Holiday Intentions

Holiday intentionsThis week will be Thanksgiving!  I’m feeling tired and a tad overwhelmed.  I’m getting sleep, spending time in nature, connecting with friends, but I’m realizing the kind of tired I’m feeling is a cumulative tired—from the past month, probably even the past year of interupted sleep, chasing toddlers, managing four different peoples schedules, a business, a household…

So I’m thinking about intentions, and practicing mindfulness—particularly knowing what the next sixty days hold.

Before you find yourself feeling overscheduled, overextended and overworked during the holiday season, I invite you to slow down and PAUSE.  Take a deep breath, or five.

While this is a favorite time of year for some, this upcoming stretch can also be incredibly stressful, emotionally-taxing and just plain exhausting for many of us. (There is a reason therapists offices are packed in January.)

As you move into the next two months, consider approaching the holidays intentionally.  What does that mean? Well, if you were to set a theme for the holiday season what would it be? What do you most want to experience this time of year? What worked and what didn’t work last year?  Ideas of themes might be: Rest and rejuvenation, creative expression, reconnecting with friends and family, simplicity, being of service, or spiritual focus.

What activities or choices might you make to support your holiday intention? What do you need to let go of? What “should’s” need to be released?  for more on “shoulds”

As you enter this holiday season, reflect for a minute on last year: what fed you and what drained you about the 2010 holiday season? Listen to your needs, say no to activities that don’t fuel you, make choices that support your emotional and physical well-being, keep it simple, and, when in doubt–practice self-kindness and be easy on yourself.

You’ll be surprised by how many people around you will follow your lead.

Wishing you  and your family much peace in your life, in your home and in your heart this season and every day. Take good care,


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