Christmas is not far away- and I am winding things down at the drawing board for a few days to be sure to enjoy some unplugged time with the family. I have to tell you,
taking time off is one of the hardest things to do when you work on your own- especially with a home office- because the temptation to get a few more things done is always there. But this year- with the knowledge that Christmas won’t soon look like they have these past 15 years- with Ryan getting ready to go to college soon and Liam approaching 9- I know I have to make a real effort to give our Holiday season my front and center attention.
But- the paradox is- this year- as I focused on really making sure the magic of the season came alive in our home- I found myself doing a little less- and all of us enjoying it a little more. Instead of bringing down all 6 boxes of decorations and filling every corner with Christmas nick-knacks- I only brought down 2 boxes. Instead of putting all the decorations on the tree and 6 strands of lights- I only put my most favorite on- and put 3 strands of jumbo lights. And call me a hum bug- but I really dread putting lights up outside- and then taking them down just a few weeks later. So, instead, we put some live evergreens in a planter and a pretty wreath on the door and called it done. I think my best trick this year was replacing endless trips to the mall with late nights with a nice cuppa tea online shopping. And unless they read this post- I know for a fact that the boys haven’t noticed a thing being different. Except maybe that Mom is a little less harried this year.
Now, this time of year its no secret I get a little mushy and can’t help telling friends and family how much they mean to me. So of course, I had to take a moment out and tell you all how very much your comments, emails and support has meant to me this past year. I love seeing your #joycreated in my shoppe gallery and on my social media feeds! ForeverJoy has grown to a wonderful point- and I have a drawing board full of designs and plans I can’t wait to share with you all next year! There will be more tutorials and challenges – and we will be starting a Guest Creative team as well. Lot’s of good stuff coming up- and though I will be taking a few days off- we will open the New Year with a new design I am truly in love with lots of fun at the Lilypad including Month of Challenges that I wholeheartedly invite you to play along with!
So let’s wind down this year by having you come over my cozy place in NYC for a little visit and a shared cuppa something warm and tasty!….