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Gift Yourself

I know it’s not even Christmas yet, but I’m already thinking about the new year. Recently I came across a blogger and uber talented writer by the name of Hannah Brencher and I am absolutely in love with her writing(Check out her blog here). Not only are her words as breathtaking and dreamy as tropical sunsets and city skyline vistas, but her musings are almost exclusively about one of my favorite topics, love. Something we are constantly trying to figure out how to give and get. It’s amazing how something so simple complicates every aspect of our lives, especially during the holiday season. It is our love for the people in our lives that make us spend hours in the kitchen slaving over holiday meals and making sure we get the recipes just right. Love sends us out amidst the throngs of people searching for that perfect gift,the one that says “this was made just for you”. Love has us seated for hours, pouring over heartfelt sentiments in Christmas cards so that those nearest our hearts know we are thinking of them, even from far away. And you know what? I wouldn’t trade any of it. Not one single thing. I crave the hustle and bustle of this chilly season. I revel in knowing it’s going to be fun, frantic, colorful, and calorie filled with a splash of something dramatic on top. I wrap myself up in the warmth of knowing I am blessed to be surrounded by family and friends all season long. But in the midst of it all, I still think about new years.

It seems the new year for most is an opportunity to undo the year before. To leave the past in the past. To run from the mistakes, mishaps, missteps, and follies. Yet it is those moments of character building that I’m most grateful for. Those critical moments that help to define who we are, and who we choose not to be. The reason I mentioned Hannah’s blog earlier is because she had a great idea…to start working on a better year ahead before this one is actually through, all while living in gratitude for the events that filled up 2013. I won’t spoil the details of her 60 day plan, but I do want to get in on this revolutionary head start idea.

Starting yesterday through Christmas Day, I promised myself at least 30 minutes of workout time. (Yup I’m gettin’ crazy with it!) That’s 25 consecutive days of self-giving. Talk about an awesome way to love yourself right?! I want to love every photo of this holiday season. I want to feel fabulous and be present for every party and enjoy it to the fullest. I want to give love to myself this holiday season and it comes in the form of time. Time is truly my most valuable possession, and I am gifting myself with it so that I can gift it abundantly to the people sharing the coming weeks with me.

My challenge to you, give yourself a gift, every day, for the  next 24 days. It doesn’t have to be a workout. It can be anything that you crave, anything that soothes you, that feeds your soul, that fuels your creative space. The only crucial thing is that it is just for you. This season is for you too, so do something that helps you enjoy it even more, that makes you love it even more, that gets you get wrapped up in it. Gift yourself the opportunity to be your best you. Gift yourself some time. 



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