Creating Calm through the Holidays

I am learning that I am enjoying doing less during the holidays. I know this is a time of year that gets chaotic for others, especially with family, travel, and everyone running around. 

Each year I end up dialing it back a little more. Giving myself permission to enjoy the quiet and cozy, rather than rushing through another To Do list. Spending more quality time rather than trying to run to every party or happy hour to catch up with everyone at once.

A friend suggested a holiday happy hour recently and while I wanted to catch up with them, I asked to meet after the holidays. There's so much pressure to squeeze everything into a short time frame and I want to savor it, let it linger a while. I'm taking a note from Gretchen Rubin, one of my favorite authors and podcasters who does a family holiday card in February (also check out her post on making lesser holidays special here). 


There's always going to be a To Do list, a party I've missed out on, or something else that I don't even know I've missed, but I want to feel more engaged, energized, and less frazzled!

My "create calm" tips:

  • say yes to less - don't go to every holiday party, happy hour, show, etc
  • schedule down time - rest, relax, take a nap!
  • when making plans, make it count - what I mean is, stop scheduling stuff back-to-back and be thoughtful with your plans with others (it doesn't feel great to be squeezed into someone else's frantic schedule)

What are you doing to calm the holiday chaos around you? I'd love to hear your tips!

The Self-Improvement Book Club

A friend invited me to start a book club where we focus on self-improvement reading and we started with Gretchen Rubin's Better Than Before. She knows that I'm a Gretchen fanatic and so of course I jumped at the opportunity to nerd out with some friends about habits.

I did't realize how much of a habits junkie I was until I started organizing people's homes. I enjoyed this book because it gave me so many ideas about how to approach my work with a fresh perspective and how to be more understanding of others' habits when it comes to what works for them and their workflows within their homes, what's intuitive to them, how to start implementing good habits to help them create a space that works for them.


Next month's pick is Greg McKeown's Essentialism. I'm interested in hearing your thoughts if you've read it (or want to read along with me). I often find myself crossing off the low-hanging fruit from my to do list (or adding things I've already done to the list just so I can see it crossed off ... apparently I'm not the only one who does this). I'm frequently rushing around, trying to get as much as possible crammed into a short period of time. I know that I'm not always accomplishing the top priorities on my list so I'm hoping this book offers some strategies around this. 


You can click on the links above to check out either of these books (which will also help support this blog). Happy reading!