“Do you know what happens when you give a procrastinator a good idea? Nothing!” – Donald Gardner
Is it too soon to be thinking about Christmas? Not if you're Hobby Lobby. I truly love the store and their perpetual 40% off coupon. But seriously, I think they have had their Christmas stuff out since July! I imagine many are more organized than me. But I'm going to assume that I am more organized than some of you. So let's face the facts, Christmas is 7 weeks away from today. How prepared are you? My purpose in asking you this is to decrease the amount of stress in your life over the next 2 months. Stress is the root of all chronic illness. So let's not make ourselves sick over something that is supposed to be joy-filled.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
-Set a spending budget.
-Make a gift list.
-Start watching for sale items.
-Buy one Christmas gift this week. Psst: if you're going to shop at a brick and mortar, go on ——Monday nights. But don't tell everyone otherwise it will end up like a Saturday, crowds and all.
-Wrap gifts as you buy them.
-Deep clean your home BEFORE you decorate....then leave it be (well, just a quick spiff up if needed).
-Consider writing a note to each member of your family as one of your gifts.
-Go through your Christmas decorations and decide what needs to be pitched (next year, do this while you're putting things away!).
-Start a new family tradition.
-Bake a batch of Christmas cookies and put them in the freezer (I have a double batch of Bon Bons in my freezer already!).
-Double one or two of your meals and freeze them for those busy December evenings.
-Plan your holiday meals. Make a list of the things you need from the grocery.
-Fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child and take it to a local collection center (McLean County, IL, that's Cross Pointe Church of God at the corner of Ft. Jesse and Airport Roads 11/12-11/19. visit www.samaritanspurse.org for drop off hours).
-Decide now how you will make sure you are actually going to celebrate the birth of Jesus. (It IS His birthday, after all)
Reach out to someone who is lonely, grieving, in a nursing home, assisted living or lives alone.
Don't forget about those in your life who are care- givers for elderly parents, a sick spouse or a child. Offer to give them a day or evening of relief so they can have some time to themselves.
And don't forget to take care of yourself, too!
Does the interior of your house need a paint face- lift before the holidays or in the new year? Give Susie a call at 309-452-3873. She just painted my house and I LOVE IT!!
Need some inspiration for self care? Call, text or send me an email and let's find a time to talk. A health consultation with me is always free!
Mark your calendar for my annual new year class (recently updated). This year you have 2 dates to pick from.
Food Your Greatest Weapon
Saturday, January 12, 2019 or Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 10 am
If you're struggling with an Autoimmune Disorder, have a chronic illness or just want to stay healthy, this class is for you!
More information on my website as the date gets closer.
With all this talk about Christmas and the new year, I don't want to forget to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. I'm thankful for each one of you and pray you will enjoy your families as you gather around the Thanksgiving table. Safe travels for all of you who will be on the road, rails and in the air!