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Your Thanksgiving Sanity Check

I’m up early in here in Watersound Beach, Florida where I’m spending Thanksgiving with my mom’s side of the family this year and I wanted to drop you a quick note before the craziness of the day gets into full swing.

I’ll start by saying what we’re both thinking – holidays are freaking tough.

Between the (unspoken) high expectations and all the old family patterns that immediately kick in, before you know it that idyllic image in your mind of a big happy family sitting around a beautiful table full of laughter, love, and togetherness is dashed by the high-stress, tension, and of course some little dig or criticism that just sends you over the edge.

My love-hate relationship with holidays is one of the reasons I opted out last year by going to a friend’s house for Thanksgiving and Iceland for Christmas – with ZERO family. I’m not gonna lie…it was pretty heavenly.

But this year is different. I’m different. I’ve got a pretty good hunch the outcome might be different too …(we’ll all have to stay tuned for that one).

One of the biggest things that clicked for me is realizing you can’t control how other people will act, but you can control how you react. And that alone can totally change the game.

So, today….

If there’s something someone could do to help or make it special for you tell them (with love).

Forget your expectations of what today should be and appreciate the little surprises.

Give yourself a break…literally and figuratively.

Stop and talk…like really talk…don’t get so caught up in the doing of it all.

Keep your sense of humor high and your sensitivity low.

And when people start acting crazy, remember you don’t have to engage…just kick back, pour yourself another glass of wine, observe their shenanigans and say to yourself “hmmm, well isn’t that interesting?!”

Sending you lots and lots of love and good vibes for a fun and relaxing Thanksgiving!


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