i’m not decorating for christmas. and you don’t have to either.

You read it right. I’m not decorating for Christmas. I’m also not sending Christmas cards out this year. I know, gasp. But I simply don’t have the bandwidth this year. And recognizing that wasn’t easy because I truly enjoy those things, but I also have a lot on my plate. In this season of hustle, I feel like the things that I would normally be thrilled about would actually end up bringing me more stress than joy. I had to draw the line. I had to say no to some things, so that I can keep saying yes to other things. Things that are more important to me right now. So, I’m not decorating for Christmas—and you don’t have to either.

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If you are feeling overwhelmed by all the pressure of the holidays, sister, you aren’t alone. And I want to encourage you to take a hard look at what you really need to do and what you really want to do, and then cross-reference that in your planner (or wherever you keep yourself organized) to come up with what you really can do. You should be enjoying this time of the year with peppermint schnapps-spiked hot chocolate—not feeling weighed down by a makeshift assembly line of addressing, stamping, and sealing envelopes. So I’m here to tell you that it is OK to opt-out this year.

  • If you have other things that need your attention right now, opt-out of sending holiday cards.
  • If you know you’re going to end up stressed out about when you’ll have time to take down all your beautiful Christmas decorations and clean up all that glitter, opt-out.
  • If you have a dream that you are chasing, one that is keeping you fired up but very busy, opt-out of hosting the cookie exchange this year.
  • If you have big goals for 2018 and you need to spend these next few weeks figuring out how you are going to make it happen, opt-out of the office holiday party.

Babes, let’s use these last few weeks of 2017 to fill ourselves up, rather than run ourselves down. Let’s prepare our hearts and heads for the new year by not stressing over the things that don’t matter. Let’s opt-out of what we can, so we can opt-in to the things that fire us up in 2018!


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