Tis the Season for Fun, Not Stress

Without discussion or fanfare, I decided I would only decorate for Christmas this year.  It’s really my most favorite holiday to decorate primarily due to our ornament collection. However, the real reason why I stopped is that it doesn’t matter to my husband or pup.  It probably doesn’t matter to my neighbors.  It just stressed me out to see the fact that I was behind holidays screaming at me each time I came home.  I KonMari’d all of our non-Christmas decorations out of our house.  Nobody noticed.  Nobody said a word.  Nobody cared.  I am free!

I know this is a busy time of year for many people.  I tell you my story because many you are telling yourself a similar story.  You need to bake this.  Decorate that.  Order this.  Do that annoying tradition.  Uggg.  It is exhausting.  Take it slow this season.  Savor the good stuff.  And let go of the fruitcake of traditions (assuming that you and I both share the same feelings that fruitcakes are gross!).  #DitchFruitcakeTraditions

Since Ralphie had to write a theme paper in The Christmas Story (let’s all agree it’s the best movie ever!).  Each year I pick a theme.  In 2018, it was Sleep.  This year Family. Next year…

  • Say Yes (to things that really matter)
  • Focus on Fun (how to make the simple things in life more fun)

More to come on my 2020 theme.

  • Best Podcasts of the Week
  • What’s Cooking
  • What am I reading?
  • House Hack
  • Random Stuff

He got his fur done this weekend.

“Smile, breathe and go slowly.”

“Smile, breathe and go slowly.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Best Podcasts of the Week

Stop saying negative words about yourself and life.

Period.

That’s all.

This week I listened to Episode 101, Goddess Devotion, Energy Shifting, and The Power of Language w/ Rach, of the Vibe Tribe. Look if things are going in the direction you want them to, could it be the story you are telling yourself?  Rach explains how the worse you use vibrate at different levels, what words you just need to stop using today, and how to reframe your stories.

Next episode that really rocked my world was the Slow Home Podcast titled “Can you live slow in your 20s or is burnout inevitable?”  OMG!  If I could go back to my 20s and tell myself that you need to work hard but working insane hours will not get you much further than working hard with reasonable hours, I really would.  I would also tell myself that it’s ok to have boundaries.  To say no.  To eat healthfully.  That self-care is going to probably save your life.  I would go back, slap myself across the face, and say you had better listen to me now!

What would you say to your 20 something self?  I would say stop spending money and you are a badass!  

What’s Cooking

Planning our Thanksgiving dinner with two different roasted veggie sides and homemade cranberry sauce.

What is your one go to/must have at Thanksgiving?

What am I reading?

Slow by Brooke McAlery is starting fabulously!  If you are not familiar with her, she hosts the Slow Home Podcast.  The book is off to a magnificent start with explaining how she got started in the slow/minimalism space.  Funny how my journey started very similarly to Brooke’s.  I had the feeling of overwhelm walking into my house.  I felt like I never had enough stuff yet I felt that I had too much stuff.

Here is what is on my bookshelf to read this week:

House Hack

Establish a house reset day.  Every Sunday and Wednesday I walk through the house restocking toilet paper, paper towels, soap, and tissues from our basement stash as well as put away items misplaced items.  This ritual takes less than 5 minutes but saves me time, energy, and stress.

Random Stuff

Snuggling under my Snuggie.

Looking forward to making homemade gnocchi.

Wondering what my husband planning for date night this week.

Doing a longer daily yoga practice and loving it.

“Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.”

— Chinese Proverb