Is your year doing that crazy, frenetic, breakneck sprint to the finish? Mine is. After a day I would rather not repeat, I am slowing down, taking stock and trying to find my center. Again. A couple of things are making this easier. First is my journal. I’m officially hooked. I start most mornings writing while I wait for the coffee to brew and then grab a few moments here and there during the day. It is a practice that is taking hold and I am grateful.
Next is looking at my calendar and seeing what I can cross off. The next six weeks look full – lots of fun for sure, but a little too much for comfort. I’m taking Brene Brown’s advice and canceling what I can, opting for a moment of discomfort rather than a month of resentment. I really, really, really hate going back on word, but I also know my limits. I also know what happens when I continually stretch my limits. It’s not pretty for anyone.
Another little something that is making me happy is prepping my album for the December Daily project with Ali Edwards. I have never done this before, but I’m hoping to harness my journalling habit and write a little something every day. Add a few photos, a little bit of collage and maybe I’ll have a book by new year’s eve.
And now let me tell you the best of all things. I read this chai recipe on Wednesday – and hands down, it was the best thing that happened all day. Oh my. I have made it a dozen times since. Add a heaping spoonful of sweetener to black tea, fresh ginger, water and milk, and you will have found a bit kindness in your cup.
I’m trying to be kind (or at least kinder) to myself this holiday season. Will you join me?