This time of year can be difficult when you’re in a transitional stage in life. Moving to a new town and not having your normal friends and family near or starting a new job and maybe money is tight and you can’t get home for the holidays. If you have lost a loved one and this is your first year without them it can be extremely difficult.
It can also be the best time of year if you are going through the empty nest stage and your kids will be home for the holidays or you have since moved away and you are heading home yourself for the holiday season. There are all kinds of emotions that go along with this time of year, but whatever it may be for you, it’s important to be sure you set yourself up for success for when the holidays are over.
I lost my dad this past June and the holidays will be different this year without his sweet, jovial, giving spirit. I didn't always get to spend the holidays with him and my sweet momma but the traditions we celebrated from a distance will be missed. I will be forever grateful to him for the example he set for me of giving and the true reason we celebrate this season.
If the holidays are a difficult time of year for you, staying focused and diligent on your normal, daily routine of meditating/prayer, exercise and feeding your soul with positive and motivational content, can be extremely helpful in getting you through this difficult time. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your loved ones to help you get through this time of year and creating new traditions can also bring a positive light. My family is planning a new tradition that will reflect on who my dad was during this time of year.
I know from my own personal experience that January can beat me up! I come off of this huge high of having my family together and being busy with the festivities of Christmas that when it's all over there is a huge let down. Can you relate?! Don’t get me wrong, it is nice when things slow down again but after the dust settles do you find yourself asking yourself, “What’s next and how can I find joy there?”
Love What’s Next was created to inspire each of you to learn and experience ways to create a life you love... ALL YEAR LONG through our Six Pursuits. So even while you are rushing through the season, you don’t lose sight of what fulfills you the other eleven months out of the year... and when the dust settles, you still have joy, purpose and meaning in your life.
We are offering a FREE Project called the 24 Days of Holiday Fun to enhance your experience this time of year with fun challenges in each of our Six Pursuits. We call them "challenges" but don’t let that word scare you...these challenges are FUN and EASY and will make your holiday season so much brighter! This won't add to the chaos but only help YOU get into the spirit of the season more!!!
So whether this is a happy time or a difficult time of year for you, this Project will only create joy! I PROMISE! I hope you choose to join us!
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Nicole Cavey is the Chief Pursuit Officer of Love What's Next. Through her personal journey to uncover what was next for her, she discovered that you can love where you are no matter what stage in life you are in... as long as you know how. Her mission is to show YOU how!