As much as I love Halloween, the next day is when reality sets in… the holidays are coming. We may not go all out like other families, but I try and do what I can to make things fun and festive with decorations and activities. You know for us it’s more about the food and games. Unlike other families, I like our tradition to try different recipes. Experimenting and mixing family favorites with new and exciting dishes. Then of course there’s always games after dinner. To put us in the spirit, I thought I would put some holiday goals together.
This is a no brainer considering what’s been happening this year. I am grateful for every moment we get to spend together. Our health has never been more cherished. Time is a precious commodity that I am learning to leverage in order to have more time with all of you.
What is LEAST important for us this year?
Worrying about the future is futile. Especially this week with the election, though we were anxious through the entire process in the end we are still one country. We need to take things one day at a time, cover our basics, and concentrate on the things we do have control over, taking action to become the best we can be.
Things we DON’T want to do this year?
Have a limiting mindset. “Simply defined, a limiting belief is a thought that you hold to be true about yourself, about others, or about the world that limits you in some way,” Mikayla Colthirst-Reid writes for Thrive Global. Just by changing what we think and how we plan to get things done is a big step in the right direction. I’ve been writing daily affirmations, refocusing my plans with my whys, and really honing in on my habits.
What CAN we do?
Not only for this year, but as a wake up call for purposeful living. I read “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle and realized I have been standing in the way of myself. Taught to follow a specific path of perfection, I was caged by my own mind. We need to question things more to acquire knowledge. Free ourselves to do what works for us to give us what we need. Sometimes we need that feeling of security – what can we do to achieve that?
- Do some side hustles for more financial security
- Spend time talking about current affairs as a family
- Play games to decompress from a stressful week
- Plan ahead to reduce stress and keep things calm
- Create systems that allow us to get things done
The ultimate goal
In the end, it’s all about helping others and working together, as a family and as a community. These past few months have really brought that together for us and we are clear about what we want to do and achieve… and how we plan to give back. This is the season of giving and though we don’t have much now, we give what we can.
My next big step is to clean, organize and decorate for Thanksgiving! We’ll be setting up a plan and budget for all of this plus the dinner itself. Are you up for the challenge?