A Month of Joy! (Damn it!)

The holidays are here! This week is Thanksgiving and then in our house it’s Advent and Christmas and finally the end of this shit show of a year. These next few weeks are not going to look like holidays past. For a lot of us, yearly traditions will have to be broken or modified and it’s easy to list all the things ‘wrong’ with holidays 2020.

I’m determined to end this year celebrating the joys, however small they may be some days!, and showing my children that Christmas is indeed inside of us and it’s going to come, no matter what the world looks like.

So for the next month, I have posts planned to celebrate joy. There won’t be mega gift lists, although I will link and support small businesses or artists when possible!, instead it’s going to be ideas, crafts, activities, gifts, moments we can create with our families that are simple and easy and bring us joy. Instead of focusing on what we can’t do, we’re going to focus on what we can do. As I told Chris, we’re going to be joyful damn it!

These are not going to be Pinterest worthy posts, no idealizing or romanticizing over here!, and they won’t just be for families. I hope to include ideas for people on their own, people in relationships and single, and for kids young and old. I hope to give different ideas so you don’t have to go out and buy anything if you don’t want to and to include people that celebrate religious holidays this time of year as well as those who don’t.

My point is, no matter who you are, I hope you can read these posts and find ways to be inspired to make your own joy, damn it!

I also hope that this is a practice for myself. That by committing to share here on a daily basis, I will work towards turning to joy every day. Because there will be bad days! I don’t plan on pretending life is perfect! But I have so much to be thankful for and I have so many opportunities to make more of each day. I hope sharing it with you is a positive for myself, for my family, and maybe for you too!

I’m also going to try and send out a newsletter every Sunday with a recap of the posts here but also some thoughts and things to share that I hope will help ward off any Sunday scaries.

Bring on the joy- whatever that may look like for you!

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