Slow Things Down

This time of year it's easy to let your calendar overflow with obligations and to-do lists. If it's not shopping for the presents, it's wrapping them. If it's not baking cookies it's running to the store to buy some for a random holiday get-together. If it's not hosting a party, it's attending one. It never ends in December and I know I for one can sometime let it overwhelm me. This past weekend, despite having to work quite a bit, Jared and I were able to carve out some time to just slow things down a little and really enjoy the season for what it is, instead of letting it rush right past us.

Things like going through an old storage bin and pitching some junk we no longer needed. We laughed and enjoyed the memories that were found in that box. It was a lot of Jared and I's college stuff and it was fun to go through it with no where to be, no schedule to stick to, just a time of slowing down and doing something because we felt like it. Plus, it helped us add to our large donation pile we'll be dropping off at GoodWill this evening.

Things like updating a few switch plates in our house. Sometimes the tiniest little things can make a big difference in a home. I've wanted to update ours forever, as they were cheap and many of them were splattered in paint from the previous owners. Sure, it was the most simple, 10-minute project I could do, but I enjoyed it. Nothing else was pressing for my attention and I took the short time to do something that made our home a little prettier.

Things like wrapping presents. Obviously this is a part of the hustle and bustle this time of year, but Jared and I have been wrapping as we buy, instead of putting it all off until the last minute. It gives us time to talk about the person the gift is for and we really think, pray and put love into the gift as we wrap it. That may sound silly, but when you slow down, instead of just rushing through the motions, good conversations happen and eye-opening things can occur.

Things like our Saturday night church service. Ever feel like there is a message being spoken directly to you? Boy, was that me on Saturday evening. I swear, it could have just been me and the pastor there having a conversation because his words resonated with me and I haven't stopped thinking about them for two days now. Sometimes it's hard to make it to church every week during my busy fall/winter work schedule, but when we take the time for it, it's always worth it.

Things like writing in our Christmas cards and sending them out to family and friends. Again, sure this could be a stressful or tedious task if you look at it that way, but I'm choosing not to. I don't need to be the first one to get my cards out, and I don't need them delivered way in advance of Christmas. Heck, if they show up on December 31st, I don't think it would be a big deal. I'll write in them and send them as I go, taking my time and truly trying to soak in the awesomeness of Christmas- not the "I have to do this this and this" mentality of the holidays.

So slow down today. Take an extra few minutes in the morning to relax and reflect; take an extra long shower if you feel like it; sing those Christmas carols at the top of your lungs even if the neighbors can hear you; bake some cookies out of love, not obligation; stay up extra late because the fire is just too cozy to pull yourself away from. Soak in the things that matter this season because if you blink, they'll pass you by.

26 comments

  1. I love this post!!! We have been doing that on the weekends lately! It is so nice not having to run around and just enjoy time together and go w the flow!

    I love the light switch!!

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  2. Love your new switch plates! I think I need to do that to my house! And I agree, if you blink the season will pass you by. Great tips for slowing down girl!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  3. Great post, lady! It is so important to slow down and hold on to the memories that the season brings.

    Love your update to your home and I love wrapping presents as I go too. It is so much fun, right?

    I still have some cards to send out, but like you said, it will get done!

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  4. Does Jared wrap presents with you?! I swear, you two are the CUTEST ever!!
    What a great weekend together! I love that you two slowed down, crossed some things off your to do list and enjoyed not having to rush anywhere!!

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  5. Your new switch plates looks great! And we did the same with the gift wrapping! You are so right - this time of year goes by so fast!

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  6. Ohhh I love this post SO much! I so needed this reminder! It already feels like it's going way too fast and I find myself feeling overwhelmed easily!

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  7. Caleb and I actually took our time and wrapped every last present we've purchased so far on Saturday and it was so, so awesome! We kept saying how much better it is that way. Getting to spend time doing that together, doing something for the people we love!! Glad you guys got to slow things down a bit :-)

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  8. so the OCD in me is freaking out because I haven't got our cards out - I needed to hear this! So thank you!! it WILL be okay ;)

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  9. Yay for updating switch plates!! Joe is finally doing that in our house tomorrow, now that life is slowing down and we have the time to focus on those little things that need to be done but have been very low priority.

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  10. your new switch plates are so fancy and fabulous. i still have to get my christmas cards and write in them but i'm gonna take it slow and enjoy it, rather than looking at it as a task. love your attitude.

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  11. Love this! And seriously the new switch plate makes such a difference! So pretty!

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  12. I love the idea of taking things slow this month, I have certainly tried to just soak up the awesome that is the holiday season and enjoy little things like a cup of hot chocolate or watching Elf for the third time this year.

    I love your light plate updates! So pretty!!!

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  13. Ahh this is so so true!! I'm glad you guys got to enjoy the little things this weekend. The other night I was watching a christmas movie but I was also on my computer and on my phone. I finally shut off my computer, put down my phone and actually watched it!

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  14. Excellent advice, Erin! Just what I needed to hear. I've definitely let myself become overwhelmed and overbooked and I need to stop it! :)

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  15. I really like the new face plates on your switches!

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  16. No rush on Christmas cards! Last year I didn't send mine out until the new year and then they were 'New Years' cards instead... whatever! This year my goal is to be a bit more timely with them, though :-)

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  17. Such a great message. I always find myself crying and pulling out my hair around December 15th because I start to panic. It's important to remember the reason for the season and just enjoy the people around me! Also, that new switch plate is so pretty!

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  18. It's like you were speaking right to my heart. Thank you for this, Erin! <3

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  19. LOVE the new switch plates, it's amazing how such small things can make such a huge differance! I am so excited to wrap my all my presents, that's probably really weird lol but I enjoy it! Plus, I think the Christmas tree looks complete when there are pretty wrapped presents under it for everyone! Glad y'all have been able to slow things down a bit, it's always so enjoyable.

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  20. Those light switches are gorgeous!! They look awesome!!

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  21. you are my hero! always getting things done and being productive!

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  22. Wrapping presents early seems like such a good idea! I never buy them in advance so I need to work on that first haha. I LOVE when a church service really just speaks to me. Often times it's the songs that get me! I bet I get teary eyed while singing at least once each service.

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  23. I seriously want to pause December. It is already going by too quickly! Thank you for the reminder!!

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  24. I love love love wrapping gifts. It's always so fun for me! I'm excited to give out the gifts I got this year. I think I did a good job finding things that people will really like!

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  25. Such a good reminder! I know when I need to slow down when I start feeling sick. That happened this week and I took a night to just relax and stay home rather than go out to a party. You have to listen to your body, your heart and your brain. The world will go on whether you're at a party or home wrapping presents. Sometimes you have to do what's best for you.

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