post from HelloFresh about conquering cooking fears is a huge help! I appreciate the reminder to not get too fancy, and to ask for help if we need it. Another helpful reminder? If everything is a complete fail, we can always just have pizza :)

I'll be hitting on this topic again in December. I can't be the only one gearing up to navigate several events and gatherings. 

As we head into a time of year that can sometimes be overwhelming and lonely, remember to take time to care for yourself. Make sure you do the things you enjoy, and don't sweat the small stuff.

Questions: Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? If so, what's your favorite part of the meal? Do you feel overwhelmed going into the holiday season? What do you do slow down and enjoy this special time of year?

Happy Thanksgiving!

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