Friday Round-Up: Holidays, Mantras and Why blog

Flower and Christmas tree

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?



  1. says

    Not cheating at all :)

    I like that you’re not rushing into the whole holiday thing. Being deliberate about stuff is a good thing. We’re always rush, rush, rush in everything, slowing down is a splendid idea!
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  2. says

    Great round up as usual! I’m trying not to rush things either. We put up some Christmas things but this weekend is when we are getting our tree. I’m excited to do our first ever Advent Calendar with the kids. A new tradition that hopefully will stick around and be fun for the whole family.

    Have a great weekend friend!
    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama recently posted..“Done in 60 Seconds” WorkoutMy Profile

  3. says

    I write to keep a journal also… to see where I have come from and how far I need to go. :)

    This weekend I am running in the CIM (California INternational Marathon) relay. My leg is a hilly 8 miles. In the rain. In the wind. In the flood. No bueno.. but an adventure non the less. :)
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  4. says

    I love your round up and can’t wait to read your guest post! I can totally relate to the need to slow down and not rush the holidays. Although we’ve already finished decorating, we still plan to savor the weeks leading up to Christmas in other ways, like driving around looking at Christmas lights, crafting with the kids, baking, watching movies, and playing holiday-themed games. We just want to try to be present and “in the moment” as much as possible. Have a great weekend!
    Sarah @ Run, Write, Conquer recently posted..Holiday 2012 Gift Guide: 10 Gifts for CrossFitters Under $50My Profile

    • admin says

      Thanks Sarah! Yes, being present and in the moment is what I’m striving for although it’s challenging during the holidays, isn’t it? We’re forced to put off our holiday decorating for another week since, um, we can’t find our decorations. Actually, they’re at my in-laws so we’ll have to drive down there to get them. Ooops!

  5. says

    Another great looking round up Christine!
    I too am appalled at the lack of turn around time between Thanksgiving and Xmas. I never noticed it as intensely as I did this year; one day people were posting turkey picts on FB, the next day it was Xmas trees!
    I’m sticking to my guns and resisting pulling the decorations out of the attic for yet another week…
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    • admin says

      We are being forced to put it off another week. Thought our stuff was in storage but apparently it’s in storage at my in-laws!! Oops. Can’t decorate this weekend. :-)

  6. says

    I just found your blog, such an interesting focus! I’m a runner but have recently bought myself a stand-up and paddle surfboard. I learned to use a SUP this summer, while on holiday on the west coast of Scotland, where I live. My husband is a longboard surfer, so I’m very familiar with surf lingo, what 5/4 means, Magicseaweed and Wind Guru. I can’t wait until the spring to get out on the rivers and North Sea to use my SUP. My husband also taught me to surf a few years ago in Spain, and we’ve been to several surf destinations in Europe since. I’ll continue to follow your blog, so interesting!

    • admin says

      Hi Danielle! It’s so nice to “meet” you! I’ve only been surfing for about a year and am totally hooked. I’ve tried SUP two times and really enjoyed it – such a great and different way to be out on the water. I’d love to hear more about your adventures as well!!

      • says

        I saw your photos, you look really good for only having surfed a year! I wonder, where’s the closest you can surf in New York? How often do you get out?

        SUP is amazing! I love how it can be done in the sea/ocean, rivers or lakes, and on flat days too. I haven’t tried mine yet, I just got it at the end of October, and although I have a 5/4 wetsuit, there’s NO CHANCE I will get on my board until next spring, even if I did have a hood, gloves and booties. Many of our trips are surf trips, either to the west coast of Scotland, Portugal, Spain, the Canary Islands (also Spain), and France, all at different surf spots. That’s what you get when you’re married to a surfer! I’ll start blogging about SUP-ing more next spring into summer. Until then, it’s running and food for me :)
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    • admin says

      I posted Friday’s post late so the email didn’t go out in the morning :-(
      Thank you for all your lovely words as always. xoxo


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