Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Delighting in December {Halfway there!}

December is my favorite month of the year, hands down. There is magic in the air, grace in our hearts, and warmth in our homes. Christmas is a day --a SEASON-- I look forward to for most of the year and this year has been one for the books. I have spent the past 6 months living in Seattle and the words home for the holidays have never sounded so sweet or meant so much. This year was my first time not to decorate with my mom and not to be cramming for finals over the last week. This year was also my first year working retail during the holidays (sort of...) and boy has it taught me a lesson. 

That lesson? I needed to delight in December more than I thought. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, there is so much pressure from goodness knows where to get things done, take on the crowds at the mall, and have a Pinterest-perfect living room, holiday party, and pile of presents under the tree. This season, those things have not happened for me. And I'm 100% okay with that!


When it came to #delightinDecember, my goal was to find one thing a day that made me smile and share it on Instagram. It did not have to be particularly unusual, more so part of the everyday that I could choose to truly celebrate. Starbucks, for instance, means a quiet moment on a dark morning with my journal and Jesus. True, I over sleep and don't always make it, but when I do things get off to a great start. Those mornings are a delight.

Random conversations with my roommates at midnight --even though 6am always comes terribly early the next day-- and spending hours on Disney princess puzzles are simple joys. Encouraging phone calls or text, even snail mail, brightens my day and is part of the routine and I love it! I may not have a jam-packed holiday schedule, but counting my blessings reminds me that there is plenty to delight in today.


This week, I'm trying to delight in December by being diligent at work and home. Grad school applications, reading and working on Alice in Wonderland, and having a positive attitude at Anthro are not only good for me but ripple out to others, too. Instead of complaining, why not smile? Instead of procrastinating, why not be timely and enjoy an early evening in bed when all is finished? So that's my plan. I'm counting down the days until I go home (FOUR!) and counting my blessings as we prepare for Christmas. 


Thanks for hanging with me these past few weeks :) Anchored in Love is in for some goodies when the new year comes, and I'll be celebrating its 2 year anniversary! Woohoo! Until tomorrow,


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7 comments:

  1. I love your heart!! What a sweet reminder this morning to really stop & rest with Him! :)

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  2. I just love your outlook on this. I've been feeling the same way recently, and I've been feeling the need to boycott the gift-giving this year, and just focus on Jesus. I'm trying to think of unique ways to incorporate Jesus into all my gifts that I give this year, because it's all about Him. What an encouragement you are by being so positive through all of this.

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    1. Ooh, I love your idea! I cannot wait to see what you come up with :) This season really should be Christ-centered as He was the original/ultimate Christmas gift!

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  3. Wonderful post! It's hard not to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season and forget the true meaning of Christmas.

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  4. I love love your blog : ) So excited to have found some new inspiring ones! I'm also excited to find another theatre gal : ) It's funny, I just wrote a post about how much my house is not "Pinterest-perfect" - I love how the holidays can be anything, as long as they fill your heart with love and joy. Your pictures are gorgeous, and how much would I love to work at Anthro…or even just to HAVE one in my tiny city...

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