A friend stopped by the house earlier to bring me a plaque for my wall. It made me smile and I hope it brings a smile to your face as well. It said this,
More Wag and Less Bark
Go out and wag your tail! Hope you find some happiness and laughter in your Tuesday!
I consider myself to be a pretty strong individual. It’s one of my strengths. I have chosen to march into all kinds of battles that leave me standing vulnerable and alone. Today a tiny onion took me down. I really thought I was tough until that fourth or fifth cut. That was the end for me. The onion won.
I started a tradition a few years ago to set an intention for the entire year. I choose one word that I want to be a theme throughout the coming months. This year though I would like to do something a little different. I would like to choose a different word every month. There are certain months that require different things from me. Some are much more stressful than others so one word does not seem appropriate for the entire year. This month my word is fun. I want to spend this January taking life a whole lot less seriously. I want to live in the moment and be open to spontaneity and saying yes to all those things that make me feel good. I saw a question on Facebook that made me look a little closer at my life. What are you allowing? I cringed as the answers popped into my mind. Fear, stress, anxiety, seriousness, panic, dread. Who in their right mind would allow such horrible things? Life is short and try as I may, I have never been able to get a single moment back. So this month, I am allowing fun to take over front and center. It is seriously time for a much needed change. What are you allowing? What word will you choose?
Recently, I dropped off of the face of the earth. I made a very soft landing into Disneyland where I enjoyed a much needed, stress free, fun couple of days with the people I love the most. Sometimes I forget that fun is meant to be in the equation. I get wrapped up in the seriousness of the daily responsibilities and I leave fun behind. Tomorrow maybe when there’s much less to do… I was standing in line one day. It was almost our turn when a man and his family walked up to the front of the line. He had a young girl in a stroller and he told the worker he was there for his little girls “Make A Wish”. The tears immediately welled up in my eyes. Fun cannot wait. Family cannot be pushed aside from the things that don’t matter and there is no time more precious than right now. Make that trip. Go on that date. Dance even though you know everyone is watching. We are here for a reason, a purpose. I think it’s simpler than people try and make it out to be. We are here to live, love and experience every precious minute we are given and to learn the difference in what matters and what never will.
There’s not much that a nice long bath can’t fix. What is it for you?
We have this silly count down to Christmas snowman. The only problem is, he is a little off on his days and no one has gotten around to fixing him. For the last few days, my son has been asking if it’s six days until Christmas, five days until Christmas etc. I even thought about getting him a calendar because I couldn’t understand how he could be so confused. After all, he is 13, doesn’t he know how many days are in the month? Then I noticed the snowman today and it was obvious why he’s been a little confused.
I love to read all the posts for the 12 Days of Christmes blogging challenge so I thought I’d join in.
For as long as I can remember, we have always gone to church on Christmas Eve. After mass, we gather at my sisters house for a beautiful sit down dinner followed by amazing desserts. We all gather in the living room patiently waiting to unwrap our Christmas pajamas and in a matter of seconds, we are comfortable, warm and very cozy. Sometimes the pjs are pretty and sometimes they are just plain funny. It is something everyone looks forward to every year.
What is your favorite Christmas tradition? Why not join the challenge?
I’m learning more and more how important it is to take breaks. Yesterday I took a break from blogging. I woke up, took a break from cleaning and headed to the mall with a good friend. We had lunch at The Cheesecake Factory after some light shopping and drove home in time for the kids to get out of school. Chase had two tests today and of course finals next week. My husband had two tickets to the Thunder game and I almost stayed home to make sure Chase knew all the information for the test. Then I decided to take a break from being a mom and schoolwork and I headed out for a great night. It’s necessary to step away sometimes. Putting every ounce of energy and time into something is not always productive or healthy. Making a point to do something fun and stepping away from responsibilities can be just what the doctor orders to cure all that ails you. Don’t be afraid to do something for yourself once in a while. Life is meant to be happy and you deserve to have a little fun.
It hit me today. Christmas is in 3 weeks. This is one of those times a year I love the most. Food, family, games, presents and of course a nice long break for the kids from school. I know many people feel stress but for the most part, I notice people are happier and kinder. Maybe it isn’t them at all and it’s just that I feel happier and am able to be kinder. Whatever it is, it’s a magical time and I am grateful it’s here. What do you love about this time of year?