The Day After Christmas

2015-12-25 08.23.56

Mimosa, French toast with real maple syrup with the pool in the background.

As you may have noticed from my last post, I shared a photo of our family on the beach for Christmas. This year, we chose to be in Florida for the holidays, just the three of us. I’ve been talking a lot about changing traditions on the blog and this year was very non-traditional for us.

Gratitude Tip: How do those around you react when you want to change tradition and try something new? Do they accept it or want things to stay the same? How do you deal with the greater family dynamics when it comes to the holiday season? Is it possible to do this with gratitude?

There were some challenges when it came to our decision but we did our best to accommodate everyone and still choose to have our Christmas the way we wanted to. For us, it was the right decision. Our little family had a beautiful little vacation together. I took a break from social media (with the exception of my blog, although a few posts had been written ahead of time) and I took a nice, well deserved break from my business. As a business owner, it’s difficult to completely turn off, but as I found out last year, sometimes taking a few steps away (intentional or not) can be a benefit to any business.

How do you feel after your Christmas celebrations? Are you filled with joy and gratitude for the day that unfolded? If you are feeling drained, tired and lacking in joy, take a closer look at your day and find the moments to be grateful for. Then create a plan for 2016 to have a more enjoyable time at Christmas. You are in control of creating your future and there is no time like the present to initiate change. That way everyone has a year to get used to it! We actually booked our trip on boxing day last year – not entirely sure how we were going to make it work, but we did.

Even if you didn’t celebrate yesterday, you were likely spending time with family. Was that time joyful? Would you like to repeat it again next year? It’s so critical to remember that tomorrow is not promised and that every day is a gift, so we often have to make decisions that not everyone will like, for our own well-being and that of our closest family. No need to waste another day, as someday there will be no tomorrow. Make the most of the rest of this holiday season, starting today.

 

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