I hope you are all off work and are about to dive into (or have already) full force family time be that stressful or wonderful sounding to you. I myself have unplugged sort of and what I mean by that is I’ve had no schedule for about 2 weeks and I’m loving it. I finally sat down and did some planning which made me feel calm and organized to be able to relax again for Christmas Eve and Christmas (if you are type A you know what I mean).
During these last few days I’ve had minimal exercise (due to straining my hamstrings after 108 sun salutations in yoga that I stretched a little too hard on apparently) and lots of good food . I’m sure you might be doing some of the same and I’m here to remind you that this time and what you are doing is good. There is no need to “burn off” the 5 butter cookies you ate (and some dough) with grandma. There is no need to swap regular old flour with almond meal. 1. That’s probably going to taste gross and 2. It won’t taste and feel the same as the real deal and will leave you feeling unsatisfied.
(Christmas cookies with oodles of butter and sugar and flour- THE GOOD STUFF)
Instead of focusing on what you could be doing better at the end of this year focus on what you have done already and how grateful you are for it. Set realistic goals for the new year and make sure they all revolve around your true self. Most importantly in this season put someone else’s wishes before your own. Love your neighbor as thyself and don’t make these next few days about yourself- make them about the people and things sharing the days with you!
(Round two of drinks- True Food makes my favorite cocktails tied with Cafe Gratitude these were loaded with fresh juice and basically oodles of ginger which was SO refreshing)
I am so thankful for all I’ve accomplished this year including applying to and getting into grad school post 4 years of hard work and the GRE and countless shadow hours.
I’m thankful for a family who loves me unconditionally despite my weird quirks. I’m honestly so weird- if you put up with me on a daily or weekly basis- bless you. Bless the sweet man that marries me at some point too.
(I’m sorry for this visual but I’m also not- face swap with my grandma- grandma and grandpa got in from Chicago on Tuesday its been so fun having them here)
I’m thankful for the community that reads this blog and allows me to read and reflect on theirs. I’m thankful for the comments and messages on instagram that make me smile. I’m thankful for the relationships this space has given me including but not limited to May, and Addie two bloggers (who also have instagram pages) who I admire for their positive outlook, creativity, and willingness to chat with me about whatever whenever. These amazing dietitians/entrepreneurs/NPs (Robyn)/boss ladies/etc. Robyn, and Alexis who inspire me to keep trucking with my degree and then do MORE with it- these ladies did not settle for average- they are amazing humans who have inspired me more than they know. These wonderful women who I admire on Instagram, Shelley, Dani, Becky, Danica, Melissa, who have pages filled with delicious eats and busy lives and they manage to fit it all in with positivity. Some amazing people and companies I have had the pleasure of forming a relationship with – Abi, and Maggie with Siggis Dairy – the staff at Healthy Human, Square Organics, Salba Chia , Love Grown Foods, Nomva, and many others who I have had SO much fun working with- you know who you are! Lastly these ladies I’ve been lucky enough to meet via this blog who are also RD2BEs like me- Brittni , Michelle , Kailey, and Brianna (who is actually in my program).
If I forgot anyone it was not intentional- there are just so many wonderful people I get frazzled!
I am always and forever grateful for my YMCA family who believes in me more than myself I feel like some days and who pushes me to become better through opportunities that have made me into the human I am today.
I wish I could recount this whole year but that would take forever- my main point is that this holiday season is for sweet memories and new beginnings- not counting calories or steps or sizes on clothing.
Treat yourself and those around you!
(My Christmas mani- nails are my favorite self care!)
Merry Christmas you guys and I’ll see you before the new year!