bigstock-125227193Can you even believe that Black Friday is next week?! How crazy is that?!

I’ve just come off a week long business trip so, I’m feeling even more like, “what the heck?!” “I gotta get it together!”

Bring on my checklists. Going to be a priority for me in the next couple of days. I hope you’ll make it a priority too while you’ve got a little extra time over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Feeling crazy at this time of year does not have to be the norm, nor should it be.

Checklist #1 – Attitude Reality

1. Don’t let Thanksgiving (or the month of November) go by without giving thanks. This is a month, more than the others, that should bring you to a heart of gratitude.

Gratitude ALWAYS brings out what’s true and real. And, it ALWAYS builds positivity in your attitude.

Make a list of the people and things you want to give thanks for. I’m not referring to the ones that are easy and you probably do anyway like your family, friends, home, career.

Get out of that box and think about the MANY other people and things in your community and the world at large to be thankful for. There’s a ton!

2. As the month of December approaches, remember that it’s leading up to the greatest celebration ever – the birth of the Savior of the world!

Many people are struggling with “attitude reality” after the election. Leave it to prayer. God is in charge. He has a plan!

Make a list of the things (see checklist #2) you want to do in December that will help keep your focus on what’s really important.

Of course, there are many extra activities (reality!), but none of them will bring you joy if your attitude loses sight that it’s all about the one and only TRUE gift; Jesus.

Checklist #2 – Gain Clarity

Make a list of the events, activities and people you want to visit. Write it down! Can I say that again? WRITE IT DOWN!

Can you see that I feel strongly about this? :o)

Writing everything down is IMPORTANT. Clarity comes when you write. Your brain has to process when you write. So, you think things through. Do it! Please :o)

Once you have everything written down, now go through the list and give each item a number:

1 = definitely must do. It won’t be a joy-filled Christmas if I don’t get to these things.

2 = hopefully I can do these things. I’d really like too, but I’ll be okay if not.

3 = hmmm. Would be fun, but may not happen and it’s not a problem if it doesn’t.

Hopefully, this will get your wheels turning. Shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes to do this!

Checklist #3 – Schedule It

Take everything, I do mean EVERYTHING, that is your number 1’s and put them on your calendar.

  • days for shopping,
  • wrapping gifts,
  • visiting people,
  • parties/events (be sure to note if you are to bring food or a gift – put a reminder for a couple days prior),
  • family celebrations,
  • and all the other items that will give you a joy-filled Christmas season.

The most important way to fully enjoy the holiday season is to proactively prepare. By preparing you set your expectations properly and avoid pitfalls that add stress and ruin the beauty of the season.


[stextbox id=”custom” bwidth=”3″ color=”FAFEFF” bcolor=”8C6727″ bgcolor=”50C7C3″ bgcolorto=”50C7C3″]God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. ~ 2 Corinthians 9:8 (MSG)[/stextbox]


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