We know that sometimes the holidays are anything but jolly, but we believe you can get your mojo on, stay grounded, and actually enjoy the festivities. Thanksgiving is first up this week - check out what Owning Pink has to say about rocking your mojo through turkey day!
Lissa says: Thanksgiving is my favorite of all the holidays because it’s all about family, gratitude, and yummy food! I’m blessed to have the greatest family in the world, but even so, getting us all together can lead to drama. So how do you navigate the drama with ease so you can enjoy binging on pumpkin pie and turkey legs? A few tips:
Dana says: Ironically, what made my holidays less-than-enjoyable as a child makes them a total delight as an adult. Family is truly everything. When I stop to remember that the quality of feeling I share with my close family and friends is what it’s all about, the rest of the “lists and to-do’s” tend to drop away and all that’s left is joy. I love the spirit of giving that permeates our culture too, but since I strive to maintain my Santa-ness all year long, the holidays are less about that for me now. (But maybe not for my kids.)
Lauren says: I think the key to rocking your mojo on Thanksgiving lies in one key concept -- do it YOUR way. Ok, so maybe Grandma not-so-subtly asks if you've found Jesus yet. Or maybe your sister insists on the same nine-dish meal every year, despite including only one vegetarian item that you can actually consume. Deep breaths. Own the parts of the gathering that don't drive you nuts and let go of everything else (Grandma means well, and everyone can back off your green beans!). Better yet, plan a T-day do-over with your friends on the weekend (I'm having one Saturday - we're making tacos, and yes you're invited). Thanksgiving is about gratitude, and sometimes we gotta own that we're super grateful... that Thanksgiving only happens once a year. Oh, and wear stretch pants. Can I be grateful for stretch pants?
Megan says: Funny you should ask! A friend and I have created a virtual retreat around staying sane during the holiday season. I wouldn't approach the holidays much different then I do any other day of the week -- with intention. However, the holidays do call for a bit of a stronger dose. I think getting clear on the intention you want to set for the season -- like, love, fun, creative play, clear communication, etc. -- provides space for fun things to show up. I would go so far as to get an object that symbolizes my intention and carry it around with me to stay present during these crazy times.
Melanie says: The key to retaining my loosening grip on sanity during the holidays lies in not trying to attain perfection. My own feeble attempt at a holiday utopia tumbled down around me one year when I tried to make my table gleam like a Martha Stewart Thanksgiving set and my older brother came in, sat his sweating Milwaukee's Best can on my pristine tablecloth, and scooped out a dollop of the mashed potatoes with his index finger. I've simply accepted that I come from a family very akin to the Griswolds of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation fame and there's no sense in trying to be a Martha when you're really a Clark W. Griswold.
Happy holidays, Pinkies!
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