I have written about my business planning, what I'm doing to benefit my business this winter.
It's equally important to make plans to enjoy this busy time of year with family and friends in a healthy and sane way, removing stress to allow time for joy and happiness and good health.
My biggest tricks to surviving and enjoying the holiday season:
- Simplify! Easier said than done, but if it's important to you, it's possible
- Delegate, a practice I'm finally getting better with
- Decide which activities are non-negotiable and which are optional
On my Non-negotiable list this holiday season:
- Time with family. Our granddaughter's 12th birthday celebration on November 26--we'll take the ferry boat to Sausalito and have a family dinner at The Spinnaker, a nice restaurant right on San Francisco bay. Thanksgiving - hosted by my daughter Susan, for whom I am exceedingly grateful, and her husband, Gary (for whom I'm also grateful.)
- Time with my husband. Attending my husband's choral concert at Mission Dolores on Friday, and later his Christmas caroling event at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. A 3-day get-away with Gene in early December -- we're heading to our favorite yurt, in nearby Pt. Reyes Station, where we'll relax, hike, cook a nice dinner, enjoy a nice dinner out, soak in the hot tub, sleep, laugh, talk --savor the time we have together
- Time with close friends. Attend a chocolate tasting event; Ursula is a master chocolatier with a new business; Karen is a wonderful event planner and floral arranger (these women are part of the team I used to run with.) A surprise birthday dinner for one of my closest, dearest friends.
- Time for me. My sun-damaged skin is benefiting from some facials; my tense muscles are loosening up a bit with massages; my body is strengthening from Pilates classes; my spirits are heightened by walks and hikes, and I've found a nearby hatha yoga studio which hopefully will be a good fit. I also plan to break away for an overnight, by myself, so I can journal, meditate, pray, and learn to accept some difficult issues in my life.
My number one holiday celebration, absolutely non-negotiable, is a post (or two) in itself - our family has "adopted" two families here in San Francisco for Christmas, each a mother with a young daughter. We'll all be shopping to fulfill their requests, we'll add a few surprises, we'll have a gift-wrapping evening at our place in mid-December, and then drop off the gifts at the local collection center.
I encourage you to focus on what is important to you, put aside that which isn't, and enjoy the season. With a bit of planning, it can be done.