Hey friends, it’s me! Well, Christmas is over (can you hear me crying?)….If you don’t know me personally, then you wouldn’t know that the “Holiday Season” is my absolute fave. Ok well, it comes in at a close second to Fall, because well, Pumpkin Spice everything…need I say more?
Anyways, I always get so sad when it’s all over. All that’s left is a million n one boxes to break down, left over pieces of wrapping paper to pick up, tags on new clothing to pull off (yes I know I should use scissors but I’m a mom and I’m always in a hurry), a bunch of left over food that you plan on eating but never actually do because well 3 day old ham is gross….and your kids rooms look like a toy store exploded in there. It’s funny too because my daughter literally had a melt down that she had no where to put the billion n one craft sets that she got…I’m like, listen chick, next year you get nothing and like it!!!…..I’m just kidding….maybe….
Ok, back to my sob story of being sad Christmas is over….Don’t you feel so excited and happy when the holiday season hits? I know for me, I literally smile from ear to ear when the stores start putting out all of their Fall and Christmas decor and products. Now, there are a few who may not agree with me (if this is you, I’m sorry) but there is just something so warm and inviting about all of it. Ahhh can’t you still smell that Holiday Spice candle?
I own a small business and I have to think like a retailer when it comes to selling and gifting, especially during the holidays. So I start planning in July for something that doesn’t really happen until October/November. I guess in my reality the holidays take up about 6 months of my life, it’s no wonder I get sad. It’s like a puppy having its favorite chew toy taken away or a baby having its binky taken away…..I get attached and I can’t let go.
Now, this might sound contradicting, but I’m also relieved when the Holiday Season is over. I know, I know, you’re thinking ‘but didn’t you just say you get sad when it’s all over? Geez lady make up your mind!’ but in my defense…let me explain. I breathe a sigh of relief because during that 6 months of amazingness (is that a word?), I am literally go go go!!! I do not slow down and I definitely don’t have time to think about myself or my needs. It’s all about planning and taking action when it comes to my business, keeping a well oiled schedule for the kids activities, maintaining my house from becoming a giant pig sty, decorating to the nines (because duh, I love the holidays) and trying to remember to love on that handsome dude I call “Babe”. Trust me, it’s not all that glamorous at times but I manage and when I reflect on the 6 months after they pass, I just sit back and smile because it was all worth it!!!
So where does the “detox” part play in all this? Well, it’s a mental detox…it’s that regrouping and re-centering your focus now that all of the hustle and bustle has died down. Finding what you want to focus on for the new year and really disciplining yourself. Not just a “yea I really want to start working out” and then the next day head to the nearest fast food joint. No! Really disciplining yourself. A wise woman once said “if you stay in one place and continue to do the same things, don’t expect to have different results”. Think about it.
There seems to be a little bit of a let down after the holidays. I think because we’re so busy working and family activities, that we don’t have time to worry and focus on what we want as individuals. And as a woman, if you’re anything like me, you’re a people pleaser and you’d rather make sure everyone else is ok and has what they need vs. focus your attention on yourself for a minute. It’s almost scary to you, out of the norm. But this I say to you my friend, yes you…don’t forget to take some time for YOU, re-center yourself and head to the day spa. Whatever you need to do to recollect your thoughts, plan your goals and cleanse your soul (and belly) from all the hustle, bustle and sweet confections you endured the past few months.
Take a breather. Tell the hubby “hey, babe…I need a ‘me’ day” and plan to take yourself to your happy place for a few hours…mine being the Four Seasons Hotel and Spa. This will make you a better mom, wife, friend and biz owner. Seriously, I’m not kidding. It’s true…try it! But don’t say I didn’t warn you…you may become addicted to ‘me’ time….it’s nice.
Ok, I’ve rambled on enough…the decorations are all put away, the holiday candles have been blown out, the trash has been picked up, the tags have been pulled off, the new clothes have been washed and the toys have been organized and put away….I’ve had my “Christmas Let Down Pity Party (of one)”……..*sips coffee*…….its goal time!!!!
But first, a nap…..
Happy 2019 my Friends,