By Lori Welch Brown
If you can’t relate at all—well, aren’t you little Miss Sunshine. If you can relate, I’ll meet you at Walmart where we can stand at the entry and make fun of shoppers. We can talk about how that last dozen sugar cookies did us in and how 5 hours sleep a night is just right—especially when you have all that espresso to help. But alas, you and I know it has nothing to do with the holidays—it was a slow roll to get to the sugar-induced zombie state we are currently in. If we’re truthful, it probably started back in 1998, but if you don’t want to travel in the way, way back machine, we can trace it back to Thanksgiving when we started obsessing over Black Friday deals and cyber Monday steals. We worked ourselves into a frenzy over festive fall décor—no more just running over to Pier One for some gold tone napkins and placemats when everyone else you know is making placemats out of magnolia leaves and carving dinner plates out of fallen trees. DIY, people. Lenox is out; roof slate is in. Then we flew right into holiday decorating (live trees only and this year, let’s do TWO), holiday shopping (gift cards are out; hand milled soap is in). What time are you putting that organic bird (of course you hunted yourself—thank you, Duck Dynasty) in the oven? While you were busy walking around the Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning, I was busy tilling my backyard garden. Did you miss my harvest pictures on Instagram? No worries—you can still buy my corn husk dolls on Etsy. If you want to make them yourself, check out my Garden Craft board on Pinterest. Mashed potatoes, anyone? Message me later and I’ll give you the recipe.
For 2016, I’m going to do a better job of balancing, more or less. I’m committing to more naps and less commitments. More use of the word ‘no’ and less ‘yes’. More quality time and less running around doing stuff. More gym time and less couch time. More letting go and less obsessing. More positive praises and less negative gossip. More conversations and less Facebook. More water and less alcohol. More gratitude and less coveting (sorry, Tory Burch). More being present and less worrying. More pursuing passions and less fearing failure. More volunteering and less shopping. More crayons and less keypads. More kale chips and less potato chips. More fresh air and less desk sitting. More walking and less driving. More cooking and less ordering. More flexibility and less controlling. More Super Soul Sunday and less Dateline.
Of course, in some areas, I’ll need to tighten up the belt. Less stuff and more closet space. Less TV and more reading. Less spending and more saving. Less debt and more financial security. Less stress and more wellness. Less sugar and more energy. Less complaining and more appreciation. Less venting and more yoga. Less whirling dervish and more stillness. Less nagging and more loving. Less talking and more breathing. Less me and more others. Less crying and more celebrating. Less ordinary plates and more good china. Less cheap wine and more good champagne. Less sweat pants and more cocktail dresses. Less sitting and more dancing. Less account balancing and more star gazing. Less chaos and more peace.
Happy New Year to you and yours, more or less.