You guys. I have to be honest in that I'm struggling with balance right now. Trying to keep up with everything is difficult for most people during the holiday season, but adding the layer of pregnancy onto it this year has been challenging for me. This time of the year bring so much joy and excitement and so much to do, and with it comes the pressure to do it all. Sometimes it leaves me feeling like this:
So how have I managed to stay sane? Simply by slowing down. When I start to feel overwhelmed, I hone in my focus on two simple things: my health and my family. I've tried to be very intentional about prioritizing these areas in my life, especially this month. This means that a lot of things have taken a backseat this holiday season. We're not hosting any holiday parties. Skipping retail store shopping (bless you, Amazon). I'm baking ONE batch of cookies for my family (sorry neighbors, you'll get your usual assortment of homemade goodies next year). Foregoing the need to turn our home into a Pinterest-worthy Christmas wonderland. And for our Christmas card this year, I slapped a photo from my iPhone onto the first holiday card design I found on Walmart.com and ordered it through one-hour photo. I haven't totally turned into a Scrooge, I promise. We've just taken the holidays at a slower pace this year, and it has been amazing. We even still managed to fit in the important things...
Lesson learned from this year so far: I'm okay with letting go of holiday expectations. No big deal if we miss an annual Christmas tradition for once...we can always resume next year. No need to make a holiday bucket list and then stress about checking everything off of it. No need to see every single lights display in the city. No need to attend every single holiday gathering we are invited to. I just keep telling myself - there is always next year. The most important and treasured things for me right now are spending time with my family and staying healthy for me and this precious baby boy.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and stress-free holiday season <3
I’m Betty and I live in the beautiful pacific northwest. I'm a mommy. Vegetarian. Wife to a meatatarian. Pediatric physical therapist. Outdoor enthusiast. Enjoyer of fitness/healthy living. Even bigger enjoyer wine and chocolate lava cake. And hoping to find some balance between it all.