I’m so excited it’s finally the happiest time of year – the Holiday season! I love everything that this season has to offer. Except if we’re being real, I could do without the snow. Anyway, the decorations, the food, and the festivities all make this season so warm despite the low temperatures here in Connecticut.
November has come to a close, so my focus in my Happiness Project has shifted from Physical Health to Family. Just a little background, I have a large family. My Dad was one of 9 and I have a bunch of cousins on my Mom’s side. I was fortunate enough to grow up in the same town as a lot of my extended family! My uncle even lived on the same block as me growing up. Some of my favorite memories from my childhood are the times I spent at my great grandparent’s house (My Nana and Pop– for future reference!) We used to read together and bird watch and paint with my Grandma and my Mom! I had about ten years with them both, and cherished that time so much.
The last few years, I’ve really grown to love and appreciate my family so much more than when I was younger. My parents divorced when I was 10, and it caused a little distance between me and some family members. That distance only grew as I got older. It wasn’t until I went away to college that I really started to appreciate my whole family and everything they do for me. This month, I plan on showing that love and appreciation. Here are my resolutions!
December: Family Time
1. Reach Out
One thing I always wish that I do more often is reach out to my fam. My family is spread out all over the U.S. I have an Aunt in Arizona, Cousins in Texas, Uncles in Florida, and my Aunt JoJo and Uncle Mark travel around the states in their camper. Only a couple relatives live near me still! This December, I want to reach out to everyone I haven’t seen or talked to in awhile. Even if it’s just to let them know I miss them, talking to family always feels good.
2. Quality Time
Quality time definitely goes hand in hand with reaching out. I’m hoping that the holiday season will bring some more relatives to town so I can catch up with them! I’ll try to get together with my mom and brother a little extra too.I live with my Dad, and my Mom and Brother both live about an hour from me, in different directions. It’s hard to get us all together because of work and school schedules, but I’ll be making an extra effort this December.
When I get together with my family, I want to really listen to how they’re doing and what’s going on with them. I’m often guilty of getting caught up in my own life and what’s happening with me. I want to be an extra good listener and support system for my loved ones nowadays. I want to celebrate their wins and be there for the losses. Mainly, I want to be more thoughtful, and center my energy around them rather than myself.
4. Give Mindfully
This resolution is more Christmas based but this year, I want to give my family meaningful gifts. I feel like every year when Christmas rolls around, I get them generic things like scarves or sweaters. Most of the time, I don’t know what they want or need so I get something that will hopefully get used. This time, I want to get useful, individual gifts to make everyone feel loved and known.
I know this is only 4 resolutions this month, but these are a solid 4. They really encompass what I want to focus on when it comes to my family life this December. I’ll be checking in at the end of the month with my progress of course! You can look forward to different gift ideas, cookie recipes, and family outing inspiration over the course of this month!
Enjoy the season and your families.