*After finding myself completely overwhelmed this past week trying to catch up with blogging things and then being slammed by illness, my dear friend Amy offered to write a post for me to help out. Thanks so much, Amy, for always being so supportive and willing to help out!
Find It In You To #SpreadTheKindness
Guest post by Amy Langa of 5 Memory Lane
End the rage. End the holiday madness. Stop the angst. Slow down. It’s all about perspective and expectation management.
I decided to make a list of reminders of how to be thankful or kind, even when life seems like it is coming at you all at once. Especially at this time of year. And to remember to spread the kindness, through random or little acts of appreciation. They do and can make a difference. Many are also reminders to give ourselves the same care as we give others. Several were moments I witnessed on my recent trip to L.A. with Shelbee. Many done by Shelbee herself.
*Side note: None of these are meant to be Christmas exclusive. Use for however you celebrate this holiday season.
Missed a flight: But then sat next to an awesome lady and had a magnificent conversation for the long 5 hour flight.
Got the stomach bug: But rested for 2 days and remembered not to get so run down. And how nice it feels when you are healthy. (And that kids are germ spreaders).
Stood in long lines. Had a lot to get done. Started to feel anxious: Let someone go ahead of you that has young kids. Or has one item. Or just because.
Feeling overwhelmed: Make a conscious effort to slow down. Waaaaay down.
Can’t get into the spirit: Find a Pandora music station that pulls you back in.
Gained some weight and can’t accept it: Move around and get some fresh air. Walk the mall.
In a holiday funk: Buy new shoes. Or a new scarf. For you. Retail therapy is real.
Feeling stressed about money: Tell someone you love their makeup or their shirt. Forget about money being what gifts are about.
Kids driving you mad: Cuddle up with hot chocolate and watch some traditional holiday movies together.
Know you won’t be able to sleep tonight: Drive around and look at the Christmas lights.
Mid-day tiredness and blues: Make some hot tea, grab and blanket and a book, and recharge.
Don’t have a holiday party to go to: Pull that black dress out anyway and meet a friend for lunch.
Don’t agree with a post online: Move on.
Someone tailgates you and then passes you in a fury: Pay for the coffee for the person behind you in the drive-through.
Can’t think of what to get someone: Buy a bottle of wine for them and just show up at the their house to see them.
Heard someone lost a family member. Or know this is their first holiday season without someone: Call them and see how they are doing. Seems texting and messaging are even replacing this gesture.
Want a puppy but can’t afford it or can’t have on where you live: Donate supplies to your local SPCA.
Feeling lonely: Go see a movie and pay for someone else’s ticket.
And when in doubt, make cookies. Lots and lots of cookies.
Spread the Kindness. Smile. Laugh. Spread Love.
Happiness is a state of mind,
5 Memory Lane
Here are your favorites from the #SpreadTheKindness Link Up 2 weeks ago!
Thanks to everyone who joined the link up and thanks for continuing to spread your kindness!
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