we have a choice in all of this, believe it or not. we can allow our obligations to get the best of us and suck the fun out of this magical time of year, or we can choose to shift our experience. easier said than done, i know. but the first step is recognition. in that moment when you're mind is reeling, and you're feeling like you'd rather check-out than tackle your next obligation, just pause. take a deep breathe and notice where the "pressure" to get all those to-dos done is coming from. my guess is that it's not from your boss or spouse or friends, but, at least in my case, it's self-imposed. an arbitrary standard for "success" that i've set and now much live up to.
i encourage you all to pause. take a deep breathe, and really reflect upon how you want to experience this holiday season. because, when it comes down to it, you're the one holding the reigns.