Well, it has been a whirlwind few weeks. In the two weeks since I last posted, I have traveled to 3 states, spent Thanksgiving with my family, ran a 5k and a half marathon and got ready for Christmas. If I am completely honest, it has been a little crazy, but at the same time it has been pretty awesome!
Today I wanted to share a couple of thoughts regarding the holiday season.
1. Spend time with people you enjoy hanging out with!
Take time this season to connect to those you care about the most. One of the best parts about the holidays is the ability to spend time relaxing and catching up with family and friends. I realized my favorite thing about last week, was spending time with people I cared about and knowing that they cared about me. I couldn’t be more different than my older sister in many ways, but at the same time there is a bond there that is pretty cool. During the year it easy to rush around and forget the people that matter most. This year my Thanksgiving included our annual family Thanksgiving run, a fantastic meal with extended family and time to catch up with some of my nieces and nephews. I know that this year’s events will be among some of my favorite holiday memories. Make sure you are taking the time to create some memories of your own!
2. Take a look at your goals.
If you are at all like me, you have a list of things you want to get done each year (and if you don’t have a list…I recommend making one!). I think the holiday season is the perfect time to take a look at your list and see what you still have time to accomplish. It may be that this last 30 days provides you a perfect opportunity to accomplish one of your goals.
For those of you who have been following me for a while, you know one my hobbies is running. This year I was able to accomplish my goal of racing in the Space Coast Half Marathon for the third year in a row (notice the bonus medal around my neck!). Why am I running this race over and over again? Well, both my dad and I worked with NASA at some point in our careers so when the Space Coast half launched a 5 year half marathon season dedicated to the shuttle program, I knew I had to participate! This year I met a couple of my friends for our annual trek to Cocoa Beach, Florida where we completed the race and enjoyed catching up. Creating goals each year, and then taking the time to follow-up helps us achieve more over our lives and leads to a great deal of life-satisfaction. What goal do you want to check off your list before January?
3. Get in the Spirit!
I know that not everyone has an affinity for the holiday season, but I have to say, I love decorating for Christmas. My new tradition is to play Christmas music (I like Christmas Traditional Radio on Pandora), decorate my tree and spend some time reflecting on all of the things I am thankful for. Actually, I started a gratitude practice that encouraged me to write down three things I am thankful for every day. This mind shift has helped me embrace the holiday spirit even more.
And for those of you who were worried about not being able to decorate in a tiny house, here is proof you can have a festive Christmas even in a small space! (I just recommend buying small gifts so they fit under the tree 😉 )I have to admit, I decorated a little early this year, but I am thrilled with the result. Taking the time to be intentional about getting in the spirit and being grateful has helped me get more excited about Christmas.
4. Dream Big!
Okay, my last piece of holiday advice is to dream big! I know that this time of year it is easy to rush around and forget what we really want out of life and why. We get caught up in buying gifts, attending get togethers and traveling to see family and friends. All those of things are awesome, but it’s also important to slow down a little and take some time to think about what you want out of life. Are the things you are doing inline with the things you value most?
Take some time this holiday season to slow down and start planning for next year. I am already working on my goal list for next year and I have spent some time trying to think about how each goal will help me move closer to the life I really want to live. For those of you who are still trying to figure out what you are looking for, consider signing up for my course: Dream Big! Live Life on Purpose. The course will start on 1 January and run for 4 weeks. You can register now to save your seat and start your year off right!
I would love to hear about your Christmas traditions or about your goals for next year!