Can you believe that Thanksgiving is in less than two weeks? I am super excited for the time of relaxation and rest with the people the closest to me. I am so thankful for the progress we have made so far in 2019. We did a lot of important things such as removing and pruning people, places and things that do not line up with our destiny, pausing to celebrate our victories and getting extra motivation when needed to keep going. The holidays can set us back. I would encourage us to indulge a little but we cannot trash our goals until 2020. I am not talking about food only but I am talking about allowing our past to become our present, becoming so exhausted or overwhelmed that we lose ourselves and more. So, what should we do? Here are some practical steps to finish 2019 strong and start 2020 empowered.
- What or who is your why?: In December 2018 or sometime this year, you decided to make goals. You may have made a vision board or just wrote a journal of your 2019 goals. What happened or changed that you decided to have goals? I know for me I was tired of being tired in so many areas of my life. I am thankful to be standing in November 2019 with a mind and life that is so much clearer and full of so much joy. Your what or who should be at the forefront of your mind always.
- Boundaries: You must review your boundaries and decide as to what or who can be a part of your holiday narrative. I know the people surrounding me looks different than last year. Some people are absent because of death and others are absent because our association was no longer fruitful. This is the time of year that our past tends to come back. Please make sure you have strong boundaries and reach out to your accountability partner or group.
- Plan: The holidays are a beautiful time of year but there is so much to do. I would suggest that you plan. Last minute surprises can derail your progress. I know for me I need to stick to my sleep, exercise and meal prep schedules. I know last year I was distracted but this year I am determined to stay the course. You do not have to wait until two weeks from now but come up with a game plan now.
- Be Generous: There are many people among us who will not be festive or joyful this year. Someone close to us maybe grieving the loss of a loved one or friend through death or disassociation. Someone maybe experiencing the loss of a job, relationship, home and more. Someone maybe dealing with health or financial challenges. Keep your eyes open for opportunities to help someone. It can be through donating your time, money or/and talent to a nonprofit organization. It could be opening your home or schedule to someone else. We all can pay it forward to someone else.
- Have fun: We must have fun. The holidays are a wonderful time of year for us to rest and celebrate the people around us as well as ourselves. I am looking forward to worshiping God and loving the people the closest to me without losing my boundaries or messing up my 2019 progress. I am currently going to start testing gluten free versions of my favorite recipes. This time of year, is full of so much joy and peace. Let us have a wonderful time as we close out 2019 and look forward to the beauty and promises of 2020.