Tuesday, December 12, 2017

DAY 12

Joyeux Noël... We are half way there, how are you doing? How goes the preparations for Christmas? What are you doing to maintain good self care? are you slipping away for some time alone, are you staying up late to wrap gifts and enjoy the lights of the tree? 

Or have you forgotten about you? have you forgotten that you need some times to sit and relax and enjoy the tree that you so lovingly decorated? 

To do tonight; 

Grab yourself a hot cocoa, take 15 minutes, leave your phone behind, turn on your favourite Christmas music, and sit in your favourite chair, enjoy the twinkling of the lights on the tree, enjoy searching for and finding your favourite ornament, take time to reflect on the ornaments... remember what joy they brought you when you bought them, or received them...  just enjoy the moment, breathe in love, joy, peace... breathe out stress, anxiety, and the fear of not being or doing enough... 

You are enough, you are incredible, and you are worth it.

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M.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

DAY 11

Do you have snow yet? Is the weather outside FRIGHTFUL? 
living in Vietnam for just under 2 years has taught me one thing about myself, I have always loved, and will always love 4 seasons. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy summer- but my real loves are Fall + Winter... I'm a cuddly human, I love weather that requires will socks, a blanket, a hot cup of coffee, and a warm fire... or in my case a LARGE candle that smells like a wood fire- I know, I know... it's on my list for our next house... but for the time being a big beautiful candle will just have to do...

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M.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

DAY 10


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Saturday, December 9, 2017

DAY 9


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Friday, December 8, 2017

DAY 8

There really is no place like home for the holidays, this year we will be back in Canada celebrating in the cold weather with our families, and I cannot be more excited.

Does the excitement of Christmas leave you feeling a huge letdown after the holidays? does the lead up meet or match your expectations?

I have a trick for myself, because I generally have a real let down after the holidays are done, I feel like it didn't meet my expectations, and I feel disappointed. I am sure, I am not the only one.

What I do, I write out a list of expectations.
(I know, sounds funny, sounds kinda dumb, but it works for me.)
My list for this year is shaping up a little something like this:


1. Hot cocoa with my mom and my sister, talking.
2. Duy and I going for a walk in the snow
3. Dinner with Dad and Joy (she is an awesome cook, and her table always looks gorgeous)
4. Early Christmas with Duy's Family, a night of laughter and chaos,  our nieces and nephews giggling
5. a special Christmas drink at Starbucks
6. Drive with my dad looking at Christmas lights
7. My mom coming for Christmas
8. A coffee with My sister-in-law
9. Time to sit and reflect
10. decorating our tree
(I am not sure where we will be, but I can generally find a tree to decorate, hopefully we will have one this year)
11. Hallmark Christmas movies, as many and as often as I can
12. Walking Macy (my sisters dog) with my niece in the snow
13. Making morning breakfast of toast and eggs, and coffee <3 
14. Put together A new Christmas puzzle

15... and the list goes on, it's simple, nothing extraordinary, but everything is special to me.

When the holidays are over, and I start to feel like I've missed out, that I didn't do enough-  I look back over my list, and I check of all of the things we did that I had hoped for, and are now accomplished, and my heart tells my head to be quiet, we are full... our heart is full and we know it.

How do you manage the boxing day let down? how do you make sure your feel like you have had a wonderful holiday, without the stress of feeling like you didn't do enough?

Share the love,
M.


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