Give Yourself The Gift Of Peace
By Meggan Larson
It’s crunch time now, isn’t it? The last stretch of the year and one of the busiest times there is. There are so many things to be done, get-togethers to be had, gifts to be bought or made, cards to be sent out, family pictures to be taken, etc, etc. It can get pretty overwhelming if you pile your to-do list too high but it seems unavoidable doesn’t it?
The problem is…
When you overwhelm yourself with too many things to do, that’s when the temptation to go off plan and eat your feelings is highest. That’s when caution is thrown to the wind and it’s just easier to say that you’ll get back on track in the new year.
Don’t do that to yourself, friend!
Instead, why not take some things off of your impossibly large list? I’m willing to bet that if you really evaluated everything you think you need to get done between now and the end of the year, that you’ll find you can actually cut several things back. I’m gonna get real with you for a minute here; my extended family is no longer close. There are no more family dinners or holidays together and it’s honestly very sad. But it’s also been amazingly quiet. Just hanging out in our PJs all Christmas day without having to go anywhere is a wondrous thing.
No longer having to get together with relatives that I know don’t like me but simply tolerate my existence is actually quite refreshing. Don’t get me wrong; I miss the days of my youth when I was blissfully unaware of the familial issues seething beneath the surface. I loved family get-togethers but I can see now how stressful they were on everyone. Maybe you have a family like mine (hopefully not) and the best Christmas gift you can give each other is the gift of space.
So many people are struggling financially, why not just agree to skip the gifts this year? Spend time with each other instead (if you’re blessed with that kind of family). It’s time to reclaim your peace and stop going into debt to buy gifts for people you don’t even have a relationship with. Give yourself a break this season and take as many things off your to-do list as you can. Hopefully, you’ll thank me later.
~ Meggan 🙂
p.s. As always I’d love to hear from you so if you have any questions or comments please comment below or email me at Meggan@thelaundrymoms.com
Meggan Larson is a wife, mom of three, and challenge overcomer! Being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and undergoing aggressive chemotherapy when her second born child was only three months old, gave Meggan an expected twist to her life. Dealing with pregnancy weight gain and the debilitating effects of chemotherapy, Meggan’s weight soared to over 228 pounds. Feeling humiliated with no desire to socialize, Meggan was desperate for a change. Shortly after losing 20 pounds with the Trim Healthy Mama program, Meggan found out she was pregnant with baby number three, which ended in an emergency C-section and unexpected hysterectomy. Despite the challenges she faced, Meggan has just celebrated her five year “trimiversary”, and her success of releasing just over 60 pounds! Meggan is confident that her success on plan is “doable” for anyone looking to gain back their health and wanting to live a trim and healthy lifestyle!