This post will be short and sweet-I know you have a lot to do.
Out of town guests, shopping, wrapping, travel preparations, decorating, cleaning, entertaining, partying...partying and more partying. Then we are trying to manage our sleep deprived-hyped up on sugar kids (and selves) from all the partying and late nights. This-all on top of cold and flu season and work deadlines to crank out before the New Year. Sound familiar?
Women are so damn hard on themselves. Instead of enjoying the holiday season it is like a sprint to the finish-and instead of looking back fondly at the experience, we collapse. We don't enjoy or even think about what the season means to us-we just go, go, go. Do more, more, more. Repeat. But the kicker is- in this process not only do we feel frazzled, but we get upset with ourselves for not feeling in control or fear we are going backwards in any progress that we have made to be organized, healthy and peaceful.
This is simply not true!
No matter how much progress you have made in whatever area of your life you are focused on right now-you are not going backwards. The holidays are chaotic, that is why there are so many movies, cards and commercials making fun of what we do to ourselves during the months of November and December. Some of this extra "stuff" is within your control, but some of it is not.
The best thing you can do right now is focus on eliminating stuff on the list that you really don't want to do (as I talk about here in a post from last year). As well as give yourself permission to let go a little for the next couple of weeks with the things you can't control. Be gentle with yourself. You will get back on track after all the visitors have gone, the decorations are back in their bins and your cookies have all been eaten. Mark it on your calender now-January 1, 2013-and pick up where you left your goals-along with the rest of the world.
I wish you lots of deep breaths, a sense of humor and tons of love and warmth with those you care most about.
Happy Holidays Mamas from my family to yours!!!