This is the first holiday break, since my oldest had her second birthday (12/31), where I won’t be away over the holiday. (She’s turning 11 over the break). I’m a beach and warm-weather person. So this means it’s my first December break without the sun and t-shirts in a long time. It’s the first holiday break where I will still be responsible for practically all of the meals consumed. It is the first holiday break that I won’t have my mother-in-law pointing out how I should clean more, or do more of something. So while I am free from one source of nagging, I am sure that I will be nagged much more over this break. This break, I will likely hear “I’m bored,” “There is nothing to do,” “What should I do?” “I don’t want to do that!”
So, at the end of this break I hope to have clean closets (again). My children will have to organize their rooms and closets (again). We will have baked bread together (again), and new brownie recipes (again). This sounds eerily familiar to how this pandemic started!
But this time it will be different. There won’t be fear. There will be hope.
This will be a break where I need some goals and tasks to complete. I hope to complete a Paint by Number Tiger with my youngest that we started over the weekend. Another child is working with glitter, glue, ribbons, and canvas (she is more of a multimedia artist). The last will hopefully paint a wooden castle for the youngest to play with and has plans to make a nameplate with pins, sequins and foam. (We took a trip to Michael’s).
I hope to have time to paint more for myself. I hope to start doing 100 push-ups daily. My children will take day trips to ski (I’ve retired from skiing due to multiple knee surgeries). There will be movies and shows (We just finished “On Pointe” on Netflix and will likely rent “The Nutcracker”). Please send me your recommendations!
My biggest hope is that 2021 will be one that celebrates living creatively (because really we all did that in our own ways in 2020).
I am going to challenge myself to post on Instagram something that celebrates creativeness daily. You can follow me @LauraGrill. It could be a painting, a drawing, a poem, a new way of connecting with a friend, a new way of cleaning, sewing, knitting, crafting, dancing, writing, problem solving, dressing, etc.
I invite you to join too!!
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