Join the Party and Get Happy!

So, if you are like me, you are already feeling the madness of this time of year setting in with upcoming holidays, parties, get-togethers, shopping, travel, and FOOD….everywhere.   Although merriment and excitement hover in the air, exhaustion, anxiety, and stress lurk around the corner too.  I often find myself slipping down the treacherous road of over-indulgence when it comes to the delicious treats and over-flowing spirits that abound this time of year.  Sound familiar? And with all the “things to do” and “places to be” I often lack motivation, personally and professionally, to stay true to my purpose and goals.   I can easily get swept up in the madness and lose sight of what this time of year is really about.

 So what am I to do? Well, this year I’m making a vow to savor these next six weeks.  And I don’t mean the food!  I don’t want to go into 2014 hung over and tired.  Even though my schedule is insane, and I’m sure yours is too, I’m choosing to remind myself that we are NOT guaranteed tomorrow, so to complain about the craziness of this time of year is wasted energy.  I’m choosing to slow down a bit and really savor what is important to me in life–friends, family, love, giving and gratitude.  And what a cool thing that I get more opportunities to be with friends, colleagues and family because of the added parties and events! I’m choosing to remember that food and spirits won’t bring me the type of fulfillment that being truly present and engaged with the ones I love will.  I am choosing to remember that, for me, this time of year is about gratitude, love, giving, and faith–NOT eggnog, gingerbread, and wine (though I’m not saying those aren’t added bonuses!) I’m choosing to express to people how much I love and value them with my words and actions, rather than stress myself out over finding the perfect gift.  My hope is that these choices will propel me into the new year with energy and a renewed commitment to what’s important in my life rather than the dreaded, “Ok, now I got get back on the bandwagon” mantra.

Want to join me in this quest?  What are your thoughts on this time of year?  We are committed to make these next six weeks AWESOME at DMF so join the party and come savor and celebrate life with us!