Motivation Monday #42

I took a week off of blogging because I really just wasn’t feeling it. I’ve been so focused on other things lately that I started to lose the passion that pushes me to continue this little blog each week.

Anyway, it is Monday again and I have a whole list of things to get done today. So not only will I be trying to motivate you, but hopefully I’ll be able to motivate myself to get out of these super comfy fuzzy pajamas and be a productive human today.

I like that daylight savings ended this weekend because now I feel like I’m waking up really early even though I’m sleeping in an hour longer than usual. The days feel so long which means that I have no excuse to not get things done.

The holidays are upon us and that means we have things to look forward to. Good food, quality time with family, presents and decorations…. all of my favorite things!

So I think maybe the best way to motivate you on this Monday would be to tell you how many more Mondays you have to deal with until it’s time to celebrate.

There are only 2 more Mondays until Thanksgiving!

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Only 6 more Mondays until Christmas! (better get started on your shopping)

 

Have a beautiful Monday and be productive!  🙂

7 tips to lift your Christmas spirit!

December is here, do you feel the cheer? Well if you don’t then I have a few suggestions to get you into the same spirit of Christmas that you had as a kid!

  1. DECK THE HALLS

The most obvious way to get ready for Christmas is to decorate your home. Since it’s officially December now, you can decorate without getting grief from the people who get mad when they see Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. This year I decorated super early for my own reasons, but normally I try to decorate the day before Thanksgiving because I like to have a decorated home for both holidays. Also, don’t forget the candles! Cinnamon apple, nordic pine, and peppermint bark are just a few examples of the festive scents you can choose from.

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2. CRANK THE CHRISTMAS TUNES

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”

If you have a bluetooth speaker that connects to your phone I suggest downloading the Pandora app and listening to the Christmas station, there are minimal adds and it plays all of the great classics. If you have a smart TV or one that allows you to watch youtube, you can search christmas playlists. Some even play footage of a fireplace to give you that extra Christmas-ey feel. A real fireplace is always better but for those who live in an apartment like I do, it’s a decent alternative.

3. WATCH YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MOVIE

My personal favorite is Elf, I was 11 years old when I saw this movie in theaters and knew instantly that it would be a classic. It honestly may be my favorite movie of all time, I even have a “smiling is my favorite” T-shirt that I found in the boys clothing section of target.. yeah, I might like Elf a little too much. If you’re also an Elf lover then you should know that it will be on ABC family this Friday at 9:30 pm!… can you tell I’m excited? ABC family will also be playing other Christmas classics every day this month until the big day and Netflix has some good options too if you want to skip the commercials.

4. BAKE COOKIES

Get some cute cookie cutters from Target and plan a cookie baking party! My aunt Jill host’s a holiday cookie party at her house every year and it is always so fun. It’s a great way to get all of the ladies in the family together and with each person making their own type of cookie or dessert, we always end up leaving with a huge tupperware full of different treats. If you have kids in your family it would be fun to bake cookies and then decorate them with frosting and sprinkles, it’s sure to be a big mess, but fun nonetheless . If you’re on a diet and would rather not eat cookies, you can still make them but put them in cute little packages to give away as little gifts for neighbors or coworkers.

5. GET TO GIFTING

As much as I like receiving gifts, I enjoy giving them even more! This is probably because I love shopping so much but it’s also because I like to find gifts based on each individual’s personality.  I also love wrapping gifts, I know some people hate it but wrapping gifts is what makes giving them so special. I love making gifts look as cute as possible with pretty wrapping paper and big bows. Once you get all those gifts under you tree it will really start to feel like Christmas.

6. LOOK AT THE LIGHTS

Once everyone gets the lights up on their homes, take a drive around town with family or friends to checkout the best spots near your home. Here is a guide to finding the best lights in the LA area. One of the places on the guide is the Balian house in Pasadena, the home of a famous ice cream manufacturer is covered in over 10,000 lights every year along with other fun holiday decorations. My best friend and I have gone to check out their lights for the past two years and it’s just as awesome every time.

7. TAKE A SROLL ON MAIN STREET

Every big city has a main street, sometimes it’s even called main street. If you’re not sure which street it is, just look for the one that’s covered in lights and wreaths. If your hometown has a Christmas parade, then get all cozy in your winter gear and head out for some Christmas spirit. If your city doesn’t have a parade, then just head to main street with friends or family to grab a peppermint mocha or hot chocolate from the local coffee shop. Maybe bring cards to play a game or just relax and talk about your plans for Christmas and New years.

I could quote Elf all day long but I’ll just leave you with this.

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“BYE BUDDY! HOPE YOU FIND YOUR DAD!” (sorry I couldn’t help myself)

 

 

 

Feeling Thankful

 

They say “Distance makes the heart grow fonder” and “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”. I don’t know who “they” are but I think they’re right.

I think people most typically associate these sayings with romantic relationships, but in this case they more accurately describe how I feel about my family and my hometown from 2,000 miles away on the night before Thanksgiving.

This will be the first Thanksgiving I spend without my family.  This year I will be reminded in no subtle way, what I thank God for most.

It didn’t take distance for me to know that I love my family, it took distance to make me feel with every ounce of my being just how MUCH I love them.

This year I am thankful for the distance because although it is the one thing in my life that I am currently the most unhappy about, I know it is going to make me a more grateful person in the future when I am back where I belong.

Along with the distance, I am thankful for many other things. The year 2015 has brought many blessings into my life and the following are the things for which I am most thankful:

  • Family, friends and Skippy
  • A roof over my head, food in my belly, a comfy bed and warm showers.
  • My kick-ass wedding day, the coolest 9 bridesmaids to walk the earth and my new family.
  • A husband who works his butt off physically and mentally and still finds time to make me smile.
  • The three people who have come to visit me (Thanks Kristin, Mom and Alina)
  • The opportunity to come home for Christmas
  • The difficult times that teach me to appreciate the good times

Thank you for being a part of my life in some way. If you are reading this, I am thankful for you. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving celebrating with loved ones tomorrow. God bless.

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