Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Planning for Peace and Joy : Personal Notes (Jill)
Aside from the typical writing deadlines, I'm scheduling flu shots and last- minute doctor appointments before our health insurance runs out for the year. I'm baking pan after pan of brownies for the kids in the upcoming drama production at my daughter's high school. I'm preparing for a Thanksgiving holiday trip to southeast PA to visit my husband's family and buying gifts for the Christmas exchange we do every year. Oh, and this year I signed up to sell my books and jewelry at the local high school for the annual Thanksgiving weekend sale. I'm obviously overextended.
When I first married, I was a master planner -- every event planned to the last detail. (I'm sure I annoyed a lot of people.) Then I had a child. I still managed to plan and was pretty good at sticking to a schedule. But when my second child came along, I learned to go with the flow. Fast forward twelve years, and I'm finding there's no plan or schedule at all, and I can only plan for about the next six seconds.
A few years ago, I tried to revamp our Christmas schedule in an effort to enjoy the holiday season. I didn't enter any craft shows and said no to a few events. The season was much more joyful. Peace on earth & good will toward men, indeed.
I know everyone's busy during the holiday season. I'm still learning to say "yes" to the important things, and pass on the rest. Even then, sometimes I'm scrambling to get stuff done (like this year). What about you? Have you learned to relax and enjoy the holidays? Or is every year a struggle? Do you have a plan you use to help you get the important things done? I'd love to hear the strategies you use to keep your holidays full of peace and joy. Please comment below!