Reflecting on much that has happened this year as the holiday season is upon us I become contemplative upon work, home and life.
Work: I often marvel at how whenever I worry that work may slow down poof there shows up two more clients in the most unusual circumstances. Work is a joy in my life which I understand is a gift within itself to have a career that I love with people I enjoy spending time with.
Home: I've come to the conclussion that children are our greatest measuring stick in life. The frustration, confusion and revelations that occur from them are our loudest landmark to open ourselves up to parts of ourselves we want to avoid. If we want to pay attention and do so.
With two teenagers in the house I've learnt things about myself and my family that has helped me evolve as a human sometimes in the hardest ways possible but overall for the betterment of our whole family in the end.
Life: Life, hmmm what to say about life. Life by definition is the existence of an individual human being or animal. It can only occur with the continuation of bodily functions such as respiration and circulation. Some lives are cut short before others, some lives extend beyond the bodily functions that determine a quality of life that we can enjoy and some lives are simply dull without any awareness of the beauty around them.
Life has given and taken from myself just as many others have experienced. The holidays are hard it makes me realize what is missing. On the flip side I also know how lucky I was to have so much caring in my life when it was there. Some people don't get to experience that ever!
If you haven't read any books by Dr. Sue Johnson pick one up whether you're in a relationship, out of a relationship, contemplating a relationship or never wanting a relationship. It will help you understand why we struggle or succeed in connection with others.
In the end we are all asking the same thing: "Can I or do I feel safe with you?" "Will you catch me if I fall?". And if we don't feel like there is a yes to those answers we begin to feel isolated and alone. The angry, scared or frustrated.
As we end one year and head into the next we all become overwhelmed and stressed at what needs to be done for the holidays and then what needs to start with resolutions the next week. The week between Christmas to New Year's really is feast to famine.
Instead pace yourself, be realistic, continue doing what worked before and maybe add in one thing that will assist you further your goals. Goals...realistic, measureable and empowering hopefully. Something that has meaning to you and will leave you with a feeling of pride when you finish those goals. Not self loathing and guilt.
This year Christmas was simplified without buying much for gifts and instead travelling and just spending time as a family together which is something we can't buy: TIME!
If you're overwhelmed right now ask yourself why everything needs to be Pinterest Perfect at the expense of happiness??? We all have so much what more do we need?
Thank you for being part of my small world! Thank you for supporting my business and enriching my life!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
I Live Life Now,
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