I like to think of Thanksgiving as an end of year celebration of all the amazing things that have happened throughout the year. The funny thing is I generally spend the holiday alone. I like the quiet. I wake up early, get a coffee, read the news. I might walk down to the parade. I love when Santa comes with the snow. Then I hurry back to my apartment to watch from the roof and see all the parade watchers going back to their cars and home to cook. My city becomes still, once again.
Around noon I start cooking; something daring and gourmet. Dinner for one. After watching a Christmas movie of some sort, I begin the big clean and start decorating. By the end of the day, my apartment is a magical wonderland of Christmas and Cheer. I know most people like to be around family and I do to. I visit for 3 weeks over Christmas and New Year’s so it’s nice to take the long weekend to reflect and set intentions for the coming year. I am truly grateful for every single thing in my life. Even the not so sunny parts. I try to give thanks for the dark parts equally, thanking the universe for the lessons that will help me grow and become the person I want to be.
There’s no magic in holding on to the things that hold us back. Letting go and breathing through the dark bits requires practice. We all want to hold our breath and close our eyes and pray it all goes away. The truth is when we breathe in the negative and breathe out the negative, it does go away. We get through it, we learn from it and we are better prepared the next time.
This holiday season, let’s all breathe in and out. Whether it’s traffic or finances or white elephants, just breathe in the chaos and breathe it out. When I get stuck in traffic I like to talk to the Universe, to God. I like to check in. Sometimes when the traffic is really bad and the conversation is really good I can feel the light coming out of me. Feel it showing up when I have tried to cover it up with negative thoughts. It’s magical and wonderful. It’s in all of us. The universe needs your light, let it shine.
Wishing everyone a beautiful holiday season. xoxo