Five Favorites for December

1.  Cookies! I’m not even going to pretend that Christmas is about anything other than family, food and gift giving.  But cookies are my absolute favorite. I bake often and eat frequently.  I know that in January I will be exercising a lot to make up for it but somehow I’m okay with that.  My favorite cookies (in no particular order) are: cranberry and pistachio biscotti, chocolate chip hazelnut cookies, and sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles.

2. Cuddling in front of the Christmas tree.  During December we only use the Christmas tree for light in our living room, it’s cozy and pretty.  Sometimes we just sit in there with Christmas music playing, quietly cuddling close under a blanket.  It is the best!

3. Watching holiday specials.  I like them all.  I love the Christmas movies that I’ve watched since I was a kid especially Santa Claus Is Coming To Town and the newer ones like ELF.  I’m also a huge fan of the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special.

4. Secret Gift Giving.  I love to grab those angels off the tree at the mall and help to make Christmas special for someone who might be struggling.

5. Reading holiday books.  I have to be honest here, I’m reading all year long but at the holidays I like something more inspiring. I’m looking for the miracle type stories that will leave me crying but in a good way. I’m reading Nancy Robards Thompson’s HIS TEXAS CHRISTMAS BRIDE right now!

What are you top five for December?

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I’m Enough!

IMG_5148 I’ve been doing an online class with Brene Brown via the Oprah Now Network and really enjoying it.  One of the things she had us do in the first week was to write on our hand…I used tape because I was afraid the Sharpie wouldn’t come off and I’m always yelling at my kiddos not to write on their hands. 🙂

So she had us put on our hand I’m imperfect and I’m enough.  It’s a pretty powerful message and gave me the freedom to just mess up from time-to-time.  The thing is we all mess up.  We all make mistakes, burn dinner, spill coffee on our keyboard, eat our kid’s french fries at McDonalds (maybe that’s just me) and it’s okay.

We all do it.  And even if everyone else doesn’t do owning that truth about myself was very powerful and gave me the freedom to just say I’m enough.

For a long time I’ve felt like I had to be more, had to be better or do something more to be enough for my life.  Shouldn’t an author have a certain style and sophistication?  Shouldn’t a mother always have the answers and be able to point her kids toward the right path?  Shouldn’t a wife keep a perfect home and create a calm oasis for her husband?

But all of these things always seemed just out of my grasp.  Like I could maybe have tried harder or done better.  And suddenly I didn’t have to any more.  I’m doing the best I can and that’s enough.  And it was totally freeing.

What about you?  Do you ever feel like say that’s it?  If so I highly recommend saying I’m imperfect and I’m enough. 🙂

Drop me a line today on this blog.  I’m giving away a e-copy of my latest release A Cowboy For Christmas.  The heroine also is dealing with some stuff as she comes home for the first time in 15 years for Christmas.