From stringing lights to wrapping gifts, our to-do lists run long this time of year and it’s important we remember to enjoy the magic, good tidings and cheer this season is truly about.
Sing out loud, throw snowballs, kiss under the mistletoe and let yourself get swept up in the excitement and joy surrounding the holidays.
As we turn our attention toward gratitude this time of year, I want to take a moment to thank you for welcoming me into your inbox and life. I’ve loved getting to know and work with so many of you in the DIY PR Course and to have you join me in the Savvy Miss community.
To fill you in on the latest and greatest, today I’m trying something a little different. I hope you enjoy. 🙂
What I’ve been up to:
Right now, I’m in Kauai (my happy place!) where I’ve been working, relaxing, loving and celebrating my birthday in great company.
If you get a chance, I highly recommend exploring Kauai, known as the Garden Island for its lush green landscape and waterfalls. It’s truly a magical place.
I’ve also been taking inventory of this past year and reflecting on the highs, lows and growth I’ve experienced. This simple, yet powerful exercise is a must for me to set the stage for a new year. I shared the exercise on Savvy Miss last week if you’d like to do it too: The Best Way to Say Goodbye to the year.
Book I’ve been reading – The Four Agreements
I’ve read this book at least three times before, but it’s been years. It’s one of those books where as I was reading I said to myself, “This is SO good — I should read it every month!”
The author Don Miguel Ruiz is a beautiful writer and the book is packed with wisdom. It’s a quick read (I read it in a day) and truly life changing.
Here’s a breakdown of the four agreements straight from the book:
1. Be impeccable with your word.
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using your words to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your words in the direction of truth and love.
2. Don’t take anything personally.
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
3. Don’t make assumptions.
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
4. Always do your best.
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
Quote I’m loving:
“People will love you. People will hate you. And none of it will have anything to do with you.” -Abraham Hicks
There’s so much truth to this. Try not to care so much about how others feel about you – try caring more about how you feel about yourself.
My holiday wish for you:
This is an incredibly joyous time of year, but it can also be overwhelming both physically and emotionally. Many of us take on too much in giving to family, friends and neighbors and forget to take good care of ourselves.
This time of year brings emotional highs and lows. Joy and melancholy are strung together like twinkly lights wrapped ‘round a tree. It’s important to take “Me Time” to be with yourself, recharge and process all of your feelings.
Even a 10-minute walk in nature or 15-minute free write in your journal will be beneficial solo goodness and help you show up as your best self for others too.
This is a magical time of year. Enjoy every moment.
Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and love-filled holiday!