I’m still in disbelief by how fast this month is passing by me. Let the Christmas countdown begin.
Today I feel like it’s officially acceptable to go all out in holiday cheer! It may or may not have to do with the fact that I finally made a Christmas recipe. Coming up soon!
Not only is the holiday season finally upon us, is seems to also be the season of stress. Lots of stress.
Instead of putting my focus into feeling stressed, I’m choosing to embrace the cheer and joy that surrounds me everyday!
* my version of perfect protein pancakes; made with oat bran instead of brown rice flour, topped with a little greek yogurt to spread plus un-pictured cashew butter *
There’s no doubt, that this time of year can be stressful. The past few Christmas’ have been incredibly hard for me. Not only was I so fearful of all the food, parties, alcohol (aka excess calories and weight gain); I was in a horrible place with my recovery and eating issues.
The disorder stole all the joy I used to feel around the holidays and I’m not willing to accept that. In the past, I was anything but cheerful.
When I began to look at the past I felt a little disappointed, but then I stopped myself. I’m not here to live in the past. Feeling this way will only feed my ego, it won’t make me feel better.
* Today was exceptionally chilly. Even though the sun was out, there was a slight nip in the air. It was the perfect holiday-esque morning where I was able to comfortably settle in on the couch, mug in hand, while wishing that big snowflakes would fall down as I looked out the window. *
I’m embracing the positives; I’m healthier than I’ve been in quite a long time. I’m proud of myself.
This year, I’m putting focus into gratitude. My heart is filled with happiness, there are blessing all around us each and everyday.
From my morning coffee to my bedtime tea, there are many little moments in life where beauty surrounds us.
Every morning this December, I’ve committed myself to light some candles, sip my coffee, grab a notebook and list 3 things I’m grateful for.
* I’ll always be grateful for coffee….always. And I’m embracing the fact that I’m a coffee addict *
Mornings are my favorite time to do this. It’s a fresh and peaceful start to the day, where I’m able to focus on how I want my day to look. Without letting any outside emotions from others make there way into my thoughts.
It sets the tone for how I will approach events and thoughts that may come my way throughout the day.
With Christmas around the corner, some people can get a little selfish (myself included). We may want a lot of things, but we should become aware and grateful of all the many blessings in our lives.
Being grateful and putting focus on all the things we have, instead of the little things we don’t, is a great gift we can give ourselves this year.
Well, the coupon code is finally here and registration if officially open!
The coupon is good from December 12 – December 19, until 11:59 (Mountain Time).
Do you tend to get stressed this time of year?
What are your favorite holiday traditions?
Would you be willing to make a gratitude list each morning?
Have a beautiful Thursday!