Seasonal Tastes – Gingerbread lattes and sugar cookies for dessert, cinnamon coffee and belgian waffles on the weekend, and candy canes when no one's looking! I love how the smallest corner of those foods that are all about the holidays can launch me into a really beautiful mood.
Staying Cozy – As soon as the snow flies, coming home and getting out of the cold feels like winning the lottery! Lately I've been getting up early and waking up slowly by sipping my coffee and knitting while listening to podcasts. It's an easier start to my mornings, and I'm in love with my new routine.
Amazing women who know themselves – I feel like this year I've learned so much about myself, and I want to keep growing and working to find my personal style and my voice. I love when everything about a person works- from how they express themselves to how they dress and the things they do, and I want to focus on finding that core for myself and having everything I do come from that authentic, focused place.
Have my next tattoo consultation! In January I'm going to be extending my shoulder piece into a three quarter sleeve, complete with gorgeous birds native to the Manitoba prairies. I've fallen so in love with tattoos and with my artist's work it's not even funny, and I can't wait to hear his ideas and suggestions this month.
Keep working through my anxiety – In October I found out I had Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and since my diagnosis my life has become so much happier and easier. I've found a great medication that's working for me, and now that I have that under my belt I'm starting cognitive behavioral therapy- a specific kind of therapy that's amazing for reducing anxiety & helping you see anxious thoughts for what they are so you can stay positive. Until my first appointment I've taken to informing Jesse that only my therapist understands me, because I'm complicated and artistic ;)
Buy local and handmade – Every time I purchase a gift from a local retailer or from an artist online I'm supporting someone's dream and helping it grow, and I love that feeling. This month I'm going to be thoughtful about how I spend the money I've set aside for gifts and make sure it reflects the way I want the world to be- full of artists making their living from what they love, and strong local businesses.
Resolve to live moderately through the holiday season – I'm a shop girl until January, so I'll be working straight through the holidays including, Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. I usually love to bake and try to have a handmade element to my gifts, but this year I'm not going to stress myself over it! I'm purchasing thoughtful gifts, and I'll be begging my mother in law for some baked treats to snack on at our house. Better we be short a few sugar cookies than I pull an all nighter and become terrible to be around! I'm all about getting enough sleep, enjoying the season where I can, and not stressing myself about having a perfect Christmas.