December 2022 Editor's Fix

Sometimes, I take on too much. (Okay, my family might say most times. But acknowledgment is the first step, right?) 

The holidays make it challenging for me to ignore this… habit? addiction? of mine, as I begin to feel increasingly overwhelmed with the list of things that need to get done, alongside the regular school / work / activity schedules. But guess what I’ve learned – how to decide when to say yes and when to say no. I go through some questions, play through some scenarios, and check in with my partner, sisters and friends before committing. Sometimes, even after and guess what? The world doesn’t stop turning if you change your mind! Here are some of the questions that help me out.

Is it important to me? My kids? My family? 

Would it help other people going through a hard time? 

Do I have the capacity? 

Will saying yes negatively impact other areas of my life or my family?

Will it truly make a difference this holiday season? 

I have also learned that this time of year is about people. Looking back, it is the feeling of Christmas with my family I remember most. The magic and love that happens when everyone comes together with one end in mind – to celebrate, to give, to share. I want my kids to remember that, too. 

All the best to you and yours, here’s to not over commiitting this holiday season.