It has felt like everything has been on a fast track to the holidays, as if a flip was switched as soon as Thanksgiving Day came to a close and we put away the turkey leftovers. Christmas decorations have sprung up around our neighborhood – in storefronts, in the streets, in neighbor’s apartments.
While I’m excited about the holiday season, I’ve been resisting the urge to dive head-first into all things holiday. I don’t want to rush it, if that makes sense. I don’t want to rush putting up our tree and the decorations just so that they are up and we’re done. I want to take it slow and focus on creating new holiday memories with my kids. I’m hoping that we get to spend some time this weekend starting to get our house ready for the holidays.
Kind of a tangent but it kind of relates to the posts in today’s Friday Round-Up – about slowing down and being deliberate in our actions and thoughts.
Life is life a Christmas Tree
I loved how Jenny over at Simply be…me compares life to Christmas trees or how we shouldn’t compare our lives or our Christmas trees. “No two people, just like no two Christmas trees, are the same. We all have our flaws and even though something or someone may seem *perfect* that doesn’t mean it is or they are.”
Holiday Eating WITHOUT Over Thinking
Now that we are smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, there is lots of advice floating around about how to stay on track during the holiday season, how to maintain your workouts, how not to overeat, etc. Among all of them, I think that this post from Tina is fantastic because she focuses on setting mini-goals for yourself – things that are totally doable, reasonable and effective.
Power of a Personal Mantra
I didn’t used to believe in having a personal mantra. It sounded all to hooky for me. However, Carla’s post mirrors much of my evolution in thinking about mantras. And her new personal mantra is something that I can totally relate to.
Dear Daughters: Why I blog
Did you used to keep a diary or journal when you were younger? Did you protect it fiercely, under lock and key and hidden away so no one could read it? Why it is that as we’ve gotten older, we’ve decided to blog and keep a very public diary? That’s the question that Tracy’s daughter posed. Her answers sum it up perfectly. Why do you blog?
Lastly, I am really excited to be guest posting over at Things I Can’t Say. I’m talking about raising my kids in a multicultural family. I’d love to see you over there. Am I cheating by including this in my Friday Round-Up?
What are your plans for the weekend?