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Stop, Drop and Spend Time With Your Family


As the rest of the world races to Black Friday, I’ve been racing to quality time.

I could use this time to blow up my Facebook page with affiliate links. I could tell you to buy all sorts of things and try and convince you that you NEED xyz to get through next week and head into December.

But I’m going to tell you that YOU DO NOT need anything.

We all have everything we need in any given moment, we just have to take the time see it.

This is a busy month. Yes, we need to get planning and get present so we can sail into 2016 in an awesome and abundant way. (Stay tuned for a special series.) But first, we need to remember what November and December are really about.

The loving. The gratitude. The beauty that is.

So don’t rush to stay “busy.” You don’t need to go crazy for Black Friday (I will never shop on this day). And you do NOT need to go go go go go go.

Take time to SLOW DOWN. Take time to be PRESENT with your family.

Go for walks.

Play card games. (We played “Go Fish!” and “Old Maid” last night–I highly recommend.)


Eat together.

Turn off technology. (Yep, I just said that.)

Find time for yoga, running, meditation.

But find time for the world around you. Maybe your friends are your family. Maybe you just moved and don’t know people. Call those you do. Volunteer at a soup kitchen–even better when you volunteer on a day that is NOT Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve/Christmas. (They need help year round.)

Give back with money. Give back with time. Give back with your energy.

But please oh please turn me off. Turn the buzzing off. Turn the Internet off.

Just be present with those around them.

That will make all the difference.


Be love. Share love. Receive love.

Every day this holiday season.

Make the world a better place.




  • carlyn bullock

    November 20, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Thanks Laura for these very wise words. The years where I had ALL my holiday gift shopping done by Thanksgiving are always THE BEST. Relaxed, fun and stress free. the ones where I am decorating the tree on Christmas Eve…well yeah, that happened πŸ™‚ Not so much fun. And it’s so true, we have everything we need. Love this post.

    With a smile, Carlyn πŸ™‚

  • Chrissy @ Snacking in Sneakers

    November 20, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    I’ve been trying to do my holiday shopping throughout the last two months so that I can really focus in December on the things that matter – quality time with family, fun holiday activities, and giving back to those in need.