To me, it seems like the holidays have one of two effects on us as far as our outward focus. The holiday season either (1.) stresses out and consumes so much of our time that we struggle to get anything done let alone focusing on other people, or (2.) makes us realize how much we already have and motivates us to share some of our blessing with others. I’m not pointing the finger at anyone (remember when you do that you have 3 more fingers pointing back at you anyway); I am simply reminding you that now is the perfect time to take a minute to slow down and do something for someone else. In fact, I encourage you to do that, to do good, all year long.
In sharing one of my daily tips for contently (if you’re on Twitter search #livingcontently), B suggested I use “Never tire of doing good.” This thought (as well as the scripture) has stuck with me all week long. This simple 5 word phrase reminds me that no matter what else I have going on, I need to remember to keep doing for others. So, as we reflect this week, I also encourage you to focus on doing something for someone else, for making a difference in the lives around you. And remember, to do good not just around the holidays but all year long.
Now, onto my week in review…
On the Blog
- Health and Wellness – 4 Ways I Find Time for Working Out During the Holidays & Easy Ingredient Swaps to Make Your Holiday Treats Healthy
- Holiday Ideas and Inspiration – Simple Traditions to Make Your Holiday Merry and Bright (w/Free Printable)
- Money Management – Tips and Tricks for Hosting a Frugal and Festive Christmas Party
In Our Life
We’ve had an exciting week and have even more excitement planned for the weekend! (Saturday is B’s birthday, and we have big plans! Want to follow along? Join me on Instagram!) Anyway, like every other week, I have a lot to be thankful for this week.
Truth be told, birthdays are one of my all-time favorite holidays. The way I see it, if we didn’t have birthdays, we wouldn’t have the people we love in our lives. So, the events that brought these people into our world, let alone our lives, need to be celebrated in a big way! I’m especially thankful for B’s birthday this week!
2. Financial Stability
This may seem like a bit of a stretch for a thanksgiving, but let’s be honest, without financial stability, our lives would be much different. I am thankful that my husband has a job that can support us that allows me to continue doing the things I love (working with kids, blogging, making our house a home…) without feeling burdened to be working more or doing a job that pays more. We know where are financial blessings come from and are grateful every day for God’s provision in that way.
3. Opportunities to Bless Others
Being in a community where there are a number of outreach organizations, we’ve had the opportunity to give back to individuals and our community in a variety of ways in the short time we’ve been here. I find true joy in getting involved in this way and can’t wait to take advantage of more opportunities like these as we continue to thrive here.
4. Mail Delivery
This time of the year, I am especially thankful for our mail and package delivery. I am definitely a shopper of sorts, but especially this time of the year, I am thankful to have the convenience of online shopping and delivery to my doorstep. I try not to take even conveniences like this for granted.
5. Local Community
After coming home from work the other day, I noticed an envelope tucked in the handle of our trash bin. To my surprise it was a Christmas card from our local waste management team. While the card was relatively generic (signed “Your Driver and Helper”), I appreciated the thought of even giving a card and the extra effort it took to do so. I am thankful that I live in a community that this common courtesy is still practiced and valued.
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