For most people, December is all about the hustle and bustle...shopping for days and weeks, parties, events, family gatherings, school plays and endless tasks to complete before the end of the year. This year, I decided not to participate in any of it! I wasn't sure what it would look like but I hadn't enjoyed many past Decembers simply because of all the busyness. So this year, I bought the few gifts that I wanted to buy, wrapped them by December 4th and spent the rest of the month relaxing. It was pure bliss! I read many of the books I had been wanting to read, did three puzzles, played games with my family, met with neighbors and dozens of friends for coffee or a walk over those cheerful weeks. It didn't dawn on me until Christmas eve that I had done it. I had fully enjoyed the month of December and it wasn't over yet. I spent two days in my pj's over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, then planned a trip to Oceanside to ring in the New Year by the beach! Peace had overcome me! I felt the presence of God as I slowed down and embraced each moment! I did nothing hurried. In fact, I intentionally slowed waaayyyy down! If you know me, that's not normal! I don't even think my waaayyyy down can be considered slow but it was intentional. And it served it's purpose! I enjoyed December for the first time in years. I can't stop smiling just thinking about it. As we approached the end of the year, something shifted in me. I never want to go back to busy! I fully intend to be in each and every moment God gives me! I will be taking this with me into the new year and I hope you will too!
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