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I don’t have any new cookie recipes for you guys today. No lose-5-pounds-fast tips to help you fit into your New Year’s Eve dress in a few weeks. (Although if you want to do that, you probably shouldn’t be looking for cookie recipes right now.) No amazing dairy-free eggnog recipes or advice for setting New Year’s goals. No gift tag print-outs or eco-friendly wrapping ideas.
I truly hate to be a Grinch, but this week has been a downer for me. A number of little things have piled up to make it sort of sour, which I totally hate but it’s true and I don’t want to lie and say I’m all into cookies and gift wrap and New Year’s Eve dresses. Because I’m not just not. Not this week, at least.
This week I’m into getting through each day as best as I can so that I can cozy up by the fire at night and fall into bed exhausted and so hungry for sleep by 9 pm.
There hasn’t be a huge amount of stress in my life in the past few weeks, but somehow not having stress has caused me to create my own stress and start stressing out about not stressing out. (Did I just make any sense?)
Hopefully you can relate. It’s been one of those weeks where I’ve told myself not to get worked up over the little things, and then in an effort to not get worked up over them I’ve gotten worked up over them. Grrr, how I hate the mind games!
I watched this sunset from the living room the other night. It took all of 5 minutes for this vibrant sky to recede into murky winter darkness as the sun dipped. Five minutes and poof. The moment was gone. The magic was snuffed out.
I pulled this photo up on my phone yesterday as I tried to pull myself together and plow through a pile of work. It reminded me that much like the winter sky with its quickly changing light, this Christmas season will be gone from my grasp before I know it. Poof. A few days and the magic will be gone.
It stinks to have a downer week during the Christmas season. I feel like it sucks the magic out of the whole holiday before it even arrives. But that doesn’t mean things can’t turn around. A few “bad days” are only bad if we don’t rebound and learn something from them. Nothing will change about our attitude or circumstances unless we ourselves take the initiative to change.
Hopefully the next few days will be better ones for me, but regardless I am so blessed and so grateful to live the life I live. Even my worst days are far better than the best of many others in the world.
We all have our reasons for downer weeks. If you’re having one of them, too, I’m here for you! Remember that it’s just the ebb and flow. The good with the bad. The known with the mystery. The up with the down.
Maybe your spirits need a little making bright this week. I know mine sure have. Here are a few things that have boosted my spirits, sparked my appetite, and made me smile.
- This Chocolate Cookie Bark from Ricki got me wishing she was my neighbor. I would totally take a tin of this.
- My dad sent me the link to this video. What a testament to the importance of not judging. We need more kindness like this in the world.
- Living by these words this week.
- Another very festive video about the spirit of giving.
- I love taking a peek inside other people’s kitchen. Ali’s newly remodeled one at Gimme Some Oven is stunning!
- Craving these Orange Creamsicle “Shooters.”
- Think Santa would bring me an office space like this?
- Reading this devotional is a great source of encouragement. I’m usually not one for these types of “daily readers,” but I’ve been following along with this one since last February and I’ve enjoyed every day of it.
As always, thank you for reading and for being here. I love my people!