Every year it gets a little bit harder.
I’m asked “what do you want for Christmas?” and every year I draw a blank. Not only do we live in a world where, when we need or want something, you Google the best deal or go straight to Amazon and you receive it in 2 days. But I am also living in a very different place than I was 6 years ago. Since I have become a mom I have taken a backseat. When I'm asked what I want, I can only think of things for the house or for my kids, not myself.
So this year I had the brilliant idea of starting a "Janine" list a few months back and this is how pathetic my list was:
Pathetic because I only came up with 3 things and all 3 have a ridiculous story behind them.
The frame is for a painting I love but has been frameless in not just 1 house but the past 3 houses I have lived in. As for my favorite pair of black sneakers, they are 5-6 years old and have been worn in so much they now have a hole in them. Seriously, I can wiggle my pinkie toe through the hole but I still wear them. And finally, the bra. The bra is on the the list because I just noticed 2 weeks ago the black bra I have been wearing is a DD. I bought it over 3 years ago, after having Nora, to accommodate my postnatal/breastfeeding boobs and I have since deflated to probably a B. But who the heck knows.
Now looking at the list, I started to think...beside those 3 things, do I really need anything else? Do I actually need even those 3 things?
Ok, so the black bra would be helpful for underneath dark shirts or dresses. But the painting has been naked for several years and surviving and I have a pair of purple sneakers I love.
So what do I really need or more importantly, WANT?
My NEW & Improved list:
- Home accents to create workout space in our basement. I have been wanting a small outcove in our basement to become a workout/work space for me but felt selfish for taking away part of the room from the kids. Sorry girls but mama needs a space to play in too LOL. So bring on the throw pillows and accessories.
- Dance-inspired fitness gear. I have been missing my black baseball hat drawn down to my nose (for attitude, of course) and my oversized sweatshirts with baggy pants. I think a small change in wardrobe will spark some new energy.
- A class on my schedule that I love & look forward to every week. I realize no one can gift me this, but Ryan has been really cool with me running off to sub local classes the past two weeks. Finding the right studio/gym/space to teach in at this stage in the game is really important to me. So knowing Ryan's got my back and taking care of my girls is truly a gift come early.
So what I really want for the holidays this year is... a feeling.
It’s not what I get, but how those things are going to make me feel which counts.
I know it’s not New Year’s yet and trust me, I am not rushing us to get there. But I am keeping in mind what I want for 2018 and I am basing my list on those dreams and desires.
How about you?
What do you want this holiday season?
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emBODY is the new workout series being released for the month of December.
Embody: to realize
to embrace & express
It relates to the above idea.
emBODY who you want to become.
Embrace your ideals, your dreams, your desires.
Be YOU, all of YOU!
The first workout is emBODY: Total Body. No better way to dive in then to embrace your whole body and give it some love.
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Go ahead. Give your body an early present for the holidays this year.
P.S. Bucks County Peeps: Last chance to DANCE with me tomorrow morning 9:35am at the Central Bucks Family YMCA. New Year class schedule TBD. Hope to see you there :)