It’s Workin’ It Wednesday!
The second Wednesday of every month, Erika and I host a link up where we talk about how we’re “workin’ it” in certain areas of our life (and then ask you to share your advice/tips/tricks on the subject too). Today is the last one of the year…WHERE has the time gone?!?!
So far this year, we’ve discussed these topics:
January: Keeping our New Year’s Goals
February: Keeping our marriages strong
March: Balancing work and home life
April: Spring cleaning
May: Planning/prepping for your summer vacation
July: What you do on your weekends
August: Back to School Traditions & such
September: Transitioning Summer to Fall Clothes
October: Making your home cozy
November: Planning for the holidays!
Keeping sane during the holidays.
When Erika and I were talking about our topics for the year, this one instantly popped into our minds because, hello?! Sometimes, it’s hard not to lose your mind during this busy/crazy fun/over-committed time of year. I don’t know how many great tips I have…I honestly am hoping you guys have a ton that I can borrow 😉 . That being said, here’s what I’ve learned over the years about keeping my wits about me during the holidays…
#1: Remember the reason. Any time I start to stress over silly things like finding the time to do holiday chores like gift wrapping, I take it back to Jesus. I mean, how dumb is it to stress over wrapping gifts? Yet, it’s something that at 10:00 PM I start to think “Dang, I should have wrapped some gifts after the kids went to sleep. When am I going to do that?”. Fill in the blank…whatever it is this time of year that starts to make you stress out, take it back to Jesus. This is a fun holiday, but the minute we lose sight of the reason for the season, we’ve gone off course. Remembering to have my daily quiet time and constantly keeping myself close to the Lord helps me prioritize.
#2: Delegate. I’m getting better at this…but I still have a long way to go. I am not great at delegating my work to others. I always think “I can just do it faster myself”, and therefore, I get over-extended and caught up doing things that others could do for me. This year, I decided to do a little delegating…and it’s working BEAUTIFULLY! Here’s one thing I did…I asked someone else to address my Christmas cards. Addressing my cards typically takes a few hours…and is always one of those things I find myself doing at 11:30 at night, so this year, I found someone with pretty handwriting and paid her to address my cards. She told me it was quote “fun to address my cards” where I would have thought it was a fate worse than death…and bonus, she got paid a little to have “fun”. Win, win.
#3: Just say no. As much as I love to be everywhere and do everything…there is just a time when you have to say no. I am volunteering at my kids’ school this year…but not as much as years past. There are lots of parents who volunteer at my kids’ school (so many, that they often invoke a lottery drawing for volunteers), so I decided to step out of the way and volunteer some, but not all the time. Everyone needs a turn making copies, right? 😉
#4: Chill out at home. We literally schedule in “stay at home nights” on our calendar. For us, it’s the only way we guarantee a cozy night inside.
#5: Hit the gym, eat a veggie, drink water. I really try to keep my routine even during the busy holiday season. I still aim to hit the gym a few times a week, I try to eat a little healthy during the day (so that I can indulge at those fun holiday parties), and I stay nice and hydrated. I think it’s super easy to go off track this time of year, and then you feel the results as soon as the holidays are over.
I know these are all no-brainers, but they’re what I cling to when things get all nutty and crazy over here. So, tell me…what do you do to keep your sanity during the busy holiday season? I would love to know!! Link up below if you also blogged or just comment and share. I totally could use some more tips.
One last thing before we go…next year, Erika and I have a whole new link up for our Wednesdays…
We’re going to share “how we” all 2018 long and would love for you to join us. Here are our monthly prompts…
The first link up will be January 10! We can’t wait to see how you’re doin’ it at your house!