Hey friends, I thought I’d drop in to chat today. I want to share my Christmas playlist with you as well. I know everyone is busy with the holidays now in full swing and I don’t really want to add to your stress by giving you more things to do. I’m sure not to many of you are thinking about organizing your house at this point although if you have company coming maybe you are. It’s not too late to walk around the house with a garbage bag collecting things for donation. I’ve been purging this month and as new things have come in, I’ve had to let some things go. Here are my December purge piles so far.
Christmas decorations no longer used
A big bag of games no longer played with and a box of kitchen stuff
There is one thing I think everyone should do this week that will take about 15-20 minutes and help you out immensely. Open up your fridge and take some time to clean that baby out in preparation for loading it all back up again for Christmas. Old leftovers, expired condiments, wilting veggies, toss, toss, toss. Give the shelves a nice wipe down and you are going to feel like you are on top of the world. Whoot, you got this! This holiday has nothing on you. You’ll be feeling so motivated, you are going to look around the kitchen looking for something else to attack. The pantry, do the pantry! Oh my goodness, those stale crackers that have been sitting there for ages, the expired hard as a rock granola bars, the old marshmallows from days gone by, toss, toss, toss. Girl, you are on a roll!! Look at that pantry with those empty spaces all ready for the holiday sweets and treats. So that’s my little challenge to you today. If you get it done, be sure to leave a comment telling me how great you feel! :)
We are only 11 days from Christmas and at this point I start letting some of the things on my list go. There really is only so much time on our hands and I don’t want to spend the next two weeks stressed. So I take a hard look at what absolutely has to get done and what I can do to give myself some grace. For instance, since I eat Paleo I have no choice but to make my food from scratch but I don’t have to make the ornaments I was hoping to make for gifts. Yes I really wanted to do it and I’ll be sad not to, especially since I have all the supplies bought, but it’s not critical and there’s always next year. I have to be realistic with my time and prioritizing within that time available so I’m not making myself and my family crazy. What is a priority for me is hanging out with my kids that are coming home from college for the holidays.
As someone who lives with a chronic illness, stress and worry is toxic for me (for everyone in fact!) and has the potential to cause my disease to flare. I definitely don’t want that to happen. And while I can’t always change when stressful situations will arise, I can change the way I react to those situations. For instance, I have no control over the fact that two of my contributors have to step down after this month but worrying about it won’t bring me new contributors, it’ll only bring me stress. So instead of dwelling on it, I will turn it over to God and pray for His direction. I’m open to whatever He has in store for me. And in the meantime, I’m going to savor the season and the beauty that comes when my house is full of laughter once again. Oh I can hardly wait!
Grey Hair Update:
So as many of you know, I’ve been growing out my grey hair. In fact it’s been exactly one year since I last dyed it. And boy is it a process. I’ve had good days and I’ve had bad days but I’ve manged to persevere through the days where I’m feeling less than stellar. I’m actually liking the grey, it’s the half and half that I could live without. I have also discovered that grey hair growth is fascinating to many and the exposure and attention sometimes makes me uncomfortable. It’s a feeling of being less put together somehow, like I’ve left the house with only half of a face of makeup on or something. It’s the strangest adjustment and the longest of transitions when you have hair that grows as slowly as mine does. I’ve kept it fairly short and that has helped. It also helps to keep it soft and shiny and the Aveda Blue Malva Shampoo has been a lifesaver for that. Anyone else in the middle of the grey grow out process?
It’s impossible to take a good selfie, sorry I tried.
Want to listen to a great collection of Christmas music? I shared earlier this year on my 2017 Christmas Gift Guide post that I have an obsession with Christmas music. For those that don’t know I also have a Spotify Playlist with all my Christmas favorites that I like to share here with you each year. I just added this year’s favorite songs that you might like. Johnny Reid’s, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, still holds top spot though :) You will need Spotify (free) to listen below. Enjoy!
Basket of Fun Giveaway:
And finally just a reminder that you’ve still got time to enter to win this fun basket of goodies that I’ve enjoyed putting together for one of you to win. You can enter RIGHT HERE.
I’d love to hear if you tackled my challenge today and one thing you are letting go of this season.
Merry Christmas everyone!!
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