It’s a time to review Week 2 of My 25 Day Countdown to a Happy Christmas and I’m enjoying the prompts to nudge me into making time for happiness in my day. Thank you also to those of you who are participating with me either on Instagram or Facebook and also to those of you who are following along and leaving me a comment.
I even took the plunge and started posting the prompts daily on the blog and stepped out of my comfort zone by posting the videos to YouTube!
As I mentioned in my post My 25 day Countdown to a Happy Christmas, this fun way to use my Advent Calendar is all about enjoying the lead up to Christmas and the Festive Season. Who wants to be a grinch because of stress?
Let’s see what I got up to during the last week. Don’t forget if you blog you can link up at the end and share your photos and how you interpreted the daily video prompts. Catch up on Week 1 Here.
Week 2 #my25daycountdowntoahappychristmas
Day 8 – Embrace your Creativity
Time to embrace your creativity for Day 8. We can all be creative it is just a matter of finding your creative mindset. I remember once someone telling me I wasn’t creative and that really stuck with me for many years. Today I reminded myself of my creativity by looking at photos of the birthday cakes I make for my grandchildren. Sure they aren’t professional looking but they are made with love. A friend also commented that my blog is another way I show my creative talents.
How do you express your creativity?
Day 9 – Do something that makes you happy
Taking time to do things that make us happy is so important for our mental health and well being. I started the day with a run with my Saturday Sisters, through beautiful Brisbane, , enjoyed these frangipanis in a neigbour’s front garden, put the Christmas decorations up but best of all spent the day with my darling who spoilt me by making a hot seafood platter for dinner.
Day 10 – Bing or Buble? Fill your day with Christmas music
Growing up, my parents loved Bing Crosby especially ‘I’m dreaming of a White Christmas’ even though we live in Australia and December is Summer time. I remember one year they gave me a cassette player and recorded a message from ‘Santa’ plus them singing White Christmas. I wish I still had that.
The prompt was today was to fill my day with Christmas music so obviously I reached for my CD’s. However, as we are moving between two homes at the moment, I didn’t have the CDs with me. No problem, I downloaded a Christmas Hits list from Spotify, problem solved and I filled my day with Festive songs.
Day 11 – Pamper time
This time of year is a good excuse to make an appointment to be pampered. I love going to the hair salon, having my nails done and this year I ‘m using my Gift Card for a facial. At home, a relaxing bubble bath is always pampering to me.
What do you do to pamper yourself?
Day 12 – Spend time appreciating your pets
For many of us pets are an important part of the family. They may also be the only family that some people have. Today was all about appreciating and spending time with your pets who provide companionship. I don’t have any pets but I do have a grandpuppy, Wallis The Pooch (check out her Instagram) who I’ve know since she was born. She is such a beautiful little dog and really believes she is human. She is also still not sure about the two little humans who came into her life but deep down I know she loves them and they love her. Today, I enjoyed taking Wallis for a walk.
Wallis is also a celebrity LOL 🙂
Day 13 – Do a random act of kindness
This prompt had me pause as I wasn’t really sure what a random act of kindness would be. I decided it would be doing something for someone I don’t know. I walked to my local coffee shop ‘Little Smirk’ and bought a coffee to be given to the next person who ordered. I added a note on a Christmas tag saying ‘I hope you enjoy this cup of coffee on me during the Festive Season. Enjoy!’
Giving to someone you don’t know is extra special because you can imagine that hopefully it will bring some happiness to their day and a smile. Random acts of kindness don’t happen very often so I felt great knowing that I would be surprising someone and making their day.
Have you ever done a random act of kindness? Share with me what you did
Day 14 – Give your time
Giving our time which is valuable is such a precious gift. We all get caught up being busy but to actually make the effort to either give our time through volunteering or even just putting the phone down and listening to family and friends promotes social interaction which is so important for our mental health and well-being. I spent my time helping at the annual Christmas Party at my MIL’s aged care home. This is truly a rewarding experience and didn’t cost me anything but my time.
I also rang my daughter for a chat as she had some bad news this week from two close friends so was feeling a bit down. It was lovely to take the time and chat about Ethan’s kindy graduation, my Christmas pudding project and other general chat. I know we both felt better after the phone call.
Who could you give your time to today?
I wonder what the next week’s prompts will be? It isn’t too late to join in when you can. You don’t have to particpate every day.
If you have a festive post feel free to link it up below even if it isn’t from the prompts. We can all get into the festive spirit reading each other’s ideas for the Festive Season.