Tis' the season!
Kids, presents, decorations, food, and holiday cheer seem to keep us all busy and maybe even just a bit overwhelmed. This year I'm trying something new. I'm starting my resolutions now. And as a mom, I'm enjoying my holiday like never before by scaling way back and focusing on what matters most- LOVE.
I know this sounds crazy because in "Mom World", kids come first and Christmas is King, but I've decided to do thing a bit different this year. This year is the year I'm putting less pressure on myself. I'm trying to be more focused and balanced on what really matters.
To be the best mom, I need to be healthy and have energy. The best gift we can give our families is to be balanced mothers, and let's face it no one cares that last year you made a turkey, a ham, and all the trimmings from scratch. You know what your kids care about? Getting one great gift. And that's precisely what I'm doing this year. I'm not going to lose half my hair running around Los Angeles for weeks looking for tons of cool gift items, exclusive shoes, clothes, and other rando shit my kids don't care about 12 minutes after they open it!
Why are we killing ourselves as parents to make this magical moment of Christmas so awesome that we max our credit cards, stress ourselves out and we gain 15 pounds eating rich foods just because it's the holidays?
I say no! That's right. I started that new meal plan December 1. I just bought a gym membership December 2. I'm working out like summer is around the corner. I'm eating healthy- and holiday dinner will be healthier and lighter than ever before. Kids are are getting literally one great gift (I'm diverting from our rule of 4 this year!). Don't think I'm horrible. My 13-year-old wants a new MAC computer. Why should I buy him 15 other small things so it doesn't look vacant under the tree? One incredible thing your child will cherish and use is better than hundreds of dollars worth of toys and junk that gets broken and thrown out by February.
Slim down everything for the holidays guys. We don't need the excess, the debt, the stress or the hassle. I'm done shopping. I saved a ton of money and I can't wait to spend the season actually enjoying myself instead of worrying about money, table settings or if the kids will be happy.
If we treat love like it's the most important thing, we might actually teach our kids that it is. We might actually feel it too.
Happiest of holidays, remember to enjoy them!!!
Blessing and love.