Christmas!!!!! I love you, and you make me more tired than a newborn, so I kind of resent you sometimes too! However, Thank you for a crazy exhausting, grey hair inducing few days. While it’s been a wild ride, I must admit, I am pretty sure I’ve felt the least into the Christmas spirit EVER in my life. You would think now with two kids, and my 3.5 yr old totally into the concept of Christmas this year, I’d be feeling much more excited. For some reason that’s not the case. As a result, I’ve done some thinking, and it turns out I’ve discovered there’s probably 3 main reasons I’m feeling seriously BLAH about the holidays this year.
1. I’ve totally fallen off the wagon with my clean eating.
I approached the holidays with an attitude towards my eating habits as just “letting go”. No rules, no limits.. Just enjoy! Turns out that’s an awful strategy when you’ve been doing so well at eating clean and healthy for months! The body makes you pay the consequences, and I’ve realized that it’s just not worth it. When we fill our bodies with unnecessary carbs, sugar and dairy it becomes very inefficient. Our digestive system has to work so much harder to process the heavy food so of course, we end up feeling sluggish. Makes sense… When we put clean food in our bodies, it digests more efficiently and turns into energy. We sleep better, feel better both physically and mentally. The effects of a two week sweets binge and massive Christmas meals are wreaking havoc on me – all around. I really think it’s contributed to my weakened mental state which leads me to my next point;
2. Lack of Gratitude – one of mindset changes I’ve focused on significantly this past year is gratitude. It became clear to me that we are pretty darn lucky to have the life we have. After realizing just how dire life is for many other countries and families around the world it became abundantly obvious to me that the little things we think are a problem, pale in comparison to what struggles exist abroad. I was putting my dishes away the other night, feeling agitated and tired from a hectic day. When I reflected on what I was really frustrated about, it seemed incredibly petty. I had a full belly, cupboards of clean dishes, a warm house and a Christmas tree that was displaying beautiful ornaments representing cherished memories. Each year going forward we’d collect even more – God willing. This realization was a great wake up call to focus on what we do have, instead of what we don’t….and as long as I have my family and friends, I have everything I need.
Plain and simple – we need to make some decisions. Life is just far too complicated these days and it’s taking a toll on everyone. I’m positive that we are in control of our own destiny, and sitting around complaining about our current situation does nothing to change it. This past year has been an incredible time of learning, being inspired, and feeling hopeful. I’ve never been happier and it has everything to do with the life we’ve been able to create for ourselves. Does this mean we can close the book and call it a day? Nope! We have much more to do, learn and I want to start giving more back. Time is our most valuable commodity and I’m really looking to find a way to optimize the limited resource of time, that we have. Some decisions have to be made, and once that happens I truly feel that we can begin to move forward even more. The lingering indecisiveness is a tough pill to swallow every day, so 2017 should come with it some definitive answers to our many questions of “what’s next?”.
Speaking of next, instead of having a New Years resolution for 2017 I have decided to challenge myself to READ MORE BOOKS!! 1 book a month! I’ll blog about this book challenge soon and probably finalize my list! Stay tuned!