This is definitely one of my favourite weeks of the year. I’m a sucker for American Thanksgiving (and, yes - I’m a PROUD Canadian). It’s the gateway to the holiday season. In fact I have the stockings hung already, and the tree will be going up in a few days. Not to mention we already had the Santa Claus parade in Toronto, and our first snowfall of the season. So… bring on Christmas baby, and bring on the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
Although this can be the best time of year, it can also be super stressful and overwhelming. We become keenly aware that the end of the year is nearing, and we have not accomplished any OR all of our goals for the year. And, It’s easy to run ragged trying to please everyone, which accomplishes nothing, and leaves us stressed out. Not to mention getting together with family… need I say more?
To help you beat the overwhelm and stay grateful I have compiled a list of ten things that are guartanteed to help you not only get through the end of the year, but enjoy yourself.
Don’t leave things to the last minute… sounds obvious but are you doing it? Set ten minutes aside each morning to make a list of what has to be done. Do the hardest things first!
Accept what you cannot do and PRIORITIZE what matters most… easier said than done I know. But make a list of what really needs to happen, and get that done first. You might find that everything on the list didn’t actually need to happen.
Give yourself permission to say ‘NO’… guess what? You don’t have to go to every function, holiday party or even buy everyone you know a gift this year. Shocking isn’t it! Ask yourself what what is important and feels right, and do that.
Take a breather and allow yourself time to relax… I know this this is not super easy for everyone, but if you take a few minutes everyday to just get quiet - pray, meditate, light a candle or go make a snow angel. Don’t worry about the small stuff. It’s all small stuff anyways.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help… with the cooking, cleaning, and even at work. Surely someone you know is wasting a bunch of time on social media and can lend you a hand. Just ask.
Forgive yourself and others… this can be the hardest time of year, and comes with the most drama. Is it time you finally let go of some of the past hurt - it’s only hurting you. When you forgive yourself it becomes easier to forgive others.
Make it a point to be grateful… write a card to a friend who needs you, or make a list of the people you really want to see, and tell them how much you love them. You’ll feel better instantly, and they probably need to be reminded that they are loved.
Review what worked this year… and what didn’t. Be honest with yourself about what you were hoping would happen, and then be intentional about not repeating that again next year.
Get intentional about how you want your life to look in 2017…
Maybe you started this year off with the greatest of intentions, but lost your way a few weeks in. Life kicked in, and all of the sudden everything got pushed to the back burner. There is still time to redeem what is left of this year, and to set yourself up to accomplish great things in 2017. You don’t have to go through the rest of the year thinking about the “could haves” and the “should haves”. Accomplishing your goals for 2017 just got way easier! I’d love to share with you how you can live on purpose in 2017 - PRESS PLAY ...