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Jessica Turner is the author of Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter and Thrive, and blogs on The Mom Creative. Every day is a juggling act as she balances working full-time, making memories with her family, photographing the every day and trying to be...

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  1. Jessica,
    Thank you for the important reminder that taking care of “me” is not selfish…perhaps it’s the best gift I can give my family and friends. No one wants a Grinch for Christmas! May you have a joyous Christmas and enjoy that massage!!
    Blessings,
    Bev

  2. Wow! What a great post. I read your inspiring book, _The Fringe Hours_, and appreciate your reminder to use our waiting in line time during this holiday season to weave in those things we love doing. Yes, no matter the season, we need to take time outs here and there for ourselves and our passions.

  3. I love love love Number 4. And, it’s not reserved for this season… I’ve said this to 4th and 5th graders many times. “Just because you CAN doesn’t mean you SHOULD!. Thanks for including it in a really good list.xoxox

  4. Women are just wired that way, on the go, doing for others, it’s the mother instinct. It’s a good idea to shop year round, keep gifts on hand, birthdays,etc. and then your prepared for Christmas, bags are easier than wrapping, gift certificates in stockings on the tree, for the hard to shop for. Don’t wear yourself out and miss the joy of it, Taking care of ourselves is not selfish, and it’s okay to say no.

  5. Love #6: “Give yourself grace.” Practically, that may mean ready-made bows, a little help from Pillsbury with the cookies, and fewer lights on the outside of the house (maybe none?). In exchange, we can spend more time with family, perhaps read some uplifting Christmas stories, or journal how God has been faithful through 2015. I’m thinking a meaningful Christmas is more valuable than a masterpiece Christmas. Thank you for the suggestions, Jessica, to make it so!

  6. Jessica,
    This is a busy time of year for many people! I believe in getting my gift shopping done before Thanksgiving or right after. Also use gift bags–makes life much easier!! Women, especially, tend to think they have to do everything and try to cram as much into this season as possible. It is ok to say NO and give yourself a night off. Do something for you & your family. A rested person is better than a Grinch!!
    Have a blessed Christmas!! P.S. Enjoy the massage!!!

  7. Such good reminders. I was starting to feel overwhelmed so I am glad I read this. Simplify has been my word this Christmas. We have cut back on a lot in order to keep it simple.

  8. great great – can’t say it enough. (so it’s okay then that I do a little shopping for myself in the fray of my lists? (: ) My friend says, Sue, put yourself on the list. I blog about it but I don’t always do it. Have a great massage! sue PS yes, and number is convicting, but a good kind of convicting…

  9. I love when you said that just because something will fit on your calendar doesn’t mean you should say yes to it. That needs to be my new motto!!!! Thanks for sharing!!