I hope that all of you had a lovely holiday last week- no matter what it looked like. It was a quiet one for my family- the four of us and our dog- and it was really nice. We ended the evening watching “Elf” on our makeshift movie set up outside, to take advantage of the mild temps that day.
We did start decorating a bit earlier this year and the image I included with this entry is of my side table. It always makes me chuckle when I walk past it. I am sucker for a holiday gnome and the sign is “oh so appropriate” for our home since we celebrate both holidays.
As 2020 is winding down, it is so easy to get a carried away with reflecting all of the things that we could have or should have done. That guilt create all sorts of wild stories in our heads and I don’t know where these crazy expectations come from that we can often place on ourselves. Let’s all listen to our inner Elsa and “Let. It. GO!!!”
You haven’t learned a new language in the past 9 months? Or started a new hobby? Reorganized your house? Conquered some crazy “to do” list you created for yourself? Right... this wasn’t a voluntary “time off” from life. This is a pandemic, people.
I am just as guilty of this. Way back in March, when we all thought by early summer, things would be “back to normal,” (Hilarious!), I had visions of learning new facial techniques to add to my list of services for clients. I thought I might be able to finally make those photo albums of the thousands of pictures I have in iCloud limbo. I even thought I might finally reorganize and purge my basement. Has any of this happened? NOPE!
Guess what though? I am alive. I am healthy. I am still (fairly) sane- most days. My kids are happy and thriving- despite learning from home. I was able to pivot and keep my business going online. I started this blog that you are reading right now. For the first time in 15 years, since I became an esthetician, I have been home for dinner every night. This may seem silly or small, but in this industry, working evenings just comes with the territory, so I have missed many dinners at home. I also have been able to tuck my kids into bed every night, which hasn’t happened since I was on maternity leave.
These are “wins,” in my book and I will celebrate them. You have some too- I know it. You may just need to think long and hard about it to find them. They are there though.
“Sometimes letting things go
is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on”
As always, thank you for reading.