Here’s a little taste of one of my favorite online classes – Holiday Grace. It started today, but you have until this Friday – Nov. 22 to sign up. See below for a little part of Week 1:
Harnessing the power of intention around the holidays
I know that it is all too easy to start focusing on the stress of the season. There’s stress involved around:
- sending out cards
- taking the perfect picture for cards
- getting ready to see the family
- all kinds of other holiday madness
It is completely natural to worry about, focus on, and dread the stress this time of year brings us. However, even though it is natural, worrying about it does little to remedy the problem.
Let’s try this radical idea. Check this out: focus your intention on what you would like to create. All you need to do is get out some paper and make a list of everything you are dreading about this season. Then, write an intention to turn around each of those situations. Here are a few of mine to get you started:
I dread: Getting to Christmas Eve and realizing I forgot to do anything meaningful with my kids.
Turning it around: This year, I intend to make a big batch of hot chocolate and take it to my local Walgreens after our Christmas Eve dinner. My family will bundle up and hand out free hot chocolate to stressed out people in my town doing last minute shopping. My kids will never forget this, and it will feel awesome.
To do: I had this intention last year and it slipped away. So, this year I’m going to involve another family. I will send out email messages to a few families who might be interested in doing this with us the week after Thanksgiving. I’m putting it on my calendar now so I won’t forget. If I have someone else to be accountable to – I will be more likely to not let it slip away.
I dread: the weird, stressful energy that accompanies holiday meals with my extended family.
Turning it around: This year, I intend to host our family holiday meal. I want everyone to be happy – including me. I want the food and wine to be wonderful. I want there to be music and candles. I want the air to sparkle with laughter, love and joy.
To do: Take time with the menu, involve the immediate family in planning, set out candles, play music, and take quiet time to put love into the house before people get here. Remember that their weirdness is about them – not about me. Write this on a 3X5 card and carry it with me all day.
I dread: the stress of cooking and cleaning before the family gets here.
Turning it around: This year, I intend to slow down and enjoy the process. I want to have lots of breaks for hugs and dancing. I see my whole family smiling and cleaning and cooking.
To do: Make a plan so that it all doesn’t get left until the morning of the party. Assign jobs with snack rewards for the kids and wine rewards for the adults. Play music. Put love in the food. While we are cleaning and cooking, set the microwave timer for 15 minutes. When the timer goes off, yell “Hug Break” or “Dance Break.”
Give it a shot! Of course there is no guarantee it will work perfectly. Still, it really does help to dream, set intention, and take action. Heck – it is amazing what happens when you try this system in other areas of your life too!
The class is $59 for the 7 weeks.
Class starts today, November 18 but you have until Friday, November 22 t0 join.
And of course, there’s a money-back guarantee. If you start the class and find that it is not for you, just let me know and you can have your money back – no questions asked. (Refunds must be requested prior to the 4th lesson.)
Oh, and here’s a video from 2011 where I walk you through the whole 7 weeks.
Questions? Send me an email. See you in class!