First of all, I want to thank all of you.  I want to thank you for being amazing clients, for reading my blog, for sharing in the joy of our collective accomplishments, for referring others to me, and so much more.  

I am truly blessed.  

I know that things can get a little frenetic around the holidays.  We can do our best to try to be perfect for everyone, but most of you know that doesn’t usually work out well.  

So instead of trying to bake the perfect cookies, buy the perfect gifts, or make your home look like it should appear on HGTV, do something unique:

Enjoy your loved ones.  Think of all of the precious time that you have to spend with them right now.  You might even think of holidays in years past where you spent valuable time with people who are no longer with us.  

I want you to be thankful for their influence.  

I want you to look at your children, your parents, your grandparents (if you are lucky enough to still have them with you), your brothers and sisters….

I want you to relish every second that you have with them.  

It doesn’t have to be the picture of perfection.    

The food could be burnt, and the gifts could be the wrong size or color . . . 

If that’s the case, laugh about it.  These will be good stories for the future.  Enjoy your mistakes.  Don’t let perfectionism make you miserable or take away from what you should really be focusing on.  

If you are religious, let this holiday season be a celebration of your faith (not “ughhhh, I have to go to church again….).  Go to religious celebrations with a light heart and gratitude.  

For whatever your  belief system is, we are truly truly blessed.  

If you have food, clothes and shelter, you are richer than 75% of the world.

If you are healthy more often than you are sick, you are doing better than almost 500 million people.

If you are even able to read this post, you are more fortunate than the 3 billion people in the world who cannot read.  

So let the grace and joy of the season surround you and your loved ones.  Forget about the commercial stuff.  In the end, you will remember not how your flatware matched, but how you felt with your loved ones around you.

Happy holidays.