winding down

December feels like a time for winding down, even as the holidays gear up. I sit for a few minutes longer over my morning tea, reflecting. I walk outside and breathe in the air on a day that reaches 59 degrees, knowing that soon I will only want to huddle inside by the fire, warming my toes.

I hum Christmas carols as I flit about the house, decorating and cleaning and prettifying, and I don’t grumble about how much I hate to clean or how much time I don’t have or how much more I have to do.

I am enjoying this moment.

I’m not at all sure how I got to this place. Perhaps it’s because November was so crazy, or because there is a new phase of the moon, or because I’m another year older and I’ve learned, just a little bit more, to enjoy what I have.

Whatever the reason, I feel calm and centered and as if I am basking in the glow of something wonderful.

I think I’ll wrap a bit of this glow up in a big old box, tie it with a very old, very pretty ribbon, and send it out to the world.

When it comes your way, I hope you’ll open it, take a big deep breath, and then send it back out with a smile.

Someone else might need a little light in their life.

And besides, smiles are free.



p.s. this post first appeared over at vision & verb, but i thought it was worth sharing here, as well.
you know, more smiles.






this is wonderfully calming post, and i thank you. i was about to write of my struggles with this season, and your words have helped. but first, time for christmas music. xoxo

my gosh, how is it that you write exactly what I need to read every single time?

just keep cleaning

Thank you so much for your gift – it’s just what I needed right now! I’ll be sure to pass it along!

what a wonderful gift to give the world, you make the Almighty and santa very proud 🙂

Kelly, I wanted to say thanks for this post one more time, and to let you know I’ve passed it on in my latest post. I included a link back to yours.


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