So it begins. I got the dog a Xmas sweater, and hung lots of blue lights on the house, two things that cheered me up.
I somewhat love the holidays, the cooking and gathering, the shopping and wrapping, the lists of cards to mail.
But it is stressful, the parties or non-parties, the wondering if I need to leave the mailperson a tip, the family members who are too far away to see, and others who show up.
So this year I am going to look for the magic.
Some wonderful hot chocolate and a good movie on TV.
I am working with my thoughts to keep everything positive, and when the negative comes along, I gently remind it that it needs to keep on its way, and not start a loop in my head.
And working in my journal does always help me to remember this.
So as the days get shorter, and colder, and the chores pile up, I will stop and breathe, work a bit in my journal, look out the window at the falling leaves, and connect with the beauty that is always in eyesight if you look for it.