Live your best [holiday] life

Self-love thinking and behavior in addition to self-care practices are some of the best gifts you can give yourself this holiday season. It’s easy to get caught up in the festivities and lose sight of our feelings and goals.

Two Christmases ago, I had an actual break-down. Leading up to the trip back to home, I had all these ideas in my head about how the week would be. And then of course, none of those pretty pictures happened. I spent a ton of time thinking about the perfect holiday we were going to have and a ton of money trying to make it come true, only to have the week completely fail to live up to the dream in my head.

Nothing tragic happened, but I did get the opportunity to figure out why I felt bad and vow to never go through that experience again.

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12 Days of (Christmas/Holiday/Seasonal) Goodness

I’m taking some liberties, as the ’12 Days of Christmas’ doesn’t actually start until Christmas…but I like the idea of doing a fun, self-care countdown to the holidays.

Sometimes the holidays are tough. We might be feeling grief or loneliness. Other times, holidays are full of joy and cheer. Regardless of your starting place, find time to connect to yourself and to joy during this season.  

My 12 intentions this holiday season include:

  1. Going outside and breathing in the winter air
  2. Baking some cookies
  3. Lighting candles
  4. Getting cozy
  5. Dancing
  6. Writing handwritten love notes
  7. Giving back in time and talent
  8. Enjoying alone time without my phone too!
  9. Drinking hot cocoa with a zillion marshmallows
  10. Dressing all sorts of festive
  11. Treating myself to some facial fun
  12. Hosting a dinner party extravaganza 
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