7 Tips for a Meaningful Holiday Season

You want a good holiday season. But you’re a human holding tough things. So how can you–and all of us–enjoy the holidays? Here’s 7 practical tips I believe will help all of us live the holidays fully and without regret.

1. Create boundaries.

When I say create boundaries, I mean it. Create them everywhere and be ruthless. Social media, entertainment, how you spend your evenings, your morning routine, all the things you can think of that need intentional care. We should always have boundaries in our lives, but during the holidays it’s good to reevaluate and adjust where needed. Create boundaries that clear clutter out of your mind and help you more easily choose the valuable ways to finish your year well. Without extra noise, you will have the capacity to slow down and savor your life as it is today, and this makes your holidays much more meaningful. Read more

You CAN Celebrate (even if you don’t feel like it at all)

It’s no secret that I love this time of year. It’s always so full of energy. There are new beginnings and hard-earned endings. People celebrate all through May, and it feels like the Christmas season of the spring. I always love a good holiday, but all this happy celebration (just like Christmastime) can punctuate the sadness and struggles you may be facing.

I know that a constant barrage of achievements and college degrees might make you wonder where you really stand. I know that watching wedding after wedding can be emotionally exhausting. I know that one more engagement might tip your heart over the edge. I know that Mother’s Day can be full of grief for whatever reason…missing your own mother, infertility, postpartum depression, miscarriage, not “measuring up” as a mother, etc & so forth.

And you might be asking all sorts of questions,

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First Anniversary Reflections

My husband and I decided celebrate our first anniversary a month early because we begin ministry at Wolf Mountain on the 23rd which happens to be the day that we got married last May!

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First of all, many days of the year can feel like an anniversary celebration! You don’t need to do anything big or magical, because spending quality time with your spouse is basically a celebration.

Second of all, our laid-back, but meaningful celebration made me think how interesting it is that society has blown up all the things that don’t really matter about a relationship….

the engagement ring

the story behind your engagement

the wedding invitations

the wedding dress….my goodness…the dress.

the perfect wedding day, hello!

the first anniversary (not the anniversary…the cruise you went on, you know?).

And I’m not saying those things aren’t important, fun, or something to look forward to….. Read more