I don’t know about you, but it’s only December 11th and I’m feeling completely overwhelmed. I’m spinning and spinning and spinning….

It’s my 10th Holiday Season running my business. Every other year, you could hear a pin drop in December. I mean crickets. No new business in December, and lots and lots of clients taking time off for the Holidays or wrapping up at the end of the Year. This year, there’s a momentum and an energy. Lots of new people flowing in. It’s amazing! And …

I’m spinning and spinning and spinning.

In between client sessions, I’ve managed to squeeze in things like running to the Post Office, doing laundry, and grocery shopping. I catch myself thinking, “I wish I hadn’t planned two trips in December.“

And then I stop.

Because I know … These trips are important. Family Matters. At the end of my life, how am I going to wish I’d spent my time? I can tell you it’s not running around in a whirlwind martyring myself for my business.

I love my business serving people, and, for me, this season is about connection … deep wintry snuggly, cozy connections with the people I love (some of whom I don’t get to see on a day to day basis.)

Still, I can feel my heart racing. My soul suckers are saying “but, but, but” and I keep taking huge, quick breaths with forceful exhales. I kinda know that’s a sign of stress.

Meanwhile, as my boyfriend is juggling work and laundry while overseeing an appliance delivery, he texts “calm blue ocean, calm blue ocean, calm blue ocean…”

Here’s the thing: I have enough time. It’s the swirling that’s the problem. By giving the scarcity monsters control, they’re wasting the time and energy that I do have while sucking the life out of me.

It’s time to take the reins back. It’s time to put the big rocks in the container of my life first, followed by the medium rocks, and top it all off with a little sand. (thank you Stephen R. Covey)

At this time of year the big rocks are my loved ones. The medium rocks are my business, and … I’m not even sure what the sand it is …

So, how do we get what we really want out of this season? One step at a time might work. Let’s try it….

I start by replacing my stressful breaths with a grounding pranayama (breathing).

That feels right. I’m more connected to my body and to the earth after doing it.

I’m choosing to meditate. No excuses. Sometimes it doesn’t happen first thing in the morning. When it doesn’t, I’m hungry for it by the end of the day. So, I eat my “spiritual breakfast” at 9pm. Whatever works, right?

Last, I’m committed to continuing to weave exercise, yoga and fresh air into my life because I KNOW it helps me feel good, see clearly, and remember the important things. (the big rocks)

What’s important to you at this time of year?

How will you stay connected to that?

Please share your thoughts by commenting on this post. Let’s help each other stay connected to what matters most.

Happy Holidays!

With passion & love,