I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving – spent in a place and with people you love.
After a busy Thanksgiving week I traveled for a few days to Williamsburg, VA. It is a beautiful part of the state with lots to see and do. William and Mary College is there, Yorktown and the Jamestown settlement are close by, and it is less than an hour drive to the beach. My favorite part of the area is the historic Colonial district.
Here, one steps back in time to 18th Century life. I’m not naïve enough to think that life then was easy but a peacefulness and calmness settled over us as we spent time there. Split rail fences, horse-drawn carriages, candles in all the windows and beautiful gardens are just a few of the delights. Authentically dressed colonists are eager to tell their stories about work and life in the era.
Williamsburg is famous for their holiday decorations. Yet, there is no sparkling tinsel, dancing elves, flashing reindeer or Santa balloons. There, decorations are all made from natural elements like dried flowers, fruits and greenery. Simple and beautiful.
Many blogs are being posted now with titles like
• How to Thrive this Holiday Season”
• Five Tips to Survive the Holidays”
• “Eliminate Your Stress this Holiday season,” etc, etc.
I want to give you one simple step to help you with all of these titles…
Write them down on an index card and carry the card with you. Reference the card every day. Consider decisions you must make (and I know there are many this time of year) through the lens of your core values and you will save yourself grief and time. You will certainly feel more settled even if you are traveling / moving from place to place to be with different family members. Isn’t it a marvelous thought – really living in the holidays with calm nerves and a peaceful heart?
If you are questioning what I mean by Core Values, download and print my simple worksheet to help you think through your core values. If you have questions don’t hesitate to request a strategy session with me (complimentary.)
Simple and beautiful – don’t we all want that? Inspired by my time in Williamsburg, here are a couple of small things I enjoyed and I pass onto you in hopes they help you feel alive yet peaceful this season.
• Take a walk, even in (especially in!) misty rain.
• Sit quietly in the soft glow of candlelight.
• Visit an independent coffee shop and read – even better if this is on or near a college campus.
• Decorate with less flashing lights and more apples and pineapples!
What will you do to keep your holidays simple and beautiful? Share your thoughts below.