I’ve been battling some sort of virus/head cold/ flu thingy all week which has made things rough to say the least! Getting sick is always a huge lesson for me in learning to let go and accept the things I can’t control. It’s not a lesson I embrace easily, but I’m working on it. And besides, Thanksgiving is next week! And I’m determined to enjoy a holiday that’s filled with celebration and little stress.

Last night as I was walking home from the subway I overheard a guy uttering into his phone “The holidays are just stressing me out so much!” Compounded with the plethora of PR pitches I’ve received in the last few weeks that lead with the question “Are the holidays stressing you out?” and I’ve somehow come to the conclusion that I’m just not doing the holiday stress thing this year. I’m really over it. Is that because our Thanksgiving will be picture perfect? Hardly. My mom recently moved out of our childhood home so we’re not able to host at our house this year, which is a first. But I’m actually really looking forward to a change of scenery and the fact that I don’t have to do so much cooking (!) because we’ll be having more of a potluck style feast. Would I have liked to provide you with more holiday recipes prior to the big day? Most definitely! But we can only do what we can do, and that is ok. In fact, it’s great (<- really working on accepting that one).

And beyond that, despite being sick this week and struggling to stay on top of my to do list, I’m feeling incredibly thankful; thankful for my family, my friends, my clients, you guys that come back here each and everyday, our cozy home, the way NYC glitters during the holidays, a fun Friendsgiving we have planned for the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the imminent launch of my new website, and so much more. Life is really good, people! Even when you haven’t been able to breathe through your nose for four days. It’s really, really good. I’ll see you back here on Monday for a peak into my holiday style and a delicious pumpkin recipe that may or may not involve donuts.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! xx

Photo by Helene Dujardin of My Tartlette

  1. Hope you feel better soon. Definitely a wise idea to bow out of the whole holiday stress thing. Just do what you can do and accept that that will have to be good enough! That’s a good lesson for anyone to learn. Have a great weekend-looking forward to that pumpkin recipe :)

  2. It’s easy to forget what the holidays are really about. Good for you for not getting on the stress bandwagon. Thank you for the reminder.

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