For many, the holiday season is a time of traditions with loved ones. But, as we all know very well by now, 2020 is quite different.
All year, we've had to seek joy in the little things—a walk on a sunny day, a phone call with a friend, that one song you listened to over and over, picking up a new skill or hobby. These little things have and continue to see me through as I spend this unusual Christmas away from my family. I encourage you to seek out and recognize the little things in your life right now, too.
Though the colder months bring their own set of challenges, small steps like planning and staying optimistic can help see us through. It also never hurts to have a little patience—for yourself and others.
Looking for a fun way to get rid of some items in your home while making room for the new gifts your children will receive? Consider the magic of Santa Bags—a new little tradition you'll get hooked on.
Do you just need a damn drink? Same. Pour yourself a little (or big) cocktail or bake a hearty dish to soothe and warm the soul, even if it's just a small helping for yourself.
With a new year may come new goals. Remember to take realistic baby steps and, most importantly, be KIND to yourself. Intentionally practice little bits of self-care often, whatever that looks like for you these days.
As an unrelenting and just plain awful year draws to a close, let us also acknowledge those experiencing profound loss and sadness during this season and beyond. We see you. You are not alone.
May you and yours stay safe and connected (virtually) during this holiday season. Cherish and be thankful for the little things—which you may eventually find are actually the biggest.
Written by Sarah Suydam, Managing Editor for West Michigan Woman.