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Hold on. This isn’t food.
What? A non-food-related-post? On Kiwi and Carrot? It’s preposterous!
No. It’s just balance.
It’s so easy to get caught up in everything-not-so-important this time of year (and let’s be real…all year long). The holidays are here, which means endless to-do-lists. Buy this, buy that, stress this, stress that, errands, cooking for this party, baking for that party, present wrapping, card-writing…gaaaahhh it all gets so overwhelming.
Through some recent experiences, I’ve learned a lot about keeping balance in all things. We live in a society that is very obsession-driven. While there’s nothing wrong with being passionate about something, whether it be cooking, fitness, your job, your hobby or being the perfect party planner, it is possible to be too passionate.
As a personal trainer, videographer, food blogger, home-builder, vacation-rental owner, wife, friend, aunt, sister and daughter…my life can get a little hectic. And then add in the holiday season, and my poor husband is left wondering what happened to his wife.
I’ll tell you what happened to her. She’s a stressed out ball of tiredness who hasn’t washed her hair in one too many days. I’m sure no one out there can relate, right? 😉
This is where BALANCE comes in. As I’m learning the hard way, as most of us do, it’s ok to turn things down. It’s ok to say “no” to things that don’t really matter. Are your friends really going to remember how perfectly decorated your home was for that Christmas party? Or will they just remember how tired and overwhelmed you seemed? I’m not claiming to be perfect at this. In fact, I still have a far way to go to find perfect equilibrium in my life.
But, I’m trying.
This holiday season, take a deep breath. Sit back and enjoy your family, your friends and your neighbors. Do yoga, find something to laugh about and keep balance in all things.
One way to do this is to spend time with those you care about. When I moved away from home for the first time, I suddenly realized how incredibly generous, wise, loving and fun my parents were. They actually weren’t the strict, curfew-inforcing rascals they seemed to be while I was in high school. Funny how that happens…
And now that I’m married, and being so “adultish” myself, oh my gosh. I can’t even describe how grateful I am for them. I attempted to describe how incredible my dad is in our last post, but it hardly does him justice. And my mom. Ok. This food blog has been one of the biggest blessings in my life, because it means I get to spend hours playing chef with her in the kitchen. And let me tell you, most of the time it’s just messes and laughing. Like paralyzing, my-abs-now-hurt kind of laughing.
So this year, find time for those you love. Find time to be happy. And I don’t mean happy as in stressed-out-real-you-hiding-behind-fake-smile.
I mean be unapologetically, incurably, furiously HAPPY.