It’s quiet and all through my house those who are here are sleeping quiet as a mouse. I have coffee in hand, tree lights on and Christmas music playing. It’s a beautiful calm this morning.
This year we chose to stay home with whichever children could be here and enjoy a quiet day. It’s been an overwhelming stressful few months and having a calmer holiday seemed just the right thing. Sitting here this morning, enjoying my home in peaceful stillness I know we made the right decision.
Holidays can bring many expectations. And often we can be disappointed when these may not be met. They can be loud, chaotic and lots of fun. But also stressful and frantic. This morning as I start this day I am reminded what this is all about. Family. Love. Togetherness.
I am choosing to be joyful rather than stressed. I chose to enjoy the moments rather than expect them to be something in particular. We get to choose our mindset and I hope you chose love and joy today as you celebrate this holiday. I hope you focus on why we celebrate and what that means to you and yours.
As other family members are off to gather together I am grateful for those asleep in their beds above me right now. Grateful I get another day to enjoy this beautiful crazy life. Thankful for quiet moments to reflect and set my intentions for the day.
Even though this year is different than ever before, it’s still a great day. It’s still a day to celebrate. It’s still a beautiful day even as it changes and brings new moments.
I hope you hold onto every moment this day brings to you. We wish you a very Merry Christmas!
Do you practice gratitude moments? Not for the month of November. But in general, do you think about anything or everything you are thankful for?
I’m learning to get back into this practice with my morning routine. Writing down at least three things I’m grateful for each day. Sometimes these are simple things I easily take for granted. Other things are bigger than myself and my little world.
I’m finding this practice keeps me calmer and staying in a positive place. Recognizing all the parts of life that I’m blessed by.
As we head into a holiday weekend here in the US I encourage you to take the time to try this practice out. Stay in a state of thanksgiving and see what changes occur in your own personal world. See how your view becomes more positive, even if in the midst of any challenges.
I’m off to enjoy this holiday. Happy Thanksgiving all.
It’s a holiday week here in the US. One of my favorite days to celebrate is almost upon us; Independence Day! Celebrating our countries freedom is a wonderful blessing I am fortunate to have the opportunity to experience.
Part of the reason I love to celebrate this day is the fireworks. Ever since I was a little kid I have loved to lay beneath the sky and watch all the color explode high above me. It’s my favorite part of the day. Everyone always stops and huddles together for thirty minutes of oohs and aahs as we watch explosion after explosion rise higher with all sorts of sparkle.
As I write I can recall so many places and displays I’ve enjoyed throughout my years. Whether it was being 12 and getting as close to the cannons as the fire department would allow. Or my early 20’s wrapped in blankets while camping. Or all the years smushed up together with kids on each side of me watching from the park at home. To celebrations with family and friends, each year the memories of this day hold a wonderful place in my thoughts.
Everyone has special days in their lives. Days that just the memory of can provide joy again. If the 4th isn’t yours that’s ok. I hope you have a day or two that just thinking about them make you smile. And create excitement for what’s to come each year.
As we gather with friends who we’ve not seen in awhile, this Independence day will bring a new collection of moments to reflect on in years to come.
I hope it includes fireworks. 😊