We are amid another holiday season. How did you do with Thanksgiving? Did you rest or did the day pass you by? I am so glad we get a second chance with Christmas and New Year’s Day to implement some peaceful habits. These peaceful habits can be applied beyond the holidays but I think there is no time like the present. I am giving you the gift of peace and setting you up for starting 2020 in a peaceful mindset.
- Sleep: There is no substitute for sleep. Your body needs rest daily for you to be your very best. There is no amount of caffeine that can replace your rest. If you need to put a daily reminder about sleep, do it. Lack of rest is not good your health and will impact other areas of your life.
- Self care: You must take care of yourself. Sleep does not count because that is essential to living a healthy life. Self-care looks different for everyone. My self-care includes watching Hallmark movies, working out, spending time with family and friends and much more. Your self-care is about you pouring into yourself so that you can pour into the people around you.
- Give Back: On this Giving Tuesday, I am reminded of the importance of giving back to the people and causes the closest to our hearts. As we take care of ourselves, we have an abundance of resources to pour into other people. I am so thankful to the nonprofits that invest in people and causes daily. Our nonprofits are the engine that keep our society going and I am so thankful.
- Say No: The word no is very powerful. You must have healthy boundaries around your health, life, time and more. When you say yes to everything, that means something will be impacted. It is necessary to say no.
- Say Yes: You cannot say no to everything because that will cause isolation. Say yes to taking risks, opening your heart, having hope and so much more. The word yes can have lifetime positive implications. Pastor Craig Groeschel posted on his birthday how he proposed to his now wife 29 years ago to the day. Say yes to the unknown and make a lifetime investment into your joy.
- 24 Hour Pause: Is there a major decision that you are making this holiday season but you feel uneasy? Take a 24 hour pause to think things through before deciding. The worst time to decide is when we are stressed out, overwhelmed, sick, upset and so on. So, before you say yes or no to a major decision, take a moment to pause and reflect.
- Enjoy the season: This season is majestic and beautiful. Take a moment to reflect and savor the beauty of this season. We have schedules that are more packed than usual but we should be kind to one another. Allow us to take a moment to pause to smell the cookies and cocoa, hear the sounds of the season and look at the beautiful once a year displays of the holidays. A month from now you will miss everything.
- 2019 Goals: This year and decade will be in the past very soon. Do you have a couple of things that you want to accomplish this year? I know I do. The temptation may be to stop and resume your 2019 progress in 2020. Continue to move forward and before you know it, you will start 2020 full of joy.
- Remove and Prune: This time of year, is the perfect time to prune and remove people, places and things from your life. Pruning is necessary to cause growth to continue or start. This is a good time to analyze how you are spending your time and resources. Are you investing in something or someone that is no longer fruitful? There is no time like the present to reclaim your value and self-worth.
- Love: Fall in love with life again. This year may have dealt us some tough moments but we are still standing. Have you stopped living or believing because of a setback? There is no time like the present to love again. Love has its moments of ups and downs but I am a firm believe that love does conquer all.
I will be forever thankful and grateful for you being a reader of my blog. I love to write and I stopped for some time years ago but I can honestly say even on my worst day, I love writing. Thank you for being a devoted and loyal reader of this blog. Seize the season!