Currently in December + December Bullet Journal

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Hey everyone! Happy Holidays 🙂

 

It has been super busy lately between the holiday season, training for my new job, and the ongoing house hunt. I am feeling such an intense amount of gratitude lately. We have something in the works right now regarding a house, but I don’t even want to go into detail until it’s done- since we have been in too many situations lately where we were beat out on an offer, backed out, etc. The horrors of house hunting, am I right?!

 

 

 

Currently doing…

All of the Christmas things!

 

I am really enjoying every last second of the holiday season this year…I remember last year it didn’t feel like Christmas as much. Do you ever have a year like that?

Last weekend Frankie had off of work and we had the best holiday weekend filled with a Victorian stroll, a guided lantern tour of a historical home, and a winter bonfire with eggnog.

 

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But my favorite part of the stroll…

Was the Christmas goat. OMG!

 

Later that night we headed to a guided lantern tour at a historical home…the home is that of a famous Hudson Valley painter.

 

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Holiday parties…

 

We actually had 2 work holiday parties last week and I had so much fun at both!

 

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Fun fact…I ate all 4 of these in the car on the way home. Shoutout to Frankie for picking me up so I could have a few cocktails 😛  #Ineedtogotothegym

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This weekend my currently doing list includes: nothing. And it has been glorious. Today it is icing and sleeting outside and I plan on staying in and wrapping presents 🙂

Although I did make homemade pizza (mom even made the dough herself!) with mom last night. It turned out so amazing. Check out mama’s pizza recipe here!

 

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And I hung out with my favorite girls 🙂 Follow along with us on Instagram.

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Currently Wearing…

#Decemberoutfits

 

I’m going to apologize ahead of time for the terrible quality of these phone selfies. Also don’t judge me for the bathroom selfies…the bathrooms at work have great long mirrors!

My all time favorite outfit of the month goes to this Pinstripe jumpsuit find from Forever 21…complete with my Moon and wolf sweater. I got this moon sweater from Target, although it was quite awhile ago. They still have some pretty adorable sweaters right now, especially ugly holiday ones! P.S.-I have quite a few holiday sweaters (and other holiday attire) for sale right now on my Poshmark too.

 

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My holiday part look: Plaid leggings + Black denim overall dress

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Sorry for the grainy picture…The moon sweater makes an appearance again,  this flannel is also from Target (their new brand Wild Fable that I love) and has become my favorite ever, and these hounds tooth leggings from Zara are another favorite.

Currently watching…

 

All the Christmas movies!

Anything on Hallmark is good to me. Even the cheesy ones!

 

And…this show is hilarious and very binge worthy.

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The first season follows the aftermath of a costly high school prank that left 27 faculty cars vandalized with phallic images. Senior class clown Dylan Maxwell is accused of the crime by the school. He is expelled, but an investigation into the incident is launched by sophomore Peter Maldonado, with help from his friend Sam Ecklund, to uncover whether Dylan was the one truly behind the crime.

The second season follows Peter and Sam as they investigate a new crime at a Catholic private high school after their cafeteria’s lemonade is contaminated with laxatives by someone calling themselves “The Turd Burglar”.

 

Currently Bullet Journaling…

 

My December layout may be my favorite of all time.

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As you can see, I need to go to the gym, LOL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to support loved ones with holiday blues

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(This is a beautiful cover…. )

 

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That time of year again! Christmas and snow. I am a Christmas lover and always have been. I think it’s partially because we grew up loving the holiday and all it brings and my mom did (still does) everything possible to embrace the holidays.

However, my dad was always upset at Christmas time. His family was back in Ireland and so Christmas for him was never something he never looked forward to. It was kind of hard to be around at times because we all loved the holiday so much.  

But it’s important to be supportive of those who don’t feel the holiday magic like we do- for whatever reason that may be for them.

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This holiday season, it seems like those around me are struggling more than usual. Many of them are having mental health issues and the “pressure” of the holidays cheerfulness is getting to them. Some have grieved for many years and every year Christmas is a struggle.

Do you have anyone you love struggling through the season as well?

 

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How to support loved ones with holiday blues:

 

Let them do their own thing. 

 

Don’t pressure them to celebrate if they aren’t feeling up to it. They already can’t escape the holiday decorations in every store, the holiday music on every station, and Christmas movies no matter what channel they are on. It might be hard for you to come to terms with not doing these things together, but if you give them space and time they may come around enough to enjoy it, if even just a little bit.

 

But know when they need someone around them. 

 

I had someone who was struggling tell me they wanted to be left alone but I felt like they really needed someone nearby. So I went over and they later told me that they were happy that they had me there. Sometimes people don’t know what they want in their struggle and need help seeing that.

 

Get them a thoughtful gift.

 

This may seem like a silly one but if you get them a thoughtful and personal gift  for the holiday they will feel better about celebrating!

 

Help them with holiday preparation.

 

If they are not feeling in the holiday spirit and generally down and out, they are probably not going to want to do anything necessary to make the holiday happen. Things like baking and holiday shopping can feel like a chore to them. Helping them with anything they need to make it happen will be a big support.

 

Ask them if they want to talk about it.

 

If they do, just listen. If they don’t, just be there for support when they do.

 

Encourage them to do what makes them happy & keep busy.

 

Keeping busy helps people not focus so much on their mind so it’s important to help them realize they need to continue their normal routines, hobbies, and interests.  (Also exercise is really important!) Maybe encourage them to go for a walk with you if they need help staying motivated.

 

Suggest doing something helpful around the holiday.

 

Volunteering in the community, doing Toys for Tots, giving time to those in need that have less than us makes us feel good. It also takes the pressure off of the person you know whose struggling to enjoy the holiday and makes it not about them, but about those they help.

 

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How do you help your loved ones who struggle with holiday blues?