Remembering to Slow Down this Holiday Season

My family is coming, my family is coming! Guys, I am so excited…did you hear that my family is coming to Lincoln, for their first ever visit??

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Between the new job and the new house, I feel like I’ve barely had time to sit these past few months. When I am at home, I am typically crafting, refurbishing, or decorating something. When I am not at home, well, I am at work. I am now towards the end of a 10-day work week, and as I stated earlier, my family is coming soon. Actually, this weekend!

After work last night, I rushed around, got groceries for my planned out meals, and got a few last-minute gifts. By the time I got home, I was tired and cold (it’s been freezing here the past few days) and really just wanted to sit down and relax. It took me a while, but I got all my bags in the house (T is away for work this week), and then realized that I couldn’t find Owen. I eventually thought¬†he must have snuck out as I was running back and forth from the car. I opened my door to let in my cold kitty and he proceeded to immediately get sick…awesome. I spent the better part of the next few hours cleaning him and the floors. He is fine now, this happens to him from time to time, but what a pain!

By this time it was after 9:00 and I hadn’t eaten, wrapped gifts, or even sat down for that matter. I was frustrated and upset and kept thinking about all the things that need to be done before our guests arrive on Friday.

Eventually, I poured myself a glass of wine and sat on our TV room floor. I put on a cheesy Christmas movie and began wrapping my gifts. Owen came and sat beside me and as I was wrapping, and I began to calm down. Hosting and gift giving is great, but it really isn’t what this season is about. Things don’t have to be perfect, they don’t need to look like a picture.

I urge you all to stop, and take some time to slow down during this time of year. Focus on what is means to you. Rather than worrying about the presents, be present with your friends and family. Be thankful for what you have. Spread some joy and love. Slow down and breathe.

Xo- Em