Merry December!!

Happy December love bugs!

Whew! It seems like time keeps speeding up.  I feel like there’s so much to do but not enough time these days.  I’ve been traveling with my youngest as they pursue their dreams (can’t wait to share!), while guiding my oldest through the journey of young adulthood.  Add on responsibilities of my day job and a major shift in my personal life–some good, some not so good–and life just keeps moving at lightning speed.  But hey, that’s life, right?!

I have an update on the birthday/holiday gift debacle.  So, I handled the birthday situation like a boss for my two grown babies.  Now, Christmas presents was another story.  Finally and by the grace of God, I am done with Christmas shopping! As I type, I am laughing because I promised myself in 2020 that in 2021, I was going to have my stuff together. Welp, that was a big fat fail, but I must work with what I got.  

Can I be honest? Although I have my Christmas decorations up and Hallmark Christmas movies on 24/7, I’m  just not feeling the holiday spirit.  There’s so much happening in the world right now.  With a new variant of this Covid nightmare we’re all experiencing, to the death of my fellow Chicagoan Virgil Abloh, who was a fashion genius.  He was only 41. Here I sit at age 46…it’s a reality check that life is so precious and unpredictable. 

Tomorrow is not promised. With that said, I have become more intentional with my relationships and my boundaries. Life is too short to put up with nonsense and/or waste precious moments.  I am more thankful to God for His blessings, grace and mercies each day.  The biggest sin is thinking we have time. The AUDACITY! I’m gonna live my life, be kind to myself and to others, forgive myself and others, and choose happiness above all else.

MY TWO CENTS

Social media is all smoke and mirrors. If you’re not careful it can take a toll on your mental health. I take breaks often, especially with the shift that I’ve been going through. Remember, we’re all trying to figure out this thing called life. Most of us are flying by the seat of our pants. It’s time to take each day as it comes. Remain present, thoughtful, and thankful.

If you’re like me, you may follow some of your favorite celebs. Don’t get caught up thinking they have a perfect life. News flash, they don’t. They are just like us with the same insecurities, flaws, problems, and fears. Money and fame is not the cure for these afflictions. Your spirituality is! Regardless of your religious or nonreligious backgrounds, beliefs, etc. Center yourself and focus on what you can manage and/or change. Ignore the crap and keep it pushing. You’ll thank me later.

WHAT NOW?

Keep putting one foot in front of the other. That’s all we can do right?  There is no right or wrong way to living your own life as long as it doesn’t negatively affect your personal wellbeing or others. We only get one shot at this life. So, what if you don’t get everything on your Christmas list? I was reminded by a dear friend and co-worker that stressful times or bad days are just a moment or a drop in the bucket compared to the span of our lives. Don’t sweat the small stuff, don’t dwell on the should have, could have, would haves. Y’all know the quote. 😉

Let’s focus on our mental and physical health now more than ever. Let’s be more patient with ourselves and love ourselves unconditionally. Let’s face it, we’re all we have at the end of the day.

Be good my love bugs!

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