No Stress NovemberMonday, November 02, 2015
Now that Halloween is over, the holidays are officially on everyone's radar. Which also means the high stress of the season is now fully upon us. I thought I'd spend some time focusing on ways to de-stress over the next month because we all deserve a
We're all busy pinning our favorite holiday ideas on Pinterest and that's great… but let's take a deep breath here. We can't do all of them. There are a few simple rules to remember with the holidays. Ready?
You need to make the holidays work for you and your life. Maybe you're not a fine China kind of girl, that's okay. Get some disposable plates - it's okay. If your Mother-in-Law gives you the side eye, tell her you'll use the fine dishes - as long as she is in charge of clean up.
I know it's hard letting go of some of our expectations, but it's okay… I've done it.
I love to cook - I really do. It's one of the things I find relaxing and fun, so I take a lot of pride in my Thanksgiving spread. It's like the super bowl of meals for me. But there was that year where I just couldn't do it. I had a 2 year old who I'd dragged to 5 million doctor appointments while trying to get pregnant with my second baby- and I'd just found out a few days before Thanksgiving that our in vitro had failed. No baby. I was sad, and I cried. and cried. and cried.
There was no way I could make a turkey. I could barely make it out of bed. And you know what my dad did? He went to the store and bought everything premade. EVERYTHING! He didn't ask - he just did it. And I love him for it. That was my Thanksgiving - my turkey was salty from the tears but it was good to not have to worry with it. The following year on Thanksgiving I had a one month old baby girl on my hip and was back on my cooking feet. We all have times when we need to call in the reinforcements. And it's okay.
Over the next few posts, I'm going to be sharing some strategies on making your November stress-free (okay… maybe less stressful would be more accurate).
We'll break down the list of things to do and tackle them one by one - and maybe I'll help you feel thankful for Thanksgiving this year. That's my goal.