As mid-December hit, it was very apparent that the pace I was choosing was not sustainable. So I pumped the brakes and chose a new theme: slow. My reaction to things, whether it was an email or something major…slow. Deciding on holiday plans, menus, running errands…slow. I knew that being present with those I love wasn’t going to be possible if I was frantic, emotionally or otherwise, and so I chose slow.
It was the right move.
It was a wonderful Christmas spent with family, both those we are related to and the dear friend variety, and being in Chicago for all of it was such a gift. Because of slow, I felt like I soaked up every conversation, every meal, every glass of wine and just looking back on all the memories reminds me that whatever decisions or self-care necessary to be present in every moment is exactly what needs to be done.
So 10 days late…Merry Christmas. I hope your days were merry and bright and filled whatever it was you needed during this season.