Tis the Season to be….Thankful

Wait….what?! Doesn’t the song go, “Tis the season to be jolly…???” Why yes it does, but you know this season isn’t always jolly for everyone.

This time of year can be beautiful for many but can also be oh so hard for others. Maybe it’s a combination of both for you this year. This season many of us are celebrating without loved ones-whether they have passed away, are serving, we’ve lost touch, the adoption hasn’t gone through yet, or whatever it may be for you. Others may be struggling financially or emotionally due to present circumstances. Just because it’s Christmas, doesn’t mean that everything is all of a sudden wonderful for everyone.

This year I want to challenge you to view this season as a season to be thankful. Whatever your circumstances may be, I ask that you take a step back and look at all of the good in your life. I promise if you look hard enough, you will find it. I want you to step back and think of the people around you. Maybe you know what they are going through, maybe you don’t. Is there something that you could do for them? Maybe make them some cookies or a cute craft. Or could you run an errand for them or help shovel their driveway?

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Often times, when I can step away from my own circumstances and start looking at others and what I can do for them, it’s actually a blessing for me as well. I have the chance to serve someone else and get out of my own mind and what my circumstances are. When I stop and try to put someone else before me, I notice that I start seeing my circumstances through different eyes. I actually realize the ways in which I’m blessed and I start be more thankful than any other feeling. Are the other feelings still there? YES. Did my circumstances change? Probably not. What did change then do you ask?….My perception of the situation.

I want you to step back and think about WHY this holiday is even here. Do you know the true meaning and reason behind Christmas? Jesus came as a baby to live the perfect life and then die the perfect death all so that He could save YOU (and me). That’s the reason we celebrate! Because as long as you have a relationship with Christ, no matter what your circumstances may be right now—YOU. ARE. SAVED. What more of a precious gift could you ever receive than that?!?! It really doesn’t get more beautiful than that.

So as I finish up some last minute shopping, and get my house cleaned for company, and food ready for parties…I’m going to make sure that I slow down and take a step back. I’m going to be thankful for my wonderful home where I can raise my two beautiful girls with my wonderful husband. I’m going to be thankful that no matter what comes my way now or in the future, Jesus came to save me. And for that, I can be forever thankful!

What is one thing you’re going to take a step back for and be thankful for this year? Let me know in the comments!

Merry Christmas friends and family,

kylie

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On the Rough Days-Let’s Rise Above Our Emotions

Yesterday was a rough day. Neither of my girls were acting like themselves. Sadie woke up from her nap at 2:00 and that’s when it all started.

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Emery was wanting to eat every 1 1/2 -2 hrs and hardly sleeping but crying…or screaming…A LOT!

**She’s not normally like this at all! She’s a pretty happy baby with minimal crying. And when she does cry I can normally get her calmed down fairly quickly. Not today!

Sadie was whiny, and crying, and into EVERYTHING she wasn’t supposed to be.

**Poor thing had a very runny nose and I think her teeth were bothering her.

Brad was in training for the day and Tuesday trainings are the longest and he doesn’t get home until after the girls’ bedtime.

I yelled at Sadie, which I hate doing. I was frustrated with Emery because I didn’t know why she was crying or how to make it stop. I felt like I was going to lose my mind.

In the past, I would have let this completely melt me down and I would have started making bad decision after bad decision for myself. But instead, I packed up the girls and headed out. All I knew when we left was that we were going to get out of the house!! I think we all needed a break from it.

We ended up driving around and looking at some Christmas lights and then at Sonic. I got Sadie dinner there and myself a Diet Cherry Limeade. I was so tempted to get some ice cream but I have decided last week when I started back on the 21 Day Fix that I was only going to get one “treat” a week and I knew I didn’t want it on Tuesday. So I just stuck with a drink that still felt special. Then we headed to my grandma’s for a bit. It was nice to not be the only one in charge of them for a little while. My grandma rocked Emery when she started to fuss and my grandpa played with Sadie. I even got to run a quick errand while they watched the girls!

I’m not gonna lie…the rest of my evening didn’t get better when I got home. It was rough even after I put them down for bed for awhile. But what made the day still a good and successful day to me was the fact that I made good choices for myself all day. Instead of a glass of wine as soon as they were down for bed, I had 25 ounces of water first.

I use to use my emotions as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted. I’m sure there will still be times when I do. But I am a work in progress and I will celebrate my small successes and victories. And next time my day turns into mass chaos and I’m tempted to make bad decisions, I can look back and remember that I’ve risen above once before and I can do it again.

So can you dear friend! If you made a choice that isn’t the best for you, don’t let that defeat you. Recognize it and refuse to let the rest of your actions be based off that one decision. Rise above your emotions and refuse to let them control you and your eating choices. It’s pretty empowering when you stay on track with your goals and don’t cave. Find someone to help keep you accountable to what you really desire for yourself. I promise it will help 🙂

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Have a great day friends and rise above! 🙂

kylie