“…let’s face it: life in general is pretty draining these days, but there’s something extra exhausting about the holidays. Between all the obligations, the errands, and the general hustle-bustle, it’s pretty easy to find ourselves depleted. You have to get intentional about refueling yourself, especially during this season.”
- Kylie Howell, Avoid the Meltdown: 5 Ways to a Joyful Holiday Season
Last week I read this great article by Kylie Howell on Grit & Virtue’s blog called Avoid the Meltdown: 5 Ways to a Joyful Holiday Season. Now, I love the holidays. I love being with family. I love the decorating. I love the food! I love exchanging gifts. And I love celebrating God during this season of remembrance.
But with the holidays can come a lot of pressure. A lot of expectations. And definitely a lot of busyness. What is supposed to be a joyful time of year can become so FULL of activity and obligation that we find ourselves more stressed and disappointed than merry and bright. Kylie’s words above really struck me because I already feel myself getting a bit frayed at the edges from having a mile-long to-do list with many November & December weekends booked. It takes a lot of intentionality to block out time for myself so I don’t teeter into insanity while trying to stay holly jolly!
In her article Kylie goes on to say: “If you’re drained, you’ll have nothing to give anybody else. Take a deep breath, get still, and answer this without hesitating: what is something you love to do that lights you up?”
I think it’s so important for each of us to answer this question for ourselves and really listen to what our hearts are saying. For me, the answer can look like a lot of different things, from reading and journaling to going for a walk in the woods to painting or working on a craft just for fun.
It’s for this very reason that I’m putting together some special DIY embroidery kits for you. These kits come complete with everything a person would need to create their own embroidery hoop art: printed fabric, an embroidery hoop, a needle and thread, and, of course, instructions. :) My hope is that these kits will serve as little invitations to slow down, focus on something beautiful, and treat yourself to some fun creative time.
I’ll be releasing four kits the week of Thanksgiving and below is just a sneak peek of what the patterns will look like…
I created each of these designs so they can be worked on here and there, or completed in a day. And the message of each kit is meant to inspire and encourage you as you work on it.
If you’re new to hand embroidery, I have how-to videos on my website right here that will walk you through tools and various commonly used stitches. You can even practice your stitches with this free embroidery pattern that I offer to subscribers of my newsletter. I’ll also be announcing through my newsletter when these kits are available in my shop!
Whatever it is that lights you up, I hope you will steal some time away during the holiday season to refuel when you need it!