Hi friends! Happy Sunday and Happy December 🙂 Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend so far!
We’ve had a lot of fun this weekend hanging out, relaxing, holiday-ifying our house… oh, and our elf has already gotten into a bit of trouble.
(We’re having a little too much fun with #inappropriateelf . Check it out on Instagram if you’re not easily offended, haha)
Even though December is already magical, delicious and exciting, I thought I’d post one of my usual lists to spice things up a little!
Here are some ways to make it an even more dashing December:
-Plan an outdoor cold weather date. We love to pack up hot cocoa and drive around to look at Christmas lights — I can’t wait to take Livi with us this year! Find a local outdoor event you’d love to attend, and call up a friend or your love to join you. Even though the temperature is mild here -we definitely don’t have ice skating, which I think we’d love!- there are a lot of fun, outdoor Tucson events this month. You just have to bundle up and go for it 😉
-Set up a volunteer event with some friends. There are a lot of opportunities for philanthropic events, so find one that’s close to your heart. I’ve suggested this in previous months, but if you can’t find anything that works for your busy schedule, set up your own fitness event or 5k with your friends. Before you attend a class you love or go for your group run, each make a contribution to a charity you believe in.
Tina, Emily, Meghann, Theodora, Monica, Julie, Anne, Janae, Caitlin and I were talking about a way we could collaboratively give back this season, and decided to design a shirt with 100% of the proceeds going to a fabulous cause.
Here is the shirt, which can be purchased here:
100% of the profits -which is about $7 per shirt- will go directly to LEAP, which stands for Ladies Empowerment and Action Program.
From their website,”Ladies Empowerment and Action Program (LEAP) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization offering an innovative inside prison re-entry and post release support program. The program is designed to stimulate and empower incarcerated women to make positive life changes through a multi-disciplinary approach including entrepreneurship training, education and mentorship.”
The goal of LEAP is to prepare participants to start their own businesses or become successfully employed. By providing skills, mentorship and training, it helps to foster empowerment among these women and thus reduce recidivism in the female prison population. If you’re interested in learning more, I definitely suggest checking out this page. If you’d like to pick up a shirt for yourself or a friend this holiday season, check out the link here. The blog community has an incredible way of collaborating to support other women, and I hope this event is just as successful <3
-Spread some cheer at a home for the elderly. It’s fun to spend some time and listen to stories from those who are so wise. Livi is finally old enough to go with me this year, and I can’t wait to take her — spreading love and happiness to others is one of her many talents.
-Pick up some cute mittens, scarf or a beanie. I always feel kind of blah when I dress for the cold weather, but a fun accessory -loooooove this beanie!- puts a little pep in my step 🙂
-Start to scheme spring fitness goals and get cracking on your inspiration board. I feel like I play this banjo every holiday season, but I’ll say it again: if you have huge fitness goals on the horizon, I think it’s advantageous to wait until the holidays are over. Sure, the “holidays” are just a handful of days over the next month or so, but I think it’s a great time of year to focus on maintaining your healthy lifestyle instead of getting all crazypants and burning out before New Years is here. Also (this is an entirely post in itself, but) try to make changes that you can maintain for the long term. If you don’t want to do it forever, don’t do it.
This is why I wait until the end of January to start Winter Shape Up: just as the sun is starting to warm up, you feel confident, strong and energized! You can commit sans holiday distractions during that time.
Start to think of goals you want to conquer in the new year and start working on your inspiration board (Pinterest: @fitnessista #inspirationboard). If you find changes or little steps you can make right now, awesome, but if not, be easy on yourself. Make the most of the memories this month, and enjoy yourself <3
-Create something. I really admire those who can whip up some adorable baby booties or a luxurious scarf, but I’m not really going to do this. Instead, I’ll definitely be working on a few easy holiday crafts with Livi. Sometimes I get excited and make felt trees or spray paint some pine cones 😉 (<– I just wrote “snow cones.” Okkkkkk…)
-Bake something lovely. I love baking, but realllyyyy get the baking bug right before the holidays. This week, I’m going to make a triple batch of sugar cookies and freeze them. This way, when we have our cookie decorating party, all of the cookies are already made.
(Gluten-free peanut butter blossoms!)
-On the same note: do what you can in advance. I’ve already promised myself that as gifts arrive (yay, Amazon Christmas!) I’m going to wrap them that day and put them under the tree. This way, I won’t be last-minute wrapping the few gifts I’ve purchased and hid around the house. I’m usually a last-minute shopper, but am really trying to get things done early this year. I’m also going to make a few of our Christmas brunch items the week before, so they’re in the freezer and ready to go.
-Have a holiday movie party. We’ll be watching Elf and drinking egg nog.
-Challenge yourself to show kindness, especially when you don’t feel like it. It can be tempting to reciprocate the same emotions/attitudes you receive. This time of year, there tends to be two extremes: extremely happy cheery people, and scrooges. What I’ve noticed: the scrooges are always waging their own battles. Or, they might not realize how cranky they are. Be kind, and you’ll be surprised how their attitude can quickly turn around. If it doesn’t: it’s on them, not on you. <3
What are you going to do to make it a dashing December?
Something you’re looking forward to this month?
Something to look forward to in the next two weeks: 10 days of giveaways here on the blog! Buckle up, because they’re pretty awesome prizes 😉 Congratulations to the winner of the custom Reebok shoes: Gabriella G. I sent her an email last night.
See ya tonight with some weekend pics!