What’s in your stocking this year?
Guest Post by Libre Leading Light Leah Goard
Leah Goard is a soul searching, strategic business and lifestyle consultant, speaker, author and woman in hot pursuit of the multi-layered answer to one very important question… “What does it truly take to thrive in business and life?”
The holiday season seems to come upon us faster each year. Rows of fuzzy, red stockings quickly appear, stuffed with the promise of a holiday filled with peace, relaxation, joy and the warmth of the festive season.
However, the stress of over- extended schedules, pressures to spend, and outgrown traditions can leave you frazzled, and wondering what it’s really all about.
Added into that mix for some, the holidays may bring awareness to challenging changes in their lives over the year gone past.
With each new invitation, social obligation, gift to purchase, and memory to process it’s easy it is to lose grasp of the true meaning of the season, endeavour to zone out and bury ourselves in the turkey and wine.
So, how do you cultivate more presence and create the kind of holidays that you most desire?
To start, here are three simple yet profoundly effective ways and I’ve created a Holiday Presence Worksheet to help you on your way to more blissful moments.
- Define how you want to feel and what you want to experience.
We can spend a lot of time focused on what we don’t have or want instead of getting crystal clear on what we do have and want which is really important considering that what we focus on grows. It’s also easy to get a bit too caught up in what other’s want or what we think we should want. Yet, we are truly all unique snowflakes!You may want a festive season filled with lots of connecting, late night parties and fancy dance shoes or you may be drawn to spending most of the season wrapped in a cozy blanket by the fire – refueling your body and soul. What you want matters and getting crystal clear on how you want to feel, your desired experience and honouring this, is your very first step in creating an amazing holiday.
- Design your road map to ensure you have a plan
Once you know how you want to feel and what you want to do then creating a very clear holiday plan is your next step. Specifically map out your holidays focused on the activities that are going to make you feel the way you want to feel. Get specific about how much socializing you will do, the people you want to see, how much time you need on your own, how much money you are going to spend and how many gifts you will purchase.
- Align your thoughts, decisions and actions to support your experience.
Alignment is a practice. It’s the moment by moment decisions you make and actions you take that will support your desired holiday experience or take away from it. It includes the habits and boundaries that you activate daily. For example, if you want to feel amazing in your body then you will need to design a strategy to help you by committing to exercising regularly and being mindful of your holiday eating and drinking. In order to bring this into alignment you will want to make this a non-negotiable priority, keep it top of mind and put into practice boundaries around your sacred time and those holiday chocolates.
My world changed dramatically this year and when I initially started contemplating the holidays, the truth is that I immediately started searching hot destinations to escape to so I could skip them altogether.
However, just like with every other season, holiday or moment, we have the opportunity to take responsibility for our experiences, cultivate presence and create what we most desire – even if it doesn’t end up looking like we thought it was going to.
So, here’s my personal invitation to join me in stuffing your stocking with presence, gratitude and joy.
Download your Leah – Holiday Presence Worksheet – PDF and enjoy experiencing moments worth remembering!
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