'tis the season


I love that the holidays give us both time for indulging and time for reflecting... two of my favorite things! The indulging part I'm heavily entrenched in at this time...a little too entrenched, as my body is begging me to lay off the chocolate, butter and nuts (but they're just soooo much better than vegetables and water! i can't help it!) and get my fanny out of my chair in favor of some movement. I'm working on it. No really, I am. Really...

The reflecting part is more difficult for me, not because I don't like to do it, but because I'm often not terribly honest in my reflections. Or I'm too mean. Or I just gloss over the hard parts. This year I'm hoping to get a more honest read on where I am and where I'd like to be. Not quite sure how to do it, but I'll give it a shot.

So.

I'm going to bring back the list of 5 things I'm thankful for... I found that my day was really positively impacted by having to name specific good things before I got out of bed in the morning. And while I'm now out of bed a little bit before I'd like, it's still totally doable.

On my list of things-I'm-grateful-for today?
  1. Catching up with friends. I had the great good fortune to see JB and MB [no relation!] on Wednesday. They are both fabulous ladies, former work colleagues who I now count as friends. (And MB makes some MAD treats - I wish I could say that they weren't already gone, but good sweets are at a premium at Chez Rahree!)
  2. Stories. Another friend, BW, is a fabulous writer who sends around a heartwarming Christmas story each year. It's one of my favorite gifts for a number of reasons: it always captures the true spirit of the season, rather than the commercialism or the stress that I'm usually feeling at that point: his writing is totally inspiring: it's a lovely way to check back in with him and get a status check of his life and family: he lets me share it with my family and friends, which is the best regift ever.
  3. Community. Since our pup came home, our neighbors have welcomed us into a community of dog-and-kid-lovers that we didn't know about. I know more of my neighbors by name now than I did in September of this year, and they have graciously offered support in so many ways. It was so unexpected, and really so lovely.
  4. Family. Looking forward to heading to the 'rents and in-laws' homes to catch up with folks and siblings and cousins...
  5. A little bit of time out of the office. I love my job and my coworkers, but I'm getting very little done...it'll be nice to take a little time away and come back refreshed in the New Year.
Posting will be light over the next week or two with the travel to the Great White North (aka Pennsylvania) and then to San Francisco for New Year's. (Any recommendations? I've never been!)

To you and yours, happy holidays!

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