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Lessons Learned This Christmas

This Christmas was amazing! It was full of family, treats, movies, projects, cooking, and avoiding cooking. Days spent barely moving. Days spent curled up with my little family. I learned a few lessons from Christmas this year. Lessons about myself, and lessons about my family.

Homemade Christmas GiftsNotebook cover

A few months ago my family decided to do a homemade Christmas. The kids would still receive a few inexpensive toys, but the adults would exchange homemade items.

Everyone was excited for the challenge. I was on Pinterest A LOT. And it was a huge success! There was so much joy in seeing what beautiful and creative things everyone came up with.

I was most delighted in how the kids reacted. Yes, they did still get some store-bought gifts, but they received far less gifts than a ‘normal’ year. Yet they seemed happier with what they did get. They weren’t cranky, or resentful. They loved everything they opened, which made me so happy.

The lessons learned here:

  1. I must start making presents earlier in the year. I worked on Christmas presents every waking hour, and my house turned into a complete mess.
  2. Homemade gifts mean more; to give and to receive.

Body Stagnation

Since I was working on making presents so ferociously, I was not taking time to work out. My runner’s body is now starting to look like a marshmallow. I’ve been gorging myself on Christmas treats – rich meats, sweets, convenience food that I shove in my mouth quickly so I can keep sewing. I feel disgusting and stoved up. I’m more short tempered, less patient.

Working out for me is a way to work through things that are bothering me. I’m a cardio junky, but I’ve been so neglectful. Lately I’m lucky if I get 5,000 steps in a day. ACK!

One of my January goals is a run streak. That means running at least 1 mile per day for the entirety of January. I’m trying to have an injury free 2018, so I hope this doesn’t mess with that. But I have two races coming up in February that I really need to start training for… like 2 months ago.

I spent the afternoon and evening of Christmas day wallowing on the couch with a headache so bad it left me nauseous. The past four or five days I’ve developed a headache in the afternoon’s. I blame tension, not moving my body, and not drinking enough water.

Lessons here:

  1. Make the time to workout. No matter what.
  2. Drink water.
  3. Stay injury free in 2018!

Sugar is Evil

I have a severe sugar tooth. I blame my dad. He loves sugar. It’s all his fault.

There is plenty of candy in our house right now. Plates of baked goods and handmade treats. I. Can’t. Stop. Eating. It. I know it makes me feel miserable, but it just tastes so good. I end up with headaches, and sugar spikes, sugar crashes.


  1. Quit eating sugar. It makes you feel like crap.


We were fortunate to spend a lot of time with family over the holidays. My dad made a visit up from the south. I saw my sister and nephews who I rarely get to see anymore. We saw my mom and the in-laws quite a bit. It was wonderful.

I’m so grateful that we spend so much time together, and that my kids are able to spend quality time with them. I did not spend a lot of time with my grandparents when I was little. I missed a lot. My maternal grandparents lived about 5 hours away, my paternal grandfather had passed away when I was very little. And my paternal grandma lived close, but we stopped visiting her much after we moved to Molalla when I was eight.

Grandparents are so important. They have so many stories to tell that grandkids will cherish.


  1. Make more time for family.

Winter BluesFrosty Deer

Ugh, winter. Not my favorite season. I understand that we need the changing seasons, it is a natural part of life. However, winter always has me sleeping too much, eating too much, cranky too much. If I could just sleep until Spring.

All I can do is tough it out. Try not to get down in the dumps. Stay productive. Dream about Spring, and my garden.


  1. Keep busy, time passes quickly.
  2. Stay active – sluggishness produces depression.
  3. Start planning that garden – never stop dreaming about the warm sun.
  4. Each season has its own amazing aspects. Enjoy the present.

I plan to take all of these lessons and use them to drive my success in 2018. I will spend more time with family. Will stop eating so much sugar. I will move more. And I will definitely attempt to enjoy the remainder of winter.

I hope you all had a wonderful time over the holidays, and you were able to spend time with friends and family.


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