I completed the 12 days of Blogmas Challenge, blogging for 12 days in December and I feel reallllll proud that I lasted all the way through! Congrats to meeeee!!!!
This Challenge wasn’t too difficult even though there were times when I wondered if it was really hitting, but I was glad that I accomplished it in my own way. I will definitely applaud the people who did it for 25 days, I have a year to prepare for that level of shakedown. (BTW, I saw that WordPress announced the roll out of “Bloguary”, blogging for the entire month, and I was like…
…but I look forward to reading!)
When I conceptualized how I was going to partake of this challenge I knew that I had to include visual just to spice up de ting so if you aren’t on my Instagram (<–click) you may have missed my version of Vlogmas 2021. Check it out on my IG series and follow me while you’re at it!
To recap here are my eleven previous days of Blogmas:
Thanks to all of you who engaged in commentary under my blog posts I appreciate it. I am all about growing meaningful community and it will be a major goal for me in 2022 which by the way will be the next time you will see me pop up.
So in this time of strange while we continue to grasp living in a ……..yuh know nah….. you may be up right now still cleaning, baking, wrapping presents or chilling, I want to take the time to wish you all Season’s Greetings which include but are not limited to:
This Christmas holiday season closes off a year that focused heavily on reflection and purpose and for me as I know for many others, gratitude is a must. Here are some of the reasons that I am grateful for 2021.
I am grateful to be alive during a time where a microscopic organism is wiping out a significant portion of the world population.
I am grateful for family and the sense of belonging which is absolutely necessary for the human experience.
I am grateful for the strength of my circle of friends who also contribute to that sense of belonging because no man is an island.
I am grateful for the ability to partake in good coffee, good wine and good food…..because….obviously….
I am grateful for the lessons learnt and the support that abounded this year while being an educator teaching virtually (and then face-to-face) in a pandemic. Never will there be an experience like this again and never have I learnt more about my students as well as myself during such a time.
I am grateful for science and vaccines rather than there being none at all. Anywhooo….
I am grateful for the Christmas season in my neck of the woods, the warmth and the sentiment.
I am grateful for my online community, those who have virtually kept me company and shared in my life experiences via my writing and my posts, so if you read this then I am grateful for you!
So what about you? As you reflect on your year is there anything that you feel grateful for? Feel free to express it in my comment section below!
So somehow you got caught up in the frenzy of the season, I know how it is trust me. This time of year can throw you terribly off balance, we are of course less than five days away. Pressha!
Here are my simple recommendations below. Short, sweet and to the point so they hit you directly:
Nothing is perfect and that’s ok – Were you aiming to create a splash for the holidays in the areas of clean up, gifting, food, decor or whatever else and fell short? Whatevs….nothing and nobody is perfect and I’m sure that it can be made up at another time and in another way.
Love yourself and nurture your emotions – As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, be kind and gentle
with yourself if you don’t feel festive because your feelings are valid
to others if you recognize that they are struggling. Affirm them and respect their emotions
Get your alone time – Yes, the season is one that is centred on the family and the human connection but in everything don’t forget to check in on yourself and affirm what matters to you to keep you wholesome
Come out the house – Put some calming distance between yourself and your home if the frenzy is scattering your atoms. Exercise or walk barefoot!……but not too far if you don’t need to because 0m!cr0n is a thing. Be safe.
See! Short and saweeeet! Of course if all else fails to shut out the noise, please feel free to make a cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa (and by “tea” and “hot cocoa” I really mean “coffee or wine” because we must recognise greatness….)