Wow ladies, I am blown away and blessed by your responses to yesterday’s post. As always the comments offer so much more wisdom and insight than I ever could. I appreciate you taking the time to reflect and share where you are in your own lives and what you are perhaps doing differently this year so as not to succumb to the pressures of society. Just reading the comments got me fired up because here is a community of woman that are so super supportive and making it okay to say enough is enough already.
So often we hear about the things we should be doing but what I really got a kick out of yesterday was reading what some of you weren’t going to do this year. Organizing Mommy started us off with a list of things she has given herself permission NOT to do. I hope she doesn’t mind that I share them with you here:
I don’t send out cards; I have a letter that I send out as a response, at my leisure.
I don’t bake cookies and all that.
I’m not giving my kids’ teachers gifts.
I’m not giving my own kids gifts. They can have some cash.
My few decorations can all fit into a cardboard box.
That’s very cool. Here’s my own list:
For the first time I’m not doing an annual Christmas letter. Instead I’ve purchased photo cards with our names already signed on them. I will feel no guilt about not also adding a personal message. Hey you’re getting a picture, what more do you want?!
I’m only decorating one room and I let my kids do most of the work. That wasn’t easy for me but I was totally surprised by the amazing job they did and they had a blast! I think we now might have ourselves a new tradition.
I’m not a baker, if it gets done, it gets done. If it doesn’t than oh well. That’s what girlfriends who bake (you know who you are!) are for 🙂
We aren’t putting lights up on the outside of our house this year. We are enjoying the fantastic display right across the street from us instead.
We only have plans to have company over to our house on Christmas day. That’s not to say I won’t do more entertaining at home but I’m going to just be wild and crazy and be spontaneous about it. It may work out, it may not, oh well, just means more quality time with my own bunch.
Yipee, that was fun and freeing too! Of course everyone’s list will look differently depending on your own interests, strengths and time. That’s the sheer beauty of it. I just think it’s time we stopped killing ourselves trying to do it “all”.
Come on, try it for yourself, you know you want too 🙂 Make your own statement in the comments telling us what thing(s) you are giving yourself permission NOT to do this year?
Say yes to less!!
For interest here are some related posts in blogland on the same subject:
Everyone Leaves Some Things Undone @ Making Home
Wrap Up the Stress @ Femina
This year…it will not be perfect @ A Chelsea Morning
I love this community!!