This year I've been struck by how easy it is to rush through life, particularly the holiday season, and never actually spend quality time with those around you. Sure we are with people, but we're rushing from one thing to the next, scrambling to get dinner on the table, cleaning up after dinner, and then collapsing in exhaustion at the end of the day. That sounds like the recipe for burnout rather than a fulfilling and meaningful life. They say when you have kids, that if you blink they will be adults. So take some time this winter to slow down and spend an afternoon or weekend cherishing the moments you have with them now.
When I watched the video below, I nearly started crying. I don't even have children, but it really made me think about what it really is that we all want.
So, in a tiny effort to encourage time well spent, I created a list of winter activities that can be done throughout the colder months that encourage quality time spent in community with one another. Just because it's cold out, doesn't mean you have to stay cooped up in doors all winter long! Download a copy below, print it out, hang it on the fridge, and start checking off those boxes! Even though I encourage you to lay down your phone and engage with those around you, I would love, love, love to see people doing these fun winter activities! So if you do snap a photo of your adventures, use the hashtag #intentionalwinter so we can see your fun too.
And you might want to do the advent calendar first, today, to get the most out of the activity!
Also, a friend of mine shared this lovely Advent reading plan if you have littles. Even if you don't have children, I'm sure we could all benefit from reading through the story a couple times this season.