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Finding Your Joy

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There is always so much going on this time of year, with holiday parties, Santa shopping and winter break for the kids. 

It’s such a wonderful time of year to count your blessings, but let’s be honest; finding joy during the holiday season can be challenging at times. The anxiety of the to-do lists can be endless and sometimes it feels as if this entire month races by in the blink of an eye. 

Here’s my best piece of advice: less is more.

I know it’s easier said than done, but sometimes it needs be said out loud. During the holiday season, doing less is okay. Take a minute to really think about what gives you and your family the most joy and just do that. Leave all the rest aside for another year or another time when it works better in your family dynamic. 

I used to apologize for all the things I couldn’t do with three small children during this crazy month, but now I feel less guilt politely declining invitations. Life is just too short. Do what makes you happy and brings your family joy. 

We have this new tradition on my mom’s side of the family; we all celebrate Christmas together on her birthday in our pajamas. It’s the absolute best! Instead of trying to juggle visits to multiple homes on Christmas day with cranky kids, we’re all relaxed and have an evening of joy together a few days before Christmas. It’s nothing fancy, just time together as a family.

Doing less gives me the opportunity to see more now as a mother during the holiday hustle. There’s less running around like a crazy mom trying to do it all, more time to reflect on my blessings and spend quality time with those I love. 

Sending you all happy and healthy vibes for this holiday season and into the new year!

Written by: Erin Little

Meteorologist Erin Little starts your day off with a smile and the forecast each morning on KCTV5 News This Morning. With over a decade of experience forecasting the weather in Kansas City, she understands it’s not all about the weather, but how it will impact our busy lives. Erin is thrilled to be raising her three young children in her hometown of Lee’s Summit. You can find her Monday through Friday, 4:30 a. m. to 7:00 a.m. on KCTV5 News. Connect with Erin: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @erinkctv5.