December 1st already…can you believe it? November flew by, and now there’s only 1 month left until the end of 2010!
There’s been so much snow in Calgary since mid-November and the temperatures dipped pretty low for about 2 weeks, so it’s really felt like Christmas even though it’s only just now December! Crazy. But the past few days the temps have been rising, so much so that I was able to get out for a run yesterday. I knew if I didn’t run I would regret not being out in the sunshine, so after the house was clean and some food was cooking in the kitchen, I geared up for my winter run and headed out the door.
The day was beautiful, and I promised myself that I would enjoy the run simply for movement’s sake and because the sky was so gorgeous and the snow so crisp and white. Regardless of time and pace, regardless of how it would feel after not running for almost a week, I make a conscious effort to enjoy the fact that I got outside – that’s an accomplishment in itself! 8.5 miles later, I felt thankful, satisfied, and wiped out! 😉
Today I’m wondering, what pressures are you facing right now? Is it a pressure to get all your gifts wrapped and handed out? Does that increase your joy, or does it increase your stress? And then there’s the holiday weight gain and visiting relatives…are you putting pressure on yourself to look a certain way and to put on a face when you see everyone? How does that make you feel about yourself? When you exercise, are you enjoying the moments of hard work and the beauty of your success in simply trying, or are you ever reaching for “the next 5 lbs” or for perfection in certain areas that maybe aren’t truly possible?
Whether it’s with December being suddenly upon us or as it relates to friends, family, or health and fitness, I encourage you today to take a step back, breathe, and know that you are valuable, worthwhile, and beautiful. May you feel encouraged by your efforts and learn to let go of the pressures that do not add to the beauty of but rather to the stress of life. And may that spur you on to smile more, to enjoy your next run or workout, and to not take others for granted and to see the value in them too.
Have a great day, readers! Happy December. Embrace the day and be intentional to live well and be well,