Christmas was a magical time when we were younger. The lights and decorations; those long nights staying up trying to catch Santa Claus; baking Christmas cookies; and most importantly, writing our Christmas lists. We looked forward to getting everything on our lists and seeing the gifts under trees come Christmas morning. To return to childhood bliss!
Category: Home & Lifestyle
Everyone has that special thing that they like. Those favorite pair of jeans, the genre of music, an odd interest that no one else quite understands… the list can go on. As we are getting close to another holiday, I love seeing my favorite things that I can normally only get or experience about this time of year.
about Christmas time is breaking out the Christmas movies. Just like Christmas music, this is the time to play them like crazy.
We push ourselves beyond our limit, sometimes thinking it’s okay and it will work out for the long run. But the bottom line is that you’re doing more harm than good and can’t recognize you need to step back and breathe. It is after taking a mental health day, that we become aware of the things draining us and refresh our minds.
Hobbies are just for you. While the different aspects of our life pull us in a myriad of directions, hobbies are for personal delight. They are about you! Combating boredom, creating challenges, making spaces for enjoyment, promoting wellness and other numerous positives. Avoid listlessness and start adding value, curiosity, and novelty to your life. You’ll find that you’ll start collecting joy.
There were many things I needed to get accustomed to after my initial culture shock and lifestyle 180. During my time abroad, there were many things I recognized as home comforts that turned out to luxuries in Shanghai.
I got to thinking about things that I enjoy that feel fancy, but are practical and affordable. Luxury does not have to leave a hole in your wallet. Everyone could use a little luxury. It doesn’t have to come at a huge cost, but it does come with thought and consideration.
Surprisingly, the one thing we were encouraged to have while kids, we get less of and sometimes ward off the older we get. After Kindergarten, there are no more nap times. After elementary school no more snack time or recess. Come high school breaks are scarce. College? Forget it. You’re falling asleep in class. Enter later into that 9 to 5 and you may be like me— wishing you could just pull a cot out at the office and go to sleep.
The phrase “First, I drink coffee, and then I do things,” runs very true with me. It can even be said that I’m not doing anything, until I’ve had my coffee. I’m on auto pilot until that warm elixir runs down my throat. A mindless zombie, feeling my way around the house. A purple minion, if they delay is too long. But I don’t need coffee for the caffeine. “Coffee time is me time.”