I can feel the tension of the season getting to me. While I am trying to complete the to-do list, some gremlin seems to be adding two items to every one I check off! Aagh! But then I remember…
It’s that time again. Yes!
One way that I support myself and my growth is to set aside the time between December 25th and January 1st as me time. Yep. Me time. I plan this waaaay ahead. I relish marking out the days on the calendar and I remind those closest to me not to expect me to be available during that week. No appointments, no schedules. I take these days to be quiet and still, focusing inward. I reflect on the past year, I offer thanks, I dream, I open to wisdom. I spend time alone with myself. It is one of the few times during the year where I give myself permission to take a break from responsibility and only do what I really, really want to do. Knowing these days are set aside helps me to stay patient, and to respond with kindness and openness during the intense weeks of December.
Even though over the recent years, I have been diligent in simplifying the holiday expectations and commitments, there is still a sense of urgency, a level of stress that creeps into my life at this time of year. Way more than I would like. I will continue to simplify and I will continue to give myself the same gift…the gift of one week of self love.
If you gave yourself the gift of one week…what would that week look like? What would be really, really important to you? Is it possible for you to plan for this? I hope so. I wish that for you this coming year.