Welcome December

Can someone tell me where this year has gone? I just can’t believe that here we are in December. While I certainly am thankful to have enjoyed this year of life, I am having trouble wrapping my head around the fact that the year is about over.
The past few months or so I have been plagued with a memory that is beginning to fail me. I have so much to remember, not only for work and myself, but for others as well and I must have reached overload. I have forgotten way too many things lately.
With plans and details to be worked out for our daughter’s wedding in April, I’ve got to try and get my brain back on track.
Throw in the fact that said daughter and future son-in-law, just recently bought a house and will be closing this month, along with Christmas festivities, it’s no wonder my system feels out of whack. They have had things stored at our house which have taken up three rooms of the house, and they have been packing and moving some things. It will be great to get the house back but adding all of this into this time of year and planning a wedding, is a bit much at times.
Fact is, I tend to thrive in chaos, at least usually. Not so much lately though, as I have found I really enjoy a quieter and slower pace. Though people who know me will attest to the fact, it’s not much slower but even a tad is slower for me.
Now that we are in December, that of course, will change drastically, as there is always something to do and cover this time of year.
My Christmas spirit has yet to kick in at home. I’m not sure where I am on presents, though I have pared down a lot this year. I have not figured out when we will get a tree or do the decorating. I’m sure it will get done though, as it always does.
I see posts on Facebook from numerous friends whose house is now completely decorated and their shopping done and all stockings hung by the chimney. I’m glad for them and once upon a time I was also that person. My shopping was done before summer was over and decorations up right after Thanksgiving. I don’t know what really happened other than life tends to change and sometimes gets in the way of plans.
Seemed like it was easier when the kids were at home, or maybe we just pushed ourselves harder to get done because of the kids.
I have also decided we put way too much focus on the actual holiday and preparation and not what the holiday really means, and I prefer to concentrate on the reason, not the day itself.
Thanksgiving was not as stressful as usual with preparations, as everyone at the house chipped in and we did many things beforehand.
I’m praying Christmas will be the same way. Whether everything is ready and done or not, the day still arrives and everyone survives so I’m determined not to stress. We will see.
I’m still in the gym three mornings a week and hanging in there with it despite not really losing any weight now this whole year. I do at least feel better from it and some body parts feel tighter. I have continued to eat cleaner as well but I have sworn off protein drinks for a while. I have had so many of them, that I can barely stand to even think about having another one. Maybe by the first of the year, I can get started back on those as well. Even though I found one I really like in taste, having one every day, sometimes twice a day for an extended period of time, has just made me not to want to look at another one right now.
Thanks to my thyroid disorder, it is really hard to see any change in weight, so I just have to go by lab reports and how I feel as to if I am doing okay.
I have also begun work on my next book which keeps me from sleeping at night, as I keep thinking about it. But once completed, I can breathe a sigh of relief and hopefully get back into a regular pattern of sleeping. Attending a Writers Forum in Macon spurred me on to get this one done. It was interesting talking to the different authors and their writing process. I almost had more experience than them all put together, and while most of them don’t have a full time job, I decided I needed to get busy when I had a little free time.
Writing a book actually takes a lot of time and is not as easy as one might think and can be quite stressful some days.
Speaking of stress, now that Mark Richt has officially been fired, it may just be a relief for him not having the indecision hanging over his head. Since I am an alumna of UGA, I bleed black and red. I also am a big fan of Richt and think he’s a wonderful Christian man who has done a lot of good.
However, there comes a time when it is just time to move on, especially when you are being paid a big salary to win ballgames. Being a good guy doesn’t necessary make you a good coach as far as the athletic director and board members are concerned. I think it is a necessary quality but as I said, universities want to see a “W” in the win column. Richt will be fine. He’ll land on his feet whatever he decides to do and he has made an impact in many lives. Not all of us can make that claim. I certainly wish him well and will pray for him. These days you can’t get too attached to football coaches, as things are constantly changing. If we’d put as much effort into changing our country as we do in giving flap when a football coach is fired, we’d be on the right track already. Wishing you each a blessed week.©2015

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About vsimmons54

Veteran journalist of 40 years. Editor, Motivational Speaker, Ordained Minister, CEO of A Light in the Darkness Ministries, Lensclusive Photography, Babbling Brook Consulting and Design, event planner and author. I love to write and speak and I love Jesus. I also do copy writing and editing. Recently co-authored Vanished Towns Revisited.
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