BE THE PERSON WHO SENDS HOLIDAY CARDS.
Life is just so busy.
I was buying holiday packaging at Target a couple days ago and the checkout lady and I got into a conversation about how we love beautiful wrapping and how a gorgeously wrapped present can be just as important as the gift itself.
I asked her if she still sent holiday cards and mentioned that I hadn't done so in years.
She responded emphatically, "Oh yes." She then told me that she had been really sick for a couple of years and during that time it made all the difference for her to get a card in the mail. Knowing that someone took the time to send her a card meant they truly cared, even if it was just a signature on the card.
This year, we’re sending holiday cards.
I've been talking a lot with my husband about how we can “take the time” and slow down even more. I'm finding it takes a lot of effort to slow down. It feels a bit like first going uphill to enjoy the downhill ride. We started this process of “slowing” by moving into a 460sq ft apartment back in July. We had to get rid of half of what we owned and switch to capsule wardrobes. It was a tremendous and exhausting undertaking. Next, I started canceling a lot of my commitments so my husband and I could be together in the evenings. Then we went away on a meditation retreat to connect to what's important. Lastly, I took to heart the idea that it takes a village, and finally hired an amazing business coach and assistant to help redesign and streamline my business.
Needless to say, this slowing down process has been a lot of work. Good, soulful work, but work nonetheless.
I said to one of my besties Andrea today that I want to be the woman that still sends holiday cards. In my old life, before the gilded age of the internet and social media, I would take one night in December crank the holiday music, put down my paint brushes, and put my artsy behind on the floor with some spiked eggnog, and wrap and write till my fingers hurt. It was a ritual. One I've forgotten. One that said, "I love you so much that I will hand draw hearts and reindeer on the outside of this brown paper package with this $5-all-I-can-afford gift just for you."
The work was worth it.
Maybe this slowing down thing is as simple as making the choice to do so. Carving out the time for what's important. Shutting down the outside chatter of news, Instagram, and cell phones to sit on the floor awash in holiday spirit, covered in glitter, expressing gratitude one piece of gift wrap and one holiday card at a time.