For me, one of the special things about this time of year is that there is time to think.
I don't really want to set myself a New year's resolution that might end up making me feel like a failure, but there is one thing about myself that I want to try and work on.
I have always been a planner,
the one that is always looking over the horizon for what might appear, just in case there might be a nasty surprise.
There's nothing wrong with forward planning, in fact in comes in pretty useful when you're navigating this funny thing called 'Life', but sometimes I think I need to just stop every now and then and look around at what is happening NOW.
So why the picture of my Christmas tree?
It was when I was decorating the tree I started to think about this because I never hang my vintage decorations, just in case they get broken.
I have three boxes of beautiful glass baubles that I have collected for many years languishing in my attic.
Every year I open the boxes and lovingly look at them, and then shut the lid again.
But not this year, my daughter and I hung as many as we could on the branches and Im so glad we did.
So now the tree is looking resplendent, I should try and apply this philosophy to other parts of my life.
You see, I am already watching that metaphorical egg timer in my mind's eye and mourning the fact that there will only be a handful of precious years left before my daughter will fly the nest.
I worry that there's not enough time, that I haven't done all the things I'd plan to do, and she's still at secondary school!
I bet Im not the only mum to feel like this, but I really have to try and stop because it's spoiling the time we have as a family.
So, next time I begin to feel like this I have to try and think of my Christmas tree, and that I should enjoy what I have right now.
(Next year I might even hang my very favourite glass decorations that are shaped like little birds... but let's just take one step at a time!)
I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas and that you enjoy every moment, sending all my very best wishes,