Day Nine: Mandalas and Mindfulness

It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness that surrounds us. It is even MORE easy to be overwhelmed with holiday madness piled on top of everyday life. Personally, I can point to completing the 12 Days of Holiday while running an online business, in addition to working 30 hours a week at two incredible arts nonprofits, raising two young children, and at least paying attention to my incredible spouse, as a source of great stress and anxiety this time of year. I want to do everything perfect. I give 110% to everything. I am drained.

That was me this afternoon. I was stressing over completing Day 9. What in the world would I write about? How will I get it done in time? What will people think if it’s only so-so!? 

Stop. Breathe. Access.

I am positive I am not the only one experiencing this. Practicing Mindfulness is an important task every single day of the year. However, it could be argued that during the busy holiday season, prioritizing mindfulness is even more important than ever.

So, I stopped to think about what my task is. To think about what is happening around me.

I have the privilege to write about all the incredible artists, products and services The Big Lake has to offer. I get to do this for almost TWELVE DAYS. What a blessing!

I thought, why not just throw it out there on Day 9 that yes, the holiday season is full of happiness, traditions, family, friends and too many cookies.

"Caribou Moon" by Marian Lansky

However, it is also a time of stress, self reflection, and an incredible amount of obligations. If you can remember to do anything these next couple of week, remember to breathe. Think of all you have to be grateful for. Be kind to yourself. 

Happy Holidays,
Abby & The Big Lake Family



  • Posted by Gwen Danfelt on

    Love this.

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