Don’t Do It Yourself. This is my motto for December. Amongst the amazing Pinterest ideas floating around about making your own DIY decorative Christmas trees out of recycled materials, cookie baking, and connecting with people whether through our work of year end fund development or holiday get-togethers and the the pressure of working on my book I just. can’t. do. it. this year. After a helpful conversation with our respective supervisors about the tricky dynamics and scheduling of both serving on staff with InterVarsity Christian fellowship I realized I was still stressed about the stuff I felt like I should be doing this Christmas.
Our plans changed for the holiday so we’ll be home instead of traveling. Though this should equate to having a more restful season- especially since we depart as a family to the Urbana Missions Conference on December 26th, this has somehow caused a void in my head. In this void crazy ideas float around like making not one but three kinds of Christmas cookies, revising the first chapter of my book to resubmit it, painting my bedroom, and finishing work for my last grad school class at Wheaton this January. And hosting a fabulous Christmas eve meal for family and friends, with my good china and a gingersnap pear cheesecake that I make from scratch. Some of these things I need to do- like reading thousands of pages for grad school. Most of them I do not.
So, I am cutting myself some slack this holiday. I’m going to order sugar cookie dough from the Market Days program at Reuben’s school instead of making my own. For those of you who know how much I love to bake this is a big deal. I’m going to be thankful for the warm bed I sleep in rather than plotting when I can get a few spare hours (I realize how crazy I am when I see this in writing) to paint my bedroom and perhaps construct an art deco headboard for under $100. (yes, crazy sauce people). I’m not going to work on my book because I want to give attention to my kids, my home and what God wants to do in my life during this Advent season of waiting and preparation. Instead of adding more, I’m going to take away from my schedule, the expectations I have for myself and expect God to do something in the spaces that are created.
One thing I am doing for my book is learning more about how to build a platform (DIY style! ha 🙂 One of the things that is recommended is gaining followers on your blog so you seem awesome to publishers. In the next few months I’m hoping to grow my following to 500 people (right now I have like 17. that doesn’t even include my mom) by June 1st. Bloggy friends, please, if you have ever read this blog please click the little “follow me” button to help me out with this goal. You’ll get poppin’ fresh post notifications each time I infrequently write them delivered right to your inbox. Thanks!