I've always loved December, with its festive promise of merriment and joy - and sometimes the first snow of the year. This December feels extra special though, because it represents the first holiday season that I'll be introducing Jason as my wonderful fiancé and the first of many holiday seasons that we'll spend together in a home that's ours. Just the thought gives me a little rush of excitement.
December can be a stressful month though, with its often-intense social calendar, never-ending to-dos, gift-giving conundrums, and lots of emotionally charged situations. For that reason, it seems like an especially good month to set some intentions. Approaching the month with a sense of purpose helps to keep me focused and balanced (and hopefully sane!) during what can be a pretty hectic time.
So, without further ado, here are my intentions for December.
Keep up my workout routine (running 4-5x per week + yoga at least 2x per week) and try at least one Zumba class.
Cozy up to winter by savoring lots of fragrant tea, hot bubble baths, yummy-scented candles, snuggly sweaters and soup. Oh, and a peppermint mocha or two. I'm getting a head start on this goal by making a giant pot of chicken tortilla soup tonight...mmm.
Work my way through Barbara Kingsolver's latest novel, The Lacuna. This shouldn't be difficult since I can't put it down.
Enjoy the holiday season in a relaxed and mindful way and maybe even find the time to send out a few holiday cards.
Finish our wedding website and choose a wedding cake. Yes, this will entail conducting multiple cake tastings. It's rough, I know, but somebody's gotta do it.
Carve out plenty of time for myself amidst all the festivities. As an introvert, I need lots of down time so that I can re-charge and therefore enjoy a busy schedule of holiday parties and other events without becoming drained and exhausted.
What are your intentions for December? If you've already posted them in your blog, feel free to share a link!
Image via End of March.