Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone! I can’t believe it’s already December 25th, let alone that I’ve blogged for 25 consecutive days!
Despite my efforts to slow down, December passed by much faster than I was expecting. This was our first Christmas without my grandmother, so it was definitely tough and didn’t fully feel like Christmas this year.
Blogmas was definitely a challenge, but I’m really glad I decided to do it. It really helped me work on establishing a routine for blogging, which is something I’ve definitely struggled with in the past. It pushed me to work harder, more efficiently, and on a time crunch. Despite the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season and the business of posting every single day, Blogmas really helped me to harness my creative energy and really challenge myself.
Here’s an overview of Blogmas 2015:
This December was all about family, creativity, and pushing myself to follow my dreams. That probably sounds cheesy, but I’ve made a vow to myself recently to truly push myself. To work hard at what I want to be my career, instead of focusing on all the reasons why my dreams may not come true.
In our society, it can be really hard to slow down, and appreciate everything around us. It’s easy to get caught up in the material side of Christmas, and to let the stress of the season overshadow all the blessings. This year, I really tried to focus on everything I am grateful for. To focus on family, family, and creativity. For me, that meant distancing myself from work, and the things that typically cause me stress. It meant slowing down as much as possible, and taking time to appreciate the things I’m lucky to have – family, friends, a home, and so much more. It meant spending my time with the people I love, and the people who support me. It was really about the little things, like watching Christmas movies with my mother, and baking yummy treats for my coworkers. All of these little things help me to feel grounded, and remind me of how blessed I am.
No matter how busy or stressful life can get, it’s so important to appreciate Christmas for being a time of love, not presents. At the end of the day, presents are just things. They will never be as important as the love that surrounds you, or the people who support you. A gift will never replace the feeling of sitting around a table with the people you love, sharing a meal and just being.
I hope you all had a very merry Christmas full of love, sharing, and warmth. Thank you for embarking on this year’s Blogmas journey with me!