The holiday season is tough for me. Although I love the decorations, the music, the food, the parties, the sparkles and the sentimentality of it all, it’s a bittersweet time of year. We had such a strong Christmas tradition growing up that when my parents got divorced and my grandparents passed away, everything changed drastically within a number of short years.
Every year around this time, I start to feel a little sad while at the same time things always tend to pick up at work (If you work in marketing, you know what I mean!), with the blog, with the planning of holidays and buying gifts for everyone. This year, we’re trying to decorate our new house on top of it all. It’s been overwhelming to say the least, so making time for myself is even more important than usual during this time. That has always been a challenge for me but I try to do three things daily to stay sane:
- Meditate for 10 minutes in the morning- I use an app called Headspace which is very helpful
- Move my body even if it’s just a series of stretches
- Read (for pleasure, not work) for at least 30 minutes every single day no matter what
I go through books like crazy and the pile up in my house so I finally (finally!) converted to a Kindle Paperwhite. Talk about life changing. It’s so easy to pop in my bag for train rides into the city or my carry on for flights. I’ve been lugging around heavy books for so long that I didn’t realize what a difference something so light can make.
Right now I’m reading Jonathan Franzen’s new book, Purity. Before that, I finished A Window Opens. What have you read lately that you love? I need my next good can’t-put-it-down Kindle read!