Merry Christmas, Single Ladies…
My dear friends…it’s that time of year again when being single can…well, sort of suck. When the happy family outing pictures from your married and taken friends on your Facebook feed seems to be on steroids. When you just can’t seem to muster the desire or will to rock around the Christmas tree as a party of one. But never fear. If you’re feeling especially solo this Christmas, I’m here to bring you good tidings of comfort and joy. First off, with a few suggestions of ways to banish those holiday blues. And then with an extra special announcement that I hope will get you just as stoked about 2016 as I am. But first…
Five Quick Ways to Banish Holiday Blues
- Volunteer. Nothing puts your personal problems in perspective like connecting to something bigger than you. Last holiday season I volunteered for Feed America First, creating food boxes for needy families, and finding a way to plug myself in and fill a need was like sunshine to my soul. There is always someone around you who has it worse, and sometimes we need a reminder of that.
- Start New Traditions With Friends and Family. Last year I went to the Christmas tree lighting in my town with my nieces, took pictures with Santa with some of my best friends, and helped plan a trip to the mountains with my family. It’s a perk of single life that we sometimes overlook: we have the time and opportunity to do so much… including actually becoming FRIENDS with our parents. I have a deeper, richer relationship with my parents than I might have ever had if I’d coupled up in my 20s as most of my friends did.
- Get a Jump on New Year’s Resolutions. But instead of setting the same old lofty ones, try coming up with a list of tangible and attainable goals. Create a vision board (it can be a dry-erase board where you list the things you want to do this year). This literally changed my life back in 2010 when I decided I would “start a blog.” Three books later, here we are. And THIS year I’m going to be launching a super secret project that will invite you to create a vision for your life in 2016 in a very bold and unique way. Stay tuned for more details!
- Out With the Old, In With the New. Take inventory of your house and your surroundings and do a little cleanse of the unnecessary stuff in your life. I’ve found that when you lose a lot of physical baggage, it motivates you to get rid of the emotional baggage in your life as well.
- ORDER MY NEW BOOK & GET LOTS OF FREE GOODIES! Okay, big announcement time, like I promised. My BRAND NEW book, Beautiful Uncertainty, hits bookstores on February 2, 2016 but you can pre-order it right here and now (from either the button at the top of this page or from the homepage) and get all sorts of free goodies in time for Christmas. Including downloadable freebies like my Guide to Letting Go & Moving On (Hello, see #4! It’s time to let go of not just the physical baggage in your life, but the emotional as well), the first two chapters of Beautiful Uncertainty (which details how to create your own Vision Board…info you’ll need to know in order to take part in my top secret project I mentioned in #3!), a gift card to present to someone you’re gifting Beautiful Uncertainty to, and a personal Christmas card from me and my kitty cats, Prince Hairy and Sir Paw. Plus TONS of other goodies that will be mailed to you in February. This book really is the most special thing I feel like I have ever written and I do hope you’ll check it out. I think it might just encourage you to make 2016 your best year yet.
So let’s be like Iris in the movie The Holiday (featured in the quote above.) Let’s go someplace new this year, even if it’s not a physical place, but a new mindset or attitude or outlook. Let’s make an effort to meet people and do things that make us feel worthwhile again. Single ladies…let’s make this the merriest Christmas and the most Beautifully Uncertain new year we’ve ever had…yes?
Feel free to comment below with your Christmas wishes, your thoughts on The Holiday (and whether or not Jude Law is still bae), your goals for 2016, your favorite parts of the first two chapters of Beautiful Uncertainty once you download it…honestly, comment below with absolutely anything you’d like to say!