We say, “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas”, but do we make them Happy or Merry?
As we move into the Holiday Season, we are pulled in many different directions and add so many “to-dos” to our daily list. But do we really need or want to do all those things? Do we need to purchase a gift for everyone we know? Do we need to bake all the holiday goodies? Do we have to purchase a new outfit to wear for every party this year? And does everything have to be perfect? Is this how we’re meant to spend our holiday season? Are we meant to get so frantic and overwhelmed that we miss the point of the season all together? Only YOU can answer these questions.
One very important lesson I have learned from my new business coach is that I need to simplify and streamline my “to-do” list, my daily task list, the way I run our studio and how I manage my life. I try to do it all and make it all so complicated! I’m learning great life lessons as I navigate through suggestions and recommendations for my business. It is hard to wrap my head around it all and I do get very uncomfortable at times (like wearing that itchy, ugly Christmas sweater), but I also recognize I am finding new ways to enjoy life and be more present in my life rather than constantly being in a state of fight or flight. It's time for me to wear a cozy, warm bamboo t-shirt in place of my uncomfortable, itchy sweater.
In stating that, how about this Holiday Season we re-evaluate our priorities of the season as well as simplify and streamline our “to-do” list. I recommend you make a list of 3-5 things you really WANT to do this season. And stick to it. How do you determine what to put on your list? Think about past holidays and what brought you great joy! What lights you up? What warms your heart? Make a list of those things. Then choose only 3-5 of them to focus on this holiday season. Maybe it is the shopping for gifts, or baking. This way you can be present and enjoy the list, rather than stressing over the list. Remember, this list is for YOU and when others benefit in the process, you can all celebrate! And others will benefit. You will find your attitude is more pleasant, you are more present and your time with others becomes more enjoyable.
If you need to add a priority, take one away. Create a plan to accomplish the priorities on your list. Keep the list in eyesight most of your day to keep you on task and allow YOUR priorities to take priority over the least of your priorities. Schedule time for your list items or plan your steps into your day/week like you would a meeting or doctor’s appointment. Keep your priorities a priority. The ultimate goal is to choose priorities that will make you celebrate the season rather than dread or regret what you did this season. When it is truly a priority, you will do what it takes to achieve it.
Go into the season with a plan, with intention, with a purpose. Say NO when it doesn’t align with your priorities and purpose. Say YES when it does. Then notice throughout your holiday season how it feels different, how YOU feel different and get the most out of this time of year.
My question to you then is. “What is a priority to YOU this Holiday Season?” Bring back the “Happy” and “Merry”.
I wish each and every one of you a MERRY Christmas and HAPPY Holiday Season!